A Personal Journey of Quilting with Sandra, #41805
In this lecture, Sandra will discuss her work in both traditional and art quilting over 30 years, including her traditional quilt, Seasons of Life, and her raw-edge photorealistic fabric collage art quilting. Supplies are not required for a lecture, although you may want to bring a pen and paper to take notes.
Ace Your Thread Play with Machine Embroidery, #46506
This class teaches you more free-motion techniques by learning how to stitch a leaf, nest, flower, or other designs even if you don’t have an embroidery machine. These are embellishments you can add to any of your projects, such as leaves for an art quilt or nest for those little eggs. Susan will have many ideas for you to play with. Little Forest Fairy Spoons for ornaments or wall displays. This new skill will allow you to add fun elements to any of your creations! It’s SEW MUCH FUN!!!
All-Star Review, #STAR
Join us for our ever-popular All-Star Review and learn techniques from many of this year’s instructors. Each instructor will give a 10-minute demonstration to all participants from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. After 6:30 p.m., meet the instructors and purchase their books, patterns, and tools. You can even get an autograph or two. A booklet with printed handouts is provided to each participant. This event always sells out fast, so hurry and get your tickets today!
AQS Presents Game Night: Hosted by David Taylor, #GAME
Enjoy a night of laughs, fun, and camaraderie with your fellow quilters as you play for some awesome sewing-related door prizes provided by our sponsors and vendors. Join David and AQS Show Staff as they host the game portion as well as have quilts on display. David will talk about his time in the quilt industry, answer questions, and share his inspiration for some of his award-winning quilts. David Taylor is sure to make this evening one you won’t forget. Everyone will go home with a prize, so be sure to sign up today - you won’t want to miss out on the fun!
Artistry Through Appliqué: Learn David Taylor's Process (Lecture/Demo), #42501
David Taylor will relate, through a digital slide show and amusing anecdotes, how he creates his art quilts that look more like paintings. From his unique pattern-drawing method to fabric selection, quilting, and binding, his entire process is covered. A natural storyteller, David will keep his students enraptured during this three-hour lecture/demo class.
Autumn Pumpkins by Raw-Edge Fused Appliqué, #44501
In this raw-edge fused appliqué class, students will learn to select the right value fabrics, fuse into place, and add small amounts of ink or color pencil for highlights or shading as needed.
Backsplash: Using a 45° Wedge to Create 3D Steps, #41808
Enjoy a trunk show of "dimensional steps" quilts made with 45° triangles and 2" strips sewn into rows. Easy piecing and trimming builds the fabulous illusion of steps and risers. Supplies are not required for a lecture, although you may want to bring a pen and paper to take notes.
Baltimore Style Hand Appliqué, #43111f
Learn to do the very accurate and easy prepared-edge appliqué using both silk and cotton fabrics while working on the "Autumns Bounty" quilt block from Sandra's book, Seasons of Life Quilt: Patterns and Techniques for 13 Baltimore Album Quilt Blocks. Other lessons include couching yarn for the tail and a couple hand embroidery stitches. Registration for this class includes show admission for Friday.
Beautiful Borders and Sashings on the Longarm, #48506
Let’s take an in-depth look at those wide borders and narrow sashings and learn how to make them stand out! From drawing, designing, marking, and stitching, you will be sure to leave this class with the confidence to quilt those spaces. Best of all, you will learn how to mark your border using the no-math-method! Two people per machine.
Beginning Hand Appliqué: Waterlily Quilt, #43105w
In this beginning level hand appliqué class, students will learn to do the easy method of prepared appliqué, with an introduction to adding media for shading. Registration for this class includes show admission for Wednesday.
Beginning Ruler Work on the Longarm, #48111t
Intimidated by fancy ruler work? Fear no more! We will take a look at both straight and curved rulers and learn how to hold and position the rulers and stitch around them. Most importantly, we will get you the confidence you need to use those rulers! You will quickly gain the knowledge of how to incorporate ruler work among those free-motion designs. Registration for this class includes show admission for Thursday. This class is one student per machine.
