Friday, March 13, 2020
9:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time
4:00 PM
 

Free Motion Quilting on Home Machines:

Wanderings – A Table Topper

Learn the basics of free motion quilting on a home sewing machine. We’ll cover the fundamentals including pin basting, batting options, needle and thread choices, tension adjustments and other FMQ tips & tricks. During this full day workshop several designs (echo, pebbles, swirls, ribbons, leaves -- and a bit of McTavishing) will be discussed, drawn and stitched to prepare a small table topper.

We’ll take the mystery out of FMQ so you can finish your quilts at home.

 

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Redbird Quilt Co. - Karen L. Miller - FMQ Basics – Wanderings

Class Topics:

My favorite tools & why (Slider, gloves, high quality thread, needles, wool bat) Impact of needle, thread and batting choices on free motion quilting
Pin basting review ~ Plus stopping, starting, jumping & other tips Motifs – echo, pebbles, swirls, ribbons, leaves -- and a bit of McTavishing

Supplies

Sewing machine with a Darning or Free Motion Quilting Foot (open or closed) Walking or even feed foot to stitch out the wavy lines
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Option 1 – Nearly Square Table Topper:
1 light colored solid Fat Quarter – quilt shop quality cotton fabric
1 light colored small print fat quarter – for backing
1 fat quarter wool batting (Quilter’s Dream 100% Wool recommended)
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Option 2 – Oblong Table Topper:
12-14” by Width of Fabric light colored solid Fat Quarter
16-18” by Width of Fabric light colored solid Fat Quarter for backing

1⁄2 yard wool batting (Quilter’s Dream 100% Wool recommended)
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28wt, 40wt or 50wt cotton threads that complement your fabrics (
Aurifil recommended) Quilting Gloves (Machingers are my favorite)
90/14 Superior Titanium Coated Top Stitch Needles
Basting Safety Pins – Painters Tape
Paper & pencil to practice FMQ motifs
Marking tool: 
Hera Marker ~ Water Soluble Blue Marker or Sewline Lead Pencil

Optional: Supreme Slider by LaPeirre (regular or queen size) or comparable Teflon sheet Extra: Bring a pillow for your chair!! The correct height helps avoid aches and pains.

Good working knowledge of your sewing machine is required. Machine extension table (flat, flush surface) is highly recommended.

Other Notes:

If you’re comfortable with the task, prepare your quilt sandwiches before the Workshop – otherwise I’d be happy to show you how to baste them in class.

If you prefer to work on a practice sandwich bring a few extra Fat Quarter sized sandwiches with you.Questions? e-Mail Karen > redbirdquiltco@gmail.com

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Redbird Quilt Co. - Karen L. Miller - FMQ Basics – Wanderings