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Taught by Sue Nickels
Now for the fun part—machine quilting! Sue teaches you all about her favorite part of the quilting process in this final class. Learn how to work with a large quilt and use free-motion quilting techniques to create feathers, straight-line geometric shapes, scallops, and cables. You will be amazed at what you can do with a sewing machine and a darning foot. 
Learn how to:
  • Set up a tabletop to work with a large quilt
  • Manage your large quilt as you sew
  • Sew straight lines in the ditch
  • Free motion quilt with a darning foot
  • Quilt a feather wreath
  • Quilt straight-line geometric shapes with free-motion quilting techniques
  • Quilt scallops
  • Quilt cables
  • Ideas for finishing quilt

Chapters
00:32
02:03
Free-Motion Quilting
07:41
16:39
09:31
02:09
07:01
Finishing Your Quilt
02:26
Materials
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Fully marked and basted quilt top
  • Sewing machine
  • Sharp machine needles (Sue uses size 70/10; use correct needle for your thread)
  • Walking foot
  • Darning foot (Sue prefers open toe version)
  • Straight stitch throat plate
  • Cotton thread (bobbon thread should match the backing fabric)
  • Snips
  • Dish for safety pins
  • Good lighting
  • Rubber gloves or quilting gloves
  • Practice sandwich
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  • Discussion
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    Transcript
    Free-Motion Quilting
    Part 1:
    Create Your Own Quilting Design
    Sue Nickels
    In Part 1, you will learn how to design your own quilting patterns and create custom templates. Using an already-pieced quilt top, Sue demonstrates how to create a design concept and sketch patterns. All of the basics are covered here, including how to design patterns using rulers, how to cut out your own template plastic, and how to create a cable pattern using a paper folding technique. She also shows how to draw her signature feather motif and turn it into a circular template. Once you have completed this class, you will be ready to move on to marking your quilt. 
    Part 2:
    Marking and Basting
    Sue Nickels
    Once you have designed your quilting motif, the next step is to mark your quilt top. Sue teaches several methods for transferring your pattern to fabric, including tracing patterns using a lightbox, freehand drawing, tracing plastic templates and using rulers as guides to create geometric patterns. Finally, Sue covers basting your quilt sandwich to prepare it for machine quilting. 
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    Part 3:
    Machine Quilting Like a Pro
    Sue Nickels
    Now for the fun part—machine quilting! Sue teaches you all about her favorite part of the quilting process in this final class. Learn how to work with a large quilt and use free-motion quilting techniques to create feathers, straight-line geometric shapes, scallops, and cables. You will be amazed at what you can do with a sewing machine and a darning foot. 
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