Branch Out from Quilting With The Hopkins Bag, #46505
Learn surface embellishment, bag making, box corner bottoms, and a unique way of inserting a zipper on The Hopkins Bag. The sweet bag is fully lined and has a matching shoulder strap. Pam will take the afternoon to show you the ins and outs of bag making and you are sure to have a great time!
Caprice Organizer: A Quilter's Dream Supply Bag, #49141t
Join Pam to create a fun and unique organizer for all of your quilting needs! Using our 10" frame, this project has five clear vinyl removable pockets that Velcro in place. Use this organizer for your sewing supplies, toiletries, travel needs, art supplies, etc! Your kit fee includes all of the supplies and hardware; you will just need to add your fabric. Registration for this class includes show admission for Thursday.
Channel Appliqué by Hand, #43501
Channel Appliqué is a super fun needle-turn appliqué technique that allows the artist to transfer any line drawing into appliqué format. This class will show you how to set it up, what your possibilities are, how to make sure your drawing is sized correctly, and how to begin the actual process of appliqué. Dierdra will perfect your needle-turn appliqué technique but you should already be comfortable with the basics.
Clambake Ruler Quilting Designs on the Sit-Down Longarm, #48511
Take the classic and well-loved Clamshell quilting design to the next level with advanced acrylic ruler design techniques that you can use on almost any project. With step-by-step instructions and full size design sheets, you'll have the help you need to finish your quilts with confidence. Learn techniques for modern edge-to-edge quilting, blocks, borders, and sashing with just one ruler. You'll be able to apply the skills you learn to other quilting rulers with ease. Go from practice quilt sandwich to quilt using the optional pre-printed fabric panel. Two students per machine.
Color Gets the Credit but Value Does the Work, #41802
How confident are you when picking fabrics for a new project? Do you ever hesitate when figuring out which fabric to use where? Even more than color, value (the relative lightness or darkness of each hue) can make or break a design. But once you unlock its secrets, you’ll define individual shapes within a pattern, establish focal areas, and play with depth and luminosity with ease. Whether your style is traditional, modern, or somewhere in between, value is a wonderful tool! Supplies are not required for a lecture, although you may want to bring a pen and paper to take notes.
Colorful Zipper Bag Class, #49540
What a great way to use zippers! This bag, with its striped zipper front, has three separate compartments and a padded strap with swivel clips. Your kit has everything you need, cut to size and three colorways to choose from.
Combining Design Work on a Longarm, #48520
We will take an in-depth look at combining designs to make your quilting features pop! Feathers, swirls, and circles as well as straight and curved lines can all be combined to give your quilt top that extreme custom look. From drawing basic shapes, grids, and feather spines, we will look at how stitching order, echoing, and more will truly transform your top! It would be beneficial for students to be familiar with free-motion feathers and ruler work. Two people per machine.
Create the Beautiful Chrissie Clutch Bag, #49542
The Chrissie Clutch has three metallic zippers, is fully lined, and has three separate compartments. Add an optional chain and it converts to a shoulder bag. You will have a choice of three different color ways to choose from. You are sure to come away with a beautiful bag and lots of new knowledge!
Cut Time, Quilt More!, #41809
What is an AccuQuilt fabric cutting system? Pam Heller shares how the AccuQuilt cutting system can save you time and fabric. Learn how cutting off the dog-earred corners helps to get your quilt to be perfect every time. You can be a cutting pro with Pam’s tips and tricks. Supplies are not required for a lecture, although you may want to bring a pen and paper to take notes.
Design Gracie the Giraffe Using Raw Edge Appliqué, #43513
Join Sandra and learn to make a very realistic fused raw-edge appliqué giraffe, with inked details. Gracie the Giraffe is stunning and you will sure to take away loads of knowledge on hand appliqué.
