Trained in Home Ecomonics Education at Oregon State University and in Art at University of Washington, Maurine Noble has been developing and teaching machine quilting and applique since 1987. She has authored two books and co-authored another with Martingale, Inc. (That Patchwork Place): Machine Quilting Made Easy, Machine Quilting with Decorative Threads, and Basic Quiltmaking Techniques for Machine Applique. She lives in the Seattle area and has taught nationally and internationally, including here at Northwest Quilters in the past.
Maurine will lecture at our March meeting, Monday morning, March 8, 2004, with a presentation entitled "Machine Quilting: Quilting Makes the Quilt." She will teach a full-day workshop the Saturday before (March 6); a two-day workshop on the Tuesday/Wednesday following her lecture (March 9-10); and a two-evening workshop on Monday/Tuesday evenings (March 8-9). All workshops will be held at Sellwood Methodist Church, corner of S.E. 15th. and Tacoma.
"Machine Quilting Made Easy" (full-day workshop),
Saturday, March 6, 2004, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
This is a basic technique class, teaching the student how and when to use a walking foot, and introducing extensive exercises in perfecting free-motion quilting, using a darning foot. Choices of thread, needles, batting, quilting patterns, and marking will be discussed, as well as techniques in preparing your quilt for machine quilting. Working on 14-inch squares of muslin, samples are made using traditional background patterns as well as unmarked over-all designs. A variety of samples are shown to inspire the student.
"Machine Applique: Upside-Down and Blind Methods" (two-evening workshop),
Monday and Tuesday, March 8-9, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Upside-down: An introduction to machine applique finished with a satin stitch, decorative stitch, or couching. This method is not fused and is an easy way to incorporate lots of detail into an applique, while keeping it soft and pliable, perfect for quilts and clothing. A class project teaches you the techniques so you can incorporate them into your own projects. You will learn control of your satin stitch by practicing inside and outside curves, corners, and points. Blind applique: Done completely by machine but looks hand-stitched. Using Solvy to make applique shapes, sample projects are done in class to practice the techniques. Several finishing choices are covered, including blind hem stitch and/or buttonhole stitch, feather stitch, or other machine decorative stitches. This is a fun and easy way to achieve a beautiful applique.
"Machine Quilting with Decorative Threads"
Tuesday and Wednesday, March 9-10, 9:00 - 3:30 p.m.
A technique class designed to enable the student to machine quilt with the many decorative threads that are available. Your machine should have an adjustable or removable bobbin case, so the bobbin tension can be changed for other than normal threads. Working on 17-inch squares of fabric, with a walking foot and darning foot, you will test threads, including rayon, metallic, sliver, topstitch, ribbon floss, and others, in the needle and/or the bobbin of your twin, embroidery, metallic, and topstitch needles to add extra pizzazz to the surface of your quilt. Imaginative samples, made to show the various thread effects, are shared.