Rental of our Gammill Longarm machines requires our 4-hour onsite training class. The cost of the class is $150 and includes machine time, one-on-one instruction, zipper loading system, access to online videos
The class is structured for a comprehensive training with orientation to:
You can bring a baby or small lap quilt (40x50 or less) to complete during the class. The cost of thread and batting is refunded If you prefer to work on a simple “shop sample” and return the completed quilt to us.
Once the class is completed, you can schedule machine rental time to tackle that stack of finished tops you have been working on. A staff member will be available to help you with your quilts each time you come in.
As you gain experience and want to explore more quilting options, we will have intermediate and advanced classes in:
Computer Guided Machine Appliqué is growing in popularity. It's quick, it's easy, and there are many different ways to accomplish the machine appliqué. Page will cover a variety of methods and show you some new tools to accomplish any project quick and easy. Several projects will be showcased, featuring several different appliqué techniques (freehand as well as computer). Come see what all the excitement is about.
2 hour Lecture Demo with a Power Point of examples
Background fills can be the foundation of custom quilting, creating texture and adding movement to flat areas, setting off appliqués, feathers, or adding unity to pieced blocks in sampler quilts. Fills can start out small and grow to become a freehand Edge to Edge. In this class Page will show you how to use fills to fit the mood of your quilt. She will provide you with inspiration, along with easy to follow guidelines and techniques that show you how to begin, where to go next and how to avoid the tough spots. Many different designs will be covered, there will even be a few surprise uses for tools old and new. A power point will showcase examples of how fills are used on actual quilts. Students should bring a pad and paper for notes and Sketching.
(Demo with Power point) (techniques apply to all machine types)
Background fills and textures purpose is to set off appliqués, motifs, pieced blocks and feathers, yet, they can be so much more. She will use 2p2 to fill the background of many popular pieced blocks. Let Page show you how to use interesting background fills to fit the mood and space of your quilt. This class will provide you with inspiration, along with easy to follow guidelines and techniques to use P2P background designs. Appliqué Echo and Fill feature are covered as well. A power point will showcase examples of how fills are used on actual quilts.
2 hour Lecture, demo, along with a PowerPoint presentation of quilted examples.
Borders can "make or break" any quilt; they are the frame that brings a quilt harmony. Page will share several different approaches to both traditional and non-traditional borders. She will demonstrate various ways to move up, around, across and down. Never be afraid of the fancy borders again. You don't have to settle for "easy." They all become easy. Learn the tools, tricks, tips and techniques to save time as well as increase accuracy. Methods will include Cross Hatch, Piano key, Echo, Stencil, Freehand, Rulers, laser with and without paper designs, 2 borders at once with a Stitch in the Ditch, turning the quilt, Marking or NOT. Astonish yourself by expanding your border style to include more unique designs.
Once you see some tricks, your imagination will take flight.
(All Quilting Frame Systems Short, Mid and Longarm)
Borders can "make or break" any quilt; they are the frame that brings a quilt harmony.
Page will share several different approaches to both traditional and non-traditional borders. She will demonstrate various ways to move up, around, across and down. Never be afraid of the fancy borders again. You don't have to settle for "easy." They all become easy. Learn the tools, tricks, tips and techniques to save time as well as increase accuracy. She will also cover how to deal with wavy borders and "wonky" piecing, not every border is straight and square. This class has something for all Statler owners, both new and experienced.''
2 hour Statler demo, along with a PowerPoint presentation of examples
Students will learn how to build an original overall design that is everything but "cookie cutter" repeating. Learn to alter and add elements to designs you already own. Then nest them to create a one of a kind overall design. Learn to adjust designs to "FIT" the piecing then let it stitch out continuously. Concatenating opens up a whole new world of possibilities. "Cascade" Layouts will cover many popular log cabin variations. Zig Zag, Barn Raising and many more. Students will receive a Thumb drive with a full set of Cascade patterns from "Quilty Pleasures" ($5 for the thumb drive)
2 hour Lecture with Statler SAM, (Statler Stand Alone Mode)
Let your Overall Quilting Tell a Story. Concatenating opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Students will learn how to build an original "pictogram", an overall design that is everything but repeating. Several designers have concatenating sets, we will create some of our own. Create an ongoing story by alternating and adding elements to design you already own. Then arrange them to create a one of a kind overall design. We will discuss what goes into a good overall design, choose patterns, and create a usable project. Students should bring a laptop with most current version of Creative Studio loaded. It is helpful to have access to all your designs. Have in mind themes to build your pictogram around. (sports, woodlands, favorite edge to edge) Let's have fun.
4 hour Lecture with SAM, Lap top required
Digitized designs have given us an almost endless assortment of designs to choose from. Selecting a design and making it fit a space can be a daunting and time-consuming task. Not all blocks are created equal, yet our job is to make them all look good. Page will demonstrate fast and easy techniques for placing repeating blocks into not so perfect piecing. Triangle tricks are a great way to combine designs within a block. Learn ways to stitch out more than one block at a time, lay out and review designs and create design portfolios. Offer your customers the quality custom quilting they desire while spending less of your valuable time.