Diamonds: Quilts That Sparkle on the Sit-Down Longarm, #48104w
Diamonds are forever and add sparkle to any quilt. In this workshop, geared for quilters with a good understanding of the basics of ruler work, you'll discover how many diamond-based designs you can stitch as you explore variations and combinations in four different sizes. Go beyond the basics and explore multiple continuous and block-based designs. Learn how to create dynamic designs easily using ruler quilting techniques. Whether you are doing edge-to-edge quilting, blocks, borders, and sashing, you'll be able to quilt them with confidence using just one ruler. You'll be able to apply the skills you learn to any of your quilting rulers. Go from practice quilt sandwich to quilt using the optional pre-printed fabric panel. Two students per machine. Registration for this class includes show admission for Wednesday.
Enjoy the Skillful Machine Embroidery Leaf Sampler, #46104t
Machine embroidery adds personality to your quilts and needlework. The stitches you choose affect the emotion and atmosphere of your work. In this workshop, you will make a simple sampler using a repeated leaf appliqué, but by changing the finishing embroidery stitches, each leaf takes on different personalities and attitudes. Sample some stitches you have never tried before and try to find the stitches which speak to you to make your needle projects more expressive. You’ll learn all about machine embroidery and leave with something beautiful. Registration for this class includes show admission for Thursday.
Enjoy the Wildflower Meadow with Machine Appliqué, #43106t
Let’s create our own Wildflower Meadow! It’s all about machine appliqué using all the stitches on the machine that are usually forgotten. Susan will guide you through all the ways to cut, fuse, and alter stitches to create these beautiful wildflowers. This could be made larger or smaller if you like. Then make a funky border of wacky triangles to finish the quilt. It’s a fun project, so join Susan for lots of stitching! Registration for this class includes show admission for Thursday.
Explore the Undersea World of Hand Embroidery: Octopus Garden, #46502
These little art quilts are very whimsical and you’ll think you’re in the Octopus Garden just swimming around! Let Susan take you on an exploration of the undersea world of imagination. It’s colorful and fun to make all these 3-D elements and embroider the background with curls and swirls using fun stitches. So if you’ve been wanting to explore more hand embroidery stitching and “Stumpwork” (3-D embroidery), this class will help you learn and be more creative with your work. These little sea creatures are so much fun to make!
Exploring Half-60° Templates, #41806
Learn how to use a half-60 degree triangle template to create a unique and complex-looking block with dozens of color arrangement possibilities in this trunk show. Supplies are not required for a lecture, although you may want to bring a pen and paper to take notes.
Fabulous Backgrounds & Fillers on the Longarm, #48505
Let’s learn some fun, fast, and fabulous background fillers! Free-motion feathers, swirls, flowers, stacked circles, pebbles, snails, and more will all be demonstrated and stitched. We will even talk Ghost Blocks! Don’t know where to start? Join me…let’s fill those backgrounds! Two people per machine.
Fancy Rulerwork with Feather Templates, #48521
Learn the basics of rulerwork while also learning to quilt beautiful and flowing feather designs with the Westalee Design Feather template set. Explore symmetrical, curving, and organic feather designs as well as stitching feather crowns, shape feathers, and a peacock style feather. Many other helpful techniques are included throughout the class such as stitch-in-the-ditch, traveling in the feather spine, and sewing circles with template. This class is a well-rounded jump start to ramp up your template quilting skills.
Free-Motion Quilting in Circles, #48503
Feel the rhythm of free-motion quilting and create a colorful mini-quilt while you do it! In this session, we will use both matching and contrasting threads to add energy and movement to this bubbly mini quilt created with fusible appliqué and free-motion quilting!
Fun with Templates for Beginners, #48507
Learn the basics of quilting with templates in a fun-filled class taught by Kate Quinn of FabriKated Quilts. This class is designed for beginners with little to no experience with free-motion or ruler quilting. Learn how to setup your machine, needles, threads, proper hand positions, how to move the quilt sandwich, and some simple designs to get started. Designs include curved cross-hatching, straight line designs, diamonds, echo quilting, and stitch in the ditch. Important tips and tricks to success are incorporated throughout the class material so you can explore the far-reaching potential rulers will bring to your quilting!
