I'm looking for a hands-on free motion quilting class in the Midwest. I'd like to learn and have had little success trying on my own. Any recommendations for quilt shops that hold classes? I could just start calling, but would save time if I could narrow it down some. Thanks
Just saw your question on free-motion. Do you have a long arm or mid arm? Or are you using your domestic machine? When I started out on my long arm, I used a white board to practice a pattern that I might like. I also for the first few quilts, had just 2 pieces of material tht were pretty plain with my usual batting, and played around with all types of patterns I might like, swirls, loops, stars, meanderings, etc until I found a pattern I enjoyed sewing. Then those quilts went to granddaughter for her dolls. That pattern was my first few quilts after that, so I could comfortable with it. After that I would add a new pattern each new quilt until now I have quite a few that I enjoy doing. I still always go back to my white board to practice first and take lots of pictures of quilt patterns I might like in books, magazines, pictures, even patterns I see in nature! After you start it gets addicting! I also got a few of the online instructors classes, With Craftsy to see a few instructors that I liked their style before I paid a lot for a class. Just a few ideas!
Planned on using my domestic machine - Brother Innovis with an 8inch throat. My biggest difficulty on my practice pieces is to control the stitch length. Was hoping to get some pointers. I have one online Craftsy class, but it didn't help me out with this problem.
The Craftsy class I did was with Angela Walters. She does both domestic and long arm. I have a stitch regulator on the long arm and someone was telling me, I think Sue, here on QCA that some domestic machines have an attachment for a stitch regulator. There are also quite a few here on the site that use their domestic machines to quilt with. I piece with a FW and a 301, neither have a throat large enough for it. I was taking my quilts to the quilt store and renting theirs for my first ones. You will love this site. Lots of info from the ladies here. I have been to a few of the quilt retreats and met quite a few. So helpful.
If the problem is trouble maintaining stitch length the best remedy is just lots of practice. Make small practice sandwiches and do your free motion quilting on them. The more you do the easier it gets to keep your stitch length more even. It does take some time to get your movement of the quilt and the speed of the machine working together. Just play and have fun. You will get better with each practice.
I agree with nana. all you need is practice. find an old quilt top at a yard sale, sandwich it up, and go for it. practice different stitches. when you are done you will have a nice picnic blanket and I bet you will have control over those pesky stitches
gini in north idaho
TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND TRY ALLKINDS OF Patterns Leah day on CrAFSTY is how I learned She also hAS LOTS OF HELPFUL CLIPS ON HER WEB SITE AND YOU TUBE.
GOOD LUCK bARBAR ....DON'T EXPECT YOU STITCHES TO BE PERFECT ,THAT COMES WITH PRACTICE
EAT!! SLEEP !! QUILT!!
Thanks everyone for the advice. Guess I'll be getting as much practice in having patience as I will be in practicing to make even stitches!