Handi Quilter Education Event - July 18th & 19th, 2019

SAVE THE DATE!
Handi Quilter National Educator, Ebony Love is coming to Middlebury! 

Award-winning author and quilter Ebony Love has been sewing since her legs were long enough to reach the foot pedal on her first sewing machine. When her friends started getting married and having babies, she began quilting and has been passionate about it ever since.
Since 2012, Ebony has owned or quilted on every longarm machine in the  HQ family. She became a Handi Quilter Ambassador in 2015 and today proudly quilts on her HQ Fusion® with Pro-Stitcher® and HQ Avante® machines. She loves combining the precision and detail of computerized designs with the whimsical and artistic inspiration of free motion, and is so productive that she often keeps two machines running. 
In addition to teaching a variety of classes across the country, Ebony is the resident long arm columnist for the ever-popular Quilty magazine. Ebony’s quilt designs and quilting have been featured in dozens of magazines, and she’s appeared in many online and television programs including Quilting Arts, Quilty with Mary Fons, Quilt It!, and Quilt Remix. She also produces her own quilting videos to share on her YouTube channel.
When Ebony is not traveling to teach she operates and works out of her public studio, MADE Creative Fiber Arts Studio, in Mundelein, IL.
To see more of Ebony’s work please visit her website lovebugstudios.com and be sure to follow her on Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook @lovebugstudios.

The following classes will be taught in our new shop!
Thursday, July 18th
3 Hour Morning Class-HQ Stitch Along Sampler - Basics of Machine Quilting - Class Fee - $75                                              
3 Hour Afternoon Class-3Bs - Backgrounds, Borders, & Blocks - Class Fee - $50                              
 
Friday, July 19th
6 hour All day Class - Progressive Pro Stitcher - Class Fee $125 (Includes box lunch from Essenhaus!)
 
To register for classes, you can fill out the Contact Us form or give us a call at:  800-455-9471 x 435.

Class Descriptions

1-B  HQ STITCH ALONG SAMPLER - BASICS OF DOMESTIC MACHINE QUILTING

Bring your domestic sewing machine and create a simple stitch sampler while learning the basics of machine quilting. Expert machine quilting educators walk step-by-step through the process from setting up a machine for best success, to stitching out designs. You’ll learn how to use different threads and marking tools to achieve the look of beautiful quilting.


TOPICS INCLUDE:

• How to set up a domestic machine for quilting 

• How to use walking and darning feet

• How to choose the right threads and needles 

• How to achieve good tension and even stitches

• How to create a variety of creative machine-quilting designs

REQUIREMENTS:

•  Students must bring their own machine with both a walking foot and either a darning or free-motion foot. They must be familiar with their machine, as the educator has neither the time nor the experience to act as a sewing machine technician.


2-B  3 BS – BACKGROUNDS, BORDERS AND BLOCKS

Blocks, backgrounds, and borders – these are the basic components of many pieced quilt tops, and there are tricks to quilting them with a cohesive overall look, while creating your own personal style. Learn how to select and adapt designs to complement each area, and how to accomplish the quilting efficiently and easily. Tried and true fillers and “go-to” designs will be featured.


TOPICS INCLUDE:

• Creating a step-by-step plan for custom quilting your quilt.

• Adapt block designs for borders and sashings

• How to handle quilting spaces wider than the frame

• How to create background fills and when to use them

• How to audition, resize, and adapt quilting designs 


5-B  PROGRESSIVE QUILTING WITH THE PRO-STITCHER All Day Only - Two 3-hour sessions

After you’ve mastered dropping block designs and quilting edge to edge with the Pro-Stitcher, you’re now ready to expand and strengthen your skills. This class focuses on in-depth aspects of specific functions of the Pro-Stitcher. Learn how to create continuous border and corner designs; easily digitize your own designs using the features under the Record menu; and quilt on-point designs and areas larger than the throat-space of your machine.


TOPICS INCLUDE:

• Working with border and corner units

• Managing “wonky” borders and blocks

• Quilting areas larger than the throat-space of your machine

• Quilting on point designs, sashings and triangles