GO! Midnight Stars Quilt, #47506
Are you looking for a fun, easy, scrappy project? Look no further! The GO! Midnight Stars Throw quilt is the perfect stash buster and designed for quilters of all skill levels. Pam Heller will share her tips and tricks, and you'll get to use the AccuQuilt GO! cutting system to cut all of the pieces in class. Using two sizes of GO! Mix & Match Qubes, you will cut your pieces 10 times faster and 100% accurate. Once your pieces are cut, see how easy they can be pieced together to make this striking midnight star quilt!
GO! Strips and Ladders Wallhanging Quilt, #47509
Combining 4-patch units and Flying Geese blocks, this scrappy wall hanging is a perfect chain-piecing project. The Go! Strips and Ladders Wallhanging is the perfect stash buster and designed for quilters of all skill levels. Pam Heller will share her tips and tricks, and you'll get to use the AccuQuilt GO! cutting system to cut all of the pieces in class. Using a Go! Mix & Match Qubes and a Go! 2½" strip die, you will cut your pieces 10 times faster and 100% accurate every time. Once your pieces are cut, see how easy they can be pieced together to make this fun and whimsical wall hanging!
Going In Circles Made Fun & Easy on the Sit-Down Longarm, #48510
No more wrestling quilts or wobbly circles! Join Geraldine to learn stress-free beginner friendly ruler-based circle designs from start to finish. Begin with the basics, then build your skills step-by-step to create repeatable designs with techniques that you'll use again and again. You'll learn several circle designs that can be used on almost any project with just one ruler. Once home, you'll have the skills and resources to take on ruler work with confidence and you can apply these skills with any of your quilting rulers. This workshop includes techniques for edge-to-edge quilting, blocks, borders, and sashing. This is a great class for beginners or anyone struggling with ruler work. Go from practice quilt sandwich to quilt using the optional pre-printed fabric panel. Two students per machine.
Hand Embroidery Work: English Storybook, #46501
This tiny book tells a story of the view of an English Garden! It’s just like a fairy tale all stitched by hand in an enchanting little book! Many hand embroidery & stumpwork stitches will create the garden and countryside. We’ll be using several different types of hand-dyed fabrics for backgrounds and hillsides. In the class, we will create one of the signature pages and there will be instructions given to complete the fabric book.
Hidden Hand and Heart: Learn Hand Appliqué, #43509
The project might be simple, but the lessons learned during this condensed three-hour workshop encompass the art of hand appliqué. Topics include working with freezer paper templates, perfecting pre-turned edges, solving the dreaded “shadowing” effect of light fabrics, choosing the proper needle and thread, plus much more.
Intro to English Paper Piecing Basics by Hand, #47104t
Life is fast. Explore why so many people are slowing down to enjoy the beauty and flexibility of hand stitching. We are going to start from the beginning with English Paper Piecing (EPP). Your class kit will provide all the essential tools, and we will prepare the shapes, learn the best hand stitch, try different threads, and play with shapes to create designs. EPP lets you make the most of found moments, creating finished pieces even when you can't be at your sewing machine. AccuQuilt will provide cutters and dies for class use so you can experience that method of cutting. Registration for this class includes show admission for Thursday.
Introduction to Free-Motion Home Machine Quilting, #48516
If you have tried free-motion machine quilting and just can’t quite figure out what you’re doing wrong, Susan will help you understand the basics to improve your skills so quilting will become fun, not stressful! There will be lots of designs covered in class. Her techniques can be used with any domestic sewing machine. Learn and practice her tips and tricks to quilt your own quilts and enjoy creating fun projects!
Introduction to Improv Quilting: Winter Trees, #47512
Have you seen amazing and energetic improv quilts and wondered how they made that? This class offers a gentle introduction to improv for quilters who are used to traditional, precision-based piecing techniques. You will create a composition of winter trees then cut and piece the design using a different spin on techniques you already know.
