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.