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Come visit us to talk about the options available for a grand adventure in quilting.  We can help you with the purchasing process, replacement parts, education and training.

 
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Featured Quilts
 
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Featured Longarm Rental Quilts
      
Featured Quilt Motif & Mini Video
 
 
 
We Heard You  OR  Did you Know   
 
 
 
          

Featured Customer Quilts
 

Understated simplicity.  Often hard to execute effectively but we think this quilt is a great example of open piecing.

The pattern we used on this is West Wind with Stars by My Creative Stitching.  The swirls and the stars keep your eye moving across the quilt. 

Featured Longarm Rental Quilt

 

 

Talk about simple and elegant.  Shades of grey with a gradated pop of color.

  The customer selected Anita's Wave to elongate the movement on the quilt.  While the pattern is simple curved lines there a few tricks to making to pattern work evenly.

 

Bargellos are always interesting to look at.  On this quilt the maker added a machine embroidered tiger (her graduates favorite animal) right on the quilt.

  Again, we used Anita's Wave as the quilting pattern.  It just moves your eye along the movement of the colors.
We do have classes for Statler, Free Hand and Elevate longarmers.  When you are looking for new quilting ideas we have a variety of options and skill builders for you.

Longarm Rental - either Statler based or Elevate/Freehand

Keep us in mind when you plan to complete your quilt.  We offer a longarm class to get you started.and on the road to successfully completing your quilt from start to finish.  Rental time is available on our computerized Statler longarm machine and you will know that there will always be someone here to work with you if you have a question or problem.

Call 651-214-4545 to schedule time to complete your quilt.
We Heard You ... OR ... Did You Know?                             Top
Over the last month we have conducted three different Intensive Hands-On classes in the studio.  Each class consisted of 4 participants from around the country (Missouri to Arizona to Oregon).  For 3 days they were in the studio working on projects from 8 am until 5 pm... or as late as they could handle.  Although Page had an outline of what she wanted to cover, each class was tailored to the needs and skill level of the participants.    They started with drawing the "blueprint" of a quilt block and selecting quilting designs that fit or maybe didn't. This is an exercise in how the quilting design fits the quilt pattern.  Time is spent on their quilts to set borders, stitch in the ditch, concatenating designs, using Page Turners or like the Drunkard's Path shown above using a Custom Overall design on a complicated pattern.  In three days the participants cover a lot of concepts, tools, and designs.

Watch the list of In-Studio Classes for the next available series of Intensive Hands-On events.  If you would like to be on a mailing list for when we offer these sessions again (Starting in January 2019) please send us an email so we can keep you up to date at: Pagej@thequiltingpage.com 
Upcoming In Studio Classes

Our In-Studio classes are set up to run from 9 am to 4 pm with a break for lunch.  Typically the morning is spent in a presentation style and the afternoon is spent in a hands on practice quilt.  We often use Quilts of Valor for our demo quilts, or you can bring a small quilt for practice purposes.

We are located just off 35E and Cliff Road in Eagan about 10 miles south of the airport and the Mall of America.  We have 4 Gammill machines all running on Statler for workshops and demos and a Gammill Elevate that can be use for task specific classes.  There are multiple restaurants and hotels within walking distance.  In addition, we have both a full service quilt shop across the road plus a boutique shop that features quilts and kits next door.

 
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Three Day Intensive Workshop

Friday January 11th through January 13th, 2019

This is an “Intense Total Immersion Hands-On” experience.  Prepare to be challenged and surprised about how much you can learn in such a short time. We will be working with Creative Studio 7.

Page has a wonderful storefront studio which includes 4 Statlers and 1 Vision (Free Hand). You are invited to learn from Page’s vast list of topics in a 3 day; hands on workshop tailored to what you want to learn. Reserve your spot early. The workshop is limited to 4 people to ensure you get the most out of it. Each student will have their own machine and work on their own quilts.

Bring 1-2 small quilts to work on.  Recommended piecing patterns will be provided with registration.

Space is very limited so do not wait.  Another intensive workshop is scheduled for February 8-10 and March 29-31, 2019.  The cost for this class/workshop is $500.  You can register for the class by email at pagej@thequiltingpage.com or by phone at 651-214-4545.  If you would like to be on the waiting list for future classes, email us at pagej@thequiltingpage.com and we will notify you as soon as we have dates scheduled.

