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HQ Fall Event Thursday- Longarm Machine Basics/Fast, Fun, and Fabulous Free-Motion Quilting October



Morning Session 9:30 - 12:30: 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!

Topics Include:
- Basic machine and frame elements and features
- Bobbins, tensions, needles and thread
- How to load a quilt onto a frame
- Quilting with Groovy boards and pantographs
- Rulers, Adjustable and Micro Handles, and Basic Free motion

Afternoon Session, 1:00-4:00: Quilters everywhere LOVE the excitement and fun of free-motion quilting - and it is easier than you think! Create flowing designs by connecting simple design elements with continuous lines, traveling across the quilt or filling in a specific area. Learn how drawing and muscle memory contribute to beautiful free-motion quilting, and how you can create stunning designs. 

Topics Include:
- How to develop an inventory of free-motion elements
- Proper scaling and spacing of design elements
- Edge-to-edge free-motion quilting
- Adjusting your quilting path to create your own designs
- Using Micro Handles and adjustable handlebars for free-motion control

30 minute lunch break on your own. 

Session led by National Educator Martha Higdon 




Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: All skill levels welcome
Materials Included: All materials are provided by Handi Quilter
Requirements: If you have questions concerning this session or event, please contact Stephanie at 317-776-4227 or stephanie@alwaysinstitches1.com
Instructor: Martha Higdon
Instructor Bio: Martha's passion for quilting started when her grandmother left her a Sunbonnet Sue quilt top. Martha knew she would need to learn how to quilt in order to finish that quilt top. She found a quilting mentor, who taught her everything about piecing a quilt and hand quilting. Since Martha lives in fast mode, she knew she would need to learn how to quilt by machine. She started on a domestic machine and worked her way up to a longarm machine. Martha opened her own quilting business in 2014 and hasn?t looked back. She is a well-rounded quilter and has won ribbons at local quilt shows, the Indiana State Fair and the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show. She loves to make a quilt come alive with her quilting and no two quilts are quilted alike. Currently she is running her quilting business with her HQ Forte? and HQ Fusion? with Pro-Stitcher?. Her digitized designs can be found at Quiltable.com. Martha loves spreading her enthusiasm and joy to other quilters to inspire others to break the rules and create their own style. She is a Veteran of the US Air Force, a retired policeman, and married to her wonderful husband and has two grown sons.
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All materials provided by Handi Quilter. Lunch is not included in this all day event.

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