Using rulers and some amazing background fills on a custom-printed panel, Karen will share how to make your ruler work pop! Straight edge and curved edge longarm rulers are required. Karen will have her rulers available for purchase.
One student per machine. Bring thread snips.
This class will help the beginner get started. From holding the ruler to custom free motion work. Designed to give the beginner quilter the confidence to try it!
One student per machine. Bring thread snips.Offered as a Lecture/Demo, Friday 1pm-3pm M339
In this hands on class we will explore all things Floral. Flowers, Stems and Leaves...with cherries, swirls, butterflies, bees & dragonflies 'Sprinkled' all around. Freehand overall designs that are simple, yet when combined, appear to be very complex.
This class takes you through the common shapes used for quilting: triangles, squares, diamonds and hexies and teaches several styles and ideas of how to quilt them unusually and turn a simple shape into an interesting shining piece.
One student per machine. Bring thread snips.Also available Friday, 1pm-5pm M337
Ever wonder what attributes of design make quilts go from pretty to stunning? Join me as we do a 2 part class. Three hours in the morning will be devoted to studying the features of design which make quilts great. We'll discuss making the most of negative (AKA empty!) space, marking tools, and which combinations of designs work best together (and why!). Then, each student will create their design for a lovely vintage quilt top, with assistance from me. In the afternoon, we will execute these designs on the longarm, learning the proper order for quilting the many motifs. For students who have previously taken my "A is for Applique" class, this is very similar.
Part 1 - 8:30am - 11:30am (drawing)Part 2 - 1pm - 5pm (hands-on)
One student per machine.
In this hands-on class, you will learn all the basics of free-motion quilting, from choosing the correct thread, batting, and fabric to the basics of stitching on your quilt top. Then you’ll have a chance to try your skills with more than 50 step-by-step tutorials for stitching allover quilting, quilting borders and sashing, and adding background fillers as well as quilting on individual blocks and appliqué.
Review supply list prior to registering for class.One student per machine. Bring thread snips.
Feathers are Karen's absolute favorite quilty thing! Feathers seem to scare some people due to their formalness. This class will stretch your creativity as you learn these fun, no backtrack, whimsical, and fiercely creative feathers.
One student per machine. Bring thread snips.Available as a Lecture/Demo, Wednesday 1pm-3pm M139
Learn how to do fun funky fills! From simple to advanced, Traditional to modern. Let's just have fun filling in the blank! (space)
One student per machine. Bring thread snips.Offered as a Lecture/Demo, Wednesday 4pm-6pm M165
Quilting is not always about precision. Sometimes you just have to let loose and quilt without any rules. This beginner freemotion class will fill your mind with countless Modern ideas for quilting in those small spaces.
One student per machine. Bring thread snips.Offered as a Lecture/Demo, Wednesday 1pm-3pm M141
Starting with basic stitches, we'll expand your library of stitches by adding one element at a time. This class is great for beginners as well as those wanting to stitch from the front of the machine. This technique helps to improve muscle-memory all while increasing confidence. By the end of class you will have a full library of go-to stitches.
One student per machine. Bring thread snips.Available as a lecture/demo Wednesday, 4pm-6pm M157
We will explore how to get the most out of the smallest real estate. This Hand's-on class will quilt nearly 20 fun and inventive and freehand borders aimed at 2-4" wide borders.
Crosshatching comes in many forms. From straight, curved, wavy to modern. So where do you start? Join Dorie as she shows you some creative ways to quilt out Crosshatching designs with ease. Students will quilt out these designs on a border style sampler. You will leave the class with the confidence needed to try crosshatching on your next quilt project.
One student per machine. Bring thread snips.Available as Lecture/Demo, Saturday 9am-11am M409
One of Karen's most used go-to stitches is the scroll. In class she will share several variations of the basic scroll as well as how to use them in more than just sashings. Lots of curly-scrolly fun! Bring a sketchbook and pen/pencils.
Curved crosshatching is just one of the designs that we will explore in this class. I want to show you the versatility of the curved ruler in blocks, sashings and borders as well as the crosshatching. Let me show you all that you can do with precision and design with your curved rulers. Kit Fee will include drawing tools so that you can draw and design before quilting it at the machine.
Take the fear out of quilting feathers! Explore 68 modern feather designs with step-by-step guidance from award-winning quilter Natalia Bonner. Quilt stunning feathers on a variety of blocks and borders with this beginner-friendly, visual guide.
One student per machine. Bring thread snips.Also available as a drawing class, Thursday, 9am-11am M209
Karen will share stitch variations of several common blocks - using only one start and stop. You'll leave class with a multitude of ideas for any type of block. This class is a spin-off of her Block Breakdown series. You will then stitch your favorite version of each block on a custom printed panel.
I know I say this all the time but I love Sampler quilts. I get to design on different blocks all day. Like all puzzles there are tricks to keeping everything continuous. I want to teach you those tricks and then with your new skills I want to walk you through the designing. Each block we do will build on the last and I will introduce a new skill with each one. Block upon block we will build your skills so that you love Samplers too.
One student per machine. Bring thread snips.Also available Wednesday, 1pm-5pm M133
Mark and quilt a wallhanging using rulers. motifs, lettering,feathers and background fills. Can't quilt feathers? Never fear, learn to quilt feathers with no back tracking and they will be free flowing and beautiful. Motifs will be a snap. Background fills and grid work will make the motifs pop.
This class is geared to new longarm users, those who are new to using templates or desire confidence-building skills. Starting at square one, I will teach technique and basic patterns that use straight and curved templates. If you have used templates some, please consider Creative Templates II as an alternative.
Free-motion your way to modern, beautiful quilts! Free-motion fans, rejoice! Natalia Bonner is back with a follow-up to her wildly successful first book that boasts 50 new modern, sophisticated designs that encourage quilters of all skill levels to stretch their skills on a home sewing machine or long-arm machine.
Full Day - One student per machine. Bring thread snips.
Does negative space scare you? The words "Quilt as desired" make your life flash before your eyes? Well, fear no more! Learn how to divide & conquer that quilt top with fun freehand deigns as simple or complex as you want. Marking tricks & just plain fun with Clem for all skill levels!
One student per machine. Bring thread snips.Offered as a Lecture/Demo, Friday 9am-11am M311
This is a template class for those that are beyond the newby user, but are in search of guidance on how to create great patterns like Cathedral windows, curved-crosshatching and mandalas. Students will quilt a sampler-style quilt using several different templates.
Thursday and Friday 9 am - 6 pmSaturday 9 am to 5 ...