Classes - Successful Machine Quilting - The Short Version

Successful Machine Quilting - The Short Version

Beginner - ½ day

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 machine quilting on small quilt packages. After learning the skills to feel confident with these techniques, Sue will demonstrate how to successfully baste; package and machine quilt the actual quilt.  Go home feeling confident to quilt any size and style quilt. Many quilts will be shown for inspiration.  With Sue’s patient guidance learn 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 squares page 1 and page 2 of handout (full handout will be given in class) the remaining squares will be marked in class. Handouts are provided with supply list link below.

Click link to print a PDF of the Supply List.

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 an 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

40 safety pins (I use size 1)
Sewing machine needles- 80/12 & 70/10 sharp (Schmetz brand called microtex sharp) or Machine quilting needles
Cotton thread- off white and tan; Mettler 50/3 weight, Aurifil 50/2, Superior Masterpiece 50/2 and King Tut Tone on Tones 40/3 are brands Sue uses and likes for machine quilting.  
Marking pencil- I use Quilter’s Choice brand, silver
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
Extension cord/multi-plug strip 
Optional, but a good idea- small cushion for extra height, extra light

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