Handi Quilter 2021 Longarm Training Event at Stitchin' Heaven, Quitman, TX. - October 2021

Join us at Stitchin' Heaven for our first Handi Quilter Longarm Training Event. Whether you are looking to start longarm quilting or just want to improve your longarm skills, these classes have a wealth of information to provide.

All Classes will take place at Stitchin' Heaven!

2021 Dates

Time: 9AM - 5PM

October 7 & 8

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October 10 & 11

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October 12 & 13

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October 14 & 15

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What is included?

Continental Breakfast - Scones & Coffee

FREE Gifts - Stitchin' Heaven zipper pouch, notebook, and USB

Special discount pricing on Handi Quilter products through the duration of the class


During these two-day training events, participants will learn from more about longarm quilting with hands on training from Handi Quilter training experts.

You can choose from four dates;

  • October 7-8
  • October 10-11
  • October 12-13
  • October 14-15

Take a look at the schedule below for information on what topics will be covered. In addition to that....

Join us on October 8th at 7:00PM Stitchin' Heaven will host our first street dance with America's #1 Eagles Tribute band, The Long Run!

Stay in town and come to the Quitman Outdoor Quilt Show on October 9, 2021 from 10:00AM - 3:00PM where we will cover Quitman, TX in Quilts

For more information on these events, Click Here!

Day 1

AM - Getting Started with Longarm Quilting

Are you interested in learning more about longarm quilting? This great class is a show and tell of all the best features of the Handi Quilter machine lineup. The basics will be covered, including machine and frame maintenance, loading a quilt, setting your tension, and picking the perfect thread to stitch out the perfect design. Questions about everything quilting related – from pantographs to stencils – will all be answered in this great back to basics class.

Topics Include:

    • The basics of machine and frame maintenance
    • Tensioning bobbins and longarm quilting machines
    • How to load a quilt onto a frame
    • Quilting pantographs, Groovy boards, and stencils
    • Rulers, basic free motion, and Handi Gadgets

PM - Free-Motion Quilting. You Can Do It!

Ready to tackle free-motion quilting? It’s as easy as starting with a few simple shapes! By beginning with drawing, you can develop an inventory of free motion designs that you can stitch out continuously. Fun fills, creative borders and easy blocks will all be demonstrated. Quilting out beautiful designs using free motion techniques will take your skills to the next level.

Topics Include:

    • Drawing basic free-motion designs in a continuous line
    • Scaling fills for backgrounds
    • Creating your own edge-to-edge designs
    • How to fill borders evenly
    • Micro quilting and using different feet


Day 2

AM - Can't Have Enough Rulers

Do you love rulers? But are you still looking for new ways to use them? In this class, we’ll focus on building an inventory of design ideas using the HQ VersaTool and other HQ rulers. Point to point quilting using markings already on your quilt – like seams or corners – is a cinch with rulers. We’ll start with ruler basics, then move on to creating beautiful designs for your entire quilt.

Topics Include:

    • Ruler basics: the right foot, ruler base and ruler
    • Point to point quilting using the markings on the rulers
    • using a ruler for a design base on an entire quilt
    • HQ VersaTool®: stitch-in-the-ditch, cross-hatch, piano keys, clamshells, and arcs
    • Quilting around applique or embroidery with rulers

PM - Introduction to the Pro-Stitcher

Pro-Stitcher is an intuitive computer-guided quilting system designed especially for use with Handi Quilter longarm quilting machines. User-friendly and simple to operate, the step-by-step process for each function is easy and fun. Whether finishing your own quilts or considering a quilting business, come see the elegant and precise quilting you can accomplish with Pro-Stitcher. New owners - start here!

Topics Include:

    • Overview of support recourses available online
    • Overview of menu and basic functions and design catalog
    • Place a block design using Skew, Resize, XForm, and Align
    • Demonstration of the Pro-Stitcher Simulator
    • Overview of PS Designer

With Handi Quilter National Educators:

The Schedule

Barbara Tatera

Barb learned hand embroidery from her mother at a young age and started sewing on a sewing machine in home economics class while in middle school. She was introduced to quilting while living in Warsaw, Poland and continued to quilt as she moved to Paris, France and Geneva, Switzerland...

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Judy Hays

Judy learned to knit, crochet, and hand embroider at a very young age, and began garment sewing later in high school. Her love of quilting began with a Bicentennial quilt kit from a magazine and has flourished ever since. She loves to piece quilts using various methods and techniques...

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