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Faculty: Gina Perkes-TidwellGina Perkes-Tidwell is an internationally award-winning quilter and wearable artist. She was recently honored with IQA's "Future of Quilting" award. Gina has been quilting for nearly a decade and has managed to successfully balance her quilting passion with her role as a mother of three young children. She is featured in Gammill's quilting ads and is proud to represent them as a national spokesperson. She has appeared on several quilting shows including "Linda's Longarm Quilters" and "The Quilt Show". Gina loves working with other quilters, sharing her techniques, and helping them find inspiration and gain confidence.


E218-19 Machine Quilting with Rulers
E218-19 Machine Quilting with Rulers
With Gina Perkes-Tidwell
Thursday, April 11, 2019
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM Eastern Time

$ 65.00
DoubleTree Hotel / Center of New Hampshire
Level: Everyone  
Type of Class: Hands On Machine Quilting Home Machines

Discover the excitement of using rulers to quilt on your domestic machine. Gina will show you how to set up your machine to begin using this amazing technique. You will discover the proper fundamentals for using rulers to quilt amazing designs and how to incorporate them into your own quilts!

 Sewing machines provided for your use in class.




E244-19 AppliQuilting with your Longarm
E244-19 AppliQuilting with your Longarm
With Gina Perkes-Tidwell
Thursday, April 11, 2019
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Time

$ 45.00
DoubleTree Hotel / Center of New Hampshire
Level: Everyone  
Type of Class: Lecture - Demo

This fun and creative class combines two great techniques: quilting and appliqué into one! The appliqué is stitched free motion and serves as the quilting stitch as well. This is the ultimate in multi-tasking! Discover how to create many different and unique appliqué stitches free motion. You will explore both raw edge techniques and turned edge invisible appliqué. A variety of free motion background quilting designs will also be explored with information on selecting appropriate designs and choosing the right quilting paths!




E262-19 Quiltside Tools
E262-19 Quiltside Tools
With Gina Perkes-Tidwell
Thursday, April 11, 2019
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Eastern Time

$ 45.00
DoubleTree Hotel / Center of New Hampshire
Level: Everyone  
Type of Class: Lecture - Demo

Join Gina Perkes as she shares with you her favorite quilting tools. You will discover how to use stencils to quickly mark designs onto your quilting space, then how to plan stitching paths to reduce or eliminate backtracking by adding secondary designs in your quilting. You will also learn new techniques for using a variety of ruler styles. Discover how to outline applique shapes with precision using specialty guides. You will learn a variety of methods for marking designs onto your quilt top with no fear! 




E304-19 The Fundamentals of Longarm Quilting
E304-19 The Fundamentals of Longarm Quilting
With Gina Perkes-Tidwell
Friday, April 12, 2019
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM Eastern Time

$ 175.00
Kit Fee: $20.00
DoubleTree Hotel / Center of New Hampshire
Level: Beginner  
Type of Class: Hands On Machine Quilting Stand Up Frame

Confidence is the key to success in Longarm quilting and the best way to gain confidence is through learning. Gina Perkes will help you discover the proper steps to take and share many tips as you embark on your new and exciting journey. You will learn freehand exercises which will train you to become fluid in your free motion quilting and how to mirror image & execute shapes with ease. You will learn to love working at the front of the machine and the many benefits of doing so. In addition to learning to quilt simple yet beautiful designs, you will come away with the basic knowledge of machine set up, trouble shooting, thread and tension tips, and much more! This is a great class for beginners and is taught in a positive and stress free environment.

One student per machine. Bring thread snips.




E326-19 How do I Quilt This?
E326-19 How do I Quilt This?
With Gina Perkes-Tidwell
Friday, April 12, 2019
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM Eastern Time

$ 45.00
DoubleTree Hotel / Center of New Hampshire
Level: Everyone  
Type of Class: Lecture

Do you ever wonder how to decide on a quilting path? Gina will share with you her methods for determining the right design choice for quilting individual pieces. You will discover how to implement specific steps when looking at your quilts so that the design process becomes simpler. She will show you how to apply designs to highlight the quilt top and much more.




E408-19 Edge-to-Edge Quilting
E408-19 Edge-to-Edge Quilting
With Gina Perkes-Tidwell
Saturday, April 13, 2019
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM Eastern Time

$ 45.00
DoubleTree Hotel / Center of New Hampshire
Level: Everyone  
Type of Class: Lecture - Demo

Discover how to quilt amazing edge to edge designs while working from the front of the machine. You will come away with many new designs that you can use in your quilting whether as a business or for personal quilts. Gina will show you how to select the right style of designs for your quilt and how to achieve balance with the scale of your designs. This class is filled with creativity and technique!




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