Workshops & Lectures

Free-Motion Mastery in a Month: The Simple Step-by-Step way to Machine Quilting Success!

Length: 1 day (6 hours)
Project: Free-motion quilted wall hanging
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Prerequisites: Basic machine-sewing skills
Fee: Please click on "Booking & Registration"
Materials Fee: Book & Tool kit required. Please see materials list for options and prices. Optional fabric kits are also available (see below).

Master the fundamentals of free motion quilting in 30 days -- one block and one day at a time. 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! We'll set up and begin a block-a-day quilt that you can finish in one month (but no guilt if you take longer!). If you mess up a block, no worries - it’s just one block, not a whole quilt. Just do another one! 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, while making the first three blocks. Finish them into the project shown above, or use them in a larger quilt. 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 long-arm. The workbook includes instructions for domestic machines, as well as both sit-down and frame-mounted long-arm machines.

Required materials for class:
If you do not already have these items, you will need to purchase them in class or purchase before class in my online store (click HERE)
-- A copy of Free-Motion Mastery in a Month ($30)
-- An FMM30 Tool Kit (see materials list for details and options)

Optional Fabric Kits:
To see fabric choices and pre-order kits, click here
Kits contains pre-cut fabric for front, back & binding, matching thread, and batting for 3 blocks that we'll do in class.
Two sizes are available:
3-block wallhanging (example shown at top of page) $30
16-block quilt (click on Images link at top left of page for examples): $100
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.

For a project image, please click on "Images for Print" above and use the image of the single-block quilt with the butterfly in the center.

Short 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
-- An FMM30 Tool Kit (see materials list for detrails)

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 - high-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), 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.

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