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Machine Quilting Negative Space

with Angela Walters
Machine Quilting Negative Space
Turn your quilt's negative space into positively fabulous designs! Angela shows how to complement pieced sections with motifs and texture.
Advance your skills with the guidance of Angela Walters, an experienced quilting instructor and author of Free Motion Quilting with Angela Walters. Go from sketching simple patterns to sewing complex designs, turning your previously plain palettes into wonderful works of art. Angela will teach you how to break up negative space with a variety of motifs, including pebbles, paisleys, circles and swirls. You'll travel through a garden of stitched leaves as you incorporate different design elements to produce subtle and sumptuous surfaces. Take advantage of your quilt's empty canvas by enrolling in Machine Quilting Negative Space today!
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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet your instructor, Angela Walters, and gain an overview of free-motion quilting and what you'll learn over the course of the class.


Lesson 2. Sketching: Negative Space

  • What is negative space? Angela answers this question as she teaches you how to sketch designs that can be used to fill in the background of your quilts.


Lesson 3. Sketching: Combining Designs

  • Take your machine quilting skills a step further as you tackle swirls, leaves and other unique designs that add interesting twists to your quilts.


Lesson 4. Sketching: Changing Your Scale

  • Love a design, but need to make it smaller or larger to fit a specific width? Angela shows you how to resize your designs and sketch them in the scale that you prefer.


Lesson 5. Echoing Quilt Designs

  • Angela demonstrates techniques on her longarm machine that can be used to echo various quilting designs. Additionally, you'll learn how to mark your quilt top and achieve even, professional-looking results.


Lesson 6. Stitching in Negative Space

  • Bring your designs from Lesson 2 to life as you quilt swirls, lines, circles and any other designs of your choosing with Angela's expert advice along the way.


Lesson 7. Quilting Designs

  • Follow along with Angela or create your own patterns as you learn how to work with various combinations of designs, including swirls, circles, leaves and more!


Lesson 8. Changing Scale

  • Practice circles, teardrops, paisley and more in various sizes to achieve a wide variety of looks. Angela also shows you how to highlight a focal point using a gorgeous technique.


Lesson 9. Intermediate Design

  • Kick up your design skills yet another notch as you practice intermediate designs, including wood grain, tiles, flowers and plumes.


Lesson 10. Design Gallery

  • To conclude the class, Angela offers quilt "eye candy" to show how many different, dazzling ways you can incorporate these designs into future projects. You'll never look at negative space the same way again!

"This class was great. Angela encourages you to try out quilting designs using a pen and paper before trying (them) on your quilt. She shows you how to combine patterns to make new ones and is very encouraging about practicing and not trying to be perfect. She has a very easy-going attitude that I found easy to listen to. She is an excellent teacher and I would love to take another class from her."
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Knoxville, TN

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