West Michigan Quilt Guild brought Sharon Schamber to Grand Rapids this week. Sharon is a favorite author, speaker, instructor, and quilter. On Tuesday evening and trained classes on Wednesday and Wednesday She spoke at the Guild. I had been fortunate in that I got to attend her “Domestic Quilting Feather Abundance” class.

Not only was it a fun day, but I learned a lot that my mind is rotating still. Sharon, (shown above) is warm and caring and it is a great teacher who is willing to talk about her years of experience and knowledge. I’ll make an effort to pass along some of what I learned today.

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We students were all so nervous at the beginning of class that Sharon needed to tell us to relax, relax, the day and enjoy. She said that a lot of quilters are Alpha quilters and want you to get to the real point. That is what she did. She said that there are only four forms that you’ll require to know when you do free motion quilting: The scallop, gentle ess, rip drop, and scroll. She first taught us how to baste.

In days gone by I’ve hated basting, but her technique made it and fun fast. I hope you can view in the picture, even the basting looks good. Sharon uses boards when she bastes. You’ll have to consider her course or go to her website to see what I’m discussing. I needed no idea what that was all about when my source list thought to bring specific size boards.

Since I didn’t get any pictures I can’t explain. Above Sharon shows how to use a slider and hoop when doing free movement quilting. She discussed amount of the feather spine, size of the feathers, etc., and how they can all be related to sizes of your body part. TIP: For instance, the average feather size is the scale on your index finger.

TIP: Did you know to determine the size needle you will need, you possess three strands of thread side by side and if they fit through the eye of the needle that is the size needle you will need. TIP: Did you know that static builds when you free motion quilt and that a Teflon sheet on your machine beneath the fabric will eliminate that static. Static build up could destroy the computer in your machine.

Sharon also discussed stopping and credit scoring. Appears like a term a man would use. Sharon says that when you start out quilting you should sew one feather and stop first, use your stiletto or bone to indicate the next feather (score it). You must do this marking three times to construct body memory, in support of then in the event you make the next feather. You then stop again and replicate the procedure before you move to the next feather. Sounds tiresome, but it works actually.