FMQ Workshop – Followup

In our previous post, we introduced the Free Motion Quilting Workshop and provided registration information. Quilters will have the option of bringing their own supplies or paying $10 for two quilt sandwiches (one cotton batting and one polyester batting), spools of Aurifil, So Fine, and Isocord.

OrphanBlockSamplerIt is highly likely you will fill these quilt sandwiches during quilt time. You might consider bringing extra sandwiches to have as backup. A good idea would be to use orphan blocks or simple pieced blocks so that you can see the difference between quilting on whole cloth and on pieced designs. I was surprised how difficult deciding quilting designs on pieced blocks is for me.  Working with pieced sandwiches can be very good practice.  To the left is a sample I’ve created with unused blocks, simple 2″ square blocks and blocks of solid. This one is approximately 36″ x 36″ and gives plenty of room to play. With the different shapes, I can also play with different quilting designs.

Since these are orphan blocks, I won’t be devastated if doesn’t turn out awesome, but I could be surprised and end with something I’m really proud of. At worst, it’ll make a great dog blanket! 😀

Be sure to check the supply list in the original post.  If you have any questions, let me know.  I’m looking forward to spending time with you next Saturday.  What a way to spend Valentines, huh?!


Free Motion Quilting Workshop

We will be hosting a free motion quilting (FMQ) workshop at our February meeting.   This is definitely a hands-on workshop. All participants are encouraged to bring their sewing machines and be prepared to play!

Saturday, February 14, 2015
Our meeting time has been extended
10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
(Finger sandwiches will be provided for lunch.)

Quilt n Stitch
6048 Cypress Street
West Monroe, LA 71291

So what will we cover?

  • Tools and Resources
  • Drawing Designs
  • Setting up Sewing Machine
  • Setting up Workspace

We will provide:

The majority of this workshop will be spent practicing different FMQ designs on quilt sandwiches. Since your quilting can be affected by fabric, batting and thread choices, we will be providing

  • two 18” x 22” quilt sandwiches (one with polyester batting and one with cotton batting),
  • one spool of So Fine thread and
  • one spool of Isocord thread (courtesy of Quilt n Stitch).
  • one small spool Aurifil (courtesy of Aurifil)
  • The cost of supplies is $10 each. You may elect to bring your own supplies if you prefer. Just be aware your results may differ based on materials.

What to bring:

  • Notebook or drawing paper, pens or pencils for practicing quilting designs. 8.5 x 11 is a good size.
  • Sewing machine
  • Extension table for your machine if you have one.
  • Darning foot or quilting foot
  • Needles (Quilting, Universal, Microtex, or Jean, size 80 or 90)
  • Bobbins filled with colored thread. (We will be sewing on natural colored fabric and want the thread to show.)
  • Snips / Thread Scissors
  • Supreme Slider (Optional)*
  • Machinger Gloves or similar (Optional)*

*The Supreme Slider is wonderful for allowing the quilt to move smoothly as you quilt. I don’t quilt without one. If you are buying, buy as large as appropriate for your machine. If you can cover crevices caused by table joints, that is a good thing.  (Link to the right shows the Queen Size at $48.  Good price.)

*Machinger Gloves are a specific glove brand, but there are many others. I recently heard someone mention buying cheap gardening gloves instead. Rubber tips on fingers, think surgical gloves, are an option. I find Machinger gloves to be very comfortable to work with and do not cause my hands to get warm.

Be sure to check with your local quilt stores for any supplies you may need.

Space is limited, so be sure to sign up for a spot.  Also indicate if you would like us to provide supplies as indicated above.