Classes

Classes I am currently teaching include Free Motion Quilting, Quilting with a Walking Foot, Paper Piecing, Intro to Quilting, Intro to Half Square Triangles, Binding Basics, Hand Piecing with a Running Stitch and Hand Quilting.

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Classes I Offer:

Free Motion Quilting

Location: Sew Ezy Quilt Shop

Dates: May 12th, June 2nd 2018

Description: Take your quilt to the next level! Learn how to prepare and quilt your beautiful work. This relaxed class is great for those new to FMQ and for those who’ve tried FMQ, but are looking to learn a new stitches or trouble-shoot problems with an experienced quilter. You’ll learn basic free motion quilting designs and ideas for when to use them. We’ll also cover basting tips and techniques and some basic machine trouble-shooting. Time will be focused on practicing your new skills with hands on support.

Free Motion Quilting: Fun With Feathers!

Location: Sew Ezy Quilt Shop

Dates: TBA

Feathers are one of the most stunning ways to finish a quilt top – did you know they can also be easy? Learn several different methods of quilting feathers as well as practice quilting them into different shapes – like circles and triangles. Learn some of the common issues quilters run into when quilting feathers and how to work through them.  You’ll have a lot of hands on sewing time in this fun relaxed class. Note: This class assumes you have a basic understanding of your machine and comfort with basic free motion quilting – you do not need to be an expert, but it will help if you have a sense of the basics.  If you are brand new to Free Motion Quilting, please check out my Intro class!

Intro to Paper Piecing (aka Foundation Paper Piecing)

Location: Sew Ezy Quilt Shop

Dates: TBA

Description: Paper piecing – aka foundation paper piecing – uses printed paper to create beautiful precise geometric quilt blocks that would be difficult or impossible to create otherwise. It can also be used to make incredibly precise images, landscapes and letters. This fun process removes the need to match points – the paper does the work for you! You will sew a basic project in class that can be framed or used as part of a larger project or sampler.

Piecing by Hand

Location: TBA

Dates: TBA

Description: American hand piecing with a running stitch is a method of hand sewing quilts that involves sewing directly on a drawn or stamped line, and has been a popular method of quiltmaking for centuries. We’ll learn this simple method by piecing a set of 6 hexagons to make a flower. We will discuss fussy cutting, pattern options, and template sources. You will get started on your way to piecing masterpieces ranging from a Grandmother’s Flower garden to stunning Millefiori quilts like the La Passacaglia pattern by Willyne Hammerstein – or you can make a simple sweet baby quilt. The sky is the limit with this peaceful hobby you can take along with you anywhere.

Intro to Quilting

Location: Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center

Dates: Thursday June 14, 21, 28 6:00-8:30pm

Description: Learn to quilt by making a striking piece of art. This versatile block is the starting point for hundreds of traditional and modern quilt designs. You’ll learn an innovative technique for quickly and accurately making the blocks, and we’ll explore a variety of layout and design options. In addition, you’ll learn basic quilt techniques, including cutting with rulers, using rotary cutters, proper ¼” seams, basting, quilting and binding. You can finish your project into a mini-quilt wallhanging or a 16” throw pillow.

Note: This class is most appropriate for people with basic sewing skills. If you are very new to sewing, you may need to do some homework to finish the project within the allotted time.

Intro to Hand Quilting

Location: Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center

Dates: Thursday August 2 6:00-8:30 pm

Description: Learn this beautiful way to finish your quilts or add extra detail to machine quilted work. Traditional quilting methods as well as “big stitch” or “primitive” quilting with perle cotton will be discussed and practiced. We will cover basic stitches, basting methods, how to tie and bury your threads, using a stencil and marking methods, and some embroidery stitches that can be used in quilting.

Binding Basics

Location: TBA

Dates: TBA

Description: Binding isn’t always the most glamorous part of quilting – but it is the final that makes sure your whole quilt doesn’t fall apart! Traditional double fold binding provides a beautiful and durable clean finish to your quilt. Learn how to do binding by machine or by hand, as well bias or straight cut binding, and the advantages to each. You’ll also learn how to calculate how much binding you need for a project. We’ll also talk about how the binding interacts with the design of your quilt, and explore other methods of finishing our quilts as time allows, including adding a hanging sleeve and a label.

Fusible Applique Name Project

Location: TBA

Dates: TBA

Description: Adding text to a project is one of the fastest ways to turn a basic item into a treasured heirloom. Learn the basics of raw edge or fusible applique in this fun class while you create a beautiful pillow or wall-hanging that will be a perfect wedding gift or décor for your own home. Learn a variety of applique stitches and choose the best stitch for your project. Finishing your project into a pillow or wall-hanging will be most likely be done outside, but instructions and guidance will be provided.