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More Machine Quilting - Free Motion Quilting (FMQ2)

Join Wendy Foster Birch to continue on your journey of free motion quilting using your domestic machine (these techniques can be used on mid and long arms too!)   

This is not a beginner class! Please read the class requirements carefully to ensure you are a good fit and will be successful:

This course is designed for domestic or long arm machine quilters (domestic machines will be used in class) who are familiar with free-motion stippling, loops, hearts and are ready to move ahead to more complex designs or those who have previously taken her "Free Motion Quilting 1 - Beginner" class. 

This class will add to your repertoire of free motion stitches; covering 
different meanderings, nested designs such as pebbles, flowers and leaves etc. and we will get into feathers.  Students will also learn how to apply these new designs to their quilts. 

So bring your creative spirit and the following:

Required materials:
- 6  -  18”x18” (approximately) quilt sandwiches. You need about 3 meters of muslin or cotton fabric (prints not recommended) and about 1.5 meter 90” cotton batting. Please spray baste with 505 spray and iron ahead of time.
- 1 3/4 yard of 90” cotton batting
- Threads of all different kinds. Choose contrasting threads to your quilt sandwiches

Preparation work
Prior to class, prepare four muslin spray basted or pinned quilt sandwiches, approximately 20" x 20", ready for quilting


No pattern.

Sewing Machine
- must be in good working order
- user guide /manual
- pedals, power cords, free motion quilting foot (check with your machine manual) and the ability to drop the feed dogs

Sewing and Quilting supplies

- Free-motion foot; BERNINA users, you can bring your BSR
- Bobbins for your machine (filled ahead of time)
- Topstitch 90/14 needles
- Quilting extension table; not required; only if you have one for your machine
- Quilting gloves if you have them; not required, but can be extremely helpful
- Plain paper 8 1/2” x11” or bigger 
- Pencils
- Scissors
- Your regular sewing kit

Please be familiar with your machine and make sure it’s in good working order.
Knowing how to drop the feed dogs and put on the free-motion foot is necessary.

Here are some more examples of the stitching you will be learning during this class

In our classroom at Watergirl Quilt Co, you will be able to enjoy the use of our
- tables; for your comfort, some of our individual sewing tables are mechanical Sit / Stand desks.
- chairs; for added comfort - bring a seat cushion if you have one
- iron and ironing boards
- cutting mats on large table for cutting

Complimentary coffee and tea will be available in our kitchenette. Please bring a travel mug or sealed cup to avoid any spillage.

Machine rentals
Don't feel like bringing your machine with you?  Rental machines are available (limited quantity).  Please contact our store directly to confirm current pricing and availability. 

You may enter via the main door of the store or if someone is in the classroom they can open that door to make it easier to bring your things in.  Your instructor will be in the classroom prior to class start and official store opening of 9:30 a.m.  Please note that you will allowed in at 9am, prior to store opening so that you can be set up for the start of class.

Limited parking spots are available in the parking lot at store level.  Please refer to signage to ensure you are NOT parked in a spot that is designated for resident parking.  Free long term town parking is available on the river side of our building, to the left. There is no parking allowed on the Water Street. E-chargers are available within the Shoppers Drug Mart parking lot  
NOTE: there is time limit for the parking in the Shoppers Drug Mart parking lot. 

Cancellation of Classes or Retreats
Should you decide to cancel your registration for an event, class or retreat, you will receive a full credit to a gift card as long as the cancellation is made more than 2 weeks prior to the class date. After that time, you will forfeit your full registration fee.

If you are unable to attend, you do have the option of finding your own replacement participant but Watergirl Quilt Co. will not assist with this or give any fee credit to the original participant. You would be required to email us the name and contact information of your replacement.

For more details on our "Refund policy" please refer to FAQ on our website

Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details: Intermediate. It is recommended that you have previously taken the Introduction to Free Motion Quilting with Wendy OR are confident with the concepts behind making a quilt and quilting and you already do basic free motion quilting. As well, you are expected to know how to use your sewing machine; change feet, fill bobbin .
Requirements: Bring a working domestic sewing machine and other required materials. Sewing machine MUST have the capability of dropping the feed dogs. Knowing how to drop the feed dogs and put on the free-motion foot is necessary.
Instructor: Wendy Foster-Birch
Instructor Bio: Wendy Foster-Birch has been quilting since 1996. She started quilting for others on her domestic machine 19 years ago. Any size quilt can be quilted on a domestic machine, with practice. Wendy's passion is teaching / empowering her students so they can quilt their own quilts. Recently, she purchased a Longarm machine so she can quilt more full time and expand her creativity .

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Included Materials



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