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Handi Quilter Virtual Event – Quilt Mercantile, November 11 – 14, 2020

November 11, 2020 @ 9:00 am - November 14, 2020 @ 4:30 pm CST

 Our friends at Quilt Mercantile are making it possible despite all obstacles! Four days of socially distant quilting education led by yours truly, and available to students of all levels. Whether you’re just now ready to take the leap to Longarm Quilting, or trying to master Pro-Stitcher’s suite of Premium and Designer tools, you can move months along your journey with these 24 hours of instruction.

Day one will consist of an overview of the key features of Pro-Stitcher Premium. We’ll learn to effortlessly navigate the program; how, when and why to update it, and how to simulate your quilting while away from your machine. We’ll learn to how to integrate all 3 file types used by the program, and how to easily work with purchased designs.

You’ll learn to create a variety of edge-to-edge quilt layouts, including wrapping and off-setting, and how to achieve accurate advancement of your quilts using “drag and drop”, and find solutions for gaps between rows and “pattern drift”.  We’ll master the New Start/End tool, and finish by going in-depth on dealing with interruptions– thread breaks, bobbin changes, and the like. The next morning, we’ll dive deeper into the features of Pro-Stitcher Premium, learning to expertly work with multiple designs at the same time, how to stitch corners and borders seamlessly, and crop our Quilts perfectly.  We’ll set accurate and effective areas use Custom Quilting & the Modify tools. We’ll learn to Move, Mark, and Record our Quilts, and finish up the day with an introduction to Pro-Stitcher Designer.  Before we depart to rest for the next day, you’ll have an opportunity to ask me any questions you have about Quilting, and my experiences as a Quilter. Finally, you’ll be given a Special Secret Homework Project (!) to help you continue to perfect your skills. It’s time to get hands-on for Days 3 and 4! Day 3 we’ll tackle a fun, creative challenge that I like to call Quilt Play! In this “virtual hands-on” class, we’ll use Pro-Stitcher Premium, Rulers, Stencils, and Free Motion techniques to create a small, wholecloth quilt project from start to finish!  I’ll demonstrate on my machine, and then you’ll go to your machine and apply what you’ve just learned!  Your Quilt can be as simple or complex as you wish, and you don’t have to finish it in class if you want to expand on your theme later. Finally, on Day 4, we’ll jump into Pro-Stitcher Designer! Starting from the ground up and we’ll familiarize ourselves with the user interface and program shortcuts. Then, we’ll exercise our creativity by using the Drawing and Editing tools to create our own designs!  We’ll learn to save those designs for quilting machine formats, and how to draw and design from inspirations.  We’ll learn to use the auto-digitizing feature to create designs from existing artwork. We’ll learn to Trim, Weld, Intersect, Repeat, Reflect, Echo and Carousel our way to beautiful, elegant Quilt designs! More event information can be found here:  http://www.quiltagiousquarters.com/module/events.htm?month=11&year=2020 To register for classes, call Quilt Mercantile 903-568-8739. I look forward to “seeing” you there! Class size is limited – reserve your spot early! Applicants to this class should be comfortable with using Zoom to communicate, and should ensure the stability of their connection, as well as the fidelity of their voice and video communication prior to the day of the class! A simple Zoom tutorial can be found here.


November 11, 2020 @ 9:00 am CST
November 14, 2020 @ 4:30 pm CST


Quilt Mercantile
Celeste, TX United States


  1. ruth shanks

    is it possibe to participate from australia

    • Susan Manry

      It is, Ruth, as long as the time change doesn’t bother you. I’m actually planning to offer an event just for our Australian Quilters, but I don’t have that on the calendar yet. Three days of this event will be recorded, so it might be fine for you!


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