Longarm ClassesNovember 10, 2006
While at the International Quilt Festival in Houston I took 3 classes on longarm quilting. They were all good classes with interesting teachers and eager students. The classes had approximately 36 students each and there were 12 longarm machines set up around the room for demos and practicing. We each ended up with about 30 minutes apiece on a machine. It would have been nice had we gotten more time for practicing.
The first class that I took was with Nancy Goldsworthy. This class was mainly about stencils and how to transfer designs to a quilt for quilting. She also discussed methods of enlarging or reducing stencils to fit an area and how to use the laser light at the front of a longarm machine.
The second class that I took was with Linda Taylor and was called Fancy Feather Frenzy. Linda is a very quiet, softspoken woman but she runs a class with an iron fist. She did a terrific job of planning out the class with an doable amount of practicing for the students. We learned how to stitch 10 different forms of feathers. Here are some photos of her demo pieces.
My last class was with Sue Patten. Sue, with her bubbly character, has developed a lot of interesting designs that she freehands to fill in areas of a quilt.