Quilting Information: April 13, 2015
I am just back from the Machine Quilters’ Expo, held in early April in Manchester, New Hampshire.
I took four classes and really learned so much. The teachers were Judi Madsen, Judy Woodworth, and Angela Huffman.
I used to free-motion on my domestic machine a lot. But when I got my long arm, I settled into making the kind of quilts I love the most: big and scrappy. Those quilts really look their best when quilted with an even, overall pattern. Thus, I’ve been using pantographs most of the time.
However, I do not want to lose my free-motion skills. And I do make some quilts that would look great with more custom quilting.
So, I have a goal of improving my “front of the machine” skills this year.
Angela Huffman does it all. She spent her time teaching us how she works. She uses free-motion and templates. She taught us so many patterns that I will definitely be able to use. Her web site is http://www.quiltedjoy.com.
Modern quilter Judi Madsen’s work is so beautiful. Here are some examples–which she broke down and taught us to do. (Of course it takes practice.) Quilting at this level often involves layering two wool battings to get the trapunto effects. AND, lots of marking on the quilt, a straight ruler, and MATH.
Judy Woodworth is more of a traditional quilter, but I think she can do anything she wants to do.
Here she urges us to just have fun and experiment.