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, which is a line printed fabric used as a stitching guide.
Once you develop the skills by practicing with the 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 powerful tips for practicing, which helps you gain confidence by seeing your improvement quickly, then moving onto “cheater panels” and real quilt tops.