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Winter Free Motion Lecture Series

We are delighted to share that Karen Miller with Redbird Quilt Co will again be offering her Free Motion Quilting Lecture Series. Karen is a great supporter of the museum and we are always delighted to share what she is up too!




In this VIRTUAL series she has an offering of 5 classes and a BONUS mini workshop!


Aurifilosophy – It’s All About the Thread Saturday, Feb 27th - 10:00am EST ~ 120 Minutes – $30 During the first lecture of the series Karen shares her Aurifil-centric trunk of quilts while giving a structured, in-depth presentation about cotton thread including information on weights, ply, process, spool positioning, needle recommendations, tension settings and more. Karen offers helpful thread tips & tricks while addressing projects and photos designed to inspire and expand your knowledge of cotton threads. Each attendee (US only) will be mailed a small spool of Aurifil thread and product brochure. Attendees also receive a PDF file outlining Karen’s favorite ways to use all those luscious weights of Aurifil thread.


Aligning YOUR Free Motion Quilting Stars Saturday, March 6th - 10:00am EST ~ 90-120 Minutes – $30 In this 90 minute lecture & trunk show Karen shares her favorite tips, tools and notions to help you Align YOUR Free Motion Quilting Stars. The discussion is focused on free motion quilting on home sewing machines, but is applicable to any machine. Karen shares quilting details of several of her “favorite” quilts. Attendees receive a PDF file summarizing the lessons of the lecture.


Panels ~ Panels ~ Panels Saturday, March 13th - 10:00am EST ~ 60 Minutes – $20 Panels are the perfect way to improve your free motion quilting skills. In this 1 hour lecture Karen shares her approach to preparing and quilting panels. Get up-close with Zoe the Giraffe by World of Susybee . Learn how to approach and tackle quilting a panel. Thread, batting and quilting designs will be discussed. Attendees receive a PDF file outlining Karen’s favorite Panel Quilting tips.


The Bicycle Quilt Saturday, March 20th - 10:00am EST ~ 60 Minutes – $20 You KNOW the quilt!! Beautifully prepared by Karen’s sister Janet, and home machine quilted using a variety of weights of Aurifil thread. Karen shares details about thread, batting, quilting design choices, and a bit about the techniques used to complete this wonderfully detailed applique quilt. Attendees receive a PDF file sharing the quilting path of one of Karen’s favorites - the curled feather.


FMQ on a Featherweight Saturday, March 27th - 10:00am EST ~ 90 Minutes – $30 That’s right! The vintage workhorse you’ve been using for piecing can also be used for a bit of Free Motion Quilting. Don’t let that 5” throat space deter you. Karen shares a few things she’s learned about FMQing on her Featherweight. She’ll chat about feed dogs, needles, spool positioning, tension, and setup for the Featherweight. Finally, she’ll introduce “He Who Has Yet to be Named” and give a quick free motion quilting demo. Attendees receive a PDF file summarizing her Featherweight FMQ lessons learned.



JOIN IN ON ALL 5 LECTURES FOR A BONUS WORKSHOP! A Quilters Doodles-- $40 value!


You can find more information and register here


To follow Karen and her adventures you can find her on FACEBOOK https://www.facebook.com/RedbirdQuiltCo or visit her website www.redbirdquiltco.com


You may also enjoy her blog, where she frequently shares free motion quilting tips and tricks https://karensquiltscrowscardinals.blogspot.com/


Thank you Karen for your continued support of the museum, as well as your dedication to education in the quilting realm. We are so grateful for all that you do!~ Museum Board

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