Learn the New Snowflake Feathered Star Quilt, #47101w
Has the Feathered Star been a quilt block on your bucket list but looks too difficult or intimidating? Come and join Nancy as she shows you how she redesigned the Feathered Star block taking out all Y-seams! There are two templates, but don't let that stop you! Nancy will show you how easy it is to use the two paper templates with a standard quilting acrylic ruler, rotary cutter, and mat. Not only did Nancy simplify the Snowflake Feathered Star, she also eliminated 88 seams from the Double Flying Geese border. Registration for this class includes show admission for Wednesday.
Learn to Create Painted Fabric, #44502
Have you ever wanted to create your own fabrics for quilt making and fiber art? This technique is easy and creative. Using a Gel Press mono printing plate, high quality acrylic paints, and a variety of marking tools, you will create fabrics that will make your next quilt a true stand out.
Learn to Execute 'That Perfect Stitch', #48112t
Orthopedically correct hand motions will be taught for maximum efficiency in stitches and long term comfort. Hand quilting should not result in any pain in your underneath fingers so Dierdra will demonstrate correct motions followed by personal one-on-one time with each student. A thorough discussion of fabrics, threads, needles, pre-washing, will help you set up your handmade projects for success rather than frustration. Dierdra will dispel myths and share her own scientific studies into most products and how they help or hinder your enjoyment of the process. Registration for this class includes show admission for Thursday.
Let's Ruffle Some Feathers with the Longarm, #48514
It’s feather time! Let’s discuss, draw, and stitch feathers that can fill those wonderful spaces. We will learn basic long-arm feathers, bump-back feathers, saw-tooth feathers, and more. Need to fill squares? Circles? Odd shapes? We will definitely turn those corners and more. Basic feathers can be enhanced by the simplest methods. Bring your pencil and sketch pad and Let’s Ruffle Some Feathers! Two people per machine.
Machine Appliqué The Sassaman Style, #43504
Join Jane for the afternoon learning about her signature Sassaman Style through machine appliqué. Jane will show you her ins and outs of what works and what doesn’t and how she has perfected machine appliqué over the years. Jane will provide everything you need to leave the class with more knowledge than you came in with.
Machine Appliqué: Leaf of Many Colors, #43508
Make a multi-colored leaf using Jane’s unique machine appliqué technique. You will learn how to stabilize fabric, layer shapes, and practice raw-edge stitching while creating this 18” modern quilt top.
Machine Piece Those Full Circles Perfectly, #47502
Take your curved seams to the extreme by going full circle! During this class, we will use the Classic Curves ruler to cut and machine piece complete circles. Then, you will create a top for a pillow or mini quilt that incorporates at least one full circle.
Mad Modern Template Sampler, #48117f
This class offers many different template designs and covers the basics of how to quilt with templates. In addition, learn to combine quilting templates to develop more complex and visually interesting quilting designs. The class goal is to give you the skills to confidently decide on what designs to put on your quilts and to execute those designs beautifully. Topics include basic machine setup, movement skills, designing with templates, stitch quality tips, using spinning templates, how to stitch in the ditch, and so much more. Come away with the enhanced skills and larger design repertoire. Learn all the tips and tricks to be successful using this unique guided-motion technique! Registration for this class includes show admission for Friday.
Magic Miter Techniques and More, #48522
Learn how to perfectly execute several mitering techniques. Whether you want to make a mitered corner, create a mitered border, or mitered banding, you’ll learn these and more.
Mandala Mania: Master the Free-Motion Plus Method, #48101w
Free-Motion Plus classes are an integration of template skills and free-motion quilting. Mandala Mania uses the Westalee Circles templates to set the stage for elegant circle designs. Learn simple, fundamental free-motion quilting movements that use the circular divisions as the design boundaries. Techniques include dividing, echoing, segmenting, and using spacial estimation to build this beautiful design. Great tips for successful free-motion are offered throughout the class. These skills and shapes can be applied to pieced blocks or superimposed over unrelated shapes. These can be used as their own main motifs or used to fill negative space. These designs are great for both traditional and modern quilting styles. Registration for this class includes show admission for Wednesday.
Master Abstract Machine Appliqué, #43503
This is a quick and easy way to learn Jane’s unique machine appliqué technique. You will learn how to stabilize fabric, layer shapes, and practice raw-edge stitching while creating this 18” modern quilt top.
