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Handi Quilter VAN Event Day 1

Here's what's up for Day 1!

  • Longarm Machine Basics   10am - 1pm
Does longarm quilting interest you, and you’d like to learn more about it? Or do you just want a review of longarm quilting basics? This class removes the mystery of longarm quilting by explaining machine and frame elements and features, how to load a quilt, and vital facts about thread, needles and tension. Handi Quilter longarm machine and frame systems come in various sizes for every budget, and are user-friendly because they are designed by a quilter, for quilters – just like you!  Objective: Learn skills that will help you manages your long-arm machine with confidence.

Topics Include: • Basic machine and frame elements and features • Bobbins, tension, needles and thread • How to load a quilt onto a frame • Quilting with Groovy Boards and pantographs • Rulers, Adjustable and Micro Handles, and basic free-motion 

  • Fast, Fun, and Fabulous Free-Motion Quilting   2-5pm
Quilters everywhere LOVE the excitement and fun of free-motion quilting – and it’s easier than you think! Create flowing designs by connecting simple design elements with continuous lines, traveling across the quilt or filling in a specific area. Learn how drawing and muscle memory contribute to beautiful free-motion quilting, and how you can create stunning designs.  Objective: Learn to create free motion designs that can be used to finish any quilt.   

Topics include: • How to develop an inventory of free-motion designs • Proper scaling and spacing of design elements • Edge-to-edge free-motion quilting • Adjusting your quilting path to create your own new designs • Using Micro Handles and adjustable handlebars for free-motion control 

Skill Level:
Skill Details:
All skill levels are welcome, including never tried it before!
A smile and the desire to have a good time!
Instructor Name:
Karen Arnold
Instructor Bio:
Karen Arnold
Karen grew up on a farm in NE Ohio in a family of creators and
learned to sew at an early age. She became accomplished in
sewing clothing, embroidery, cross stitch, knitting, crocheting and
quilting. After many years, she found that her passion was quilting
and has been quilting for the past 35 years.
Her grandmother was an excellent seamstress and quilter who
used a treadle sewing machine to create her masterpieces long
before the luxuries of rotary cutters and computerized machines.
Her mom quilted and believed that hand quilting was the only way
to go, until Karen started quilting with a longarm machine!
During high school, Karen took a lot of art classes where she learned about design, color, and texture, which
she is able to integrate into her quilting. Most of her quilts are traditional, but she occasionally steps out of
that genre.
Karen has a BS in elementary education from Kent State University and a master?s degree in educational
technology from Ashland University. In preparing for her retirement after 30 years of teaching, she became
fascinated by longarm quilting. She bought an HQ Amara? and started learning how to use it with a passion.
She loves combining Pro-Stitcher? and ruler work with free motion quilting. She has been a member of a
quilting/sewing group, The Pinpricks, for the last 25 years. Becoming an HQ educator was an exciting way to
combine her love of teaching, technology, and quilting! Her favorite parts of being an HQ educator are working
with people, sharing her expertise, and visiting quilt shops.
Along with her amazing husband, who supports her quilting addiction, Karen lives near Columbus, Ohio. In
addition to quilting, Karen loves to garden, travel and work on the family farm.

Handi Quilter VAN Event Day 1

$ 90.00
per day (bundle and save, use coupon code Bundle30 or Bundle60
1C - 2A:   Thu, Aug 11, 2022 at 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Thu, Aug 11, 2022 at 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
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    • 22 Fifth St. South Glens Falls, NY 12803
    • Phone: (518) 615-0134
    • Tues. - Sat. - 9am-5pm
    • Sun. and Mon. - CLOSED
    •  *Closed for major Holidays call ahead or check the class calendar*