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Handi Quilter Van Event - Friday May 26th - Hands-On Workshop

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1st Class - Beyond Basic Background Fills


Class Description: Interested in building a library of designs you can use with confidence? In this workshop, you’ll identify shapes you already love to quilt, learn how to create pathways to connect designs, and explore using different threads to really make your background fill quilting pop.

Objective: Develop a library of designs that you can quilt with confidence using free motion on your longarm.

  •  Identify the shapes that you are naturally good at
  •  Use these shapes to create new pathways.
  •  Audition designs for each quilt
  •  The impact thread can have on quilting.  

2nd Class - Mandala Magic


Class Description: Mandalas are a fun trend in quilting today. In this workshop, look at ways to build these beautiful designs using symmetry, starting with a doodle. 

Objective: Learn skills needed for building a foundation for confidence in creating intricate and beautiful mandala designs.

  •   Tools & techniques to build the foundation of the mandala.
  •   Understanding symmetry & design
  •   Safely marking – going from doodle to design
  •   Understanding how the “inside” (batting) affects the end result.
  •   Tensioning for both sides of the quilt

Lunch Break will be at 12 to 1pm

3rd Class - Not Your Average Orange Peel


Class Description: Let’s take a classic design – the orange peel – and spice it up in this fun workshop. You’ll learn how to add creative designs to jazz up this basic quilting design.


Objective: Teach the stitching path for the “continuous curve” design that students can then “upskill” the design by jazzing up the centers with additional designs without breaking the thread. See other shapes that create a fun design with the same pathway. 

  • The basic stitch path of the continuous curve
  • Deciding where a continuous line design would fit well
  • How to stitch out the design using free motion or rulers
  • How to add interest to the centers with basic center designs while not breaking the thread
  • How to use other shapes in the same stitch path to change the design
4th Class - Appliqué on the Longarm


Class Description: Looking for more fun projects to do from start to finish on the longarm? Learn how to applique on the longarm using different techniques. 

Objective: Fun creating quilts & other projects using different applique techniques

  • What is Slap-lique?
  • Reverse applique
  • Scrap piecing
  • Stained glass technique
  • T-shirt quilts

Students who have paid to participate in this class receive 20% off all fabric, notions and any Handi Quilter accessories. (Make sure to bring a shopping list of all your Handi Quilter needs)!

Skill Level:
Skill Details:
This workshop is for Handi Quilter owners who are familiar with their longarm and basic techniques.
Must own a Handi Quilter longarm and be familiar with basic machine functions; threading, bobbin winding and replacement, etc.
Instructor Bio:
Handi Quilter Instructor - Jeannine Grabowska - Having a mother who was a wonderful seamstress exposed Jeannine to the joy of sewing at a young age. But she didn?t discover that joy for herself until, as a young mother, she acquired her first sewing machine.

As a young wife and mother, she learned that she loved the home arts like cooking, gardening, canning, crafting, and sewing, while also being a woman who worked in the modern world.

Raising two children, renovating a Victorian home, volunteering in her church, and working kept her very busy during her earlier years and though she really wanted to learn to quilt, somehow, she didn?t get the opportunity until 2003, when she took her first quilting class. Her new passion was born!

In 2009 she pieced her first real bed quilt to send with her daughter to college. After that, Jeannine joined her local quilt guild and began learning more. She began free motion quilting on her domestic machine but desired more opportunity for quilting. In 2015, after 29 years of working as a medical lab technician, she ended her old career to begin planning a new venture in longarm quilting.
Her previously loved HQ Avant?? with Pro-Stitcher? was purchased in 2016 and, with the support of her wonderful husband Mark, in 2017, Chickadee Cottage Quilting was born! In the four years that followed the business grew rapidly, creating a need for a new HQ Infinity? to be added to her studio. She has become an award-winning quilter, earning awards for her professional quilting for 3 years in a row. She has learned a great deal since opening her business and looks forward to a continuation of learning and growing in the quilting industry.
Because she loves working with people; encouraging and guiding them through the quilting process, she is excited to be a part of the Handi Quilter team of educators! Jeannine says, ?Handi Quilter gives us so many tools to help us express our creativity?the only question is: Where do you start??

Handi Quilter Van Event - Friday May 26th - Hands-On Workshop

$ 175.00
Early Bird Special - Drop/Mail your check before April 19th and the class price will be $125!