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Candace West- Quilt Artist Educator  Candace West is an award winning quilter and teacher, whose art has been displayed at all major quilt shows with her quilts and garments appearing in numerous quilting publications. An early adopter of computers, Candace loves to find ways to incorporate computer skills with her art. Software, computer controlled quilting robotics, and cutting machines have found their way into her quilting and crafting life. Candace began sharing her passion for quilting with others through teaching the art and technology of quilting. Workshops that share the techniques she has used in the creation of her art can make anyone’s quilts show worthy.

www.candacequilts.com  /  www.barncatzstudio.com


E168-19 Custom Cuts – the New World of Computerized Cutting
E168-19 Custom Cuts – the New World of Computerized Cutting
With Candace West
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Eastern Time

$ 40.00
Handout Fee: $5.00
DoubleTree Hotel / Center of New Hampshire
Level: Everyone  
Type of Class: Lecture

By now most of the quilting world knows about manual die cutters and cutting hundreds of 4½” squares can be done in a snap. Tricky applique shapes can also be mass produced with these wonders. However, if you only need a few units for your project or have an original custom design in mind, the purchase of a die or creation of a custom die will get pricey very fast. But again quilters have commandeered a tool from the scrapbooking world to satisfy the need for precise custom cutting. Once available only for sign making shops, the computerized cutter has been retooled for the craft and quilting market. In this class, Candace West will introduce you to the types of computerized cutting machines and software programs that are available. We will discuss the many ways these machines can be used in quilt making. From appliqué, to template making, and embellishment, these machines could be your answer to custom cuts for original quilts that are uniquely yours.




E230-19 Digital Design Wall - EQ8
E230-19 Digital Design Wall - EQ8
With Candace West
Thursday, April 11, 2019
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM Eastern Time

$ 150.00
Kit Fee: $10.00
DoubleTree Hotel / Center of New Hampshire
Level: Everyone  
Type of Class: Product Specific

EQ8 is all new with an updated user interface and even more functionality! This powerful application can take you into design nirvana if you know the basics. In this class we will cover the new workspaces and quickly begin to design quilts. Leave this class with the confidence to turn your computer into a digital design wall! Part 1 - Learn how to add to and gain control of your Sketchbook fabrics, blocks and quilt designs to only use what you really need. Part 2 - Create an Easy Draw block in EQ8 and scan and import fabrics from your stash to truly represent your quilt. Bringing your laptop with EQ8 installed and activated is the best way to get the most out of this class, but is not required. This class is exclusively EQ8 focused.

MQX will not assume liability for electrical setup or issues experienced, backup batteries are strongly recommended.




E330-19 Corel Draw Basics – Professional Drawing Skills for Quilters
E330-19 Corel Draw Basics – Professional Drawing Skills for Quilters
With Candace West
Friday, April 12, 2019
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM Eastern Time

$ 125.00
Kit Fee: $10.00
DoubleTree Hotel / Center of New Hampshire
Level: Confident Beginner  
Type of Class: Product Specific

Are you a professional artist/quilter who struggles to give the designs you use for patterns, books and presentations a more polished look? Then come explore the benefits of using a professional vector program to create them. Additionally, if you want to produce digital files for robotic machines vector files are a must. In this hands-on computer lab, you will learn why Corel Draw is the industry-leading vector design program. Students must have a full copy of Corel Draw installed on their laptops to work with in class. Note that a free trial version of Corel Draw is available at https://www.coreldraw.com/en/free-trials/?topNav=en , so you can try before you buy!

MQX will not assume liability for electrical setup or issues experienced, backup batteries are strongly recommended.




E428-19 Cutting Laboratory
E428-19 Cutting Laboratory
With Candace West
Saturday, April 13, 2019
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM Eastern Time

$ 125.00
Kit Fee: $25.00
DoubleTree Hotel / Center of New Hampshire
Level: Everyone  
Type of Class: Product Specific

Join Candace West for a hands-on cutting laboratory with your computerized cutting machine. Students will cut a variety of materials and learn what settings work best for each material. Practical applications using our newly cut projects will be covered in this fun filled class. Become one with your cutting machine and use it to its full potential! Students must be able to use the basic functions of their machine, including loading the mat, adding new designs and the basic cutting commands of their system.

MQX will not assume liability for electrical setup or issues experienced.




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