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Handi Quilter VAN Event Day 3

Day 3 Workshops!

  • A Foot Ahead   10-11:20am

Class Description: Handi Quilter’s full lineup of feet give you a lot options for quilting projects. This fun workshop lets you see different ways to incorporate techniques with the all the different feet.

Objective: Learn how to incorporate the use of Handi Feet into your quilting projects. • The many feet available • Different applications for the feet • Changing the feet 

  • Not Your Average Orange Peel  11:30 - 1pm

Class Description: Let’s take a classic design – the orange peel – and spice it up in this fun workshop. You’ll learn how to add creative designs to jazz up this basic quilting design.

Objective: Teach the stitching path for the “continuous curve” design that students can then “upskill” the design by jazzing up the centers with additional designs without breaking the thread. See other shapes that create a fun design with the same pathway.  • The basic stitch path of the continuous curve • Deciding where a continuous line design would fit well • How to stitch out the design using free motion or rulers • How to add interest to the centers with basic center designs while not breaking the thread • How to use other shapes in the same stitch path to change the design 

  • Beyond Basic Background Fills  2 - 3:20pm

Class Description: Interested in building a library of designs you can use with confidence? In this workshop, you’ll identify shapes you already love to quilt, learn how to create pathways to connect designs, and explore using different threads to really make your background fill quilting pop.

Objective: Develop a library of designs that you can quilt with confidence using free motion on your longarm. • Identify the shapes that you are naturally good at • Use these shapes to create new pathways • Audition designs for each quilt • The impact thread can have on quilting • Finding the size and shape that best enhance the feature you want to highlight 

  • Gridwork not Guesswork   3:30 - 5pm

Class Description: Laying out designs using gridwork creates even spacing and uniformity in quilting. In this workshop, you’ll learn how to make your own stencils, explore designs that work well within grids, and tips and tricks for marking grids on your next quilting project.

Objective: Quilting with a grid results in even spacing and uniformity with your quilting. • Making your own grid stencil • Applying grids successfully in different size spaces • Designs conducive for gridwork • Gridwork for E2E designs • Marking and removing grids 

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: All skill levels are welcome
Requirements: A smile and a desire to have a good time!
Instructor: Karen Arnold
Instructor Bio: 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.
for all 4 workshops on day 3 or Bundle60 to save for all 3 days

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.
    • 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*