Sunday, August 11, 2013

"Make it Your Own!" with Free-motion Quilting

Free-Motion Quilting: Sew what ya know!
Throughout this spring and summer, I've had several opportunities to teach my Intro to Free-Motion Quilting class for shops and guilds in Tennessee. Truth be told, this is probably my favorite class to teach! 

For insight into my students' motivation and passion for quiltmaking, I ask why they are interested in learning free-motion quilting. Their responses help me to insure the class not only provides instruction on the mechanics of this free-form technique (and answers to basic nuts-and-bolts questions) but also offers inspiration and direction to help them achieve their personal and creative goals. 
Free-motion quilting class.
The Quilters Path, Mt. Juliet, TN.
At a recent free-motion class at The Quilters Path, the response to my question was emphatic. These quilters had an overwhelming desire to "make the entire project themself!" 

"Does that sound selfish?" they asked. "Not at all!" I replied.  Make it your own! ... yes, Yes, YES!
Practicing motifs and free-motion designs on paper.
Ready Set Sew in Chattanooga, TN
The quilting adds another layer of design to your composition. 
First-time feathers at Chattanooga Sewing
Chattanooga, TN
Your choice of thread color, thread weight and fiber content can support or enhance your design, change the color palette, modify or solidify the focal point.
Getting into the Free-Motion Groove!
Sew Notions, Jasper, TN
Execute your complete vision for your quilt. Each quiltmaker's voice is unique and each quilt has its own story to tell. Put your voice to your vision and make it all your own! You can do it.
Free-motion quilting with the Smoky Mountain Quilters and friends
at Kat Lovers Pur-fect Quilting, Knoxville, TN.
Thank you! to all my students—past, present, and future—for allowing me to offer inspiration, direction, and instill confidence for your free-motion quilting endeavors. The door to the possibilities that Fee-Motion Quilting has to offer is open to you!

Here are photos from several Intro to Free-Motion Quilting classes. Contact me if you'd like to have me teach this class at your shop or guild.
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