Instructor

Perkes-Tidwell, Gina
Gina Perkes-Tidwell is an international award-winning quilter and quilting educator. She spends much of her time in the classroom, sharing tips and techniques with the most wonderful people in the world: quilters! Gina, a lover of all things creative, has an innate need to beautify things and feels completely blessed to have been born as an “artoholic.” Her life is filled with color, fun, ideas, texture, challenges, bling, threads, glitter, sugar, flour, and of course, CHAOS. Though she enjoys all sorts of creative outlets and mediums (gardening, mosaic, oil painting, etc.), her three favorites are quilting, culinary arts, and photography. Gina travels all over this beautiful country, sharing her techniques with others, and hosts private quilting and pastry retreats at her home in Arizona. Quilters can find more of Gina’s tips at thecopperneedle.com.

Instructor Workshops

Exploring Grid Designs with Free Motion on the Longarm, #48509

Quilting/Finishing-LONGARM
Thursday, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Grand Gallery AB
Perkes-Tidwell, Gina
Beginner, Intermediate
$125
Plus Kit Fee

Fear grids and fills no more! Straight lines can be your best friend. Use grids for both ruler work and as a guide for perfectly spaced free-hand designs. You will gain confidence in producing beautiful cross-hatching and unique variations using minimal tools. Learn how to use temporarily marked grids as a guide for spacing beautiful freehand designs. A variety of unique freehand filler designs will be explored and you will learn how to achieve balance and control in your work.

thecopperneedle.com

Handi Quilter

Feathers and Filler Designs: Longarm Machine Quilting, #48510

Quilting/Finishing-LONGARM
Thursday, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Grand Gallery AB
Perkes-Tidwell, Gina
Beginner, Intermediate
$125
Plus Kit Fee

Feathers are amazing! They can be stylized and are incredibly versatile. Gina will show you how to find your own unique style in your feather work.There are a variety of techniques for drafting and stitching feathers which can be used in different applications from block and border motifs to freehand work. You can experiment with them all! You will then explore the exciting world of filler designs which will make your feathers jump right off the quilt! Gina will show you how to avoid backtracking when an heirloom look is desired and how to select threads and achieve control for intricate work.

thecopperneedle.com

Handi Quilter

Sold Out

Quilting with Rulers and Stencils on the Longarm Machine, #48518

Quilting/Finishing-LONGARM
Saturday, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Grand Gallery AB
Perkes-Tidwell, Gina
Beginner, Intermediate
$125
Plus Kit Fee

Join Gina as she shares with you her favorite quilting tools. You will discover how to use stencils to quickly mark designs onto your quilting space. Then you’ll learn how to plan stitching paths to reduce or eliminate backtracking by adding secondary designs in your quilting. You will also learn new techniques for using a variety of ruler styles. Discover how to outline applique’ shapes with precision using specialty guides. You will learn a variety of methods for marking designs onto your quilt top with no fear!

thecopperneedle.com

Handi Quilter

Sold Out

The Fundamentals of Longarm Quilting (First Offering), #48104w

Quilting/Finishing-LONGARM
Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Grand Gallery AB
Perkes-Tidwell, Gina
Beginner
$310
Plus Kit Fee

Confidence is the key to success in Longarm quilting and the best way to gain confidence is through learning. Gina will help you discover the proper steps to take and share many tips as you embark on your new and exciting journey. You will learn freehand exercises which will train you to become fluid in your free-motion quilting and how to mirror image & execute shapes with ease. You will learn to love working at the front of the machine and the many benefits of doing so. In addition to learning to quilt simple yet beautiful designs, you will come away with the basic knowledge of machine set up, trouble shooting, thread and tension tips, and much more! This is a great class for beginners and is taught in a positive and stress free environment. One person per machine.

