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Scared Stitchless to Free Motion Quilt with Liz Granberg-Jerome

Are you Scared Stitchless to drop your feed dogs to free motion quilt your own quilts? Learn the basics of what you need to know before you begin and practice on your first free motion quilting sample. With your domestic sewing machine, you can create heirloom quilts. This beginner class will cover topics ranging from marking your quilt, batting choices, pinning your quilt, working with stencils, free motion fills, grid work, to alternate ways to transfer designs to your quilt tops. Learn to pin your quilt and prepare it for quilting. Then dive in and practice free-motion grid work, quilting loops, curves, and straight lines, all using your home sewing machine on your own first free motion sampler.

Monday, July 15 from 10:30am to 3:30pm, Lumberyard Arts Center. Class fee: $45.
***Please note later than usual start--we are sharing the classroom and want to allow transition time after an early class***

Supply List: Things you will need for class.

  • One ~18x22” cotton quilt sandwich (2 fat quarters with batting between)—dark solids work well with light thread or light solids with dark thread. Do not pin or baste prior to class.
  • Roll of Blue Tape or Packing Tape
  • Sewing Machine in good working order (with instruction manual). Must have a plexiglas surround for your machine (e.g., Sew-Steady table) or a small surround that comes with some machines. You must have room for your hands on both sides of the needle to move the quilt under the needle.
  • Free motion quilting foot or darning foot for machine and the ability to drop or cover the feed-dogs. If unsure, bring all of the feet for your machine. No walking foot please.
  • Basic notions including small scissors or snips, seam ripper, pins, etc.
  • 1 pkg. Schmetz Microtex or Quilting machine needles size 70, 75 or 80 (a variety pack is great)
  • #1 Curved safety pins, 2 dozen or more
  • Blue water-soluble marking pen and/or white ceramic pencil (e.g., Bohin, SewLine or Fons & Porter) for marking designs. Chaco Liners are also a good option. Blue line for white/light fabrics, white ceramic/chalk for dark fabrics.
  • Threads for stitching: Contrasting thread for practice sampler. Recommended threads are Aurifil 50 weight cotton or Glide 40 weight poly, or similar.
  • Your choice of something to give your fingers traction as you move the fabric sandwich under the needle. Suggestions include Machingers or Grabaroos quilting gloves, garden gloves with rubber nubs on fingertips, finger cots. A non-greasy lotion with glycerin (Neutrogena makes several options) also gives nice traction when quilting.


Recommended Battings: Quilter’s Dream Cotton, Warm and Natural, Warm and White, Hobbs 80/20 blend.


NOTE: Class begins with lecture/overview and pinning your practice sandwiches. Machines will be used after lunch as we get to the hands-on portion of the class. Bring a sack lunch or grab a bite in downtown Baldwin City.

Quilting and textile art classes are co-sponsored by Quilters' Paradise and the Lumberyard Arts Center as part of the Quilt Capital of Kansas programming.

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Beginning free motion quilting class for all quilters.
Requirements: Sewing machine with Sew-Steady extension or similar surround to support hands on both sides of the needle; feed-dogs that will drop. Free motion quilting or darning foot required.
Instructor: Liz Granberg-Jerome
Instructor Bio: Liz Granberg-Jerome brings 15+ years of quilting experience, on top of 50+ years of sewing to the classroom. She works well with all levels of students, working with each student to ensure everyone in her class succeeds. She began free motion quilting in 2009 on her sewing machine and moved up to a HandiQuilter Sweet 16 sit-down midarm in 2012 that she continues to quilt on.
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Quilters' Paradise Quilt Shop, owned and run by Sharon Vesecky, opened its doors in its current location on January 3, 1989.