Upcoming Events

December 2016

I’m having an open studio on Saturday & Sunday, December 10 & 11, from 11 am – 4 pm each day. Please stop by for some holiday goodies, I love getting a chance to say thanks to my awesome customers with some mulled cider and yummy baked goods. You’ll get a chance to poke around both my dyeing and sewing studios, and I’ll have lots of items out for your holiday shopping pleasure!


Upcoming FMQ Classes

Free Motion Machine Sketching

Coachella Valley Quilt Guild • Coachella Valley, CA • Fee is $45 for non-members

Sunday, January 15, 2017 from 9 am to 4 pm

Free Motion Machine Sketching is an extension of free motion quilting; instead of creating an overall pattern for background texture of our quilt, the quilting line is front and center in the design. In order to emphasize the handmade nature of our work, we retrace our steps and try to miss on purpose; I love the beautiful imperfection of a strong line that is created by drawing it over and over – it’s just my pencil is an electric sewing machine.

In this class you will learn how to stitch several different motifs: lots of different plants and of course my favorite birdies! You should be familiar with Free Motion Quilting, so that we can concentrate on FMMS techniques. If you like, bring in some inspirational photos (digital or hard copy) and I’ll help you extract the essence of them and free motion machine sketch your own signature motif. Although you may want to just work on practice blocks, I will show you how to create a fabric sketchbook in order to keep track of all the motifs you learn.

For more information or to register, contact Christina Smithberg via email: Christina.smithberg (at) yahoo.com or call 925.899.4163

Really Free Free Motion Quilting

Redlands Sewing Center • 422 East State Street • Redlands, CA • 909.792.3994

  • Tuesday evenings in August: August 2, 9, & 16 from 6:30-9:30 pm

  • Monday evenings in January 2017: January 9, 16 & 23 from 6:30-9:30 pm

Learn how to free motion quilt and free your creativity! I will teach you many different free motion quilt motifs, discuss strategies on how to handle quilting large quilts, and we will assemble a book of these motifs for you to refer to back home in your studio. Note: If the class is full, ask to be placed on the waiting list…every class I’ve had someone not be able to come because life got in the way! 

For more information or to register, call the Redlands Sewing Center909.792.3994

Advanced Free Motion Quilting

Redlands Sewing CenterFMQ-Sampler-twisted • 422 East State Street • Redlands, CA 909.792.3994

  • Monday evenings in February 2017, February 13, 20 & 27 from 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Take your free motion quilting to the next level! This class is designed for folks who’ve already taken a free motion class with me. We’ll work on making our stitches more even, developing smoother curves and pointier points, and expanding our motif knowledge. I’ll show you new quilting motifs we didn’t cover in the first class, and more importantly, work on varying the motifs you already know to fit particular design issues and ultimately develop quilting patterns that are all your own! I’ll show you how to bind your quilt completely on your sewing machine. We’ll also make a sampler quilt that allows us to feature our favorite motifs and learn my fun and easy method of Quilt As You Go!

For more information or to register, call the Redlands Sewing Center: 909.792.3994

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