I bet you thought I was never gonna write this, it sure kept getting delayed, but finally it is here! It was almost 3 months ago, but to be honest, it seems like a lifetime ago I love using Tabitha, my HQ Simply Sixteen with Prostitcher and I was excited to learn more about it.
Bits ‘N Pieces in Pelham NH ran this retreat weekend which had quite a few HandiQuilter educators come and teach for a weekend. This wound up being one of the last events I attended before the Covid 19 Quarantine began. It began on a Thursday evening, with a a show and tell and ended Sunday at noon. Now, there were other classes for quilting but I took not a one of those. I really wanted to take advantage of this time and learn a lot about my Prostitcher and the new Prostitcher Designer Program.
So, without further ado here is a list of my classes.
Symphony in Piano Keys with Mary Fisher (PSD)
WholeCloth Quilt Design with Linda Gosselin (2 parts) (PSP)
Rose Embroidery Design with Linda Gosselin (PSD)
ProStitcher Designer with Linda Gosselin (PSD)
Creating Repeatable Designs with Mary Fisher (PSD)
Bakers Dozen Feathers with Linda Gosselin (FMQ)
Updating the Pro-Stitcher Suite with Diane Graf Henry (PSP)
All about Edge to Edge with Linda Gosselin (PSP)
Evolution of Design with Debby Brown (FMQ)
I understand this was a little like going to Handiquilter Academy. The classes were 2 hours long, and some could have been longer. I was entirely blown away by all the cool things I learned. I am going to divide them into ProStitcher, Prostitcher Designer and Free Motion Quilting.
Prostitcher is the computerized system for Handiquilter and some other machines. These classes were so helpful and particularly since I had been using it for a bit. Here’s some of what I learned:
- confidence in edge to edge designs
- how to install updates for my system
- how to start over from a thread break in mid-design
- how to reposition in a design using start/end
- how to wrap designs – needed for tops/bottoms of quilt to close up space and also to offset designs into every other row
- edit a design
- reposition start and end points
- encouraged to try something new every time you quilt
Prostitcher Designer (PSD)
This is a new program and it allows you to edit and create your own designs. Two interesting features are that you can manipulate embroidery designs and have them quilt on your longarm or audition your designs with an image of your quilt in the background. The list goes on. As I tried to summarize this I realize there are a few handouts I need to do review as we didn’t finish and I really want to understand the techniques.
- skew(adjust) a design to fit in a triangle
- making connector pieces
- how to connect designs and make connectors
- blocks that lend to whole cloth quilt design
- plan for stitching out a whole cloth design
- add stitching designs around an area
- create design that follows a line (follows a wave)
- use a font to create a quilting design
- change starts and stops
Free Motion Quilting (FMQ)
This provided the needed break from all the computer work. My feathers are ok but new ways of looking at them is a great help.
- how to make feathers
- practice feathers on a “handwriting sheet” in sheet protector
- add curlicues to feathers
- ways to think about design in FMQ
- work with a design and change one thing
- use stencils to transfer some basic lines/grids for designs
- swirl feathers are not “feathers” but act like feathers
- only do one side of feathers
- stitch in the ditch or 1/8 or 1/4″ away is your design decision
Some of you prefer to do this all in your head and by yourself. I love having the computer help me and learning this proves to be fun and a great reason to keep making quilts, especially charity quilts.
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