May 9-13, 2023
We are so excited to bring back the Handi Quilter team for another year of wonderful education and creativity! If you are into quilting and would like to start exploring the world of longarm quilting, then this is the place to be! Adam and Miki are fabulous teachers and are so much fun to watch and learn from! Over the course of the two-day event, you will learn a ton of pro-tips to either get you started on your quilting journey, or give you all sorts of ideas on how to expand your creativity with what you already know! We have both beginners and experts alike and they have both loved this class!
This is not just a lecture class! We are having the HQ Truck here, and there will be 12 machines all set up and waiting for you to practice and play on! We also limit the class size so that there are only 2 people per machine, to give you a nice amount of time working on the skills that they show you. Plus! If you have already purchased an HQ machine from us, please email us for your coupon discount to save some money off the registration fee!
Don’t Wait! Reserve your spot today! Last year we were sold out LONG before the event, so you don’t want to miss this one!
We have (2) two-day events. Either Tuesday and Wednesday, or Friday and Saturday. The classes are exactly the same between the two times, they are just spread this way to try and fit each persons schedule and to make the most of the room we have and the educators time here! We will start at 9:00 AM and end at 4:30 PM each day. Here is what the schedule looks like:
Morning: Longarm Machine Quilting Basics
Afternoon: Fast, Fun, and Fabulous Free-Motion Quilting
Morning: Introduction to the Pro-Stitcher (Hands on)
Afternoon: Hands on Ruler Essentials
To read more of what is taught in each class, scroll down below to the class descriptions!
Adam Rateliff grew up in a family of fiber artists. His grandmother could create anything with a needle and embroidery floss; his mother is a very talented sewist, especially with garments and costumes. He remembers, at a young age, sitting and watching his mother create, and one day asked her to teach him how to sew. He retained those skills and built on them throughout his life and finds his joy and happiness helping quilters realize their quilting goals.
Adam began quilting in 2012. As a beginner he was in awe of longarm quilters, imagining what it would be like to have the freedom of finishing his quilting projects himself and the creativity it would inspire. After much thought and some good friends for support, he purchased a HQ Infinity® with Pro-Stitcher®, and has been quilting professionally ever since.
Adam enjoys teaching quilting classes at local shops, guilds, and in his home studio. His students are those who are usually found laughing the loudest while working on brand new skills. Adam excels at getting quilters outside of their comfort zone, teaching the best ways to use rulers, free motion, or blending Pro-Stitcher designs with free motion work. His relaxed fun style in and out of class, inspire others to have fun with their journey in quilting.
Adam is also a member of the Handi Quilter Inspiration Squad, and can be found making how-to videos on his YouTube channel at AdamSewFun. He also inspires others through multiple social media platforms, including Facebook and Instagram.
Micki Chappelear resides in Hillsboro, Illinois, a rural farming community where she has lived her entire life. She was introduced to her love of sewing through 4-H and doing alterations at a men’s clothing store at the young age of 16. Growing up in a family of five children, Micki shared the joy of creating crafts and sewing with her mother, who always made the family’s clothing.
Later in life, Micki found her passion for longarm quilting while at a Mothers’ Day outing with her sisters, taking their mother to a quilt show. While there, Micki’s sister spotted a Handi Quilter machine and said it looked like something she would like. Micki tried the machine and was hooked! After two months of dreaming about the machine and the possibilities of what she could create, and after doing her research as a consumer, she ordered the HQ Fusion® with Pro-Stitcher® and never looked back! Each day she quilts, she looks forward to turning on her machine and spending the day doing what she loves. Micki now also owns the HQ Sweet Sixteen® and all three models of the HQ Stitch machines.
Longarm Machine Quilting Basics:
Does longarm quilting interest you, and you’d like to learn more about it? Or do you just want a review of longarm quilting basics? This class removes the mystery of longarm quilting by explaining machine and frame elements and features, how to load a quilt, and vital facts about thread, needles and tension. Handi Quilter longarm machine and frame systems come in various sizes for every budget, and are user-friendly because they are designed by a quilter, for quilters – just like you!
Objective: Learn skills that will help you manages your long-arm machine with confidence
• Basic machine and frame elements and features
• Bobbins, tension, needles and thread
• How to load a quilt onto a frame
• Quilting with Groovy Boards and pantographs
• Rulers, Adjustable and Micro Handles, and basic free-motion
Fast, Fun, and Fabulous Free-Motion Quilting
Quilters everywhere LOVE the excitement and fun of free-motion quilting – and it’s easier than you think! Create flowing designs by connecting simple design elements with continuous lines, traveling across the quilt or filling in a specific area. Learn how drawing and muscle memory contribute to beautiful free-motion quilting, and how you can create stunning designs.
Objective: Learn to create free motion designs that can be used to finish any quilt.
• How to develop an inventory of free-motion designs
• Proper scaling and spacing of design elements
• Edge-to-edge free-motion quilting
• Adjusting your quilting path to create your own new designs
• Using Micro Handles and adjustable handlebars for free-motion control
Pro-Stitcher Premium™ Basics
Pro-Stitcher is an intuitive computer-guided quilting system designed especially for use with Handi Quilter 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!
Objective: Students will set up a design in an area and quilt it and set up an edge to edge design and learn the basics of advancing and repositioning designs
• Basic overview of how to use Pro-Stitcher
• Create an area and place a block using Skew, Resize, Xform or Align
• Use the modify tools to make a design fit in any space
• Demo how to set up an e2e design
• Basic repositioning and advancing an e2e design
If you love precision and consistency in your quilting designs, you will love using design rulers and templates! These handy tools assist in placing designs accurately and stitching them out precisely. Learn to handle rulers and templates safely with the ruler base and Sure Foot, and how to achieve accuracy with the markings. The wide variety of Handi Quilter rulers will inspire you to new design heights.
Objective: Learn the safe way to use rulers & templates. See ways that you can incorporate these tools in your quilting
• Handle rulers safely
• Understand and use ruler markings for precision and accuracy
• Use piecing lines and marking tools to build ruler design confidence
• VersaTool quilting: stitch-in-the-ditch, cross-hatch, piano keys, clamshells and arcs
• Apply binding with the HQ VersaTool