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Design Dilemma (The 5 W's) 

This class has been cancelled for January and will be re-scheduled later in the new year!


Saturday, January 19th (9 am to 4 pm)

One of the greatest stumbling blocks a quilter can face is "What should I quilt on this top? Follow along as Page demonstrates her own process of  the Who, What Why Where and How, of quilting design layout.  Students should bring 1 or 2 unquilted tops to class. Page will discuss several design elements for each top including, thread and batting options, motif choices and design placement, stitch density and travel paths,  overall unification and the directional eye movement effect. As time permits the quilt tops will have designs drawn out as well as suggestions for the actual stitching process. 

(All machine quilting, domestic and frame)

The cost for this class/workshop is $75.  You can register for the class by email at pagej@thequiltingpage.com or by phone at 651-214-4545.
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Three Day Intensive Workshop

Friday February 8th - 10th, 2019

This is an “Intense Total Immersion Hands-On” experience.  Prepare to be challenged and surprised about how much you can learn in such a short time. We will be working with Creative Studio 7.

Page has a wonderful storefront studio which includes 4 Statlers and 1 Vision (Free Hand). You are invited to learn from Page’s vast list of topics in a 3 day; hands on workshop tailored to what you want to learn. Reserve your spot early. The workshop is limited to 4 people to ensure you get the most out of it. Each student will have their own machine and work on their own quilts.

Bring 1-2 small quilts to work on.  Recommended piecing patterns will be provided with registration.

Space is very limited so do not wait.  Another intensive workshop is scheduled for February 8-10 and March 29-31, 2019.  The cost for this class/workshop is $500.  You can register for the class by email at pagej@thequiltingpage.com or by phone at 651-214-4545.  If you would like to be on the waiting list for future classes, email us at pagej@thequiltingpage.com and we will notify you as soon as we have dates scheduled.

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Custom Quilting - Your Way

Saturday February 16 with Sunday the 17th as optional added time

Bring a quilt and use a machine for the day.  We will help you decide how to design and plan your quilting process to maximize the custom look of your quilt.  Step by step you will have assistance  in setting up and executing a quilting plan.

Buy a zipper in advance so you can walk in and quickly load your quilt on the class day.  If you have CS7 designs in mind or purchased digital patterns you want to use, bring them to class and we will help you decide how best to apply them to your quilt.

Space is limited to 4 attendees, so do not wait. The cost for this class/workshop is $100 for the one day and $180 if you chose to extend to both Saturday and Sunday.  If you would like to bring a "machine  buddy" to work with you on a machine, their registration fee is $50 for Saturday and $40 for Sunday.

You can register for the class by email at pagej@thequiltingpage.com or by phone at 651-214-4545.


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Overall Quilting Design in Elevate

Saturday, March 16th, 2019

Many designs build into Elevate work very well for most of the quilts that you will be quilting.  However, sometimes you want something different and you are not sure how to "adjust" a pattern available online.  In this class we will work with you to use Creative Studios 7 to edit patterns available for purchase so they fit the process built into the Elevate.

Bring a laptop with CS7 installed and we will walk through step-by-step:
  • How to purchase and download a pattern online
  • How to import the pattern into CS7
  • How to edit the pattern to fit and nest edge to edge
  • How to upload the pattern into the Cloud Account
  • How to sync the Cloud Account with your Elevate tablet
  • How to stitch out the pattern on the quilt
We will demonstrate how to use deeply nested patterns such as Vanilla Cream by Anne Bright, using CS7 to define a top row, middle rows and bottom row using the Fill Function so you do not stitch half a row on empty backing fabric. We will also demonstrate how to plan your rows to merge 2 rows as a single over and back pass when scaled to fit the machine bed.  A demo quilt will be stitching out during the class showing the each step in the process.

This is not a machine hands-on class but having your own laptop available is recommended.  The cost for this class/workshop is $75.  You can register for the class by email at pagej@thequiltingpage.com or by phone at 651-214-4545.

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Three Day Intensive Workshop

Friday March 29th - 31st, 2019

This is an “Intense Total Immersion Hands-On” experience.  Prepare to be challenged and surprised about how much you can learn in such a short time. We will be working with Creative Studio 7.

Page has a wonderful storefront studio which includes 4 Statlers and 1 Vision (Free Hand). You are invited to learn from Page’s vast list of topics in a 3 day; hands on workshop tailored to what you want to learn. Reserve your spot early. The workshop is limited to 4 people to ensure you get the most out of it. Each student will have their own machine and work on their own quilts.

