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Creative Stitches 2023 Handi Quilter HANDS-ON VAN EVENT Day 4 Workshop 1

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 longarms 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.

For intermediate to advanced sewists with ProStitcher experience


75 Minute Workshops


WS-HO1: Beyond Basic Background Fills

Class Description: Interested in building a library of designs you can use with confidence? In this

workshop, you’ll identify shapes you already love to quilt, learn how to create pathways to connect

designs, and explore using different threads to really make your background fill quilting pop.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Skill Details: Day 4 of this event is focused on specific workshops. Day 4 is for experienced owners who are looking for some new skills or specific refreshers.
Requirements: Longarm Owner with machine operation knowledge. Not for beginners.
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,

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