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Wendy Sheppard
Learn to Machine Quilt
Learn to Machine Quilt
Wendy Sheppard, Instructor

Learn how to beautifully finish quilts on your own sewing machine 9 nine machine-quilting techniques including stippling, pebbles, swirly vines and more. Find out more in the Class Description below.


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Wendy Sheppard, Instructor

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Wendy Sheppard is a talented quilter who has gone from next-to-no sewing experience to being an expert in the industry, in seven short years. She is originally from Southeast Asia and came to the United States at the age of 19 to pursue a chemical engineering degree at the University of Arkansas. Upon graduation, she worked in research at the university's wind tunnel. Wendy credits the requirement for accuracy in her engineering research to making her a stickler for accuracy and precision in her quilting.

When Wendy began to quilt seven years ago, her sewing experience was very minimal. For her very first quilt, Wendy chose a rather intensive applique. Her instructor, Barbara Herring, never told Wendy that particular project was much too hard for a beginner, but rather kindly and patiently taught Wendy through every step of the quilt. After that, Wendy was totally smitten with quilting!

Before long, Wendy had made her second, third and fourth quilts, and the rest is history. She credits her teacher for not discouraging her and believes that is why she really loves the art of quilting. This is also why she always says, "If Wendy can, anyone can!" After she realized her love for quilting, Wendy began to read every book on quilting she could get her hands on. Yes, she is one of those people that actually read manuals. Reading about quilting is pure bliss for Wendy.

Wendy was still working as an engineer when one of her earlier quilts was featured in a magazine. She started designing and working with more magazines a little more than three years ago when she became a stay-at-home wife and mother. Her work has since appeared in national and international quilting magazines. In addition to her magazine work, Wendy also does freelance design work for fabric companies.

Quilting is not Wendy's sole focus. She currently resides with her family in northern Virginia, and has a 3-year-old daughter who keeps her very busy. When she does get a few free moments, Wendy can be found working on hand applique, smocking or heirloom needlework, or reading history-related material.

FREE -- Class Overview
FREE -- Introduction
Essential Tools & Notions
Prepping the Class Project
Quilting Straight Lines
Allover Swirls
Jester's Hat
Swirly Vines
Interchanging Vines
Finishing the Project
Class Wrap-Up
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Class Project Photos

Customer Reviews for Learn to Machine Quilt:

Average Rating:
4.5 out of 5 (Reviewed by 9 customers.)

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June 8, 2014
Gail K
Wendy's instructions are clear and precise, making it easier to trust my process and vision. Yes, small flaws are easily hidden by the over-all complexity and impact of the finished product, however, SLOWING DOWN was the best advice. It not only helped my accuracy, but made me feel more in control of the whole process. I'll watch this video many more times as it is the best free motion instruction I've found. Thanks, Wendy and Annie.
April 7, 2014
Ree T
I have been struggling to teach myself to quilt and had almost given up. After watching this video, I had so many questions answered and problems areas corrected. I learned so much and have accomplished a quilting project that is the finest work I have ever done. I cannot tell you how much this video has helped me. I will watch it repeatedly to make sure I get it all. Thanks so much, Wendy.
March 5, 2014
Jennifer T
I am what you would call a very beginning beginner, but I don't even want to consider using ties or sending my quilt off to be quilted. After watching the class, and getting the big foot and walking foot sent via the mail, I am ready to tryout some of the techniques, so when I do get my quilt top ready, I will be ready to tackle some of the free motion ways we were showed. I love these videos, this is my second and I'd ;love to watch more!!!!! I wish she went a little but slower, but that is what pause and rewind are for!!! :)

February 25, 2014
Janet L
I have watched this video several times, but I must be the dumbest quilter on the planet. The way you do each block individually is great, and that seems to work for me, but you didn't put the blocks together to form the entire quilt. I need help doing this. I have tried another method, by quilting just the top and the batting together and at the end adding the backing, and still there are a lot of flaws. Please make another video on how to complete the quilt. Thank You!
Annie's Customer Service

Janet - The individual blocks are for the lessons while learning to machine quilt. To create the quilt a whole piece of fabric is used with individual blocks delineated by quilting straight lines in the fabric. Hope this helps and happy quilting!
January 5, 2014
Peggie B
Not sure why others have not rated this class higher. Probably the best free motion quilting class I have taken. I love how the instructor first draws the stitch on paper and then clearly shows the pattern while sewing.

For me, it worked best to watch one section, try it out to see where problems arose for me, go back and watch again, making sure that I also sketched the pattern and then finally stitch along while watching. Some I had more problems than others, so I just kept repeating the above process.

I have to say that if Wendy teaches any more free motion quilting stitches, I will be on board.

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