Come join us at this unique, hands-on longarm event. This is a great opportunity to learn the basics of longarm quilting or learn new longarm techniques through an intensive hands-on experience. Six Amara Handi Quilter machines will be available for use during these classes. Class size is limited to twelve participants.
Sign up for session one (March 4 & 5) or session two (March 6 & 7); they are the same. Each session consists of four classes over two days. See below for the specific classes.
Bring a pen and paper if you want to take notes.
Day One—morning—Stand-Up 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 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.
Basic machine and frame elements and features
Bobbins, tension, needles, and thread
How to load a quilt onto a frame
Quilting with Groovy Boards and pantographs
Rulers, Micro Handles, and basic free motion
Day One—afternoon—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 to create stunning designs.
How to develop an inventory of free-motion designs
Proper scaling of design elements
Edge-to-edge free-motion quilting
Adjusting your quilting path to create your own new designs
Using Micro Handles for free-motion control
Day Two—morning—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 template safely with the ruler base and Sure Foot, and how to achieve accuracy with the markings. The wide variety of rulers will inspire you to new design heights!
Handle rulers safely
Understand and use ruler markings for precision and accuracy
Use piecing lines and marking tools to build ruler design confidence
Versa tool quilting: stitch in the ditch, cross hatch, piano keys, clamshells, and arcs
Apply binding with the HQ VersaTool
Day Two—afternoon—Intro to the Pro-Stitcher
Pro-Stitcher is an intuitive computer-guided quilting system. It’s user friendly and simple to operate. The step-by-step process for each function is easy and fun. Whether finishing your own quilts or considering a quilting business, come see the elegant and precise quilting you can accomplish with a Pro-Stitcher. New owners—start here!
Overview of support resources available online
Overview of menu and basic functions and design catalog
Fit a design to a block using Skew and Resize, Xform and Align
Demonstration of Pro-Stitcher Simulator
Overview of Art & Stitch