Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Teaching More Free-Motion Quilting


A lot of my normal quilting time last week was spent preparing a handout and sample for my first time teaching my second free-motion quilting class at my LQS.  My first class is called "Free-Motion Quilting Basics" and I have taught it five times this year.  This second class is called "MORE Free-Motion Quilting."  Both classes are for beginners, but cover different aspects of free-motion quilting.

My first class covers the basics and background knowledge including batting, threads, needles, marking supplies, basting, tension, etc.  We practice on samples the size of a fat quarter.  My second class covers choosing designs, testing out designs, practicing designs, warming up on sample sandwiches, and quilting a simple baby quilt.

I really loved teaching this class because I was able to show them that machine quilting is about more than just holding the quilt together.  I brought in some of the quilts I finished in February and was able to show them how different quilting designs can change the look of the same quilt.


They loved learning to test out designs (like with clear vinyl) before starting to quilt.


I think they found it helpful to watch me quilt on the sample I brought to class as I talked them through my thought process.  I discussed where I start quilting, my plans for filling in the design, how I grip the quilt, how I keep track of where I have already quilted, dealing with thread breaks, quilting at the edge of the quilt, and more.


I am so pleased with how this class turned out and I look forward to teaching it again in the future.  I believe my students found this class very helpful.

XX,
Jasmine

14 comments:

  1. I can tell by your writing that you love teaching the class-just awesome that you get to do that!

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  2. Yay! Sounds like you're a great teacher!

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  3. How awesome that you have now taught part two, and already have done 5 classes of part one! :)

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  4. It's easy to tell you have a passion for teaching. Lucky students! Maybe you'll consider offering online classes in the future, for those of us that can't sit in front of you. hint...hint!

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  5. Awesome! Sounds like your classes have worked out well. Congratulations! I am sure you are a great instructor.

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  6. Right on! How exciting. And fortunate peeps to have such a wonderful teacher!

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  7. You make me feel like taking these classes, even though I've FMQ-ed for a long time. There's always tips to pick up, one that struck me for sure is quilting at the edge of the quilt. Think I've got a better handle on the longarm on that one compared to a domestic, and I'm only in my second year of LA quilting compared to 20 on the DSM!

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  8. When I take a class of any sort I love a good demonstration that includes getting into the instructor's head...hearing how others work through a process is extremely helpful. I'm sure your students felt that way in your class, too! It's an excellent teaching strategy.

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  9. Sounds like you are a wonderful teacher and lucky to teach something you love. Very nice job!!

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  10. I have no doubt your students found the class extremely helpful :) So very cool that you are able to share your skills with others who are wanting to get started with FMQing.

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  11. You sound like a) you're having fun and b) you teach a great class. Lucky students!

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  12. Your classes sound awesome, Jasmine. Looks like you are having fun with it, too!

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  13. Have a great time at your class. Love your samples! And the bugs are so cute.

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