about “Beginner Machine Quilting” & “Let Your Foot Loose, Be Fancy & Free”. After teaching at Creative Sewing Center last weekend I got to thinking and quilting and thinking some more. I’ve been thinking about the process of machine quilting and how to better teach the process of machine quilting. I’m thinking that an intermediate class might be a good addition.
As I thought about how I learned to machine quilt there was a definite beginning: learning how to adjust tension so that “pokies” and “eyelashes” are less frequent occurrances.
Learning how to start & stop.
Learning how to figure out the stitching sequence for the different quilterly motifs.
Learning how to relax my shoulders and develop better quilting posture.
Learning how to set up my sewing space so that it works well for me.
And then just quilting.
For now “Let Your Foot Loose Be Fancy & Free” will be an intermediate/advance class that will incorporate a quick review of some of the basics i.e. tension, posture, needle & thread pairings then get into a lot of stitching and some practicing on paper.
My question is…how do you view the machine quilting process?
What do you need as a student? Do you need more of the teachers thought process, more demonstration, motif’s to stitch out?
Do you want stitching time with various threads?
Do you want stitching time with different thread top & bobbin?
Do you want music playing in the background in a classroom setting?
How much time do you want me to spend demoing stitching?
Looking forward to your responses.