Atlanta, GA

Your Quiltmaking Toolbox: Machine Quilting and The Gretchen Quilt (BYOF)
Teacher: Debby Kratovil
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
9:00 AM-5:00 PM
Code(s): MDB307X, MDB367X Hands on Workshop
Infinite Energy Center
Registration Full Pre-Registration Closed
Pricing Information
Session Value: 7
Price Per Session (before discount): $19.00
Materials Fee: $32.00

Spend an entire day re-stocking your quiltmaking toolbox with skills that will help you execute two of the most important techniques creative quiltmakers use every day. The morning session is all about free motion machine quilting, where you’ll use Debby's KISS Method (Keep It Small & Simple), to discover how liberating it really can be. Discuss appropriate threads, various batting choices and basting your layers, then use your time for lots of PRACTICE. Play with doodles, swirls, curves and other simple shapes, as you are coached and gently guided into this exciting world. A perennial favorite at the Expo, this workshop is perfect for both beginning and intermediate level free-motion quilters.

After lunch, you’ll spend the afternoon piecing -- perfecting your cutting and stitching accuracy as you complete this traditional block without using a single template. Your choice of color makes this as satisfying a project as can be, with everything starting with squares cut into two different sizes. The magic arrives with a quick rotary cutting trick. Debby chose a bright collection of florals and deep hued blenders for her version of the quilt, but you can choose any of your own colors with good contrast to show off the lines of the block. As always, Debby’s classes provide all the hints and helpful tips that create a robust learning experience -- so much more than a simple pattern or kit can ever be. And they’re fun, too! Bring your own fabric; see supply list for details.

About "More the Day Before"

Immerse yourself in an all-day workshop before the Expo opens. Share in the guidance, artistry, technical advice and inspiration your expert teacher brings to the classroom. 

PLUS...your MDB registration automatically qualifies you for a Value Package, which includes discounted pricing on your MDB class sessions AND any additional Expo class sessions, 3 free General Admission tickets and a free shopping bag!

Classroom opens at 8:30, instruction begins at 9:00, and your fees include a re-energizing lunch to carry you through until 5:00.

In the Bernina Studio sponsored by Atlanta Sewing Center
  • Student Maximum: 20 (0 seats left)
  • Category(ies): More the Day Before, Quiltmaking, Piecing Techniques, Finishing Your Quilt
  • Experience Level:

    Advanced beginners and beyond.

  • Prerequisite:

    Must have some sewing experience.

  • Advance Prep:

    Full details found in PDF here:


    Note: Classroom opens at 8:30, instruction begins at 9:00, and your fees include a re-energizing lunch to carry you through until 5:00.

  • Supply List:

    Paper scissors, fabric scissors, small scissors or snips, straight pins, pencil, marking instrument (pen, pencil or chalk), seam ripper, bring at least one of the following: finger grips such as Finger Cots, snug garden gloves with nubby tips or snipped ends of a pair of snug rubber gloves.


    Fabric requirements:


    Full details found in PDF here:

  • Completion Level:

    Machine Quilting is a technique class. You will complete 3 -4 practice samples in class.

    The Gretchen Quilt - complete at least half of the 25 blocks.

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