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Susan teaches you the basics of free-motion machine stitching, including thread work to enhance the surface and quilting to hold the layers together beautifully. Find out what materials you’ll need and how to get started. Beginners and intermediates—and those who have been too terrified to try until now—will find inspiration and answers, as well as lots of tips, techniques, and practical information to improve their machine stitching. Stitchers of all levels will benefit from Susan’s thorough approach—from her careful consideration of materials and preparation (including advice on how to chill out), to the differentiation between thread sketching and machine quilting. Learn the benefits and purpose for each of these methods, and find plenty of inspiration through Susan’s artful examples.
Susan Brubaker Knapp
Fabrics: high-quality cotton commercial prints, hand-dyes, and batiks, washed (without fabric softener) to remove sizing
Threads (I use all-cotton threads of different weights. I like Aurifil Cotton Mako 40 and 50 and YLI® variegated quilting threads.)
Batting (I use mostly low-loft 100% cotton batting, usually Quilters Dream Cotton “Request” or “Select.”)
Stabilizer (I use Pellon® 100% polyester sew-in interfacing #910. Use a fairly stiff non-woven interfacing; flimsy, flexible interfacings will not work.)
Fusible product with at least one paper side (I use Lite Steam-A-Seam 2® by The Warm™ Company.)
Machine needles for cotton thread
Sewing machine that can drop its feed dogs
Free-motion quilting foot (clear plastic), or a darning foot
Pins: straight quilting pins and “pregnant” quilter’s pins (the pins with the bump that are used for basting before machine quilting)
Gloves for free-motion stitching
Susan Brubaker Knapp surely qualifies as a master teacher of machine quilting. The skill and calm with which she approaches the task at hand is enviable for those of us who freeze up at the thought of free motion quilting, somewhat like the aspiring artist being intimidated by a blank sheet of drawing paper. Her instruction includes gratuitous little tips, not only what to do to make the task easier and more successful, but also its corollary: what not to do so as to avoid certain problems. All this takes place as she deftly stitches beautifully executed (yet simple) quilting designs. The same is true when she demonstrates thread sketching, which she makes less "beginner-fearsome" through her instructive commentary.
(Posted on 10/6/2011)
(Posted on 10/6/2011)