Classes - Machine Quilting Traditions

Machine Quilting Traditions

Intermediate- 1 day

In this workshop explore machine quilting using traditional quilting designs. Sue’s inspiration for choosing quilting designs comes from antique quilts keeping with the traditions in quiltmaking.  Feathers, cables and motif designs will be covered as well as stipple quilting and crosshatching for background areas. Discussion will include thread choices, batting selection and handling the larger quilt project. This is a great choice for students who are interested in adding to their machine quilting experience. With Sue’s expert guidance learn to become more confident with free motion machine quilting and enjoy the process.




To make the best use of class time, mark/trace on 12" muslin squares pages 1,2 and 3 of handout (the full handout will be given in class) the remaining square will be marked in class. Handouts are 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 an open toe darning foot)
Walking Foot
Straight stitch throat plate (optional, bring if you have)
Eight 12” squares muslin (for practice)
Four 12” squares cotton or cotton blend batting (for practice)

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)
Fabric marking pencil- I use silver and white, Quilters Choice
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, masking tape
Extension cord/multi-plug strip
Optional, but good idea- small cushion for height, extra light
Please Note- one or two irons and ironing boards will be needed for class to share.
18” square solid (or tone on tone) fabric
22” square backing fabric (I use matching small print)
22” square batting (cotton or cotton blend)
Thread for this project (choose from the threads mentioned above)
$8.00 stencil fee (pay Sue in class)  

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