Learn Free Motion Quilting
Starts Saturday 12th January 2019
Have you been scared of Free Motion Quilting (FMQ)?
Would you like to learn how to do Free Motion Quilting but just don’t know where to start?
Do you have plenty of beautiful quilt tops languishing in your sewing room looking slightly unloved because you don’t know how to quilt them?
Or have you mastered the art of walking foot quilting but have decided that now is the time to move to the next stage?
Well that was me this time last year and via a couple of brilliant teachers and mentors, and LOTS of practice, I finally got over that line of fear. And many hours later (with a quite a few “oops” moments), I then fell very definitely in love.
OK, so admittedly I’m still somewhat in the honeymoon stage of my relationship with FMQ but my aim is to help YOU get over that fear line too, because once you’re over it I promise you’ll never look back. My first group of ladies (no gents yet; but here’s hoping) went from complete beginners at FMQ to complete addicts by the time I had finished with them, and there’s now no turning back! Scroll through the gallery above to see what they’ve achieved.
If my job is to get you started and teach you some Free Motion Quilting techniques, then your job is to practice lots and get better than me at FMQ! So, this Beginner’s Free Motion Quilting course is being held fortnightly to give you a chance to get lots of practice in between times. And who knows? You could also use that time to FMQ some of your languishing quilts!
What do you need for your FMQ course?
Bring your own sewing machine. It would be better for you to learn FMQ on your own machine; I always think you need to choose your sewing machine like you choose your husband or wife. You’re going to spend a lot of time with them so you need to get on, and also understand all their little idiosyncrasies as well as when they need their ego stroking! (Actually, I wonder whether we spend more time with our machines than our beloved other?…hmmm…)
You’ll need a darning or free motion foot (the same thing). You can get open “C” shaped free motion feet, or closed circular or oval ones. Either are fine, but I personally prefer the “C” shaped one because you can see what you’re doing. If you have a Brother machine I can order you one; for all other brands please make sure yours is a properly branded foot for your machine otherwise you can damage your machine, ie don’t buy a generic foot).
An A3 sketch book and a Sharpie or two (black felt tip pen) (Colemans the stationers in Ross sell sketch books and Sharpies)
Quilting Gloves can be very useful (we sell these in the shop)
Disappearing quilt marker pen (air or water – we sell both in the shop)
Plenty of 14 – 15″ quilt sandwiches – use a plain fabric on the top, but the bottoms can be anything you like. This is a brilliant way of using up largish scraps and indeed any of the cheap nasty fabric that we all seem to acquire because it seemed like such a bargain at the time but really should never be seen dead in a quilt. We’ll do at least two samples a week and you may need extras to practice on in lessons too (these practice sandwiches can be smaller if you like).
Beginner’s Free Motion Quilting Course Dates:
Saturdays – 10am – 12:30pm
Saturday 12th Jan 2019
Saturday 19th Jan 2019
Saturday 26th Jan 2019
Saturday 2nd Feb 2019
Saturday 9th Feb 2019
Saturday 16th Feb 2019
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