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Free-Motion Beginnings

Class description: This class is a fun and gentle introduction to free-motion quilting on your home machine. Let Christina introduce you to beginner-friendly designs while answering all the questions you have about free-motion quilting. Students will get lots of stitching time with Christina's guidance and encouragement, and walk away with a clear understanding of how to quilt their projects on a domestic machine.

Experience level: Beginner to Intermediate

Sewing machine required: YES

Required supplies:

Sewing machine: be sure the machine is clean and tuned. Please remember your bobbin, foot pedal and power cord! Also bring the instructions for your sewing machine if you have them.
Free motion foot or darning foot to fit your machine
Extension table for your sewing machine, if you have one
Thread (I recommend Aurifil 50 weight or Superior threads, choose a color to contrast a bit with your fat quarters)
A fresh sewing machine needle (I recommend a Quilting needle, size 90/14)
Quilting gloves (I use Fons and Porter quilting gloves)
Curved basting pins (package of 100. Or, if you prefer, you can use spray baste at home, but no spray basting in the classroom please.)
Small scissors
Temporary fabric marker
Notebook and pen for sketching quilting designs
Fabric (use one of each to make each practice quilt sandwich)
3 fat quarters (18" x 20" or so, solids are best for visibility)
3 pieces of batting 20” x 24” each3 pieces of muslin 20” x 24” each

Optional supplies
Book: First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting by Christina Cameli.

Other considerations
Sometimes quilters need to sit up a little higher for comfortable free-motion quilting. Bring a firm pillow (or a folded up quilt!) to sit on if you would like this option.

I will demonstrate basting during class and give you time to baste in class as well, but if you prefer you may baste your quilt sandwiches at home. Most quilters use 2 practice quilt sandwiches in the class but some will use all 3.

Feel free to bring a quilt top you would like advice on quilting!

Before signing up for class, please check your schedule and read our class policy carefully. To be fair to our teachers and other students we must remain firm on our registration and cancellation policies.


  • Classes, must be paid in full when you sign up for class. Cancellations must be made at least 7 days prior to class and you will be issued store credit.
  • Our guest teachers reserve the right to cancel 48 hours prior to any class if the participation level is below any stated minimum.
  • We will issue a full refund for any class we fully cancel. We will reschedule classes as quickly as possible, rescheduled classes are not subject to a full refund, if you cannot attend the new dates you will receive a store credit. 
  • Your registration in class implies your agreement to adhere to all the above-stated cancellation and refund policies. 


  • Your registration in class implies your agreement to adhere to our current mask policy. No refunds will be given if you choose not to attend class based on any expectation of a relaxed mask policy. 


  • In the event of inclement weather, classes could have a delayed start time or be rescheduled for another day. If we are experiencing snow and icy conditions please check social media including Facebook and Instagram. This will be the quickest way to receive updates as the stores might not be open if road conditions are too dangerous for staff to get to the store to call or email you. 


Instructor: Christina Cameli
Instructor Bio: Christina Cameli has endeared herself to fans all over the world through her quilting books and Craftsy classes. Christina?s gentle, supportive spirit is equally suited to teaching quilting and her career as a nurse-midwife. As a fabric designer for Maywood Studio and non-stop quilt designer, she is never bored. Christina finds her greatest joys with scrappy patchwork, free-motion quilting and wedge based piecing. Outside of the sewing room and the clinic, she spends her days with her blended family and rescue lab mix in Portland Oregon, trying to get in an afternoon paddleboarding when she can

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.
      • Monday: Closed
      • Tuesday: 10-5
      • Wednesday: 10-5
      • Thursday: 10-5
      • Friday: 10-5
      • Saturday: 10-5
      • Sunday: Closed