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Longarm Quilt Class Overview:

Itís all about the details!!! In my two day workshop, you will complete a sampler quilt on muslin, that covers a variety of custom techniques, ALL done from the front of the machine.


GUARANTEED to increase your knowledge base and comfort level with the machine. Youíll be ready to quilt for customers with newfound confidence. Youíll be able to offer your customers a variety of applications that may also separate you from your local competition.


We have two machines, and will only book a maximum of two people per class.  This allows each person to work on their own machine, and to get lots of individual attention.


Day One --- Ready, Set, Sew

This prep class covers my method of loading the quilting and includes lots of extra tips on keeping the quilt straight and square throughout the process. It also includes additional info on maintaining the original size of the quilt, in other words, minimizing quilt shrinkage. I do a thorough discussion of selection of needles, thread, and batting along with an explanation of balancing thread and adjusting tension. Stabilizing the quilt is also a part of this demo.

Day Two --- Favorite Gadgets and Tools for Custom Quilting

Day two of the Class is where you really start to have fun doing a variety of custom quilting techniques.  They are all done from the front of the machine. It features completion of a sampler quilt done with a variety of my favorite gadgets and tools.


This is a thorough demo of using the right tools to create:

  • Straight lines
  • Chevrons
  • Shells
  • Diamonds
  • Feathers
  • Continuous Line Curves
  • Perfect Stitch-in-the-Ditch

Some other applications covered include:

  • Free-motion designs
  • The use of stencils
  • Black light powder
  • White chalk powder
  • Changing the size of your design
  • Special tissue paper technique for tracing a pattern

The finished sampler is the perfect size to hang in your studio or at your local quilt shop to really show off a huge variety of quilting techniques and applications.


  • 2 day class is $400.
  • Airport pickup and delivery is $100 (Optional).
  • Call us for a list of lodging options in Bigfork, MT.
Call to schedule a date that will work for you.   


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