Sunday, September 29, 2013

Learning from the Best

One of the greatest and simplest tools for learning more and growing is doing more.
 John Roger

I really like to take classes on longarm quilting.  Even though I started stand-up quilting about 14 years ago I feel like I haven't even scratched to surface on free motion quilting. Now that I finally have a machine that is easier to work with I am making some progress. 
I do feel proficient at pantograph quilting but I still need to learn more on the free motion side of the machine. 

In the last few years I have taken a number of classes with some well known longarm quilters.  Last week I took several classes with these 3 great teachers at the Georgia Quilt Show.

Dustin Farrell, Lisa Sipes and Pam Clarke were my instructors.  
I'd taken classes with Dustin and Pam before and wanted to take more.

I actually remembered to get pictures of them to share.  Here's a few with my mug in them to prove I actually was there.  ;-)

I thought I'd show a little bit of their work too.  I'm not nearly as good as they are but I might share a few shots of mine sometime soon.

Dusty does great curls,butterflies and so many other ideas with feathers.
His quilt shop link.  I love his books and tools.  If you haven't seen this video take a look.

Lisa is know for her precision work.  It is unbelievable.
Her website. Visit her gallery for some great eye candy.

Pam started longarm quilting in the 1980's and can do it all!
Her website. She has a lot of quilts pictured there and all her products too.

I didn't just take classes at the show. I also managed to get in a little shopping.  I'll be showing you some of my new treasures soon.

By the way, the Winner for the EQ7 drawing hasn't contacted me yet.  If I don't hear from her soon I will be drawing for another winner.  I'll be announcing the Winners for the Fall Blog Hop tomorrow.


  1. Dustin's video is amazing! I'll bet you learned a lot from his class, as well as the others, too. Now to try out your new moves!

  2. what a great time you had and to have had those lessons will have you free motion quilting in no time

  3. I love taking LA quilting classes too!!! Reading your post, I had to giggle...I can't do a panto to save my life, all I do is free motion quilting...all I see are custom patterns for each quilt, but really have a hard time coming up with an E2E or B2B!! We are all so individual in our quilting and I love the way we each see every quilt differently!!

  4. It was great to have you in class, and now you're making me famous on your blog! :)
    It really was wonderful getting to talk to you on the last day of the show. Now spread your wings and soar!


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