Heather Thomas

Exploring with Machine Quilting

with Heather Thomas

Machine quilting has become a well respected art form. Good quilting can take a simple quilt top and turn it into a thing of exquisite beauty.

If you have learned most of the basics such as stippling, how to achieve tiny linked circles, know how to form smooth swirls and pointed stars then you’re probably ready to move on to the more complex designs of feathers and flowers. These two motifs are powerful designs and they can add a lot of interest and beauty to your quilts but they can also overwhelm the piecing.

In this class, Heather Thomas will not only show you how to stitch them without ever having to mark the surface of your quilt, she’ll also teach you when and where to use them and when not to use them.

You’ll begin the process with drawing practice and then move on to actual stitching on practice quilt sandwiches. Heather will show you how to fit feathers into borders, blocks and triangles and how to link flowers and leaves for all over designs in borders or sashing and how to use them as stand alone motifs in blocks etc.

This class is for anyone who wants to take their free motion quilting to the next level.

  • 5 Sessions
  • 2h 45m
Heather Thomas

Heather Thomas

Heather is a mixed media fiber artist with a passion for color and a dedication to teaching. After a decade of making original yet traditional work, she began venturing out toward art quilting, embellishments, and mixed media work. With more than 12 years of studying and teaching color and design under her belt, she wrote her second book, A Fiber Artists’ Guide to Color & Design, which came on the heels of her very popular first book, Fabric Embellishing: The Basics & Beyond. In 2011 Heather was a guest writer for Quilting Arts magazine with a multi-part feature on Free Style Machine Quilting. She also participates in group and individual instructional DVDs produced by the Creative Crafts Group. You can visit Heather’s blog at heatherthomasblog.blogspot.com.

Class Resource: Motif Templates

Download this PDF for a sampling of the motifs Heathers uses in this class.

Meet Your Expert

Download this video to hear Heather share why she loves machine quilting.

Bonus materials available after purchase

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