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Gualala Arts Workshop
Beginning Free Motion Machine Quilting
Instructor: Bonnie Toy

Wednesday - Thursday
April 13 - 14, 2011
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Free Motion Machine Quilting
Register by:   April 1, 2011
Tuition:   Members of Gualala Arts and PPQG: $40
Members of Gualala Arts  or   PPQG: $50
Non-members: $60
Materials list:   Free Motion Machine Quilting materials list

This 2-day class will cover free-motion machine quilting basics.

Free motion quilting is similar to drawing, except the drawing device (in this case, the needle) stays fixed, and the "paper" (quilt) is moved under the needle to make the design. Another name for this class might be "Now that I have dropped my feed dogs, what do I do next?"

Free Motion Machine Quilting Designs can be drawn on your quilt with various kinds of markers, transferred via stencils, quilted freehand with a few marked guidelines, or quilted totally freehand as your imagination takes you. You will learn a number of techniques for achieving the look you want and will have an opportunity to learn a little about easy borders, background fills, and focus areas.

Depending on your level of skill and confidence, you should come to the class with a number of quilt sandwiches prepared for practice, a simple sampler quilt top, or a project you would like to work on.

See also: Intermediate / Advanced Free Motion Machine Quilting with Bonnie Toy, November, 2011.

See also: Gualala Arts Workshop Registration, Payment & Cancellation Policy.

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The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

Join us in celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Gualala Arts, 1961 - 2011

Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.