Upcoming Machine Quilting Classes

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Calling All Machine Quilting Wannabes

3-day Level One

Machine Quilting Skill Building Seminars

With Joanie Zeier Poole

Oct 26 -28, 2017 (Thur – Sat)
Town of Burke Hall, Madison, WI

Details below, email joanie@heirloomquiltingdesigns to check on availability.

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July 13, 14, 15, 2107 (Thursday – Saturday)


Hope Methodist Church
301 W St. Marie St.
Duluth, MN

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 3-day Seminar PROJECTS

Seminars will feature demonstrations for essential machine quilting techniques. We will cover the ENTIRE machine quilting process from prepping the fabric through the final binding stitches, using both walking foot and free-motion techniques. This is a hands-on experience using your own machine and is geared for you to use the skills for all of your future quilts regardless of their size. Stitch a project designed specifically for this seminar; you will learn both free-motion and straight line quilting by machine. Choose either this beautiful Letter Safe or the Table Runner, while learning many background patterns and techniques that transfer to your future machine quilting. Personalize your project by quilting your initial or chosen motif.

Joanie Zeier Poole Table runner

What is included in the fee?

You will receive 3 full days in the classroom, 3 lectures, a kit with patterns, fabrics and batting, informative hand-outs, stitch and practice guides.  Joanie is preparing kits for the project so there is little additional expense plus more time to stitch in class. Participants must sign up for the entire event.

How to sign-up?   

If you are interested to find out when additional dates are added or to request info for a 2017 session: E-mail your interest to Joanie@HeirloomQuiltingDesigns.com 

Read the complete Syllabus
and comments from past seminar students below.

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 More events in Madison, WI:

 All Madison classes are held are the Town of Burke Hall
5365 Reiner Rd Madison, WI. 53718

Getting Started with Machine Quilting Lecture
and Weightless Quilter Demonstration

Saturday Oct. 28, 2017 at 3:30 – 4:30 pm.

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If you are not sure you are ready for a hands-on workshop
or would like to see Joanie express her insight on machine quilting,
this is your chance!
AND, you will see how the WEIGHTLESS QUILTER
aids in the machine quilting process!Weightless Quilter, machine Quilting

Fee for Lecture only is $12.00 at the door,
email joanie@heirloomquiltingdesigns to assure your seat.


Give it a Spin 2-Day Workshop

Circular Background Fill Patterns
and Fabric Tinting

Give it a SpinOct. 29 and 30, 2017 (Sunday and Monday)
9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Class fee $195.00 for pattern, kit, thread and lunches*

Give it a Spin

Paint your circular pattern sampler bright or softly colored.

In this 2-day workshop, you will learn each step of machine quilting;
marking, pin basting, perfecting machine tension. 
  Use those skills to stitch a whimsical landscape quilt
with marked and free-hand circle patterns,
AND colorize the stitched project.

6 hr. The Great Outdoors –

Landscape Background Filler
Hands-on Workshop

Oct 31, 2017 (Tuesday) 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

$95.00 class fee includes pattern, sampler fabric and thread

Great Outdoors Workshop Take a joy ride through the scenic countryside
as you learn time-tested free-motion fundamentals
stitching numerous background fill patterns.
A PowerPoint presentation introduces landscape pattern structure,
prep of the work space, plus free-motion quilting fundamentals.
Learn each step of machine quilting; marking,
pin basting, practice exercises to perfect machine tension.
Create a landscape mini-quilt from an original pattern,
The Great Outdoors, with free-hand patterns found in nature,
tree bark, pebbles, rock foundation, ripples, clouds,
flowers, barn wood, leaves, and mountains. 

This project will be the training wheels to future machine quilting
adventures by guiding you to fill unusually shaped spaces
with incredible easy patterns and textures.
Enjoy Joanie’s many beautifully stitched examples that will inspire!


