Monday, October 7, 2013

Supply List for October 13 Machine Quilting Workshop

Below is the supply list and overview of our Sunday, October 13 Machine Quilting workshop led by Paige. Please see this post for instructions on registering for the workshop.

Free Motion Machine Quilting Workshop Outline and Supply List

Many of you probably have done some sort of machine quilting with feed dogs up (ex. straight line, in-the-ditch or using a specialty stitch setting) but were afraid to try free motion quilting with the feed dogs down. This is where you move your fabric sandwich freely in all directions under the needle. The goal of this workshop is to teach you the techniques you need to be successful at free motion quilting, and to give you the opportunity to practice your new skills.

** For everyone to enjoy this workshop, I highly recommend being familiar with your machine’s ability to do free motion quilting prior to this workshop. Since there is limited time available we all need to be ready to jump right in to the first project. **

Overview of Workshop Objectives
  • Prepare a practice sandwich for free motion quilting using fabric with a large scale, all over print. Layer it with batting and backing fabric.
  • Learn how to “warm up” for free motion quilting, hand position and desired stitch length.
  • Stitch around the printed outlines of the designs until you have evenly distributed the quilting over the entire surface, learning how to maneuver the quilt sandwich and stitching curved patterns.
  • Prepare a second practice sandwich and stitch various free motion filler designs within marked areas.

Supplies Needed
  • Sewing machine in good working order with attachable table (if available)
  • Ability to drop feed dogs on your machine. If your machine doesn’t have this option, review your machine’s manual and see if there are other adjustments to allow for free motion quilting. Your fabric sandwich must be able to move freely in all directions under the needle.
  • A free-motion quilting foot (or darning foot) for your machine

Supplies for Sandwich 1
  • 1 Fat Quarter large scale, all over design top fabric
  • 1 Fat Quarter coordinating fabric for back
  • 1 piece 20”x24” quality cotton batting with a low to mid-loft

Supplies for Sandwich 2
  • 1/2 yard or (2) Fat Quarters solid color fabric
  • 1 piece 20”x24” quality cotton batting with a low to mid-loft

Additional Supplies
  • 40 or 50wt Cotton or Cotton/Poly threads contrasting colors to your fabric choices  -this will allow you to see the stitches better
  • 2-3 bobbins prewound
  • 90/14 and/or 80/12 topstitch or machine quilting needles (extras in case one breaks)
  • Blue washout quilting marker and/or chalk marker
  • 30+ safety pins for basting
  • Scissors
  • Notebook and pen/pencil for doodling and notes
  • Optional: Quilting Gloves, rubber finger tips, Variegated Thread

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