Handi Quilter Educator Event

Date/Time
Friday, March 2nd - Saturday, March 3rd at 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

HQ EDUCATOR – Diane Henry (National/International HQ Educator)

Diane Henry Handi Quilter EducatorDiane Henry has been working with fabric since her grandmother taught her how to hand piece her first nine-patch block at age four. A blue-ribbon winning hand quilter, she discovered machine quilting in the late 1990s and has never looked back.

Diane loves sharing her passion for machine quilting with others around the world. She works with quilting groups and shops leading classes and organizing workshops; conducts lectures and demonstrations at quilt shows; and serves as one of the moderators of the HQ Pro-Stitcher® Yahoo group supporting HQ Pro-Stitcher owners.

A professional machine quilter since 2007, Diane purchased her first longarm, an HQ Sixteen® with HQ Pro-Stitcher in 2008. 
She now uses an HQ24 Fusion® with HQ Pro-Stitcher and an
 HQ Sweet Sixteen to further expand her creative options.

Diane lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, Terry and dachshund, Annie.


Class fee is $50 per class
Discount: 2 or more $45/class

Lunch will be provided when registering for two classes on the same day.

*You do NOT have to own a
HandiQuilter long-arm to attend*

A lot of the information will help your quilting
on a domestic sewing machine.


Class Schedule

Friday March 2nd – Saturday March 3rd

Friday, March 2nd

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Stepping Stones to Quilting Your First Quilt Class Details


Stepping Stonges to Quilting Your First Quilt
This class is for everyone – whether you’ve never quilted and want to learn, or if you already quilt. You will learn how to prepare the quilt top, resize and apply designs, select batting and backings, baste, and all about threads, needles and tension. Bring a finished top, if desired, to discuss ideas and approaches to finishing your quilt.

Topics include:

  • How to prepare the quilt top and backing for quilting
  • Threads, needles and tension
  • How to select, resize, audition and apply quilt designs
  • Batting and basting basics
  • Stitch-in-the-ditch and meander quilting

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Fast, Fun and Fabulous Free Motion Quilting Class Details


Fast, Fun and Fabulous Free Motion Quilting
Quilters everywhere LOVE the excitement and fun of free motion quilting – and it’s easier than you think! Create flowing designs by connecting simple design elements with continuous lines, traveling across the quilt or filling in a specific area. Learn how drawing and muscle memory contribute to beautiful free motion quilting, and how to create stunning designs.

Topics include:

  • How to develop an inventory of free motion designs
  • Proper scaling and spacing of design elements
  • Edge to edge free motion quilting
  • Adjusting your quilting path to create your own new designs
  • Using Micro Handles for free-motion control


Saturday, March 3rd

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Quilting Beyond the Design Class Details


Quilting Beyond the Design
Begin with a basic design from a stencil, a ruler or template, an applique, a fabric print, a cookie cutter or a shape you draw yourself. Then, learn to transform that design from basic to spectacular by extending, expanding, and adding sec- ondary designs, repeats, fills and special effects. Learn marking techniques and tools for applying designs to quilt tops.

Topics include:

  • How to mark and use stencils as design foundations
  • How to transfer doodles from paper to quilting
  • Enhance a design with fillers and embellishments
  • Use marked grids as a design foundation and road map
  • Draw inspiration from fabric prints

1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Introduction to the HQ Pro-Stitcher – (Part 1) Class Details


Introduction to the HQ Pro-Stitcher – (Part 1)
HQ Pro-Stitcher is an intuitive computer-guided quilting system designed especially for use with Handi Quilter longarm quilting machines. User-friendly and simple to operate, the step-by-step process for each function is easy and fun. Whether finishing your own quilts or considering a quilting business, come see the elegant and precise quilting you can accomplish with an HQ Pro-Stitcher. New owners – start here!

Topics include:

  • Overview of support resources available on-line
  • Overview of menu and basic functions and design catalog
  • Drop a block design using Skew and Resize, XForm and Align
  • Demonstration of the HQ Pro-Stitcher Simulator
  • Overview of Art & Stitch


Call the shop for more details and to register 830-990-4140