Classes - Machine Quilting Essentials

Machine Quilting Essentials

Beginner/Intermediate- 1 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) 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 your 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
Twelve 12” squares muslin
Six 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
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.