Instructor

Perkes, Gina
Gina Perkes 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

Appliqué by Bobbin: Learn Helpful Techniques to Enhance Your Quilt, #23505

Appliqué
Thursday, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Cooper Creek 2
Perkes, Gina
Intermediate
$70
Plus Kit Fee

Explore new techniques for machine appliqué and bobbin work! Join Gina as she shows how she embellishes the edges of her appliqué with decorative heavy-weight threads using her unique two-step process. This class is filled with techniques that will really enhance your work including raw-edge, invisible, decorative stitch, and bobbin work appliqué. Students will create a beautiful wallhanging using unique materials and specialty threads!

thecopperneedle.com

PFAFF/Abbey Sewing Centers Classroom Sponsor

Fantabulous Feathers and Fills: Home Machine Quilting, #28510

Quilting/Finishing-HOME MACHINE
Friday, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Short Creek 3
Perkes, Gina
All Levels
$70
Plus Kit Fee

Feathers are amazing! They can be stylized in so many ways and they are incredibly versatile. Let Gina show you how to find your own unique style in your feather work. There are a variety of techniques for drafting and stitching feathers that can be used in different applications from block and border motifs to freehand work - experiment with them all! 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

Janome

Glorious Grids with Fillers: Home Machine Quilting, #28505

Quilting/Finishing-HOME MACHINE
Thursday, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Cooper Creek 2
Perkes, Gina
All Levels
$70
Plus Kit Fee

Fear grids and fills no more! Straight lines can be your best friend. Use grids for rulerwork and as a guide for perfectly-spaced freehand designs. You will gain confidence in producing beautiful crosshatching 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

PFAFF/Abbey Sewing Centers Classroom Sponsor

Home Machine Quilting with Rulers, #28502

Quilting/Finishing-HOME MACHINE
Wednesday, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Short Creek 2
Perkes, Gina
All Levels
$70
Plus Kit Fee

Join Gina Perkes 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 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

Janome

Quilting for Show! An Evening with Gina Perkes, #GINA

Special Events
Friday, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Fall Creek
Perkes, Gina
All Levels
$35

Join Gina as she takes you through the process of creating beautiful, one-of-a-kind quilts that you can enter in national shows. She will help you to gain inspiration and confidence by sharing the many benefits of creating a quilt for show. Discover how to develop your own unique style, improve your workmanship, and strive to be more innovative in your approach. Do you ever wonder how award-winning quilters come up with amazing designs? You will discover where you can find inspiration in unexpected places and how you can begin creating your own eye-catching, original designs. You will also come away with a multitude of hints and tips for marking designs, using decorative threads, creating balance, and setting up your machine. Supplies are not required for a lecture, although you may want to bring a pen and paper to take notes.

thecopperneedle.com

The Fundamentals of Free-Motion Quilting on the Home Machine (First Offering), #28503

Quilting/Finishing-HOME MACHINE
Wednesday, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Cooper Creek 3
Perkes, Gina
Beginner
$70

Discover the fundamentals of free-motion quilting using your domestic sewing machine. This class is filled with techniques and exercises which will help you gain the confidence and skills needed to embark on your quilting journey. In addition to learning many beautiful foundational designs which you can continue to build on as you improve, you will learn how to select threads and adjust tension, plus discover ergonomics, practice exercises, and much more! This class is taught in an encouraging, stress-free environment.

thecopperneedle.com

BERNINA of America Classroom Sponsor

The Fundamentals of Free-Motion Quilting on the Home Machine (Second Offering), #28511

Quilting/Finishing-HOME MACHINE
Saturday, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Short Creek 2
Perkes, Gina
Beginner
$70

Discover the fundamentals of free-motion quilting using your domestic sewing machine. This class is filled with techniques and exercises which will help you gain the confidence and skills needed to embark on your quilting journey. In addition to learning many beautiful foundational designs which you can continue to build on as you improve, you will learn how to select threads and adjust tension, plus discover ergonomics, practice exercises, and much more! This class is taught in an encouraging, stress-free environment.

thecopperneedle.com

Janome

Appliqué by Bobbin: Learn Helpful Techniques to Enhance Your Quilt, #23505

Perkes, Gina
Thursday
Cooper Creek 2

Explore new techniques for machine appliqué and bobbin work! Join Gina as she shows how she embellishes the edges of her appliqué with decorative heavy-weight threads using her unique two-step process. This class is filled with techniques that will really enhance your work including raw-edge, invisible, decorative stitch, and bobbin work appliqué. Students will create a beautiful wallhanging using unique materials and specialty threads!

thecopperneedle.com

PFAFF/Abbey Sewing Centers Classroom Sponsor

Fantabulous Feathers and Fills: Home Machine Quilting, #28510

Perkes, Gina
Friday
Short Creek 3

Feathers are amazing! They can be stylized in so many ways and they are incredibly versatile. Let Gina show you how to find your own unique style in your feather work. There are a variety of techniques for drafting and stitching feathers that can be used in different applications from block and border motifs to freehand work - experiment with them all! 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

Janome

Glorious Grids with Fillers: Home Machine Quilting, #28505

Perkes, Gina
Thursday
Cooper Creek 2

Fear grids and fills no more! Straight lines can be your best friend. Use grids for rulerwork and as a guide for perfectly-spaced freehand designs. You will gain confidence in producing beautiful crosshatching 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

PFAFF/Abbey Sewing Centers Classroom Sponsor

Home Machine Quilting with Rulers, #28502

Perkes, Gina
Wednesday
Short Creek 2

Join Gina Perkes 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 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

Janome

Quilting for Show! An Evening with Gina Perkes, #GINA

Perkes, Gina
Friday
Fall Creek

Join Gina as she takes you through the process of creating beautiful, one-of-a-kind quilts that you can enter in national shows. She will help you to gain inspiration and confidence by sharing the many benefits of creating a quilt for show. Discover how to develop your own unique style, improve your workmanship, and strive to be more innovative in your approach. Do you ever wonder how award-winning quilters come up with amazing designs? You will discover where you can find inspiration in unexpected places and how you can begin creating your own eye-catching, original designs. You will also come away with a multitude of hints and tips for marking designs, using decorative threads, creating balance, and setting up your machine. Supplies are not required for a lecture, although you may want to bring a pen and paper to take notes.

thecopperneedle.com

The Fundamentals of Free-Motion Quilting on the Home Machine (First Offering), #28503

Perkes, Gina
Wednesday
Cooper Creek 3

Discover the fundamentals of free-motion quilting using your domestic sewing machine. This class is filled with techniques and exercises which will help you gain the confidence and skills needed to embark on your quilting journey. In addition to learning many beautiful foundational designs which you can continue to build on as you improve, you will learn how to select threads and adjust tension, plus discover ergonomics, practice exercises, and much more! This class is taught in an encouraging, stress-free environment.

thecopperneedle.com

BERNINA of America Classroom Sponsor

The Fundamentals of Free-Motion Quilting on the Home Machine (Second Offering), #28511

Perkes, Gina
Saturday
Short Creek 2

Discover the fundamentals of free-motion quilting using your domestic sewing machine. This class is filled with techniques and exercises which will help you gain the confidence and skills needed to embark on your quilting journey. In addition to learning many beautiful foundational designs which you can continue to build on as you improve, you will learn how to select threads and adjust tension, plus discover ergonomics, practice exercises, and much more! This class is taught in an encouraging, stress-free environment.

thecopperneedle.com

Janome