Want to learn to do free-motion quilting but don’t know where to start? Afraid you’ll ruin that beautiful top you spent weeks piecing? This is the class for you!
This class is based on my book Free-Motion Mastery in a Month: A Block a Day to Machine Quilting Success! In class we’ll introduce all the techniques and skills you’ll practice in the 30-day program, as we quilt three blocks. Finish them into the project shown above or use them in a larger, 16-block quilt that you can finish in one month (but no guilt if you take longer!).
In this class you will learn how to:
- Pre-train your hands anytime, anywhere, before you sit down at the sewing machine.
- Set up your machine for free-motion quilting
- Move your hands, your body and the quilt for relaxed, efficient quilting
- Quilt the fundamental shapes that are the basis for all quilting patterns
- Join pre-quilted blocks to make a quilt of any size
The class is taught on domestic sewing machines, but the principles and exercises work equally well on a sit down or frame-mounted long-arm. The book includes instructions for domestic machines, as well as both sit-down and frame-mounted long-arm machines.
Required materials for class:
Click on "Download Material List" above for complete class preparation instructions.
If you do not already have these items, you will need to purchase them in or before class. (Click here to view and purchase these materials in the store)
-- A copy of the Free-Motion Mastery in a Month book
-- An FMM30 Tool Kit (see materials list or click on the link above for details and options)
If you are taking the class at a store, check with the store for purchase options. If you are taking the class at a show, guild or other event, you can purchase a fabric kit in class or through in my online store (click here for a 3-block kit, and here for a 16-block kit). (It's a good idea to purchase at least the book before class, so you have an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the material).
Optional Fabric Kits:
To pre-order kits, click here for a 3-block kit, and here for a 16-block kit.
Kits contain pre-cut fabric for front, back, border, joining strips & binding; matching thread; and batting. Two sizes are available:
-- 3-block wallhanging kit (example shown at top of page, various fabrics available): $30
-- 16-block quilt kit: $100
if you are taking this class at a store, check with the store for purchase options. If you are taking the class at a show, guild or other event, please pre-order fabric kits by clicking on the links above. Order a few weeks in advance of your event, as I may be traveling to other events before yours.
A sewing machine is required for this class. Please refer to the materials list for necessary accessories and set-up instructions. If you are taking the class at a show, and the show materials say that machines are provided, then the machines will include foot, bobbins and thread.
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Short class description (75 words):
Master the fundamentals of free motion quilting one day, one block at a time. Learn to: - Pre-train your hands anytime, anywhere, before you sew. - Combine six basic shapes to make any quilting patterns - Join pre-quilted blocks for any size quilt In class you’ll learn all the techniques and skills to practice while making the first three blocks. Finish them into a small wall hanging, or use them in a larger quilt.
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Required Book and Tools (see materials list for full description):
-- A copy of Free-Motion Mastery in a Month book
-- An FMM30 Tool Kit (see materials list for details)
Fabric and Thread for 15" wall hanging (MUST be pre-cut):
Fabric #1: 1 block 12” x 11” (Front of center block. Has a large, clearly-outline motif like the butterfly in top image on page 1. It should have about 50% empty background space - solid color, no pattern.)
Fabric #2: 2 blocks 12” x 11” and 3 blocks 12" x 14" (Borders & backing. Solid, in one or more coordinating colors).
Fabric #3: 2 strips 1” x WOF; 2 strips 1-3/4” x WOF, 2 strips 2.5" x WOF (Joining strips & binding. Solid or tiny print, in a different coordinating color. WOF=Width of Fabric, 42"-45" These are not used in class but are needed to finish the wall hanging at home.)
Batting: 3 squares 12” x 14” (Cotton or poly-cotton, not poofy polyester or wool. Fusible batting is great.
Thread: (Hhigh-quality cotton, new (don’t bring old thread), 40 or 50 weight in two colors: Match Fabric #1.
Sewing tools: Basic sewing supplies (including thread-trimming scissors and seam ripper). 12 safety pins (if not using fusible batting). Optional: Silicone "slider" sheet to cover sewing machine throat.
Sewing machine accessories and set-up: (Read and carefully follow instructions in materials list): Make sure the machine is working, cleaned and lubricated. Sew on it before you come to class to test it! Know how to drop the feed dogs. Know how to adjust the tension. Bring the instruction manual. Free-motion quilting foot or darning foot (make sure it is the correct foot for your machine and know how to attach it. test it before class), 2 empty bobbins, new needles in sizes 80/12 and 75/11 “Universal’ and “Quilting” types.
Note to Presenters (Show, Store or Guild):
It is very helpful to have a helper in the classroom that can assist with sewing machine issues. If sewing machines are provided at a show, this is usually a representative from the sewing machine manufacturer. At stores and guilds, if there is someone who can assist in this way, it will help the class move more smoothly for everyone. Thank you.
Length: 1 day (6 hours)
Project: Free-motion quilted wall hanging
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Prerequisites: Basic sewing skills
Materials Fee: Book & Tool kit required. Please see materials list for options and prices. Optional fabric kits are also available (see below).