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Creative Stitches 2023 Handi Quilter HANDS-ON VAN EVENT Day 1 & 2

Join us in beautiful Helena Montana and get ready to get your Handi Quilter fix for 2023. Creative Stitches has teamed up with the Mount Helena Retreat Center to bring you a Handi Quilter Van Event. We will bring in 6 Amara 20 longarm quilting machines with Pro-Stitcher and set up 4 days of hands-on training. That's right, you can spend up to 4 days training on the Amara 20 with a Pro-Stitcher guided by an HQ National Educator. Don't miss this opportunity to learn about HQ, get the basics, improve your existing skills, or master the art of the longarm. There will be a variety of options for each sewist to choose from including The Basics of Longarm Quilting, Free Motion Foundations, Pro-Stitcher Basics, Rule(r) Your Quilts, and workshops including Beyond Basic Background Fill, Mandala Magic, Not Your Average Orange Peel, and Applique on the Longarm. Lodging will be available for an additional fee and a mid-day meal provided. You Don't Want to Miss This!!!
Purchase a machine and get the full cost of your classes discounted from the purchase price.

Day 1 - Wednesday July 19, 2023

For beginners, new owners, and those with peaked interest


1A-HO Basics of Longarm Quilting    (3 hrs)

Class Description:

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!


2A-HO Free Motion Quilting Foundations    (3 hrs)

Class Description:

Quilters everywhere LOVE the excitement and fun of free-motion quilting – and it’s easier than you think!

Create flowing designs by connecting simple design elements with continuous lines, traveling across the quilt or filling in a specific area.

Learn how drawing and muscle memory contribute to beautiful free-motion quilting, and how you can create stunning designs.


Day 2 -  Thursday July 20, 2023

 For beginners, new owners, and those with peaked interest


PS-HO1 Pro-Stitcher Basics    (3 hrs)

Class Description:

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 and fun.

Whether finishing your own quilts or consider a quilting business, come see the elegant and precise quilting you can accomplish with Pro-Stitcher.   


3A-HO Rule(R) Your Quilts!    (3 hrs)

Class Description:

If you love precision and consistency in your quilting designs, you will love using 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 Sure Foot, and how to achieve accuracy with the markings.

The wide variety of Handi Quilter rulers will inspire you to new design heights.

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Day One & Two of this event focus on beginning your journey with a Handi Quilter Longarm. Days 1 and 2 for non-owners, new owners and perhaps as a refresher for someone who hasn?t touched their machine for a while.
Materials Included: Machine, Instruction folder, Mid-Day meal.
Instructor: Judy Hays
Instructor Bio: Judy learned to knit, crochet, and hand embroider at a very young age, and began garment sewing later in high school. Her love of quilting began with a bicentennial quilt kit from a magazine and has flourished ever since. She loves to piece quilts using various methods and techniques, and es especially fond of traditional patterns and machine embroidered blocks. Working at her local quilt store since 2008, she fell in love with Handi Quilter longarm machines and all they can do to help her finish quilts faster. Since her previous career was in computer networking, Judy was especially drawn to the Pro-Stitcher, and loved to design quilting patterns using the Pro-Stitcher Simulator. Helping new quilters gain confidence in their quilting skills and finding their own passion is extremely rewarding for Judy. Judy lives in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with her husband, Bill, who "aids and abets" her quilting passion. She and Bill have two married sons, two grandsons, and one granddaughter. To learn more about Judy, pleas visit her Facebook, @Judy-Hays, her Instagram, @ThresdsInMotionQuilting, or reach her email,
Includes a Mid-Day meal

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.