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AZ Quilting Motifs: Design with Confidence

Quilting Motifs: Design with Confidence  - $165

Learn different quilting design options and make a quilt to illustrate your personal preferences. If you struggle with deciding what to quilt on a quilt top, this class is for you! We will discuss and experiment with the both straight-line and free motion techniques, edge to edge design and custom quilting strategies using Harmony and Contrast; as well as, thread, thread color, and batting preferences. Then putting it all together!

Intended for adults & teens 14 & older. 

3 session / 2 hours
Dec 2nd 10- 12pm
Dec 9th 10 - 12pm
Dec 16th 10-12pm

3 Classes:
+ Class 1: Batting, Thread, and Design Rules of Thumb; create your top
+ Class 2: Overall designs
+ Class 3: Custom Quilting

These classes apply to both long arm quilters and domestic quilters! If you've begun quilting your own tops or have been quilting for years these classes can help guide you through choosing your quilting motifs and introducing new concepts and design strategies.  
We will be exploring your personal preferences and discussing what steps to take in deciding quilting motifs for your quilts, mapped out by you for future reference.

Many examples are provided as well as opportunities for you to experiment and discuss (if you choose to) different ways you and others could approach quilting quilt top examples.

Students create a unique wall hanging using half square triangles (using a method to make 24 at a time) to create a quilt with their quilting preferences mapped out.

You will also be practicing with worksheets; choosing a quilt top design and drawing new ideas. I will also have a flimsy (or quilt top) to discuss how to quilt. Feel free to bring a flimsy to share!

Classes include:
+ Planning Worksheets
+ Quilt Design Map
+ Wall Hanging Quilt Pattern
+ Strategies to help you choose your quilting
+ Batting Reference Sheet
+ Batting Booklet from Quilter's Dream Batting
+ Fabrics and Batting
All resources are printable PDF, apart from the batting booklet.
Supply List:
Items you must bring:
Sewing machine
Fabric or very sharp scissors
Straight pins
Safety pins
Machine Quilting Needle 75/11 or Universal Needle 90/14  
Cotton thread that closely resembles the fabric background color
Favorite Half Square Triangle ruler for quick trim 
Water Soluble Marker or chalk for temporary marking on the fabric

Walking Foot (optional, but encouraged)
Free Motion Foot (optional, but encouraged)

Items we will have available to use, but that you should consider purchasing:
Cutting mat
Acrylic ruler - I would suggest an 18 inch x 6  in ruler
Rotary cutter
Ironing board






Pattern or Dark Fabric

½ yard

1 yard



Neutral Fabric

½ yard


½ yard


If you do not have a machine you can rent one for the class for $10/class

Minimum of 2 students needed for class to be held.  

Full payment is due to secure your spot upon signing up for a class. 100% of a class fee is refundable or transferable to another class if cancellation is done at least 48 hours before class. This allows us to offer your spot to an individual on the waiting list and it insures that our teachers will be compensated for their time. No-shows forfeit any refund or exchange.


Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details:
Instructor: Tori McElwain
Includes the pattern and fabrics

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.