3 hr. The Great Outdoors –
Landscape Background Fill Sampler Class

Oct 31, 2017 (Tuesday)
5:50 pm until 8:30 pm

$35.00 class fee plus $24.00 for pattern and kit = 59.00
3 hr Great Outdoors class by Joanie Zeier PooleLearn to stitch 9 background fill patterns in this shortened format of the Great Outdoors workshop.  A PowerPoint presentation introduces landscape pattern structure, prep of the work space, plus free-motion quilting fundamentals. Follow practice exercises to perfect machine tension. Create a sampler of landscape free-hand patterns found in nature, tree bark, pebbles, rock foundation, ripples, clouds, flowers, barn wood, and mountains. This project will be the training wheels to future machine quilting adventures
by guiding you to fill unusually shaped spaces with incredible easy patterns and textures.
Enjoy Joanie’s many beautifully stitched examples that will inspire!

To sign up: E-mail your interest to Joanie@HeirloomQuiltingDesigns.com
(note the class name in subject line). You will be notified of availability
and how to proceed with registration process.

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WHAT you will LEARN!
in the 3-day Skill Building Seminars

Join Joanie as she shares 15 years of award-winning machine quilting experience at this comprehensive event. Spend 3 uninterrupted days learning exceptional machine quilting techniques and good habits to use every day!

The seminar will feature demonstrations on essential machine quilting techniques. We will cover the ENTIRE machine quilting process from prepping the fabric through the final binding stitches, using both walking foot and free-motion techniques. This is a hands-on experience using your own machine and is geared for you to use the skills for all of your future quilts regardless of their size.

WHO this is for?

This seminar is designed inspire both traditional quilters and contemporary quilt artists of any experience level. Machine quilting is not dependent on proficiency in other skills; rather it is a completely separate skill that anyone, experienced or new to quilting can achieve. Your desire to learn, as well as a machine that is in good working order are more important to your success than previous free-motion experience. A committed true beginner will become confident, and students with experience will improve their skills to master all three machine quilting techniques. Our goal is for you to go home knowing how to use machine quilting for your future projects.

Are you not quite sure if you are ready for this?

If you have been looking for the promise of a successful machine quilting future and this seminar sounds interesting, but you just are not sure if you are ready,  I have written some further information to set your mind at ease.  On this website you will find:  Am I ready – How to prepare for class document. Read on to find out how to best prepare for class to assure successful results. You might also familiarize yourself with machine quilting lingo by reading Joanie’s Glossary of Frequently used Terms for Machine Quilting. Learn a ton of great ideas that make the job easier by reading Joanie’s Machine Quilting Tips. And finally, keep an eye on Joanie’s Blog.

About the Madison, WI Location

Past seminar participants really enjoyed facilities at the Town of Burke Hall. It is a quiet park setting located very close to East Towne Mall at the north edge of Madison, WI, just a mile off HWY 151 and I 39/90. It is just minutes to nice hotels and many restaurants. We have the entire hall for three days with good lighting an large windows, long tables with 2 students per table, and additional space if you prefer to bring your own table and chair. The kitchen has a fridge and microwave. Walking trails on site. Parking is right at the door and everything is on one level.
NO STEPS!
Help will be available to get supplies in and out of your car. Session 2When you need a break, take a stroll along the path by the pond.

Reaction from the Students!!!

The first three sessions of the 3-day Machine Quilting seminars held in Oct. 2015 were loved by all! Students are asking for more advanced instructions and reunions to share the fun with their new found friends. They share their enthusiastic praise below.
Here are the wonderful recipes that enhanced the experience.

Hi Joanie,
Thank you so much for a wonderful experience.  I can’t thank you enough!  I have a comment for you to post:
I have been sewing for many years, but am fairly new to quilting and desperately wanted to be able to machine quilt.  I had little success in the past, despite all the tools, books, etc. I had purchased, but all that changed during this 3 day seminar.  Joanie’s kind, loving attitude, attention to detail, vast knowledge and skill, as well as her willingness to share every little detail and hint with us in order for us to be successful was truly amazing.  I can’t believe the quality of the machine quilting I did in class on my very first ever machine quilting projects.  I gained so much knowledge and skill and enthusiasm for machine quilting.  It was truly a fabulous experience and so worth the time and money.  On top of all that, we were treated to great meals and had lots of opportunities to enjoy fellowship with like-minded women. N A
 

Joanie, Thanks very much for a great workshop.
I really appreciated you starting from ground zero and building. Your personal touch to everyone is amazing. Your knowledge is unbelievable! You really made me think of new ideas.
I know that putting on a workshop like this is really stressful for you but for me it was the most relaxing class I have ever taken and still learned so much! Thanks for a great weekend. Cheryl.

