Free-Motion Quilting
You know how, no matter how many amazing TV shows or movies air, you still have your go-to favorites; the ones you watch over and over again? Yeah, same thing happens here. These are the best quilting classes to fire up whenever you're in need of an extra dose of inspo or want to brush up on skills.
Clean, straight-line quilting is always the goal, but stitching them can be challenging. The secret to success? Marking your lines correctly. Thankfully, there's more than one way to get 'em just so. Play around with these tools and soon enough you'll have beautifully straight quilting lines every. single. time.
Emily Dennis
Needle and thread are key components of machine quilting. But knowing which types to use together can sometimes be a challenge. Here, Kelly discusses thread weight and plies as well as fiber and needle types. Choose the perfect needle for your thread every time with Kelly's pro tips.
Perhaps the most important tool in quilting? Your sewing machine! Learn how your machine works as Kelly goes over the essential parts, including the spool pins, flywheel, take-up lever and bobbin case. She also covers good and poor tension, plus troubleshooting tips.
There are several ways to baste a quilt, so how do you know which one to use? Kelly explains, discussing the pros and cons of four common methods. She also demonstrates pin-, thread- and spray-basting, plus how to use fusible batting.
Explore tools that help you mark your designs before you quilt. Learn how to use a pounce pad, stencils and a variety of marking pens. Then, look at hera markers and adhesive templates, both of which can be used after your quilt is already basted, and won't ever leave any stray markings.
Batting is the magic in the middle of any quilt. Kelly begins by going over the key characteristics. Then she walks you through the fiber types available, showing both raw batting and quilted samples. You'll perform a simple test before you make your quilt to ensure it's right for your project.
Last but not least, Kelly shows you the best presser feet for machine quilting, and when to use them. See how thread stands and thread nets help you feed thread smoothly into the machine. Plus, get Kelly's top picks for free-motion quilting tools such as gloves, discs and hoops.
Machine quilting is simple when you've got the right tools for the job. Join designer Kelly Ashton as she walks you through everything from batting, basting and marking to sewing machine feet. Then, look at the ins and outs of how your sewing machine works, and what tools to use so you can quilt your next project with ease.
Kelly Ashton
Kelly Ashton
When your craft of choice is quilting, Angela Walters needs no introduction. As the host of the ever-popular Midnight Quilt Show and creator of Quilting Is My Therapy, she's traveled the country teaching fellow makers everything from designing with rulers to machine quilting borders, and she inspires thousands with her gorgeous designs.
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