ZJ Humbach

Getting Started with a Longarm Quilting Machine

with ZJ Humbach

Have you ever wondered what all the fuss is about with longarm machines and been overwhelmed by the various options? In this class, your instructor ZJ Humbach is ready to help you out.

There are so many differences, advantages and limitations between your conventional machine and a longarm machine and ZJ will help you decide on what is best for you. She will cover the various options of machines, explain the difference of hand guided and computerized and help determine what will work best for your needs.

Once you decide on the machine you aren’t done. There are additional tools and items you will want to purchase to keep your machine running smoothly. ZJ will also provide you some of her insider tips on batting and thread and will also get into technical skills that will help get you started.

Just like anything else practice will only make you better. ZJ will share her secrets to becoming proficient in longarm quilting. Included in this class are three different practice quilts for you. Start off with a whole cloth quilt, try out a panel quilt, and then make a pieced quilt that you can bind to show off your new quilting skills.

As part of the class you will also receive downloadable and printable patterns and other reference materials.

  • 8 Sessions
  • 2h 01m

ZJ Humbach

ZJ Humbach is a professional longarm quilter and pattern designer who owns and operates Dream Stitcher Quilt Studio in Nederland, Colorado. Her work appears in McCall’s Quilting, Quilters Newsletter, and Quiltmaker magazines. A former Quilters Newsletter editor, she wrote a longarm quilting column, “Finish Line,” for each issue. Now ZJ is a freelance writer for Quilters Newsletter and the Studio Arts Quilt Associates (SAQA) Journal. She also quilts regularly for Connecting Threads. ZJ has enjoyed machine sewing since age 12. She has a strong educational background in clothing construction, tailoring, and interior design plus a Master of Arts Teaching degree with an emphasis on curriculum development and adult education.

Class Resource: Building a Longarm Quilting Library

Download this PDF for ZJ’s list recommended Longarm Quilting books.

Class Resource: Shopping List

Download this PDF for a list of additional operational and maintenance items to purchase

Class Project: Wholecloth Quilt

Download this PDF for a supply list, cutting and assembly instructions for making the Wholecloth Quilt

Class Project: Red Hot Hearts Quilts

Download this PDF for a supply list, cutting and assembly instructions for making the Red Hot Hearts Quilt

Class Project: Dr. Seuss Panel Quilt

Download this PDF for a supply list, cutting and assembly instructions for making the Dr. Seuss Panel Quilt

Bonus materials available after purchase

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