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Machine Quilting

Free-Motion & More

with Wendy Butler Berns
Machine Quilting
Overcome your free-motion fears and build confidence in your machine quilting. Wendy Butler Berns shows you easy techniques from start to finishing!

Overcome your free-motion fears! Wendy guides you step by step through a simple machine quilting process, from setting up a workspace to sandwiching, pin basting and binding. As you practice, first on paper, then with your machine, you'll build confidence in your machine quilting skills. Wendy teaches you the stipple stitch, outlining and easy curves before moving on to more adventurous designs, including zigzagging, continuous vines and continuous stars. You’ll also learn to mark your quilt with homemade stencils and special marking tools or forgo marking all together!

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet award-winning quilter, teacher and author Wendy Butler Berns.


Lesson 2. Preparing Your Quilts

  • Learn about basting options and how to set up your sandwich and pin to baste.


Lesson 3. Stabilizing the Quilt

  • Choose the right thread, sew stabilizing lines with the “stitch-in-the-ditch” method and maneuver the quilt like a pro.


Lesson 4. Walking Foot Stitch Designs

  • Learn to use your walking foot for five basic motifs: echo lines, outlining, diagonal stitch, wineglass stitch and easy curve stitch.


Lesson 5. Marking for Free-Motion Quilting

  • How to use stencils, marking materials, the heirloom quilting technique and the no-mark method.


Lesson 6. Simple Free-Motion Quilting

  • Get started with free-motion quilting using four easy motifs: stippling, zigzag, continuous star and traveling vines.


Lesson 7. Complex Free-Motion Quilting

  • More complex free-motion designs: spirals, feathers, flowers and bubbles.


Lesson 8. Thread Talk

  • A primer on choosing threads, proper spooling and setting machine tension. By the end, you'll have an addiction to thread!


Lesson 9. Whole Cloth Quilting & Troubleshooting

  • Learn solutions for some common quilting problems, including broken threads and needles, as well as tension trouble.


Lesson 10. Bindings & Finishing Touches

  • Add an easy border and binding, plus a rod pocket and a label with all the information to show off your artwork.

"I've really enjoyed this class. Wendy has lovely way of explaining things and I found the demonstrations of how to finish the quilts really helpful, as well as the quilting techniques themselves. Many thanks, Wendy!"
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