Sunday, April 3, 2011

Free-Motion Quilting Class

I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I was taking a full-day class on free-motion quilting with Laura Heine. Laura is a terrific teacher and has accomplished much in the years she has been in the quilting arena. Much, much more than I had realized. She is a fabric designer and also has a line of threads through YLI. She is an author and also a quilt shop owner. She is very inspirational. If you ever get the opportunity to take one of her classes, I recommend it.

Here are some of my free-motion quilting exercises from the class:

All of these designs come from Laura's book:

While I went to this class with knowledge on how to free-motion quilt, my main goal was to learn some new design ideas as I feel like I'm sort of stuck in a rut with the same designs.  Some of the designs I stitched on my sample pieces I really like and plan to use as they are and/or develop further into something more customized.  We were stitching our samples on pre-quilted muslin, which is handy to have on hand when you need to do some practice quilting.  The stuff I bought was from my local Hobby Lobby and I used my 40% off coupon.

Happy Quilting!