Master Diamond English Paper Piecing by Hand, #43510
This method of EPP can be done by hand or machine with no need to remove any paper. Students will be working on one of the nine-inch diamonds learning precise piecing techniques. You will find this the perfect traveling project. This full quilt measures approximately 55” x 72”. In this class, you work on one diamond block.
Matchstick Quilting: Exploring Thread Weight, #48118f
Explore thread weight as a design element in matchstick quilting and beyond. Students will use a walking foot and 12, 28, 40, and 50-weight threads to create a mini quilt that will work as a wallhanging or pillow top. Learn to efficiently and effectively do matchstick quilting, use thread color to activate the negative space of a quilt, and experience how thread weight can be used to alter the effect of quilting stitches on your project. Registration for this class includes show admission for Friday.
Needleturn Appliqué for Beginners, #43502
This is an introduction to the art of how to turn a raw fabric edge efficiently with your needle and sew it down invisibly. No glue, no toothpicks, no ironing, no tricks. Just the needle and your fabric. It is a basic skill that all quilters should have in their tool box! Dierdra will demonstrate and thoroughly explain the theory behind all 5 elements of Needleturn Appliqué, then help each student individually, and provide illustrated notes at the end of class.
New York Beauty Quilt: Paper Piecing Plus Curves, #47513
The New York Beauty quilt block combines paper piecing and curves to create a block that looks very complicated but in this class you will learn that it is possible! Nancy's unique technique for piecing the pointed arches will give you the confidence you need to create perfect points every time. Her curved piecing technique can be used for all future quilts with curves, such as Double Wedding Rings and improvisational quiltmaking.
Ornament and Art: The Quilts of Jane Sassaman, #JANE
Jane Sassaman leads a triple life as an artist, craftswoman, and designer. The designer is a problem solver, the craftswoman manipulates materials with fine skill, and the artist follows her heart. See some of the many quilts created by the collaboration of Jane’s head, heart, and hands in this colorful trunk show. Supplies are not required for a lecture, although you may want to bring a pen and paper to take notes.
Perfect This Fracture Glass Quilt Using Foundation Piecing, #47503
Every quilter wants to make eye-catching quilts and this quilt is just that. Follow along as Nancy shows you all how to create quilt blocks that look like stained glass. You'll be amazed how quickly it comes together! These block designs are foundation paper pieced using a special technique.
Photoshop for Quilters (Lecture/Demo), #42502
Learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop in this fun lecture/demo class from David Taylor, who has more than 30 years experience in graphic design. File types, color adjusting, layering, image editing, and more will be covered, and a handout is provided. The class is designed as an overview for those who have little, no, or some experience with the program, or for those who are just curious! David will show you how to take an image, manipulate it, then use it as inspiration for your next art quilt. Supplies are not required for a lecture/demo, although you may want to bring a pen and paper to take notes.
Power Lines: Learn Acrylic Ruler Design Techniques on the Sit-Down Longarm, #48519
Curious, just starting, or beyond frustration with ruler work? Let Geraldine introduce you to ruler work in a way you haven't tried before. No more wrestling with your quilt, or guessing games trying to figure out how to recreate a design you want to try. Begin simple and let your creativity guide you. Before you know it, you'll be addicted! In this workshop, you'll learn machine techniques, get to know your tools and how to make them work for you, as well as learning some great time-saving techniques. Learn beginner friendly ruler-based straight and curved designs that can be used on almost any quilting project. Techniques include edge-to-edge quilting, blocks, borders, and sashing, using just one ruler. You'll be able to apply the skills you learn to master other quilting rulers with confidence. Go from practice quilt sandwich to quilt using the optional pre-printed fabric panel. Two students per machine.
Precision Machine Piecing: Santa Fe Stonework, #48509
Now is your chance to learn precision piecing on your home sewing machine. Learn how to get accurate results with David’s guidelines for fabric preparation and precision cutting. This pattern focuses on “Y” seams. Students will be able to complete one 18" block in this workshop.