2 hour Statler demo, along with a PowerPoint presentation of examples
(All machine quilting, domestic and frame) The arc is a mainstay for traditional quilting. The simplest of designs can bring about the most dramatic results. The best part is it is "continuous"; no more starts and stops. Learn how to use a continuous curve to move around pieced blocks, borders, and sashes. Handouts will include practice sheets as well as many samples of curves in pieced blocks. Once we have the path learn how to keep your curves consistent in any direction.
Drawing, Lecture with Power Point of examples
Customer service is a critical part of your business. At some point, everyone has to deal with an upset customer. The challenge is to handle the situation in a way that leaves the customer thinking of you in a positive light. Your ability to effectively deal with complaints provides an opportunity to turn a dissatisfied customer into an active promoter of your services. Listen to some of Page’s real life situations and learn the strategies she has implemented in her business to “Keep them coming back for More”.
2 hour lecture with a PowerPoint.
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 design is in your head, there are hundreds of pattern designers, and you have looked at thousands of designs. So why can’t you find what you want? Learn how to create a sewable digitized pattern in Creative Studio. Page creates new patterns as she needs them for her customer quilts. Learn how she does it. Take home the knowledge to do it yourself. Once you learn the process you will always have the RIGHT design.
Students will receive a take home project to try themselves.
2 hour Sam Demo/Lecture with a Power Point
The Fill function of Creative Studio has added a whole new aspect to computerized quilting. There are so many ways to use fills, Edge to Edge, around appliqué, odd shaped blocks, and stitch in the ditch borders, creating a layered look to add depth and dimension, plus many more. Imagine the possibilities and see for yourself what Fills can achieve. Learn the ins and outs, what works and what should be avoided, and most importantly how to recover if you make a mistake. FUN for all intermediate or advanced CS users.
2 hour, Statler Demo with a Power Point presentation
With the advances to Creative Studio we now have the power to alter a pattern to fit the space instead of "just plopping it in." Follow Page as she shows you how she has tweaked some simple patterns to fit unusual spaces. Become comfortable with dividing, drawing, and manipulating lines, reverse start and end, and exporting. It will become so easy you'll never fret about finding a pattern that "fits" again. Learn how to create new designs to fit any quilt; using lines, arcs, circle array and rubber stamp. Creative Studio tools can be used to "draw" any design you can imagine. Students will go home with patterns made in class on a thumb drive ($5.00 fee for Drive)
2 hour Lecture Demo using SAM (stand-alone mode)
Show quilts and high end custom in your future? Do you want to kick your custom up a notch? Find out the difference between custom and CUSTOM. Precision quilting of the highest quality requires a different skill and mind set. Since 2006, Page has earned numerous national ribbons on customer quilts. She will share her tips and tricks to high end quilting. An extensive power point presentation allows you to view the award winners "close up". Find out the answer to "How Did You Do That?" Starting with the design concept, and continuing down to the "nitty gritty" details.
2 or 4 hour, Lecture with a PowerPoint presentation of Quilts
We have all had that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when you notice a mistake on a quilt. Over the past 14 years Page has had that feeling many times. Join her as she shares the “OH NO” moments in her life and learn how she handled them. You will see come common mistakes and maybe some you never thought of. By being forewarned you can handle difficult issues of your own, if they happen. Plus, gain the added benefit of foresight, to avoid some pitfalls completely.
2 hour Lecture with a Power Point
Overall (edge-to-edge) quilts are the mainstay and the money maker of many a Longarm quilter. Edge-to-edge is NOT just for beginners. Page will share how she increased this aspect of her business with her unique approach to overall design. Enhance each quilt by choosing the right design then resizing and reconfiguring, creating a variety of effects. She will cover design choice, scale, spacing, orientation, and placement making each quilt a one-of-a-kind. She will also demonstrate how to overcome the little "OOPS" we all face at one time or another. Class will cover E2E in Repeat Patterns, trims and fills. Astonish your clients with an unique style of overall designs and keep them coming back for more, making your quilting a profitable adventure!
2 hour Statler demo, along with a PowerPoint presentation of examples
Page will share her secret to an award winning continuous-line custom, which hits every block exactly. The secret is point-to-point. Learn how to create the design you want and fit it to each quilt. Your imagination will take off as you start to "see" the first, second and third elements of each design layout. The block designs appear perfect, as if you set each design in separately. Create custom quilting in a fraction of the time--after all, "time is money." Class will cover set up of several examples on the Statler.
2 hour Statler demo, along with a power point presentation
Computerized machines have taken quilting to a whole new level. Now it is time to raise the bar. This product specific class will show you how to use the "Piece O' Grid", to fine tune your quilting. Page will demonstrate creative techniques and show examples of how she has used grids on actual quilts. She will explore many ways to enhance your quilting: audition designs, squaring, point-to-point placement in borders and edge-to-edge, free-flowing designs, crosshatch, setting scale, and accurate placement of floating motifs.