Bring 1-2 small quilts to work on.  Recommended piecing patterns will be provided with registration.

Space is very limited so do not wait.  Another intensive workshop is scheduled for February 8-10 and March 29-31, 2019.  The cost for this class/workshop is $500.  You can register for the class by email at pagej@thequiltingpage.com or by phone at 651-214-4545.  If you would like to be on the waiting list for future classes, email us at pagej@thequiltingpage.com and we will notify you as soon as we have dates scheduled.

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Three Day Intensive Workshop

Friday April 12th - 14th, 2019

This is an “Intense Total Immersion Hands-On” experience.  Prepare to be challenged and surprised about how much you can learn in such a short time. We will be working with Creative Studio 7.

Page has a wonderful storefront studio which includes 4 Statlers and 1 Vision (Free Hand). You are invited to learn from Page’s vast list of topics in a 3 day; hands on workshop tailored to what you want to learn. Reserve your spot early. The workshop is limited to 4 people to ensure you get the most out of it. Each student will have their own machine and work on their own quilts.

Bring 1-2 small quilts to work on.  Recommended piecing patterns will be provided with registration.

Space is very limited so do not wait.  The cost for this class/workshop is $500.  You can register for the class by email at pagej@thequiltingpage.com or by phone at 651-214-4545.  If you would like to be on the waiting list for future classes, email us at pagej@thequiltingpage.com and we will notify you as soon as we have dates scheduled.

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Backing Fabric

The guidelines for the backing fabric for longarm quilting are: 

  • The backing needs to be at least 3 inches larger all the way around the quilt (or 6 inches longer and wider than the quilt top)
  • We prefer to load the back using the selvage edges along the rollers
    • Do not cut off the selvages along the outer edge of the backing - they help keep the back square during the loading process
    • Unless the quilting motif is a directional design where the top has to be at the top of the machine AND the quilt top or back have to match the top, we load the backing using the selvages which may or may not match the top of a printed fabric design
  • We prefer any backing seams to run parallel (the same direction) to the selvages
    • Sew the seams at 1/2 + inch and then trim off the tightly woven selvages leaving 1/4 inch seam allowance
  • Do NOT press the backing seams open - press to one side
    • When pressed open (like what you would do for Hand Quilting) there is only the tread holding one side of the backing to the other side
    • If you press the seam and seam allowance to one side, then the longarm quilting will stitch through all layers of the fabric and hold the two sides of the backing together with greater security
  • Often pieced backs have multiple seams going in a variety of directions
    • In this case just try to have the majority of seams, or any particularly long seams, run parallel to the selvages

Another option is to purchase the wide backing fabric that is 108" wide.  Right now we have 220 different wide backs in stock for you to select from.  We do sell the wide backing fabric by the inch to meet your needs.  Keep in mind that 1 yard of 108 wide fabric is about 2 1/2 yards of the traditional bolt fabric (at roughly $16-17.50 per yard it is a great deal).  Often customers will buy their backing fabric before completing their quilt so they can incorporate some of the fabric in the top either in the blocks or as the border.

Featured Quilt Motif & Mini Video                                             Top
 
   
  
  
  
  Drunkard's Path is a very old and traditional design that has a lot of applications in modern quilts. The combination of the two shapes is simple but the different rotations and placements gives you a multitude of different design options.  Often the quilt was done in just two fabrics further lending to the simplicity of design.  Today we frequently see this traditional design done in multiple sizes within a single quilt, a wide variety of fabrics used, and/or the sophistication of batiks enhancing the designs.

Drunkard's Starburst is a fun quilting motif that fits the pie section with overlapping curved lines.  The outer "setting" square has a starburst design of straight lines.  If your Drunkard's Path is a layout with each block being in the same orientation, then you can use a simple repeat pattern or point to point clicking path.  If the quilt uses a variety of rotations for each block, you may want to play with a concatenating design or placement of each block and then rotating or flipping of the pattern to fit the block.

This is a great pattern to tinker with and fine tune your skills with concatenating designs.

Watch for a video to be added in the next day or two.
Click on the videos to watch some useful tips on where and when this design works. The full educational video Page Turner is available on the Videos webpage.
Video on Portland Page Turner
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Page has created a mini video on how use the Drunkard's Starburst pattern
Video on How to Use the Drunkard's Starburst Pattern
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