Class: Machine Quilting with Mike Ellingsen - March 3


Machine Quilting - Large and Small | 1 Thursday | March 3 (5-8)

Mike has quilted over 200 of his own quilts on his classic Bernina 1090 and he is ready to share some of his secrets with you. This is a class where you need to bring in your own machine so you can practice quilting with your walking foot and free motion quilting foot—you won’t be sitting on the sidelines watching. Mike will guide you a step at a time and you’ll also have a chance to test drive the new model Bernina Q-20, a “sit down long-arm” machine!

  • Instructor Mike Ellingsen


  • Sewing machine (extended bed helpful but not essential) (please know how to adjust presser foot pressure on your machine)
  • Walking foot, and darning or machine quilting foot Black thread works best for most of this project
  • Thread (standard sewing thread is fine - good contrast with fabric)
  • 80/12 sewing machine needles (topstitch is first choice)
  • Masking tape or painter’s tape (1”) (we can share)
  • Small safety pins (but not too small - you have to close the little buggers!)
  • 1 plain fat quarter cut in half for practice (2 pieces - 18" x 11") 
  • Mike will bring batting and backing for you 
  • Optional - bring a project - wall hanging, lap sized or larger - a cheater panel is fine - with batting and backing (please don’t pin anything until class) 


  • Quilt preparation  
  • Domestic machine quilting strategies 
  • Feathers without marking  
  • Background possibilities (life beyond stippling)  
  • Using rulers 
  • Ergonomics


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