Class requirements for “Free Motion Quilting for the Terrified”
The aim of this class is to understand why you are terrified of free motion quilting and to remove that fear so you are ready to tackle any quilt of any size. You will learn lots of useful tips about your machine, threads and needles as well as do practical exercises.
All levels are welcome, from complete beginners to confident quilters.
The class will be held at All Saints Church, Chestnut Avenue, Esher, KT10 8JL. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided. Please bring your own lunch (there is a kitchen with fridge) or use the lovely pub next door. There is a car park and on street free parking. Easy,flat access to the hall.
The class will run from 10am til 4pm.
Can you please make sure you bring:
- Sewing machine with ALL attachments, make sure you have a quilting/embroidery/darning foot for your machine (that’s the funny shaped one for free motion quilting). Please bring the manual, if you no longer have it, have a look online if you can download it (I am not familiar with all sewing machines and we might need to refer to the instructions).
- All sorts of threads you may have in your stash (Bottom Line, Rainbows, Aurifil, Guterman,… all good!), apart from Hand Quilting threads (if possible, bring a dark thread to put in the top and have a bobbin ready with a pale thread)
- Proper sewing machine needles for FMQ: my favourite are Microtex 60 (exist in 70 and 80). Quilting 80 work well as well. NO ball point or Universal.
- Note book and pen
- Calico or plain fabric (at least 1 metre, plain fabric can be either light or dark) and wadding (about 1 metre). Try and bring wadding that is either the one you use regularly or as near as, there is no point practising with wadding that you wouldn’t normally use. Dream Green is perfect and relatively cheap.
- Safety pins/basting spray/micro tack gun or regular pins to hold your layers together
Optional extra if you have got them at home: (don’t panic if you don’t know what they are, we will discuss all that at the class!! Do not buy them if you don’t have them!!)
- Supreme Slider
- Quilting table for your sewing machine
- Sewer’s Aid
- Quilting gloves or any tools you might us to grip the fabric better
- Golden Thread paper
- Any marking tool (sewline pencil, Chalk market, quilt pounce,…) that you might have
- Large quilt (sandwiched if you want to work on it) that you have ready to quilt but are too scared to start on.
Before the class, I would like to think about what you expect from this class and about what you want to be able to achieve by the end of it. It would also help me a lot if you could think about how YOU learn and retain information (ie do you need to be shown, do you need to do it yourself, do you need to read notes, do you need to write it down,…).
See you on the day!