Some people just seem to have been born to quilt, and Terri Watson falls into this wonderful category! Terri discovered quilting in 1989 when, interestingly enough, she was picking up cross-stitch supplies at a local craft store. She was intrigued by Eleanor Burns' book Quilt in a Day, and ended up purchasing the book, fabric and a rotary cutter that day.
Terri often tells her students, "If you are planning your next quilt while making your first one, just surrender and accept the fact that you are now a quilter -- for life!" That's what happened with Terri and she hasn't looked back since.
What started out as a creative hobby became a profession after a number of years working at her town's high school library. Terri wanted something she could do that she'd enjoy, while also maintaining control over her life. Since she'd been quilting for years, it seemed natural for her to explore quilting professionally for others. In 2004, she purchased a Gammill long-arm quilting system. As Terri says, "That was a great day!" She learned her system by quilting many charity quilts, wisely getting very comfortable with her machine before taking on paying clients.
Today, Terri runs her own business quilting for others. One of the most rewarding aspects of her work is that she gets to work on many fabulous quilts created by other talented quilters. And since she loves quilting a lot more than piecing, she's thrilled that she gets to quilt on her machine all the time! She adds new quilting designers to her repertoire regularly by exploring what other quilters are doing at shows or online. Terri's business is thriving -- she currently quilts between 150 and 200 quilts per year!
FREE -- Class Overview
FREE -- Introduction
Getting Started in Long-Arm ...
Attaching the Quilt - 3 ...
Basting Your Piece
Threading Tips & Tension
Starts & Stops
Getting the Feel of Your ...
Perfecting the Basic Meander
Wind & Water Meander
Class Project Photos
Wind & Water Meander
Wind & Water Alternate
Wind & Water Meander Filigree
Customer Reviews for Fundamentals of Freehand Long-Arm Quilting:
Average Rating:5 out of 5(Reviewed by 5 customers.)
This is a very informative class for beginners I would like more advance classes.
There is just not much out on the web in reference to long-arm quilters and maybe there is not much more to know. You find a lot of freehand quilting classes but very little on computerized quilting programs for which I am interested in. The prices are a little high and I also would not have purchased the class if it had not been for the special.
I find this very helpful. I would like to have another class a little more advanced. I have several sew boards, I'm sure you are familiar with them, but I have a problem getting them to stay in place while I follow them with my stylis. It is too difficult to hold the board with one hand and move the machine with your other. Do you have any suggestions for keeping them in place?
Thanks you for your great lessons.
Lauranette, I to have getting my quilts a little too tight.
Very informative class. I was glad I was able to get the class on special, as I would not have otherwise bought it just due to the price. Teri Wilson is a very good instructor and talented quilter. I did learn that I am tightening my quilt top too tight. Thanks for the class.