Quilting in Detroit through the 1930s, #41801
Did you know that the J.L. Hudson’s store downtown Detroit had a quilt show in 1932 that drew over 50,000 visitors? Did you know that The Detroit News had a column and produced a quilt show each year at the Naval Armory that attracted thousands? Did you know that Detroit had 3 newspapers that all printed quilt patterns? In this PowerPoint lecture Beth discusses the vibrant quilt revival of the 1930s with particular emphasis on the Detroit area. Quilts from the Clarke Family Collection at the MSU Museum are featured along with scans of original newspaper columns and patterns. Also included are Depression era quilts from Beth’s collection. The audience is encouraged to bring quilts from the 1930s for a show-and-tell at lecture’s end. Supplies are not required for a lecture, although you may want to bring a pen and paper to take notes.
Ripples in My Pond: Scrap Buster, #47508
Ripples in My Pond is a great scrap buster quilt pattern using two blocks. The first block is the Faux Log Cabin block which will create the "ripples" in the asymmetrical layout of the quilt. Next, we’ll play with fabric placement in the Economy block to create the large star block to make this stunning quilt. Any color choice will work, bring your imagination and fabrics to class!
Sashiko Rulerwork Sampler Quilt, #48508
Sashiko designs are elegant and timeless, fitting into both traditional and modern quilt projects. This rulerwork class uses grid foundations to build the framework for these classic Sashiko elements. Designs include the classic clamshell with 2 variations, the Persian Tile Single and Double design, the Puzzle design, and a mastery design using the previously learned skills. Other topics include using grid stencils and Pounce pads, choosing the best threads, and making the designs fit into areas of a quilt. Basic template skills and machine setup are also included. This is a good way to get started both designing quilted elements and learning to use templates for quilting.
Sew Essential, #47511
Join Nancy for a delightful class experience that centers around beginner-friendly foundation paper piecing, where you'll have a blast creating this fabulous wall-hanging perfect for your sewing room! This class features helpful tips and tricks that Nancy has picked up in her more than 20 years of quilting, making this an easy way for beginners to master Foundation Paper Piecing! In no time at all, you'll have a stack of blocks to start putting together your Sew Essential quilt with charming bobbins, colorful spools, and quilting scissors.
Simplicality: Perfect the Chain Plus Block & Stars, #47510
The name says it all, Simplicality! In class, you will start with the Chain Plus block and progress to each star block. Simplicality has a total of 5 different blocks. Nancy will demonstrate different piecing techniques offering an alternate method for each block. You will learn each technique and decide which is your favorite while learning how to apply them to other quilt patterns.
Splendid Spirals and Swirls: Practice Free-Motion Design on the Sit-Down Longarm, #48113f
Do you struggle with free-motion quilting designs and where to place them in a quilt? Create a free-motion quilting plan for the Radiant Star quilt. This class, designed for confident quilters ready to tackle the challenges of design, includes essential skills for free-motion quilters to take their quilting to the next level. Learn how to take new and known designs you've practiced and apply them to a real quilt. You'll learn several advanced continuous free-motion quilting spiral and swirl design variations. They are ideal for background filler and edge-to-edge designs that add beautiful texture to your quilt. Learn how to go from practice quilt sandwich to quilt with ease. Two students per machine. Registration for this class includes show admission for Friday.
Stand Up for Appliqué on the Longarm, #48515
Let’s take a look at those appliqué tops and learn how to make those shapes stand out! Intricate stitching and echoing will be discussed and demonstrated so that you will see how it can transform those appliqué shapes. You will be sure to leave with a wealth of ideas for quilting around those precious appliqués! Samples will be shown so that you can see first-hand how your quilting can really make an impact! Students should be familiar with free-motion quilting and ruler work. Two people per machine.
If you have been a quilter for a while, you probably have a fabric stash somewhere in your sewing space. Over time, many quilters start to see their stash as a source of guilt. I see my stash as a source of inspiration, and I want you to see yours that way too! We will identify and discuss quilting styles and how they relate to building a working fabric palette. This is not a class that pressures you to get rid of fabric you love or offers dozens of projects to quickly use up your stash (you’ve seen lots of those!). This is about building a functional and inspiring collection of fabric that works with how you quilt! Supplies are not required for a lecture, although you may want to bring a pen and paper to take notes.
