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2022 Handi Quilter Event w/Chris Sousa Longarm Machine Quilting Basics



Does longarm quilting interest you, and you’d like to learn more about it? Or do you just want a review of longarm quilting basics? This class removes the mystery of longarm quilting by explaining machine and frame elements and features, how to load a quilt, and vital facts about thread, needles and tension. Handi Quilter longarm machine and frame systems come in various sizes for every budget, and are user-friendly because they are designed by a quilter, for quilters – just like you!
Objective: Learn skills that will help you manages your long-arm machine with confidence

Topics Include:
• Basic machine and frame elements and features
• Bobbins, tension, needles and thread
• How to load a quilt onto a frame
• Quilting with Groovy Boards and pantographs
• Rulers, Adjustable and Micro Handles, and basic free-motion


Instructor: Chris Sousa
Instructor Bio: Chris Sousa was artistic from a young age. He started as a professional photographer in the early 80?s and then worked in various aspects of the environmental industry for 30 years. After making his first quilt, he decided that he wanted a change and began to study textile history, color theory, art theory, and art history. To bring his art studies into the longarm realm, he learned how to digitize longarm quilting designs. This quilt-life journey started 10 years ago when he decided to make a gift for his wife, a quilt for their bed. He wrote down some directions and dug out his vintage sewing machine and made his first quilt, a 120? x 128? kaleidoscope pinwheel quilt, tied, not quilted. Chris?s second quilt was a 96? x 96?, Loyal Union Sampler quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini. He felt that any quilt with 121 blocks deserved to be custom quilted, so he purchased his first longarm, a HQ Infinity? with Pro-Stitcher?. Using the basic training he received from his retailer, he jumped right into quilting his sampler, entered it at AQG and won an award! He?d found his passion for longarm quilting and started his quilting business, CS Quilt Design Studio. Chris and his wife, Pattie, recently moved to Arizona where he relocated his business and started quilting and teaching longarm classes and Pro-Stitcher classes at home and in connection with a local quilt shop. Chris?s advice to quilters, ?Find your passion and you find your calling in life.?
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