Machine Quilting Designs
Some experience helpful

 Full Day or Multi-Day


This class will focus more on free-hand machine quilting designs. Are you looking for something to fill up those vast spaces in your next quilt? Wanting to move beyond straight lines and purchased patterns? Tired of squiggley stippling? This class is for you. You'll take home a group of small sample pieces as reminders of things to try on your next quilt. We will talk about things that help insure good machine quilting results and how to handle bigger quilts. You might even decide machine quilting is FUN.

Some experience with machine quilting is helpful, but you do NOT have to be an expert.

 Machine class

Supply List
For the classroom:
  • Large paper, large enough sheets or roll to cover the table tops.
  • Crayons
  • Electrical outlets ample enough for all the sewing machines.

Students may want to buy larger-sized battings as a group and cut them up into the size requested, or the class organizers might do this and add the cost as a supply fee.

You may be able to buy a roll of paper from a restaurant supply store or get a partial roll from a local newspaper or printer. Doesn't have to be great quality -- newsprint is ok. Before class, cover the table tops and use masking tape to secure the paper to the table.

There will be a period of using the tables before sewing starts so if you can have a couple-three tables set up with paper that's great. Otherwise, we'll use the paper-covered tables and then set up the machines on the same tables to start quilting. 4-5 people per table is a good ratio.

For sewing - two people per table is good.

A table where I can set up my sewing machine and another table where I can place samples.

If the room has a chalk or white board, that is handy, otherwise I'll tape up some paper or find a way to demo some patterns/designs.

For the student:

Before class, make four to six small "quilts" to practice on. these should be 12-15 X 18-20" in size and consist of:

  • top layer: if possible use a solid color in all but one top. The one non-solid might be a larger floral or big print design. Cotton fabric.
  • batting: quilters dream request or select weight. If you're buying batting with others you might want to buy both weights and try both in class. Please do NOT bring other battings for use in this class.
  • bottom layer: any cotton fabric. You may wish to use both solid and print fabrics.

It's helpful if the batting and bottom layers are slightly larger than your top piece. Prepare your mini-quilts by cutting your ironed fabric and batting and layeringthem like real quilts. Use 1 inch safety pins to baste the layers together, pinning about every 3-4 inches.

You'll also need:

  • a sewing machine that you are familiar with. It should be clean and in good running condition. Don't forget the foot pedal and electrical cords! You must be able to drop or cover your feed dogs.
  • new needles for this machine. I recommend size 70 or 75
  • a small assortment of thread most of which should contrast with your fabric choices so you can see the quilting stitches! This thread should be good quality cotton (Mettler etc) or Poly/Cotton (Metrosene). You may also bring rayon if you have some on hand.
  • several bobbins filled with the same cotton thread choices.
  • power strip/ extension cord
  • sewing machine bed extension IF you have one for your machine (makes a bigger surface to work on)
  • basic sewing supplies --scissors, seam ripper etc
  • pencil or chalk marking tool which will show on your fabric choices.
  • pin container to keep your safety pins in as you remove them.
  • something to sit on to help you be at the right height -- a firm pillow etc. (I'm short, you might not have this problem)
  • water bottle, beverage and lunch