Tahitian Appliqué by Hand, #43107f
Students will select a pattern from six options and then learn how to fold and cut out a traditional appliqué top from Tahiti. Dierdra will share tips and tricks on how to baste it to your background fabric securely. Stories of her childhood in the islands will keep you entertained while you work. A historical comparison to Hawaiian quilting will also be shared. Finally, a review of how to needleturn appliqué will be demonstrated and she will help each student individually master various elements of needle-turn such as outside points, inside curves, conquering fraying, and more. Registration for this class includes show admission for Friday.
Tail Feathers Machine Appliqué Quilt, #43512
This exotic bird quilt is one of Susan’s newest designs combining all her favorite techniques! Bright colors enhance the vibrant feel of these birds perched in the trees, using bright cotton prints, hand-dyed wools, and hand-dyed embroidery threads for each of the 4 large bird blocks. We will be fusing the Bird Block and machine appliquéing it to the background fabric. After all the appliqué is done on the blocks, you may choose to hand embroider around each of the birds to enhance their unique appearance! The borders of the blocks could be the Tri-Rex triangles or just simple 4-patch or 9-patch blocks. All of these fun techniques make this quilt very unique and beautiful!
The Great Basics with Nancy, #41803
The best poems start with just knowing the alphabet. The most beautiful quilts start with the most basic techniques. Nancy’s Great Basics program will cover the “quilter’s alphabet” and keep you on the road to quilting mastery. Learn the most efficient way to store your stash, to cut with great accuracy, to cope with blocks that don't fit, to fold for bias strips, and so much more. Supplies are not required for a lecture, although you may want to bring a pen and paper to take notes.
Tumbling Hexi's on the Machine: Use Those Scraps , #47505
In class, we will use scrap fabric strips to create unique and fun hexagons, each made up of three diamonds. You will learn a technique to add to your quiltmaking arsenal - Y-seams. I promise they are easy! Bring your scrap fabric strips to class and let’s create some Tumbling Hexagons!
Twirly Thingamajig: Finished Table Runner, #47507
In class, we will use the block pictured in this quilt, raw-edge appliqué, and the quilt-as-you-go technique. You will go home with a finished table runner, techniques, and a pattern for making the twin-sized quilt at home. Enjoy this no-stress class and add several techniques to your quiltmaking arsenal!
Under The Influence with Jane, #41807
Under the Influence is a lecture of the visual and philosophical ideas that have influenced Jane and her work. There is an extraordinary range of wonderful images. This is a very colorful lecture. Jane hopes to excite and inspire the audience by exposing them to an unusual combination of fantastic images. Supplies are not required for a lecture, although you may want to bring a pen and paper to take notes.
VIP Quilt Tour, #TOUR
Be the first to see the winning quilts and get a special up-close tour with AQS staff member, Michelle Thompson. Enjoy an intimate tour of the Special Exhibits to learn the inspiration behind the exhibit. You’ll get a chance to ask questions and get up-close photographs of the quilts before class starts and the crowds roll in! Don’t miss your chance to become a know-it-all about the quilts and be first to see the amazing work on display!
Yes, You Can Stipple! Free-Motion Quilting, #48502
This class is a fast and fun approach to learning basic free-motion quilting on your home machine. It uses a series of quilt sandwiches specifically chosen to teach the rhythm and movement that makes free-motion quilting so much fun. Students will learn how to find their own rhythm without a stitch regulator. David discusses thread types, tension, and burying the thread ends. This is a wonderful beginner’s class for the newbies to learn free-motion quilting.
Zip Up, Up, and Away: Three Bags in One, #49543
Learn how to make three different bags using three different stabilizers and three different zipper installations. You will make the one-sided zipper bag, the grab & go make-up bag, and the eyeglass/ rotary cutter bag. Fabrics will vary in the kits.