Quilt It The Longarm Quilting Show: Skill Builders for Free-Motion Quilting with Renae Allen


 Longarm teacher Renae Allen realized that her students needed a project before the project so they could build on basic skills. They needed to learn the rhythm, the motion, the repetitive motion and the motor skills of longarm stitching. She developed Skill Builders, a fabric printed with all kinds of lines to use as a stitching guide.


Once you have the skills you’ve been practicing with Skill Builders it’s time to make decisions for the designs to use on your quilt. Design Builder is another set of pre-printed panels that together with the twelve different ways Renae gives to quilt each block, provide endless possibilities for quilting your blocks and even borders.


Renae Allen explains that there are three basic ways to make feathers: formal, free form, and open or traditional. With variations, there are endless possibilities. To master feathers, Renae has created her Skill Builders preprinted panels for you to practice on. Then Renae shows quilts made with various feather designs and threads.

 In Short Takes on Longarm Quilting Vicki Hoth answers the question of how to decide what to quilt on a quilt? Vicki offers tips for powerful practicing which helps you gain confidence by seeing your improvement quickly, then moving onto “cheater panels” and real quilt tops.

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  1. I have a membership and trying to watch on a KindleFireHD and can not get the video to play. I have watched beore on my iphone.

    Please help.

    jan rothenbush, 2 years ago Reply

  2. Does anyone ever have trouble with the borders on your quilts being wavy? One side is fine but the other side is awful! Don’t know what to do. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Sharon, 1 year ago Reply

  3. I have a membership and cannot get videos to do anything but preview. What am I doing wrong?

    Margie, 1 year ago Reply

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      kloeffelholz, 1 year ago Reply

  4. I do not see many mid arm quilting machines such as Qnique Quilter or block rockit. What are you thoughts on those?

    Qnique Quilter, 7 months ago Reply

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