Hi Joanie, I didn’t get a chance to say bye and thank you before I left. I really enjoyed the classes. I liked that there was variety throughout the day to keep us fresh and interested. Your willingness to answer questions and listen to comments was especially appreciated. Venue was perfect. Food yummy. Also thank our “model husband” for his help and friendliness. I was amazed he seemed so comfortable sitting with us during lunch. Barb

I whole heartedly agree…this past weekend was the best!  I am so glad to have had the opportunity to have Joanie share and teach us so much, to enjoy meeting Bob and talking with him as well as getting his assistance and insight into building a quilt frame, to have enjoyed such delicious soups/meals….and to meet and share good conversation with all of you wonderful folks.  My brain is full and excited to continue on my quilting journey with some great ideas for next projects.  I thought folks would enjoy the attached picture as well! Looking forward to part 2….our next workshop together! Warm regards to All! Nance

I am participating in the Cherrywood “The Lion King” Challenge this year and am in the process of designing my quilt. Thanks to your wonderful class, I am thinking about how I am going to do the quilting in the designing process.  This is my first quilt design since your class and I am applying what you taught us. One thing that I would always stress about when I did a challenge quilt was how I was going to quilt it. Figuring that out, ahead of time has taken that stress off the back end of the project and I know that I will enjoy the process of putting the quilt together a whole lot more without the quilting aspect hanging over my head. So again, my thanks to you. Taking your class was one of the best gifts that I could have given myself.

Fantastic Teacher
Informative class
Wonderfully delicious food
Great space
Friendships……..priceless, Lisa

Hi All, Thank you to each and every one of you for helping to make this weekend an amazing event and one that will I will always treasure!  It was great meeting new friends and sharing the love of our craft with each other.  Joanie you are a true master and beautiful person both inside and out!  Your willingness to share your knowledge and secrets was incredible.  I have taken a lot of classes and I have never felt more comfortable with the learning process.  It didn’t matter if you were an advanced, intermediate or beginner quilter, you were always there with encouragement and never made anyone feel rushed as you worked on with those more experienced and remembered us that were a little slower.  That is an amazing talent!!!  The facility was perfect and the ability to bring your own table and chair really made a difference.   I can’t wait to practice what I have learned and come back to the reunion next year with an intermediate status instead of beginner. Roseanne

I think we all agree that this past weekend was wonderful and memorable
and I’m glad we got to spend it together!
Love this group shot! Gratefully, Mary
2015 - 10 first 3 day seminar
Wonderful skills learned that a week later, I am using them and incorporating some of them into other aspects of my sewing. I enjoyed the fellowship of all of my classmates, the fantastic food, and the ability to learn from a true master of their art, Joanie.

I too enjoyed spending time with all of you and look forward to a reunion sometime in the future. I had on my 2015 quilting goals to “explore free motion techniques” and must say that with what I learned in three days more than exceeded this goal expectation.
I found that there are things I learned that I will use definitely and other things that I will put on my future goal list to practice.  I had no idea what I was getting into but found the process relaxing and fun, which is my #1 goals always with quilting and new techniques.
Have a great day! Marilynn

Hi Joanie,
Hope you have gotten a little rest and are ready for your next session.  I just wanted to take a minute and thank you, thank you, thank you for the best three days of learning that I have experienced since becoming a quilter.
In another life for about 15 years, I taught seminars on porcelain doll making and history all over the country.  I know it is a demanding, tiring thing to do.  Although the experience during that journey was great, I am not sorry that those chapters are closed.  Kudos to you for keeping on, keeping on.   You will help future generations to see how creative and well executed home machine quilting could be during our tenure.
I am sure our paths will cross again.
Best wishes,  Christie

I enjoyed all the techniques, tips, cooperation & sharing from all of you. Thanks for a meaningful time together. Joyce

I enjoyed all the techniques, tips, cooperation & sharing from all of you. Thanks for a meaningful time together
Joyce from St Germain.  

