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Handi Quilter Educator Event Spring 2019



When: Friday April 5 - Saturday April 6
Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Cost: $45 per class
Choose 3 classes and get the last one free! ($135 for all 4)
Use coupon code X3EJ6 on the purchase of all four classes to get one free!

Location: Shawn's Sewing Center
1301 E Battlefield Rd, Springfield

Lunch will be provided both days.


CLASS #1: STAND UP LONGARM MACHINE QUILTING BASICS

Friday April 5 - 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Does longarm quilting interest you, and you’d like to learn more about it? Or do you just want a review of longarm basics? This class removes the mystery of longarm quilting by explaining machine and frame elements and features, how to load a quilt, and vital facts about thread, needles, and tension. Handi Quilter longarm and frame systems come in various sizes for every budget, are user-friendly because they are designed by a quilter, for quilters - just like you!

Topics include:

Basic machine and frame elements and features.
Bobbins, tension, needles, and thread

How to load a quilt onto a frame

Quilting with Groovy Boards and pantographs

Rulers, Micro Handles, and basic free motion




CLASS #2: RULER ESSENTIALS

Friday April 5 - 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

If you love precision and consistency in your quilting designs, you will love using design rulers and templates! These handy tools assist in placing designs accurately and stitching the out precisely. Learn to handle rulers and templates safely with the ruler base and Sure Foot, and how to achieve accuracy with the markings. The wide variety of Handi quilter rulers will inspire you to new design heights.

Topics Include:

Handle rulers safely

Understand and use ruler markings for precision and accuracy

Use piecing lines and marking tools to build ruler design confidence

Versa tool quilting: stitch-in-the-ditch, cross-hatch, piano keys, clamshells, and arcs

Apply binding with the HQ VersaTool

CLASS #3: BEYOND TRADITIONAL FEATHERS

Saturday, April 6 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm  

Beautiful feathers are a mainstay of free-motion quilters everywhere, but sometimes you find yourself ready for something a little different. In this class, you will learn how to build feathering skills to include new shapes and styles of feathers. Then, you’ll learn to easily customize them to your quilting projects, both as all over designs and in designated spaces.

Topics Include:

Two different styles of feathers

Embellished feathers and spines

Leaves, curls, and other vine designs

Creating all over patterns with feathers

Customizing unconventional feathers to spaces


CLASS #4: INTRODUCTION TO THE HQ PRO-STITCHER PART 1

Saturday, April 6 from 1:30pm - 4:30pm  

HQ Pro-Stitcher is an intuitive computer-guided quilting system designed especially for use with Handi Quilter longarm quilting machines. User-friendly and simple to operate, the step-by-step process for each function is easy and fun. Whether finishing your own quilts or considering a quilting business, come see the elegant and precise quilting you can accomplish with an HQ Pro-Stitcher. New owners – start here!

Topics Include:

Overview of support resources available online

Overview of menu and basic functions and design catalog

Fit a design to a block using Skew and Resize, XForm and Align

Demonstration of the HQ Pro-Stitcher Simulator

Overview of Art & Stitch


Instructor: Kate Quinn
Instructor Bio: Kate Quinn is a Handi Quilter National Educator. Kate?s fascination with quilting began in 1991 when she received a hand-quilted Grandmother?s Flower Garden quilt as a wedding present. The gift of a second scrappy quilt further solidified her love of fabrics and colors. She made her first quilt in 1993 to celebrate the birth of her first child and has been a devoted quilter ever since. She loves all styles and types of quilts. As an army veteran with over 7 years of service, a military spouse for the last 27 years, and a mother of five children, quilting became the thread that stitched her a new community every time the family moved. She has taught and organized charity quilting for decades through community and church organizations. Eventually she also began teaching at local quilt shops. She loves to interact with other creative people and help them to develop the skills they need to make both beautiful and comfortable quilted items. In 2013, after a move to New Mexico, she began working at a local quilt shop in Albuquerque. While there, she was able to attend Handi Quilter retailer training in 2015, and feels that this training experience helped her realize her own dreams of becoming a longarm quilter. In 2016, she opened her business, FabriKated Quilts Longarm Service, in Rio Rancho, NM. In addition to longarm work, she currently travels through the US, teaching all aspects of quilting. With her love of longarm quilting, it was a natural transition for her to teach others how to get the best from their longarm machines.
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