Advanced Free Motion

Free Style Quilting   

Have you ever wanted to kiss your feed dogs goodbye?  Here’s your chance!  Come learn to quilt beyond the grid with Elizabeth.  Free-motion quilting can be a little scary, but we’ll take the fear out of it with some easy starting points.  You’ll be stippling and creating your own free-motion designs in no time.  We’ll learn to draw with our sewing machine – stippling, stars, loops, pattern-fill, and writing your name!  Skill level:  this is for the person who has done straight-line quilting, or stitch-in-the-ditch and is ready to go to new places on the fabric or quilt surface.  You should be able to operate your working sewing machine, and have the ability to drop or cover the feed dogs.     

This session will last 3 hours.

Class Supplies

• paper -- up to a dozen sheets or so – just regular old plain white paper will do – or newsprint or whatever you 

have.  (Printer paper works just fine)

• pencil

• Sewing machine in working order.  You must be able to drop or cover the feed dogs and know how to operate 

your machine.

• General sewing supplies, scissors, needles etc.

• Machine feet:  darning, walking (quilting), straight stitch

• Muslin “sandwiches” – 8 of them, at least 12 inches square (two pieces of muslin with batting in the middle, 

pinned – you can use safety pins or even straight pins, or you can baste the traditional 

way if you like) if you are a speedy sewer, you may want to bring more fabric and batting.

• Some dull sewing machine needles and some new quilting machine needles – size 75 and 90

• If you have gloves meant for machine quilting bring them.  If not, I highly recommend Machingers.

Sew-N-Save will provide different threads and wooden hoops for you to use in class.  If you have a particular thread you like to use, please bring it.

Class Supplies

Sewing machine in working order with the ability to drop or cover the feed dogs

General sewing supplies, scissors, pins, etc.

Machine embroidery hoop

Machine needles:  70, 80, 90, topstitch, metalfil, jeans

Darning foot, Walking or quilting foot, straight stitch foot, satin stitch foot or couching foot

Machine quilting gloves – I recommend Machiningers as they are light weight and comfortable (and your 

hands won’t sweat as much).  You can use latex if you like or whatever you already have.

Pencil, pigma .05 black marker or a very fine-point sharpie

A pair of tweezers or a hemostat

Two or three quilt “sandwiches”  (fabric and batting sandwiches) plain colors best for making samples

A couple of sheets of vellum or tracing paper

Tulle (fine netting) – white or black - one half-yard – inexpensive variety 

Threads:  bobbin thread – white or black, 60-80 weight in colors (two or three) and  all kinds, cottons, rayons, 

polys, metallics, monofilament, heavier weights like 40, 30, and larger (the smaller the number the thicker 

the thread) COLORS!!!

Fibers – those beautiful threads that are too big to go through the needle but you just “have to have them” 

and want to use them, ribbons, yarns, gimp, eyelash, whatever you have or want to purchase.

Specialty fabrics – small pieces (10” x 10” or thereabouts), the slippery, shiny, funky, lycra, furry, etc.

Stabilizers:  tear aways, lightweight leave-ins, wash-aways (small amounts of each)*

*  Stabilizers will be supplied by Westerville Sew-N-Save.  Students will also be able to use additional decorative threads from Sew-N-Save's class supplies while in class.

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