Hi Joanie,
I hope you are doing well….I have been so enthusiastic all week after spending last seeking at your quilt workshop!  I wanted to follow up with you to tell you that I went to the local quilt shop near my home to purchase some border fabric to finish the blooming background sampler that I made last weekend and to talk to the quilt shop owner about your workshop and awesome technique, talent and skill at teaching.
I brought the piece that I had free motion quilted to show them, and the owner as well as the three employees in the store thought it was amazing!  I provided them with your contact information, and said that you are booked up with classes for a while.  I showed them a picture of the landscape scene that you teach in a one day class.
As I mentioned in class…I have definitely become a groupie of yours, and have shared with many friends and this quilt store how wonderful taking any class taught by you is.  I hope that Patti gets in touch with you and that you come to Illinois sometime to teach a class…if you do, I will definitely be there 🙂
All the best to Bob and you! Warm Regards, Nance

Synopsis for the 3-day Workshops

Day One:

Begin at 10:00 a.m. (Plan to arrive no earlier than 9:30, anytime up to 10:00 is fine.)
Opening lecture: summary of the workshop, what to expect each day, how to use this information in your plan for quilting any top. Overview of machine quilting, understanding the three techniques: Straight-line using a walking foot and free-motion quilting when following a marked line or free-hand quilting.

•    Glossary of terms
•    Machine preparations and process
•    Supply choices, fabric and thread, keeping the bundle lightweight

Joanie shows stitched samples of many machine quilting techniques using various thread weights.

Lunch Break

Afternoon: Lecture – Marvelous Machine Quilting with Walking Foot
Students are introduced to the wonderful possibilities available when they understand the process of machine quilting when using a walking foot. Learn to bring up the bobbin thread, and to lock the stitches using the stitch length setting of the machine. They will learn to create a quilt-as-you-go project that will be quilted using techniques including “stitch in the ditch” and free-motion quilting. Joanie shows stitched samples of anchoring with a walking foot, many results of quilting with a walking foot and possibilities for using it for future projects.

The registration fee includes the fabrics, batting and instructions needed for this project. However, students choose thread for project to purchase in class, Many lightweight cotton and silk threads, $3.00 to $9.00.

Time to Stitch: Learn to draw, mark a square grid. Set up machines for practice exercises to perfect tension and stitch a grid with a walking foot.

Friday, 5 pm class ends and if possible, 5 to 7, Evening Fellowship with Appetizer potluck 
Show and tell, chat about your quilt projects, ask questions.

Day Two:

Arrival: 9 am
Morning lecture:

Lecture: Free-motion quilting: How to follow a marked line and free-hand techniques

  • Machine set-up and accessories
  • Tension adjustments for various threads
  • Locking the thread ends, jump stitches and retracing
  • Joanie shows stitched samples of free-motion quilting, free-form and formal.

The entire process for making the a free-motion sampler including marking and basting, review the machine and work space set up, and Machine Quilting Essentials, Locking Stitches, Retracing and Jump Stitches, plus Divide and Conquer! Joanie’s anchoring the quilt layers process and navigating the quilt surface for Follow a marked Line and Free-form Fillers.

Time to Stitch: Set up machines for practice exercises to perfect tension for free-motion quilting. Feathers: Students will mark the design, baste the layers, and stitch a feather design. 

Lunch Break

Time to Stitch: You will learn to stitch straight and curved lines, anchoring with free-motion, follow a marked line foundation, follow outlines of quilting designs and free-form background fill patterns. Students continue to stitch on their project with Joanie’s instruction for all of the background fill patterns.
Day two ends at 4 pm.

