QUILTING WORKSHOPS

Talks and Trunk Shows last between 60-90 minutes. The trunk show will consist of quilts that relate to the talk.

I FINISHED THE TOP, NOW HOW DO I QUILT IT

(domestic sewing machine and longarm)

The top is sewn, now how do I quilt it. Do I do it myself? Do I send it out to someone else? What type of quilting pattern? There are so many decisions to be made: batting, thread, quilting design, how do I mark the top. The list goes on and on. Particitants are encouraged to bring an unquilted quilt top to the presentation that can be used for discussion

  •  90 minute Lecture – Demo
Big Rig Quilting Workshops: I FINISHED THE TOP, NOW HOW DO I QUILT IT
Big Rig Quilting Workshops: FINELY FINISHED - BINDING BASICS AND MORE
FINELY FINISHED - BINDING BASICS AND MORE

(domestic sewing machine)

So the quilt is quilted and now you have reached that stage of binding the quilt. You just want IT DONE! Explore different techniques for applying the binding by machine.

Topics covered include: bias vs. straight-of-grain, determining binding width, mitered corners, machine joining the strips when you come to the end of the binding, top stitching the binding, using decorative stitches to top stitch the binding, and simple flange binding.

  • 90 minute Lecture – Demo or 3-hour class
SIMPLE AND ELEGANT STRAIGHT LINE QUILTING

(domestic sewing machine)

Amazing quilting can be accomplished with the use of your walking foot or dual feed feature. Find out how these features can work for you and help you to turn out stunning quilts. Straight line and simple curves are easily accomplished. We will explore how some of your decorative stitches can be used for quilting.

  • 90 minute Lecture – Demo or 3-hour class
Big Rig Quilting Workshops: SIMPLE AND ELEGANT STRAIGHT LINE QUILTING
Big Rig Quilting Workshops:UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVITY: FREE MOTION BASICS
UNLEASH YOUR CREATIVITY: FREE MOTION BASICS

(domestic sewing machine and longarm)

Are you wanting to create your own free motion designs? Do you want to freshen up your current design library?

Explore some basic shapes and variations and in the process develop your own signature style. We will start with designs for sashings, upsize them for borders, and finally turn them into edge-to-edge designs. You will leave with a library of your own designs. Bring a quilt top and we will brainstorm design ideas you can use.

  • 90 minute Lecture – Demo or 3-hour drawing/design workshop or 3-hour hands-on class
MODERN MAGIC: MODERN QUILTS - MODERN FILLS

(domestic sewing machine and longarm)

Looking for quilting designs to use on contemporary quilts with a lot of open space? Not sure how to divide those wide-open spaces?

We will explore some fun and easy fills that can be used and then discover how we can break up those big open spaces into more manageable areas.   Bring a quilt top and we will brainstorm some design ideas you can use.

  • 90 minute Lecture – Demo
  • 3-hour drawing/design workshop or 3-hour hands-on class
Big Rig Quilting Workshops: MODERN MAGIC: MODERN QUILTS - MODERN FILLS
Big Rig Quilting Workshops: TOOL BOX TRICKS - BASIC RULER WORK
TOOL BOX TRICKS - BASIC RULER WORK

(domestic sewing machine and longarm)

If you are looking for precision in your quilting, rulers are the answer.

Come explore the world of rulers and discover what is possible. Basic straight line and curved designs will be learned and applied to traditional quilt blocks (Le Moyne Star, Ohio Star, Nine-Patch, Flying Geese among others). Bring a quilt top and we will brainstorm some design ideas you can use.

  • 90 minute Lecture – Demo
  • 3-hour drawing/design workshop or 3-hour hands-on class
TOOL BOX TRICKS - BEYOND BASICS

(domestic sewing machine and longarm)

More advanced straight line and curved designs (including cross-hatching) will be learned. We will also explore ways to break up borders and larger backgrounds with ruler work. Bring a quilt top and we will brainstorm some design ideas you can use.

  • 90 minute Lecture – Demo
  • 3-hour drawing/design workshop or 3-hour hands-on class
Big Rig Quilting Workshops: TOOL BOX TRICKS - BEYOND BASICS
Big Rig Quilting Workshops: MODERN RULER IMPROV
MODERN RULER IMPROV

(domestic and longarm)

Explore ways to use traditional rulers in non-traditional ways. We will start with straight-line rulers and circles, then use other shapes. The design possibilities are endless. Marking is not needed or minimal – experimentation and play is essential.

  • Lecture-Demo 90 minutes, 3-hour hands-on class
  • (Not available as a drawing/design workshop)
LONGARM 101

(longarm only: Sit-down or frame)

Basics of longarm quilting will be covered. Loading the frame, squaring up the quilt, dealing with wonky quilts. Tension issues will be addressed including: adjusting bobbin tension and top tension. Needle and thread choices as well as a look at the various feet you can use – and why you might use them. This is a great class for someone considering a longarm, someone just starting out on a longarm, for renters, or someone who just wants to brush up on basics .

  •  3 hour Lecture/demo – some hands-on
Big Rig Quilting Workshops: Longarm 101
Big Rig Quilting Workshops:Thread Play
THREAD PLAY

(longarm only: Sit-down or frame)

Explore the not so mysterious world of tension. Learn how to adjust the bobbin tension and get the perfect play between your top and bottom thread. Explore different weights and types of thread and how to use them on your longarm machine. Double Needle? Couching? Sure thing – got that covered too!

  • 3 hour Lecture/demo – some hands-on

Interested in me offering one of the above workshops to your group?

Please contact me with your request.