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Quilt Mercantile-2021 machine quilting education for Long Arm or Domestic machines

Welcome to 2021!  Have you been wanting to improve your quilting skills?  Have you wanted to begin the adventure to quilt your projects yourself?  We have several options for machine quilting education with domestic and long arm sewing machines.  Learn from the comfort of your own home.  We have invested in the equipment and we now have ZOOM classes!!!  We have limited in store seating if you are not able to participate in Zoom reach out so we can reserve you a spot in the store.  Let us know if you have any questions about the following options.

Pro-Stitcher education on Zoom by National Handi Quilter Educator Susan Manry.  Do you own this computerized quilting system and need help being more effective and efficient with your use of the program?  Susan is starting a monthly Pro Stitcher Mastery club with our store.  The prerequisite for this exciting group is either having taken her two-day Pro-Stitcher Premium: Basics and Beyond Class, or the January 28th, 12-4 p.m. refresher course for $60.  If you have not taken the Basics and Beyond Class from Susan but you have had it from a Handi Quilter educator OR have been using Pro Stitcher for at least six months, then you can join this refresher course tommorrow (send us an email).  We have set aside the first Tuesday of each month starting with February and March from 6-9 p.m. for Pro Stitcher Mastery club at Quilt Mercantile.  Cost is $45 per session.  In this monthly, fast-paced, virtual club we will explore the tools that our Pro-Stitcher products contain.  We won’t just scratch the surface either, but we’ll study in-depth, one or more features in every session and Susan will include practical applications and projects using the information, so it will be easy to retain what you learn and to use it immediately.  For support between monthly classes of this club, we have an exclusive Facebook group created where only club members can ask Susan for help with the issues that arrise when using the subject from the previous class.  Don't miss the opportunity to be part of this opportunity to use your Pro Stitcher to it's fullest potential.  Susan truely is a master of this system!

We are also offering Longarm Mastery Club zoom classes which will be on third Tuesdays starting February 16th from 6-9 p.m., and monthly thereafter. Jackie Brown and Susan Manry will be team teaching which will be an exciting combination of two very talented long arm quilters.  These sessions will tackle all kinds of great subjects from loading quilts well to micro quilting. You won't want to miss this monthly education.  Your commitment is only three months at a time.  Cost is $45 each session.  Email if you want to be on the list for more information as descriptions of our first classes are finalized.

The Fabulous Feather-Basic Feathers Series by Jackie Brown is Back!  First class is this Saturday January 30th from 9-1 for $65 using ZOOM.  She is so excited to dive into feathers with you!  This is a class for all quilters from beginners to advanced.  You can do this class on a longarm or a domestic sewing machine.  Even advanced quilters will benefit from reviewing the basics in class one! We will explore various types of feathers, discuss when to apply and where. Award winning Masterpiece quilter, Jackie Brown will be your guide through all things feathers!  One class each month for 6 months. Each class is 4 hours long! Plenty of time to practice, practice, practice together!  click here to learn more, see all class dates, and see the sample for classes.

Fabulous Feathers 2.0 with Jackie Brown.  First ZOOM class Febuary 27th from 2-6 for $65. So, you already know how to make basic feathers... Now you want to learn how and where to place them on a quilt. This class series is for the intermediate to advanced quilter and will include lots of practice, practice, practice! Long arm or domestic machines can participate.  Remember if you have a computerized long arm machine, you can make custom feathers that can be recorded and used multiple times.  Click here to see all the dates, a few pictures of Jackie's amazing feathers (although only in person can do them justice!)  In this four hour six month series, you will learn:

• Where and why to place particular styles of feathers on your quilt.
• Demonstrate placement on a block or sashing.
• Student will have a quilt loaded so we can talk about where to place feathers on the quilt

Jackie Brown Machine Quilting Ruler work retreats in March and September.  This education is in person at Quiltagious Quarters retreat center for domestic or sit-down long arm machines.  Click here for more details and exact dates.  This retreat uses the rulers from the Handi Quilter ROM club to make this wonderful wholecloth project. 
Have you ever wanted to learn how to use rulers to stitch stunning designs on a quilt? We created a 4 day retreat that will help you accomplish your quilting dreams.  Rulers come in various shapes and sizes. The design combinations are infinite. But sometimes it can be intimidating to get started! Where do I start? What designs work well together? How do I make it all flow? Where does the background fill go?  If you have asked any of the above questions, this retreat is for you!

Jackie Brown Machine Quilting Retreat for Beginners to Advanced in June and December.  The education is in person at Quiltagious Quarters retreat center for domestic or sit-down long arm machines.  Click here for more details and exact dates.  Jackie Brown has won many ribbons for her long arm quilting. She has the same talent with domestic machines. Her basic machine quilting retreat has had much success. Beginners this retreat will take you through the process of learning how to free motion quilt. You will start out with a marked panel that will help get you started on free motion quilting. Then you will learn how to mark a design on a small project and use a background fill to finish the project. I will share with you the techniques I have used to make Free Motion Quilting fun and less stressful---you can do it!  Intermediate to advanced this retreat is a natural sequel for those individuals that have participated previously. If you are already skilled with domestic machine quilting join this retreat to move on to the next level. For those that are not beginners but have experience, you can pick to work on any project you choose or the sample pictured on the retreat page. You must have experience with free motion quilting to learn this technique. This is very detailed stitching. Jackie has found a way to make your design look like it has movement and dimension with stitches. She will teach new background fills. She will also teach more about everyone's favorite "Feathers". How to enhance them by making them look like they have movement. You will also learn how to use them as a background fill.  You have a couple of options for what you can choose to do at retreat if you are intermediate or advanced.

Take a look at Jackie's Machine Quilting Facebook page to see more amazing examples of this talented teacher.  Jackie Brown is dedicated to taking you from where you are to where you want to be!  It doesn't matter if you are quilting with your domestic sewing machine, a stand up long arm machine, or a sit down long arm machine.  It also doesn't matter if you own a long arm yet.  She has dedicated Wednesdays to teach any of her private quilting classes if you want a one on one in person education experience, we can set that up.  Send us an email.  Here are her current classes available:  Level 1 Basic Longarm Pantograph Quilting class, Level 2 Custom Longarm Quilting class, Level 3 Artistic Custom Longarm Quilting class,  Basic domestic sewing machine or sit-down unit quilting class.  Click here to visit classes section for detailed description for these private class options.  If you want to try long arm quilting an edge to edge project (max size 50 x 60 inches), Jackie will be your personal instructor while you try out your hand at long arm quilting your own project in her, TRY BEFORE YOU BUY CLASS.

Coming soon...Jackie has designed a free motion wholecloth quilt pattern that she will be teaching via Zoom in a class series.  Click here to see this amazing project.  Really can't appreciate the hundreds of crystals on her sample in a picture!  Email if you want to be one of the first to know more information as it is available.

We hope these classes fill whatever need you have for continuing your machine quilting education.  We have many retreats scheduled for 2021.  Take a look at our offerings on the home page of the retreat here.  We hope to see you soon.

Vickey, Jennifer, & Deven
Quilt Mercantile
Celeste, TX
Tues-Fri. 9-5
Saturday 9-3