Day Three:

Arrival: 9 am

Morning lecture: Choosing, Adapting and Using Quilting Designs – Explore where to find quilting designs and resize and manipulate them to fill blocks and multi-size borders, selecting marking pens and quilting paper, and Joanie’s process for planning on paper templates.

Open discussion:
•    Supply choices, fabric and thread, keeping the bundle lightweight      
•    Assembling an accurate quilt top; stabilizing and pressing for success
•    Basting: pins  and frames, batting
•    Handling the big quilt, on a small machine
•    What size to make the top for machine quilting
•    Finishing the quilt

Lunch Break

Afternoon: Open Lab
Students choose to either:
•    Continue free-motion lessons for feather, echo and stippling.
•    Or plan the quilting designs, marking process, and stitching strategy for their own quilt top  

Departure at 3:00 pm

At some seminars, there will be a 3:30 pm lecture, Getting Started with Machine Quilting, that is open to the public but all 3-Day Seminar participants are welcome to attend at no additional fee. 

Tentative Student Supply List for 3-day Seminars

* Students in past sessions have a message for YOU!
Read the supply list all the way through and then read it again.
DO NOT wait for the night before you travel to assemble the items. 🙂 

Four 18” square practice bundles; muslin or light colored solid fabric for top and backing any batting. Be sure the fabric is light enough to see lines for tracing.   
1.    Stabilize top and backing fabric with spray starch and layer with batting.
2.    Pin-baste 2 bundles (16 pins) and leave 2 unpinned and bring extra basting pins (Tiny safety pins available in class).

How to prepare fabric: Pre-wash your fabric. Use spray starch to stabilize the fabric before you cut the pieces and to avoid stretching during the marking, basting and stitching processes. Choose any commercial brand, mix your own form corn starch or liquid starch. Use a generous application for both the top fabric and backing fabric. Press with the strait of grain with a hot dry iron until it is completely dry.

Other Supplies:
Basic Sewing Supplies, (A small curve blade EZ Snips will be available to purchase in class) NO cutting or pressing is necessary, all prep is done before class.
Bring your BEST machine, the machine you intend to use for machine quilting (this is not the time for your tiny, lightweight classroom machine) in good working order with:
Smallest open-toe free-motion and/or darning foot, walking foot, extension table or slide on tray extra empty bobbin, and owner’s manual, the machine cords, an extension cord and foot pedal. If you have a single hole throat plate, bring it.
Note: Some thread used in class is wound on a stacked spool which is intended to be placed on an upright spool pin of the machine. You can bring a free-standing thread stand, or several are available to borrow.
Sewing machine needles, size 70 Microtex (available on site)
2 or 3 empty bobbins
Water-soluble marking pen (new, wide line preferred)
Rulers: Drawing or Quilting Style will work, one 6″ and one 18″ to 24”
Masking tape (not Painters tape)
Note taking supplies

Optional:

  • Quilters gloves if you use them.
  • All feet that you own for darning or quilting, walking foot, the screw driver for the machine, we will be changing feet!
  • Any lightweight thread you may wish to experiment with.
  • Students may bring one quilt pattern, sketched layout or small assembled top to discuss how it will be quilted.
  • We will use lightweight thread and tiny stitches so bring a light and any magnification you need.
  • We have plenty of room, you may bring your own sewing table, chair and chair pad if you wish.

Food: Multi-day events will have lunches provided on site. Water, coffee and hot tea will be provided; BYO hot/cold covered cup. If you have a favorite beverage, please feel free to bring your own. Each student provides one dish to pass for a lunch. (This was a BIG hit in past sessions). Joanie will provide a list of suggested categories (hearty salad, sandwich, soup, fruit or desert) from which you can choose to bring your favorite recipe. If you are traveling and are unable to bring a dish, no problem, add $12.00 to your fee and something will be purchased for you.

Email any questions about equipment or
supplies well in advance of the class,
as I will set up the day before the event!

Joanie Zeier Poole
Joanie@heirloomquiltingdesigns.com
www.HeirloomQuiltingDesigns.com