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Scared Stitchless! Introduction to Free Motion Quilting on Domestic Sewing Machine

Are you scared stitchless to quilt your own quilts?!? 

With your domestic sewing machine, you can create heirloom quilts. This beginner class will cover topics ranging from marking your quilt, batting choices, pinning your quilt, working with stencils, free motion fills, grid work, to alternate ways to transfer designs to your quilt tops. Learn to pin your quilt and prepare it for quilting. Then dive in and practice free-motion grid work, quilting loops, curves, and straight lines, all using your home sewing machine.

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Beginner machine quilting
Requirements: Supply List: Things you will need for class. -Two (2) ~18in cotton quilt sandwiches -dark solids work well with light thread or light solids with dark thread. Fat quarters are a great size for these. - Sewing Machine in good working order with a plexiglass surround for your machine (e.g., Sew-Steady table) or a small surround that comes with some machines. Be sure to bring your instruction manual. - Free motion quilting foot or darning foot for machine and the ability to drop the feed-dogs. If unsure, bring all of the feet for your machine. No walking foot please. - Scissors (small). A small pair of embroidery scissors works well. - 1 pkg. Schmetz Sharp or Microtex machine needles size 70, 75 or 80 - Safety pins 2 dozen or more (curved #1 recommended) - Blue water soluble marking pen or white ceramic pencil (e.g., Bohin, SewLine or Fons & Porter) for marking designs. Chaco Liners are also a good option. (Must be water soluble). - Threads for stitching: Contrasting thread for practice squares. Recommended threads are Aurifil 50 weight cotton or Glide 40 weight poly. - Your choice of something to give your fingers traction as you move the fabric sandwich under the needle. Suggestions include Machingers gloves, or finger cots.
Instructor: Liz Granberg-Jerome
Instructor Bio: Elizabeth Granberg-Jerome custom quilter, teacher, designer, and owner of Gypsy Dreamer Quilts, is a native Californian, who considers herself a Kansan after living here for over 30 years. She made the transition from a lifetime of sewing to becoming passionate about quilting while caring for her elderly father. Her quilts have a flavor all their own as she creates unique layouts and color play for one-of-a-kind quilts. Liz began her journey in quilting in 2006 and in 2010 attended a week-long quilt camp to learn free motion quilting so she could complete her quilts herself. Her first four years were spent quilting on her domestic sewing machine. Liz began teaching a variety of quilting classes in several shops in northeast Kansas in 2015. She was approached by 2017 Kansas City Regional Quilt Festival committee members and asked if she would be willing to teach free motion quilting on sit-down machines for beginners. Teaching four sold-out classes in three days, she was well on her way to making a name for herself in the region as a sought-after instructor for beginning free motion quilters. She taught again at the 2019 KCRQF with more happy students leaving with new skills. Known for her Hexified Panel Quilts, a variation of the One Block Wonder technique, she is always sure to explain during trunk shows that each quilt was quilted by herself on a sit-down quilter. As a guest quilt artist for Timeless Treasures Fabrics, several of her quilt samples have been used for social media blasts to promote new lines, as well as displayed as samples at Quilt Market. Two of her Hexified Panel Quilts were published in One Block Wonders of the World by Maxine Rosenthal and Linda A. Bardes (C&T, 2017) and five in One Block Wonder Panel Quilts by Maxine Rosenthal and Nancy Miller (C&T, 2021). Liz lives in Baldwin City, Kansas, with her husband Leslie, whom she met at a quilting retreat in 2016 when he attended her Hexified Panel Quilt workshop. Together they are creating works of art as they continue to stretch the boundaries of the original One Block Wonder technique.
Student should bring lunch

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