Independent Machine Expert & Designer, Karen Clancy brings 20+ sewing industry experience to the classroom. A lifelong sewer with a passion for all things creative, she loves to combine the traditional with the new and exciting! Having studied both fashion & interior design, worked for several sewing machine and fabric retailers as well as a major distributor, she combines her diverse experience with her passion for teaching, sewing & travel running her business “Karen Claire designs,” where she creates and alters clothing, home décor, accessories, etc for private clients, has sewn for the small stage and the big screen and shares her vast knowledge with students around the country.
Karen brings a certain practical approach to the classroom, but REALLY mixes it up and bends the rules when she steps into the world of machines & fabric! Her classes and workshops are fun and informative and regardless of the type(s) of “sewing” you do or wish to do, you are sure to be inspired, take away great information and learn something new!
HQ Pro-Stitcher is an intuitive computer-guided quilting system designed especially for use with Handi Quilter longarm quilting machines. User-friendly and simple to operate, the step-by-step process for each function is easy to master and fun to do. Whether you’re considering a quilting business or simply want to finish your own quilts, come see the elegant and precise quilting you can accomplish with an HQ Pro-Stitcher.
If you love precision and consistency in your quilting designs, you will love using design rulers and templates! These handy tools assist in placing designs accurately and stitching them out precisely. Learn to handle rulers and templates safely with the ruler base, and how to achieve accuracy with the markings. The wide variety of Handi Quilter rulers will inspire you to new design heights.
Begin with a basic design from a stencil, a ruler or template, an applique, a design in a piece of fabric, or even a shape you draw yourself – then transform and expand that design from basic to spectacular. Add extended and secondary designs, repeats, fills and special effects. Learn marking techniques and tools for applying designs to quilt tops.
Meandering is the easiest and most common filler for background space – but there are limitless creative design elements to use instead. Come expand your design portfolio by learning the stitch path of a wide variety of creative filler designs. Learn which designs lend themselves best to micro-quilting, and how to use micro-handles for best results.
This class is for everyone – whether you’ve never quilted and want to learn, or if you already quilt. This overview covers the step-by-step process, from selecting a quilting design to the first quilting stitches. You will learn how to resize and apply designs, choose batting and backings, baste quilt tops, and all about threads, needles and tension. You will be on your way to finishing your quilts!
Feather designs always add a touch of class to any quilt, evoking a positive response from any viewer. Learn to draw and stitch these beautiful elements in many different styles, from traditional to contemporary. Then learn how to fit them in specific geometric spaces, how to turn corners, make feather wreaths, and how to echo and add fills. It’s easier than you think!