Free-motion Quilting Class - Supply List
|One or Two Days|
Let go and draw with the sewing machine. Learn to make patterns without a pattern. Techniques are also suitable for machine embroidery.
You will need a sewing machine with a darning foot, and should have some sewing experience.
This class links to Free-form Piecing, and the two can be combined for a two day session.
Cut the following:-
Four 12-inch squares of plain or lightly-patterned cotton fabric.
Four 14-inch squares of backing and batting. I prefer a thin cotton batting, or the very compressed poly types. Fluffy polyester batting is unsuitable.
Wool or polyester felt is also suitable as a batting.
Fabrics should be 100% cotton and should NOT be prewashed, or should be starched lightly to restore texture if they have been. Good quality fabric is essential for good results.
If you prefer, you can make up a patchwork piece to work on. 4 inch squares make a nice practice piece, or you can bring a small quilt top to work on. Nothing over cot-quilt size, please.
If you are bringing a prepared top, please bring one practice square with its batting and backing.
Thread:- 100% cotton thread in a colour or colours to go with your backing(s), and to quilt with. I am fond of variegated threads, but any good-quality cotton thread will be satisfactory. You can also bring metallic or fancy threads to try out. Find threads that do not perfectly match your fabrics, so you can see what you are doing. If you want to use metallic or very heavy thread, please make sure you have a suitable packet of sewing-machine needles.
Sewing tools:- the usual pins, scissors, etc.
Sewing machine:- Nothing fancy, all you need is straight stitch and a "darning" foot. Please make sure that you bring the manual, put in a fresh needle, and wind a bobbin before you come. If you don't know whether your machine will do this, please talk to me first...
If you have any problems with, or don't understand, any of the above, please contact me well in advance of the class.
© Helen Howes 2004