Longarm and Loving It! Retreat-Four Days (August 15-18, 2023)

$699.00 $799.00

Longarm and Loving It! Retreat - Four Days

by My Girlfriend's Quilt Shoppe

Dates: August 15-18, 2023

AM Session: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

PM Session: 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Lunch will be provided each day.

Price: $699 

Location: Handi Quilter Education Studio, 501 N. 400 W, North Salt Lake, UT  84054

 Tuesday, August 15

8:45 AM

  • Check-in and swag bag, including a zip-up hoodie.

9:00 AM

  • ALL DAY (Two 3-hour sessions) - Basics of Longarm Quilting 

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!

Wednesday, August 16

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Free Motion Quilting Foundations

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.

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Ruler(r) Your Quilts!

If you love precision and consistency in your quilting designs, you will love using 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.

Wednesday evening join the Girlfriends for a special dinner and trunk show that will leave you inspired!

Thursday, August 17

  • ALL DAY (Two 3-hour sessions) - Pro-Stitcher Basics Hands On

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 users – start here!

Friday, August 18

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

  • Beyond Basics Background Fill

Interested in building a library of designs you can use with confidence? In this workshop, you’ll identify shapes you already love to quilt, learn how to create pathways to connect designs, and explore using different threads to really make your background fill quilting pop.

  • Not Your Average Orange Peel

Take a classic design – the orange peel – and spice it up in this fun workshop. You’ll learn how to add creative designs to jazz up this basic quilting design.

1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

  • Mandala Magic 

Mandalas are a fun trend in quilting today. In this workshop, look at ways to build these beautiful designs using symmetry, starting with a doodle.

  • Appliqué on the Longarm

Looking for more fun projects to do from start to finish on the longarm? Learn how to appliqué on the longarm using different techniques.

If you mention you are with Handi Quilter, your deal is $98, please call for this rate:

(801) 292-7666


Meet the Instructors!

 Barb Tatera  

An award winning quilter, Barb loves all kinds of quilting but particularly enjoys quilting in a modern and contemporary style. Rulers and a water soluble marker are her favorite go-to tools. She is passionate about helping new quilters develop the confidence to create quilts they can be proud of.

Barb also has a teaching background, with a degree in Elementary Education and a Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction. When she is not quilting, Barb enjoys yoga and hiking. She lives in Scottsdale, AZ with her husband, and they have two adult daughters.

 Jeannine Grabowska

Jeannine is an award winning quilter, earning awards for her professional quilting for 3 years in a row. She has learned a great deal and looks forward to continuation of learning and growing in the quilting industry.

Because she loves working with people, and encouraging and guiding them through the quilting process, she is excited to be part of the Handi Quilter team of educators! Jeannine says, "Handi Quilter gives us so many tools to help us express our creativity...the only questions is" Where do you start?"

 Mary Yoder

Over 40 years ago, Mary made her first quilt from leftover scraps from garment sewing, backed it with a purchased blanket, and called it a quilt. She continued making quilts but did not like finishing them on her domestic sewing machine. When she saw the HQ Sixteen, Mary knew it was for her. Once the Pro-Stitcher came out she added it to her machine and now loves finishing her quilts using Pro-Stitcher along with other free motion techniques. Mary has now upgrade to a HQ Forte and is loving the extra space it gives her.

Mary has taught different aspects of sewing for over 20 years. She has enjoyed focusing her teaching skills toward the art of quilting to have joined Handi Quilter as an Educator.


Cancellation and Refund Policy

We understand when circumstances change and you are no longer able to attend an event. Cancellations made 30 days or more in advance of the event date, will receive a 100% refund. Cancellations made less than 30 days will incur a 20% fee. Cancellations made within 48 hours to the event will incur a 50% fee.

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