Classes - Machine Quilting Basics: Make a little tote bag

Machine Quilting Basics: Make a little tote bag

In this basic workshop, learn all aspects needed to master machine quilting. Start with a discussion on machine quilting supplies, including thread, needles and notions. Next, practice the basic techniques of straight line and free motion quilting on small quilt packages. After learning the skills to feel confident with these techniques, students will quilt a small piece that can be made into a unique little bag! Learn to successfully baste, package and machine quilt the actual quilt. Go home feeling confident to quilt any size and style quilt. With Sue’s patient guidance, lean all the basic skills needed to master machine quilting on your home sewing machine!

To make the best use of class time, mark/trace on 12" muslin square page 1 of handout (full handout will be given in class) the remaining squares will be marked in class. Handout is provided with supply list link below.

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Supply List

SEWING MACHINE- bring instruction manual, extension bar or table and all accessories. Don’t forget foot pedal and power cord!
DARNING FOOT- a must for free motion quilting
(Sue prefers the open toe darning foot)
Straight stitch throat plate- optional, bring if you have one
Eight 12” squares muslin
Four 12” squares cotton or cotton blend batting
50 safety pins (I use size 1)
Sewing machine needles- 80/12 & 70/10 sharp (Schmetz brand called microtex sharp) or 75/11 machine quilting 
Cotton thread- off white and tan, 50/3 ply, 50/2 ply or 40/3
(I use these brands: Mettler, Aurifil, Superior Masterpiece and King Tut)
Marking pencil- I use Quilter’s Choice brand, silver and white
Pencil Sharpener
Ruler- for marking straight lines
Rubber Gloves- kitchen dishwashing gloves, one size smaller than you wear for dishwashing (I use the fingertips for control in free motion quilting)
Basic sewing supplies- scissors or snips, extra bobbins, hand sewing needle, thimble, straight pins and masking tape
Matt board/rotary cutter/ruler
Extension cord/multi-plug strip
Optional, but a good idea- small cushion for extra height, extra light
*This workshop will need a few irons for the class to share.
18” square solid or tone on tone for quilt top
22” square for backing
22” square batting- cotton or cotton blend
½ yard same fabric as backing for binding and handle
Thread for your project- to coordinate with fabric for top/backing

Tote bag pattern fee: $8.00

Machine Quilting: A Primer of Techniques” is a companion book for this workshop- not required.