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I have several classes lined up to start teaching FMQ on domestic machines. I will do an intro to basting and getting the quilt ready and how to set up the sewing machine. I will than go on with fills and than free hand feathers. I want to end the class teaching how to make perfect binding. It is a total of 16 hours. When you take a class what things do you want out of the class I would be so interested to hear your ideas.  Thanks Lori

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Comment by Lori on June 21, 2012 at 3:20am

Thank you Ally, That is is very helpful information.I have till ugust to get everything put together. This helps a lot. I know each class will be a great learning experience for me.

Comment by Ally Bryant on June 20, 2012 at 8:43pm

Lori - I alway have a folder for each person that take my classes which has a lot of information as often one can forget things taught so it is good to refer to the notes and handouts.  Also I hand out in the break a quick questionaire for them to fill in, it gives me feed back. On how they liked the course, how it could be improved, and what would they like to learn and did the course meet their expectations.  Hope you have a great class. Enjoy!

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on June 20, 2012 at 4:32pm

Music & wine ... what a concept!  By the way, I second your comments on the Supreme Slider, Lori!  The latest incarnation of the SS sticks very well to your bed extension.

Comment by Lori on June 20, 2012 at 1:40pm

Thank you everyone. Love all your ideas.  I want to touch on everything and you have helped with concerns I will be sure to talk about. Sandy the Supreme Slider helps so much. I won't sew without it. I have made over 100 quilts with the one I have, it is a little wrinkled, but still works like a gem. I would love to have a class for everyone. Barbara do you have your chair at proper heigth? That can make a big difference.  My niece  says the best way for her to relax is to have a glass of wine, music on and the designs just flow :0). Next year I am going to try to set up some classes in Wyoming. I think we should all just get together and have a fun learning class!!!! Thank you again for the help. Lori

Comment by Barbara Graham on June 20, 2012 at 10:33am

Sign me up for the class. I would like to learn how to keep my shoulders relaxed. Also the thread/needle/tension combinations.

Comment by Sandy on June 20, 2012 at 9:20am

The Supreme Slider mat is required for the free motion class offered in this area. I have not used one so I cannot attest to its greatness. I sort of wondered if the shop was just trying to sell notions! When I take a class I like to have enough time to try what has been taught, practice time. 

Comment by Carol Ann Hinton on June 20, 2012 at 8:26am

All of these remarks contain great ideas!  You are a talented bunch of ladies!  In the past 20 years or so I have taken a lot of quilting classes.  One GOOD tip, or new way to use a tool, is often worth the cost of the entire class.  Linda is right about discussing tools, such as marking pens, and weights and types of thread to use in machine quilting, batting. etc.  I'm sure this will be a great class!  

Comment by ranchmom/OR on June 20, 2012 at 8:23am

I agree with the others I want to take your class!  Good luck it sounds like a wonderful class.

Comment by Pam/NY on June 20, 2012 at 7:30am

Boy...could we teach a class or what!!!!

Comment by LKC on June 20, 2012 at 7:21am

I have been using cotton embroidery thread and Heirloom thread, both light weight. Thread does make all the difference. Some think we should use poly /cotton after everything else has been cotton. With this said, show how different thread does make a difference. I have also been thinking about how batting makes a difference. Most people starting out don't worry about all the  batting scrapes, but this is good place to do small blocks and how would I put these pieces of work to make a larger quilt. It is one thing to do 12" x 12" and then do Queen size on the same machine. It become heavy, takes three times as long and hard to manage mess. Show or tell how you roll or would do such a mess. Show some books on the subject and tools to mark and use.

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