MACHINE QUILTING CLASS WITH WESTALEE STARTER SET TEMPLATES
TEACHER: CINDY FENSTER
This is a class for quilters who are looking to experience more control in free motion quilting. You will learn to use templates made for your home sewing machine. You will discover how successful you can be with quilting designs and motifs. I will demonstrate various techniques to use with the Westalee Ruler Foot Template Starter Set, and then you will have time to use them on your own quilt sandwiches. By the end of the class, you will take home nine samples of designs that you can add to your quilting skills, and understand how effective these new tools can be in quilting your own quilt. The design possibilities are endless.
Westalee Templates have been on the market for a few years and have grown in popularity as quilters become more interested in quilting their own quilts. For the class, you will need to have the starter set of Westalee Templates(six separate templates) with the special Ruler Foot specifically made for your particular sewing machine. Mill House Quilts carries the templates and ruler foot, but because you need the ruler foot that is specific for your machine, they may have to order it for you. Please place your order with Mill House staff, three weeks before the class meets, so it arrives in time. You will need to tell them the make and model of your sewing machine.
SUPPLY LIST FOR WESTALEE TEMPLATES QUILTING CLASS
1.Please bring nine quilt ?sandwiches? 14? square for practicing these quilting techniques. They will serve as your samples when you get home. It is important to have enough for all the designs we will be learning. Here is an easy method to get what you need and prepare the sandwiches.
Because these quilt sandwiches will serve as your guide for future projects, I recommend that you purchase the following fabric and batting. The blocks will measure 14? squares of fabric (both the top and the backing) and batting that is 14? square.You will need 2 ? yds. of muslin or cream colored cotton fabric. You will cut it into 6 strips of 14? each. Then subcut the 14? strips into 14? squares. This will give you at least nine squares for the tops and nine squares for the backing. Total 18 squares of fabric.
You will need Hobbs 80/20 Fusible Batting. By using fusible batting you will not have to pin the layers of your quilt. It is not sticky nor will it leave a residue on your needle. If you purchase it off the bolt at Mill House, you can get exactly the amount you will need. It is 96? wide and you will need 1 yard. You will cut two strips 14? wide and then subcut so you have at least nine 14? squares. On the bolt, the batting is doubled in two layers. After you cut the squares, then separate the two layers giving you the number you need. This is a great product and you will love how easy it is to use. I will teach you all about it. You will have some left for additional practice blocks. No need to assemble the sandwiches before class. Just have the squares cut. I will teach you how to use this great batting. If you would like to have your quilt ?sandwiches? ready before class, the Hobbs company has a 3 min. YouTube video on
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how to use their Hobb?s 80/20 Fusible Batting. It is very helpful. Just go to YouTube and type in ?Hobbs 80/20 fusible batting?. It is called ?Don?t Pin or Spray---Use Fusible Hobbs Batting?.
2. Sewing machine in good working order, and it is a good idea to bring along the instruction manual for your machine. You need to have a basic knowledge of how to operate your machine, namely threading it, winding the bobbin and using a straight stitch. Don?t forget to bring the machine?s foot pedal and power cord. (It is easy to forget them at home.)
3. Ruler Foot specific for your machine, made to use with the templates.
4. The free arm extension bed of your machine needs to be as big as possible. The large, plexiglass extension tables are a good investment if you are going to do a lot of machine quilting. If you currently have one, bring it.
5. Quilting Needle for your machine (New, Sharp needle, Schmetz Microtex, or those called Machine Quilting needles. The size of the needle depends on the thread being used. For 50 wt. cotton use #70, 80, or 90.
6. Westalee Sew Steady templates. The set includes six templates.
7. Small scissors for clipping threads
8. White or Light colored Cotton thread and matching bobbin thread (50 wt. is a good choice) but you can quilt with any type of thread. Light thread on light fabric doesn?t show every little wobble, but if you want to easily see your stitching, use a medium color thread. In class you will learn all about the appropriate threads and needles to use in your quilting.
9. An acrylic 6 ? x 12? Ruler for drawing a straight line and angles.
10. Fabric markers: Water-soluble blue fabric marker and/or a Frixion pen (available at Mill House)
11. A few sheets of paper for notetaking and a pen or pencil
12. Quilters? Gloves for gripping the fabric (Machingers Quilting Gloves are great and available at the shop.)
13. Seam Ripper
14. If you have a Supreme Slider, bring it to class. It is not required.
Many of these supplies are available at the shop. Be sure to ask the staff if you need any help.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at (608-318-2237) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
I am very excited about the possibilities for quilting designs that these templates offer. I can?t wait to share it with you. I look forward to our time together.
Class Policies: Classes must be paid for at the time of registration. Double punches will be given for class supplies. If you cancel out of a class more than one week before, you will forfeit 10% of the class fee. If you cancel one week or less before a class, you will forfeit the entire class fee. If the weather is bad, we hold the class/event if the instructor/leader arrives. Mill House Quilts reserves the right to cancel a class/event one week before if there is insufficient enrollment. You may send someone else in your place. Class refunds are given as store credit.