Registration for this class includes show admission for Wednesday.

thecopperneedle.com

Handi Quilter

Sold Out

The Fundamentals of Longarm Quilting (Second Offering), #48114f

Quilting/Finishing-LONGARM
Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Grand Gallery AB
Perkes-Tidwell, Gina
Beginner
$310
Plus Kit Fee

Confidence is the key to success in Longarm quilting and the best way to gain confidence is through learning. Gina will help you discover the proper steps to take and share many tips as you embark on your new and exciting journey. You will learn freehand exercises which will train you to become fluid in your free-motion quilting and how to mirror image & execute shapes with ease. You will learn to love working at the front of the machine and the many benefits of doing so. In addition to learning to quilt simple yet beautiful designs, you will come away with the basic knowledge of machine set up, trouble shooting, thread and tension tips, and much more! This is a great class for beginners and is taught in a positive and stress free environment. One person per machine.

Registration for this class includes show admission for Friday.

thecopperneedle.com

Handi Quilter

Sold Out

Exploring Grid Designs with Free Motion on the Longarm, #48509

Perkes-Tidwell, Gina
Thursday
Grand Gallery AB

Fear grids and fills no more! Straight lines can be your best friend. Use grids for both ruler work and as a guide for perfectly spaced free-hand designs. You will gain confidence in producing beautiful cross-hatching and unique variations using minimal tools. Learn how to use temporarily marked grids as a guide for spacing beautiful freehand designs. A variety of unique freehand filler designs will be explored and you will learn how to achieve balance and control in your work.

thecopperneedle.com

Handi Quilter

Feathers and Filler Designs: Longarm Machine Quilting, #48510

Perkes-Tidwell, Gina
Thursday
Grand Gallery AB

Feathers are amazing! They can be stylized and are incredibly versatile. Gina will show you how to find your own unique style in your feather work.There are a variety of techniques for drafting and stitching feathers which can be used in different applications from block and border motifs to freehand work. You can experiment with them all! You will then explore the exciting world of filler designs which will make your feathers jump right off the quilt! Gina will show you how to avoid backtracking when an heirloom look is desired and how to select threads and achieve control for intricate work.

thecopperneedle.com

Handi Quilter

Quilting with Rulers and Stencils on the Longarm Machine, #48518

Perkes-Tidwell, Gina
Saturday
Grand Gallery AB

Join Gina as she shares with you her favorite quilting tools. You will discover how to use stencils to quickly mark designs onto your quilting space. Then you’ll learn how to plan stitching paths to reduce or eliminate backtracking by adding secondary designs in your quilting. You will also learn new techniques for using a variety of ruler styles. Discover how to outline applique’ shapes with precision using specialty guides. You will learn a variety of methods for marking designs onto your quilt top with no fear!

thecopperneedle.com

Handi Quilter

The Fundamentals of Longarm Quilting (First Offering), #48104w

Perkes-Tidwell, Gina
Wednesday
Grand Gallery AB

Confidence is the key to success in Longarm quilting and the best way to gain confidence is through learning. Gina will help you discover the proper steps to take and share many tips as you embark on your new and exciting journey. You will learn freehand exercises which will train you to become fluid in your free-motion quilting and how to mirror image & execute shapes with ease. You will learn to love working at the front of the machine and the many benefits of doing so. In addition to learning to quilt simple yet beautiful designs, you will come away with the basic knowledge of machine set up, trouble shooting, thread and tension tips, and much more! This is a great class for beginners and is taught in a positive and stress free environment. One person per machine.

Registration for this class includes show admission for Wednesday.

thecopperneedle.com

Handi Quilter

The Fundamentals of Longarm Quilting (Second Offering), #48114f

Perkes-Tidwell, Gina
Friday
Grand Gallery AB

Confidence is the key to success in Longarm quilting and the best way to gain confidence is through learning. Gina will help you discover the proper steps to take and share many tips as you embark on your new and exciting journey. You will learn freehand exercises which will train you to become fluid in your free-motion quilting and how to mirror image & execute shapes with ease. You will learn to love working at the front of the machine and the many benefits of doing so. In addition to learning to quilt simple yet beautiful designs, you will come away with the basic knowledge of machine set up, trouble shooting, thread and tension tips, and much more! This is a great class for beginners and is taught in a positive and stress free environment. One person per machine.

Registration for this class includes show admission for Friday.

thecopperneedle.com

Handi Quilter