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Learn how to finish your quilts on a domestic machine while enjoying all the control of your walking foot. We will start with a brief discussion of preparing your tops for quilting including marking and basting. Then we will make stitched samples of different styles including modern grids, matchstick quilting and spirals. Finish with a look at Catherine’s work to inspire you to go home and turn your tops into quilts. As seen on QATV series 1400/ QA International Quilt Festival Scene 2014/ DVD Modern Machine Quilting.
Start by learning, or being reminded of, some basic embroidery stitches on a specially designed pre-printed sampler and then learn some novel embellishment techniques to add to the fun. Learn how Catherine transfers her own designs onto dark colored backgrounds. Enjoy the relaxed tempo and reconnect with hand work!
Have you looked at Modern Improv Quilts and not known where to start? Bring a bag of scraps, a neutral solid and your happy thoughts! We’ll look at a few examples, discuss some techniques, including adding narrow strips and gentle curved piecing, and get to stitching. Make one, and maybe two small wall hanging size quilts ready to take home and quilt.
Thursday Morning 9am–12pm
Thursday Afternoon 2pm–5pm
We have all these wonderful threads, in our stash and on our wish list. And we want them to run flawlessly. Learn the 5 simple adjustments you can make to get the tension just right. Find out how to get the top and bottom tension correct as Sally demonstrates adjusting the bobbin first then the top thread so you can quickly switch between threads. Also see close up photos of 15 different thread types magnified over 60 times, so you can discover their quirks and all important running speeds, something the manufacturers don't tell you. Learn how to look at the end of a broken thread and know exactly why your thread broke and how to remedy it. Lots of examples of threads will be shared. This class is for all machine types including stand up short arm to long arm and sit down traditional machines.
Small stapler or scotch tape
Thread cutting scissors or nippers