Award-winning quilter Gina Perkes-Tidwell makes quilting designs come to life with her grid-based designs. While the designs look elaborate and intricate, the application of grids makes the quilting simple! Learn how to do straight-line quilting, free-motion quilting, and quilting fills—all using grids that make the process so easy. Gina shows all of the techniques on a home sewing machine and then on a longarm machine. Really, no matter how you quilt or what style of quilting you prefer, this approach to quilting design will open up a world of possibilities for you. She even has a special lesson on grid-based designs for sashings and borders and demonstrates how to use a longarm ruler on a home sewing machine. Gina encourages you to play, experiment, and have fun and she provides you with practice sheets and a practice quilt pattern to get started. Quilt along with Gina and build your grid-based skills with this informative and easy-to-follow class.
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- Tips for Longarm Quilting
- The Guide to Grids Book by Gina Perkes
Fabric (Options for fabric are given for both longarms and home sewing machines. Choose the one you prefer.)
- Top: 3 yd. solid medium dark cotton
- Backing: 3 yd. cotton
- Batting: 3 yd.
- Home Sewing Machine:
- Top: 1⅔ yd. solid medium dark cotton
- Backing: 1⅔ yd. cotton
- Batting: 1⅔ yd.
- Cut into 12" squares and make (15) practice quilting sandwiches.
- Silk 100 wt.
- Cotton 40 wt.
Sewing Machine Foot for Home Sewing Machine
- Free-motion ruler foot or open toe free-motion foot with a thick lip edge
- Dry erase pen
- Erasable marking implement
- Chalk pounce pad
- Bohin mechanical pencil
- Air erasable pen, purple
- 2" x 12"
- ¼" thick straight edge quilting ruler, approximately 3" x 10"
Pins & Needles:
- Self threading needle
- Straight pins
- Plastic sheet protectors
- Straight line stencils
- June Tailor® Grid Marker
- Nylon mesh 1" stencil
- Small pieces of grip shelf liner
- Template plastic
Home Sewing Machine Quilters Need:
- Gripping stickers for underneath side of ruler or small pieces of grip shelf liner
- Quilting gloves or finger cots
- Electric Quilt® 8 quilt design software (EQ8)
- Ironing Surface
Is this class for longarm or home sewing machines?Both, and those who quilt by hand will also gain a lot of design information from this class. She shows how to mark quilts and quilting paths to take. Even better, she demonstrates the lessons on both a home sewing machine and a longarm so you can learn both techniques. Then, she provides practice sheets so you can practice right along with the class!
What type of quilting lends itself to grid-based designs?The techniques in this class translate into any style of quilting. Whether you lean toward traditional, modern, art, or any other type of quilting, grid-based designs are useful. This class includes straight line, free motion, and filler designs using grids.
What are grid-based designs?Designs are grid based when there is a repetition of shapes. We see them all around us, and Gina encourages us to look for and use them as inspiration in our quilting.
What if I have questions?We recommend that you watch the class in its entirety and become familiar with the downloadable materials. At that point, if something is unclear, go to the tab that allows you to ask a question and Gina will get back with you via email. Please do not contact iquilt instructors by telephone.
When can I start the class?We know you are excited to get started. After you have purchased the class, you can enjoy it anywhere and anytime you have the Internet. The class belongs to you, so watch it as many times as you like!