This is a hands-on class to introduce the basics of machine quilting. You will learn several types of machine quilting: straight stitch, in the ditch, and a bit of free motion. Concepts discussed include selecting the design and thread to complement the quilt. Book required: Machine Quilting by Sue Nickels. Taught by Taffy McLaughlin. Class does not cover construction of a quilt top.
Book required: Machine Quilting by Sue Nickels
- Sewing machine, plugs, foot pedal, etc.
- Thread and loaded bobbin, preferably not color matched
- Regular presser foot
- Walking foot
- Open embroidery foot
- Free motion foot (clear plastic preferable)
- Sewing Supplies (Scissors, 24” ruler, pencil, erasable chalk marker, safety pins)
- Quilting gloves or rubber finger tip grippers
- A small quilt to practice on. (Not something you cherish).
It is recommended that you make the following quilt: One nine-patch comprised of 4” squares (cut 4 ½”). Stitch the 9-patch together. Add a 1” border (cut 1 1/2”). Add a second border of 2” (cut 2 ½”). This should give you a 18” square practice quilt. Also bring a piece of fabric at least 20” square for the backing. Cotton batting will be provided. Use any colors, solids preferred. No points for style on this one, but accuracy is a big plus.
Topics to be covered include: Making the quilt sandwich (quilt top, batting & backing), Threads and needles, Straight line quilting, Stitch-in-the-ditch, Shadow quilting, Free motion
If you want suggestions on quilting a project you are working on, feel free to bring it.
- You should receive a class supply list about 2 weeks prior to the class by email unless you have stopped by the shop to get one in person.
- You may cancel a class up to two weeks prior to class for a full refund.
- We will only cancel a class if we have to.
- If you miss part of a multi-session class we can try to get you in the next class with a processing fee (fee is determined by the length of the class) to cover the lost spot in that class.
- Unless noted as a "hand work class," classes require you to bring your own sewing machine. While we may be able to obtain a loaner machine, it is best to use a machine you're already familiar with; beginners will benefit from learning on the same machine they will use outside of class.