Free Motion Quilting Workshop
You've made your quilt top—now what? Will it become a UFO (Un-Finished Object)? Will you pay someone else to finish your creation? Will you stick with the same old boring stitch-in-the-ditch?
Take your skills to the next level and sign up for these machine quilting workshops. You will learn the basics of quilting on your home sewing machine, starting with stitch-in-the-ditch and outline quilting, and then moving up to the artistry of free-motion quilting.
Billie has designed these seven workshops for you to learn at your own pace and level. She will guide you through the process of choosing needles, threads, and sewing machine feet while you gain hands-on experience in class working on your own quilt sandwiches.
Workshops are two-and-a-half hours each session and will cover different techniques as shown below. You are welcome to sign up for any or all sessions that interest you. However, if you are new to free-motion quilting, it is recommended that you take the first workshop.
Note: There is a one-time $30 workbook and materials fee payable to instructor at first session.
- Basics of Free Motion Quilting - The first session will cover the fundamentals of free motion quilting. You will learn which needles, threads and sewing machine feet to use, how to set up your work space, and the basic techniques used in free motion quilting.
- Background Filler Patterns - Filler patterns are used in the areas around your main quilting motifs, or to fill larger areas of your quilt. In this second session, you will learn and practice the most common filler patterns on your muslin sandwiches.
- Marking Quilting Designs & Stencils - You will learn the different tools and methods used for marking designs on your quilt, as well as how to use stencils. Your instructor will provide both marking tools and stencils for in-class use on your muslin sandwiches.
- Feathers - Feather patterns are one of the most popular motifs used by quilters. In this session you will learn and practice three different methods for quilting feathers and feather-like patterns, from formal to free-form.
- Machine Trapunto - Trapunto is a method of padding part of your quilting design to create an embossed or raised surface. It adds depth and dimension to your quilt. In this session you will learn how to create trapunto using your sewing machine.
- Walking Foot Quilting - Quilting with your walking foot isn't free-motion, but do you know you can use it for much more than stitch-in-the-ditch and straight-lines? Walking foot quilting is an excellent skill for both beginning and experienced quilters. In this session you will learn a variety of ways your walking foot can be used creatively for a portion of or your entire quilt top.
- Quilt As Inspired—Planning Your Quilting Design - In this final session you will learn how to choose the most appropriate and attractive quilting designs for your specific quilts. Bring your own project to class and learn some easy ways to audition designs for quilting.
Cancellation & Refund Policy
Class, club, and event fees are nonrefundable. You must cancel 72 hours before the first session of the class, club, or event to receive store credit or apply the fee to another class, club or event. However, if the instructor or Montavilla Sewing Centers has to cancel a class, club, or event, you have the option for a store credit or full refund. Students must bring their own machines to all classes, unless otherwise noted. We request that you do not bring children or guests to the classes. Thank you!