Last weekend I took Longarm Quilting classes at the Sewing and Quilt Expo, while the show was disappointing the classes were not. Pat Barry from By Design Quilting taught the classes which were filled with information and hands-on learning.
The first class was 3 hours of basics and terminology, great for a newbie like me. I had pre-registered for a Template and Pantograph class and after attending the first class, I decided to take advantage of her knowledge and signed up for the Background Grids and Fillers class.
We practiced using rulers and templates on a printed panel. I found that “stitching in the ditch” is easier for me without the ruler. I think it just means I need more practice. Using a curved ruler had its challenges as well as you can see below.
The next class was Pantographs, which I found more difficult than they look. It was suggested that a little speed helped smooth out the curves. Speed is not an issue for me, I tend to go too fast.
The last class was fillers and backgrounds which I loved. I think my free motion quilting on a domestic machine prepared me for this class. The skill is very different but I am more comfortable with free motion.
Curls and swirls:
Will be posting pictures of some of the quilts in the show soon.
What new skills are you working on?
Learning on the Journey, Jackie