Handi Quilter 3 Day Hands-On Discovery Event, Kearney, NE; October 9th-11th, 2023


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Dates: October 9th - 11th, 2023
Times: 9 AM - 4 PM --- Lunch is included!
Teacher: Martha Higdon and Edie Wait, Handi Quilter National Educators

Join Handi Quilter National Educators Martha Higdon and Edie Wait in Kearney Nebraska at the Holiday Inn at 110 2nd Avenue for this Hands-On Handiquilter Longarm Event Overview. This will include 3 days of hands-on education, inspiration and fun. Come get your hands on the HQ Amara using free motion and Pro-Stitcher techniques. This is a great opportunity to see if Handi Quilter is right for you and if owning a machine is in your future! Handi Quilter machine specials and financing will be available throughout the event. Classes are limited to 24 students - two students per machine. Purchase a machine and get the full cost of your class discounted from the purchase price. Lunch is included in your class fee for all three days.

Class Schedule for the 3-Day Hands-On Longarm Discovery Event

Day 1 Morning and Afternoon Sessions | Basics of Longarm Quilting (Two 3-hour sessions)

Longarm Machine Quilting Basics

Does longarm quilting interest you, and you’d like to learn more about it? Or do you just want a review of longarm quilting basics? This class removes the mystery of longarm quilting by explaining machine and frame elements and features, how to load a quilt, and vital facts about thread, needles and tension. Handi Quilter longarm machine and frame systems come in various sizes for every budget, and are user-friendly because they are designed by a quilter, for quilters – just like you!

Objective: Learn skills that will help you manages your long-arm machine with confidence

Topics Include:

  • Basic machine and frame elements and features
  • Bobbins, tension, needles and thread
  • How to load a quilt onto a frame
  • Quilting with Groovy Boards, pantographs, and Rulers
  • Adjustable and Micro Handles, and basic free-motion

Day 2 Morning Session | Free Motion Quilting Foundations (One 3-hour session)

If you would like to add more designs to your free motion library we will cover the pathway to basic feathers and other free motion designs in this class. We will start with easy ways to quilt beautiful feathers. Build off a basic spine, you'll learn how to draw different types of feather plumes. We will go into echoing and free motion fill designs that help you showcase your piecing.

Objective: Add the pathway to free motion feathers and other fill designs to your free motion library.

Topics include:
  • Feather backbones and spines
  • Feather stitch paths and shapes, making them continuous
  • Explore different free motion fill designs
  • Designs in different scales - micro to large
  • Echoing to enhance designs

Day 2 Afternoon Session | Rule Your Quilts (One 3-hour session)

Hands On Ruler Essentials If you love precision and consistency in your quilting designs, you will love using design rulers and templates! These handy tools assist in placing designs accurately and stitching them out precisely. Learn to handle rulers and templates safely with the ruler base and Sure Foot, and how to achieve accuracy with the markings. The wide variety of Handi Quilter rulers will inspire you to new design heights.

Objective: Learn the safe way to use rulers & templates. See ways that you can incorporate these tools in your quilting

Topics Include:
  • Handle rulers safely
  • Understand and use ruler markings for precision and accuracy
  • Use piecing lines and marking tools to build ruler design confidence
  • VersaTool quilting: stitch-in-the-ditch, cross-hatch, piano keys, clamshells and arcs
  • Apply binding with the HQ VersaTool

Day 3 Morning and Afternoon Sessions | Exploring Pro-Stitcher Hands On (Two 3-hour sessions)

Pro-Stitcher is an intuitive computer-guided quilting system designed especially for use with Hadi Quilter longarm quilting machines. User-friendly and simple to operate, the step-by-step process for each function is easy and fun. Whether finishing your own quilts or consider a quilting business, come see the elegant and precise quilting you can accomplish with Pro-Stitcher.

Objective: Students use the Pro-Stitcher to create areas, stitch designs and learn how simple and easy it is to use the Pro-Stitcher.

Topics include:
  • Basic overview of how to use Pro-Sticher
  • Create an area and place a block using Skew, Resize, Xform or Align
  • Use the modify tools to make a design fit in any space
  • Set up an edge to edge design three ways
  • Cropping the bottom of an edge to edge design
  • Basic repositioning and advancing an E2E design
  • Moving your start and end points
  • Manage sashings, border and corners
  • Cropping, rotating and resizing designs for customization
  • Use Mark and Record to create your own designs
  • Combining designs

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