Longarm Quilting Classes

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. DSCN5076_wm

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.

DSCN5063_wmThe 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.

We practiced liner designs:DSCN5065_wm




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

  • AJ

    Nice. Still learning with my longarm! Now 1yr old. Signed up for a longarm conference in Feb. There is also one in April.

  • Diane Rincon

    How stimulating, and great timing for your classes!

  • Susan Owenby

    Very cool! I so want to give long arm a whirl. I love to draw so it seems like a good fit… we’ll see when I finally get a go at it! 🙂

    • Jackie

      Thanks Susan, There is a learning curve, but I am enjoying the process. Anytime there was a show with a long arm, I took advantage of giving them a try.

      Jackie Berdych
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  • Sandi Colwell

    Love seeing your progress!

  • val

    I’m envious…I’d love to find a class like that in my area. You learned soooo much! Your work is looking great!

    • Jackie

      Thank you Val.

      The classes were hosting by the Sewing and Quilt Expo. I know they have shows all over the US, there might be one near you next year.

      Jackie Berdych
      Sew Excited
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