Ready to Quilt: Quick Tips to Get You Started
Get your layers ready for machine quilting with fuss-free tips and techniques. Popular instructor Sandi Blackwell walks you through assembling your top, preparing your machine and quilting with either a walking foot or free-motion foot. Start with these simple steps, end with a quilt youll treasure.
Sandi has been sewing all her life and quilting for more than 25 years. After beginning a custom quilt business and shipping orders throughout the United States and Europe, she became a teacher, pattern designer, author and speaker. Sandi created the Square-agonals® technique, which has led to three books and a line of patterns. She's taught throughout the country and in Ireland; at Quilt Market; and at "The Quilters Hall of Fame" in Marion, Indiana, every year since 2011. Sandi enjoys sharing her techniques and making her students' quilting experience easier, more creative and more rewarding.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Meet Sandi Blackwell and start with steps for preparing your quilt sandwich: squaring, marking to center your quilt top, batting and backing. With each breakdown, you'll enjoy timesaving tips that make for a speedy sandwich.
Ever wondered how experienced quilters wrangle all of the fabric in a quilt sandwich? For starters, basting helps! Sandi shares how to use pressing and pinning tools, assembling all of your layers to make quilting a snap.
Before diving into actual quilting, make sure you've got a good handle on your tools. Sandi breaks down machine settings and sewing feet so that you're set for success.
Quilting can work in two basic ways: with a walking foot or a free-motion foot. Sandi explains the difference and helps you choose which you like best. You'll also get an introduction to several eye-catching designs and see how to manage almost any size quilt as it passes through your machine (without any fuss!).
Walking foot quilters - it's time to dive in! Sandi demonstrates where to start, depending on your quilt design choice, and explains how having a plan and controlling your thread can help keep your quilting even.
Finish class with with a fun look at free-motion quilting! Start by learning which presser feet work best and move on to controlling stitch length; it's the key to flawless FMQ work! Along the way, you'll get some of Sandi's trusted secrets for fantastic FMQ.