Handi Quilter National Educator Linda Gosselin.
Linda Gosselin has been piecing quilts since the American Bicentennial quilt revival of 1976. In 2002, she pieced a scrappy triple Irish chain quilt and took it to a longarm quilter at a local quilt shop. Seeing what the longarm system could do, she wanted to own a system herself! She bought a used HQ Sixteen® in 2005, added Pro-Stitcher® in 2007, and then upgraded to a new HQ Fusion® with Pro-Stitcher in 2010. In addition, her studio now also includes a new HQ Avanté® with Pro-Stitcher and an HQ Sweet Sixteen®.
Having a background as an IT professional, Linda easily combines her love of Pro-Stitcher and Art & Stitch. She loves to “wow” her customers by showing them a digital image of their own quilts on her computer in order to audition quilting designs before they leave her studio.
A certified Art & Stitch instructor, Linda teaches on line classes for both Art & Stitch and Pro-Stitcher using Simulator. She quilts for customers, Quilts of Valor and for charity, and teaches quilting classes at local quilt shops. Samples of her work can be seen at www.TheQuiltersHelpdesk.com
Linda lives with her husband in central Massachusetts. She has two married daughters, twin grandsons born on the Fourth of July, and one granddaughter.
May 14th Class 1 - Turning "Flimsies" into Quilts 9am to noon $59
Class Description: Ready to tackle that pile of finished quilt tops? This is the perfect class for you! You will learn how to prepare your quilt top, mark designs for quilting, choose batting and backing fabrics, baste, and then pick the perfect thread to stitch it all together. Bring a pieced quilt top, if desired to explore ideas and approaches to finishing your first quilt.May 14th Class 2 - Taking the Mystery Out of LongArm quilting. 1:30pm to 4:30pm $59
Class Description: Curious about solving the mystery of Longarm quilting? Or are you looking for a chance to brush up your longarm skills? This class demystifies longarm quilting by teaching all the basics! We'll start with machine and frame features and maintenance, then demonstrate loading a quilt. We'll move on to picking the perfect thread for your project, setting your tension, and choosing designs for your quilt. This class is full of great tips and ricks while exhibiting all the great features found in the Handi Quilter machine lineup.
May 15th Class 3 - Design Your Quilting for the Whole Quilt 9am to noon $59
Class Description: Tired of doing edge to edge? Have you ever wanted to layout a design for your whole quilt? It's easy to plan with a few simple steps. We'll start with exploring how to find one motif then breaking it down into pieces for every part of your quilt. Select and customize designs to complement each area, and learn how to accomplish the quilting quickly and easily. Classic fillers and modern designs will all be explored.
Topics include: Creating a custom plan for your quilt using Preview Paper; Lean how to make borders fit without measuring; Marking your quilt so your design is consistent; Develop your own design library of background fills; How to get your designs marked onto the quilt
May 15th Class 4 - I can Quilt ANYTHING on my Longarm! 1:30 to 4:30 $59
Class Description: Have you ever wanted to see what a longarm machine can really do? It's just a big sewing machine - you can do all kinds of project on your longarm! Everything from piecing, doing a project from start to finish, and adding texture to unique fabrics can all be accomplished on a longarm. With great tips and quick projects, this class will give you lots of great ideas for your next project. Topics include Piecing on the frame using the square foot; Binding on the frame; Using couching to add texture and definition; Make a small bag from start to finish; Project show and tell.
May 16th Class 5 - Intro to Pro-Stitcher - Part 1 9 to noon $109
Class Description: Pro-Stitcher is an intuitive computer-guided system designed especially for use with Handi Quilt longarm quilting machines. User-friendly and simple to operate, the step-by-step process for each function is easy and fun. Whether finishing your own quilts or consider a quilting business, come see the elegant and precise quilting you can accomplish with Pro-Stitcher. New owners - start here!
Topics include Overview of support resources available online, Overview of menu and basic functions and design catalog, Place a design using skew, resize, Xform, and Align, Demonstration fo the Pro-Stitcher simulator, Overview of Pro-Stitcher Designer (formerly Art & Stitch)
May 16th Class 6 - Intro to Pro-Stitcher - Part 2 1pm to 4pm (included in price above)
Class Description: Let's Quilt. Moves you from the beginnings to the actual quilting and addresses specific functions and basic techniques a quilter will use on a regular basis to finish quilts with the Pro-Stitcher. Tips and shortcuts for using features of the program are included.Attend all 6 classes and get a $100 gift card to spend as you wish. Gift card awarded at Pro-Stitcher part 2.