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Free Motion Quilting

This is the class for you if you’re ready to take the plunge into quilting your own quilts and get them done faster. We’ll learn a variety of stitch motifs to use with a regular sewing machine and add interesting texture to your unfinished projects, including spirals, pebbles, fans, seashells, and waves.

This class can be adapted for beginner to advanced stitching. Beginners will learn basic stitch motifs including stippling, waves, and open spirals. The intermediate class will cover more advanced motifs including square spirals, round spirals with stippling, pebbles, fans and more. Advanced class will go into combinations of motifs in the same space.

Students must be comfortable using their machines and have the ability to lower feed dogs. All levels.

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Requirements: Students must be comfortable using their machines and have the ability to lower feed dogs.
Instructor: Cindy Grisdela
Instructor Bio: There's a reason I chose to create my art in fabric and thread rather than paint, and that?s the opportunity to add texture to my compositions with the stitching lines. It's that tactile nature of quilts that drew me to creating in this way, and keeps me excited about going into the studio every day. I stitch all the lines with my sewing machine, some with freehand motifs and others with straight or wavy lines with my walking foot. There?s no computer program or marking ahead of time that does that part for me. As I stitch, I feel that texture coming to life under my fingers. Some of the pieces have dense motifs stitched into the various shapes of the design, while others have irregularly spaced lines. It all depends on what the composition seems to want or need. I come from a long line of women who have expressed themselves using a needle and thread, although there were no quilters in my family. Creating with various forms of fabric and thread has been a part of my life since I was a child, and I am self taught as a fiber artist, with lots of experimentation along the way with mentors from books, like the late Gwen Marston, and in person, like my studies with Nancy Crow. My formal education includes a BA in Fine Arts from the College of William and Mary and an MBA from George Washington University.

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.

Monday-Saturday, 11-5
Sunday 12-5


  • Tel: 301-527-0598
  • 15926 Luanne Drive
  • Gaithersburg, MD 20877