Day 1 Longarm Machine Quilting Basics: Does longarm quilting interest you, and you’d like to learn more about it? Or do you just want a review of longarm quilting basics? This class removes the mystery of longarm quilting by explaining machine and frame elements and features, how to load a quilt, and vital facts about thread, needles and tension. Handi Quilter longarm machine and frame systems come in various sizes for every budget, and are user-friendly because they are designed by a quilter, for quilters – just like you! Objective: Learn skills that will help you manages your long-arm machine with confidence Topics Include: • Basic machine and frame elements and features • How to load a quilt onto a frame • Bobbins, tension, needles and thread • Rulers, Adjustable and Micro Handles, and basic free-motion • Quilting with Groovy Boards and pantographs
Fast, Fun, and Fabulous Free-Motion Quilting: Quilters everywhere LOVE the excitement and fun of free-motion quilting – and it’s easier than you think! Create flowing designs by connecting simple design elements with continuous lines, traveling across the quilt or filling in a specific area. Learn how drawing and muscle memory contribute to beautiful free-motion quilting, and how you can create stunning designs. Objective: Learn to create free motion designs that can be used to finish any quilt. Topics include: • How to develop an inventory of free-motion designs • Proper scaling and spacing of design elements • Edge-to-edge free-motion quilting • Adjusting your quilting path to create your own new designs • Using Micro Handles and adjustable handlebars for free-motion control
Day 2 Pro-Stitcher is an intuitive computer-guided quilting system designed especially for use with Handi Quilter longarm quilting machines. User-friendly and simple to operate, the step-by-step process for each function is easy and fun. Whether finishing your own quilts or consider a quilting business, come see the elegant and precise quilting you can accomplish with Pro-Stitcher. New owners – start here! Objective: Students learn the basics of Pro-Stitcher in simulation and hands on Topics can include: • Overview of support resources available online • Overview of menu, functions and design catalog • Create an area and place a block using Skew, Resize, Xform & Align • Demo how to set up an e2e design, including wrapped and cropped designs • What’s the difference between Reposition, Nudge and Drag and Drop • The many ways to describe an Area on your quilt • Making designs fit in all spaces with the Modify tools • Overview of PS Designer & PS Catalog
Pro-StitcherAdvanced Objective: Learn the more advanced techniques and things that can be done with this amazing tool.
Day 3 Longarm Toy Box: Buying a longarm machine is only the first step toward successful quilting. Wait until you see what these nifty gadgets and accessories can do to make your quilting faster, easier, and more accurate and more fun! Come see why you’ll be reaching for these tools again and again, and always with a smile! Objective: Recognize that every tool has features and benefits that can allow you to quilt with ease. Topics Include: • Design, audition, and application tools • Quilt-loading and frame accessories • Handi Feet options • Channel locks and straight-line options • Thread management and tensioning
Ruler Essentials: If you love precision and consistency in your quilting designs, you will love using design rulers and templates! These handy tools assist in placing designs accurately and stitching them out precisely. Learn to handle rulers and templates safely with the ruler base and Sure Foot, and how to achieve accuracy with the markings. The wide variety of Handi Quilter rulers will inspire you to new design heights. Objective: Learn the safe way to use rulers & templates. See ways that you can incorporate these tools in your quilting Topics Include: • Handle rulers safely • Understand and use ruler markings for precision and accuracy • Use piecing lines and marking tools to build ruler design confidence • VersaTool quilting: stitch-in-the-ditch, cross-hatch, piano keys, clamshells and arcs • Apply binding with the HQ VersaTool
Mary started sewing at the age of 12, when her mother allowed her to sew on her basic domestic sewing machine. Mary quickly figured out how to put things together and loved creating.
Over 40 years ago, Mary made her first quilt from leftover scraps from garment sewing, backed
it with a purchased blanket, and called it a quilt. She continued making quilts but did not like
finishing them on her domestic sewing machine. When she saw the HQ Sixteen?, Mary knew
it was for her. Once the Pro-Stitcher? came out she added it to her machine and now loves
finishing her quilts using Pro-Stitcher along with other free motion techniques. Mary has now
upgrade to a HQ Forte? and is loving the extra space it gives her.
Mary has taught different aspects of sewing for over 20 years. She has enjoyed focusing her
teaching skills toward the art of quilting and is excited to have joined Handi Quilter as an
Mary lives in Southern California. She has 4 daughters and 8 grandchildren and loves spending time with them.
Price is per day. Attend all 3 days and receive $25 store credit