You will marvel at the unlimited possibilities and the time you can save. Once you see how the grid pump up your accuracy and imagination, you'll wonder how you ever quilted without it. Grids will quickly become your favorite studio tools.
2 hour lecture, along with a PowerPoint presentation of examples
Page Johnson has been quilting professionally for 13 years. Join her as she takes a trip down memory lane with a tour of several award winning quilts. She will discuss the thought process behind the designs, the issues she had to overcome and what she learned from each project. See the before and after pictures, what was done and redone. Page will discuss design elements including, thread and batting options, motif choices and design placement, stitch density and travel paths, overall unification and the directional eye movement effect. Learn how to judge your own quilts, before you send them off.
2 hour Lecture with a Power Point (This class is suitable for all machine quilters. Domestic as well and long and mid arm)
Break away from boring square borders. A wide scalloped border will enhance any quilt. Add elegance and polish to a pieced, patchwork, whole cloth or appliquéd quilt. Learn how to create beautiful waved or unusual shaped borders that add a touch of whimsy or a bit of surprise. They are easy, fun to do and make each quilt a "one of a kind". Give your customers a way to set their quilt apart from the rest of the class.
2 hour Statler Lecture with a Power Point
Years of quilting for others has taught Page that, "Not all Quilts are Created Equal", yet she strives to make them all look their best. Proper loading and squaring are the key. Regardless of what system you use Page will demonstrate fast and easy techniques for squaring and controlling the "Too Big & Wavy" borders and "Wonky" piecing. She will cover several alternatives to pinning, as well as Floating, Fabric Tension, Stabilizing, and Stitch In the Ditch. Squaring doesn't stop at the outer edges, learn how to square on point, and awkward blocks like Double Wedding Ring, Grand Mothers Flower Garden and Drunkards Path. Your patterns will fit better. Other topics include: batting, thread, tucks on the back, fast and faux trapunto. By knowing how to eliminate "issues" you can discover the confidence to tackle that quilt you have been putting off. A before and after power point will provide the proof that, "Yes, you can quilt it out"
(All Systems Short, Mid and Longarm)
Keep up with the latest Creative Studio updates. With the advances to Creative Studio we now have the power to alter a pattern to fit the space instead of "just plopping it in." Follow Page as she shows you how she has tweaked some simple patterns to fit unusual spaces. Become comfortable with dividing, drawing, and manipulating lines, reverse start and end, and exporting. It will become so easy you'll never fret about finding a pattern that "fits" again. Design the layout of your quilt on a laptop while the machine is working for you.
Students are welcome to follow along with a laptop, however time is limited. Students must have a good working knowledge of their computer. The most current version of Creative Studio should be installed. For the benefit of the majority, Individual "computer" issues will not be addressed with in class.
2 hour Lecture using SAM
Background fills and textures can be the foundation of quilting. Their purpose is to set off appliqués, motifs, pieced blocks and feathers, yet, they can be so much more. In this design concept class Page will show you how to use interesting background fills to fit the mood of your quilt. This class will provide you with inspiration, along with easy to follow guidelines and techniques that answer the questions of background fills, What, Why, Where, When and How. There will even be a few surprise uses for some old tools. A power point will showcase examples of how fills are used on actual quilts.
2 hour Lecture Demo, along with a PowerPoint presentation of quilted examples
Located in Eagan, Minnesota, just 10 minutes south of the Minneapolis Airport and Mall of America. Page has a wonderful storefront studio which includes 4 Statlers (just for you!) You and up to 3 others 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. Start by selecting topics from the following class descriptions to design your experience.
There are several quilt shops nearby! Several wonderful restaurants are within walking distance, and many more are only a block or two away. There are 3 hotels just across the parking lot.
All of this for only $500 per student for the 3 days.
Call Page today to schedule your class!
1 Evening (Meet and Greet plus 1 Class ("Design Dilemma" recommended)
2 and a half days (6 hours, 3 separate classes each day)
$1,000.00 fee (no limit to workshop size)
Host will also cover:
All meals and Lodging, either at someone’s home or hotel
No cats, at lodging or at the location of the course. Page is highly allergic and is incapacitated when breathing cat dander, so please, honor this request.
The studio set up must allow Page to face the audience from the working side of a Statler. There must be a wall to project on, a screen can be arranged. Allow room for everyone to see. Please specify if the workshop will NOT include a live demonstration on a Statler. The format and flow of the class information will be adapted for a screen projected presentation. Page will bring her own projector, camera, and cords required. Each participant will receive handouts and any digitized Patterns that are included with a selected course.
Workshops courses can be chosen to fit the interest of each group. A complete list of current course offerings available are on the Class Description page above.
Page will accept back to back workshop bookings but will require a day of rest between the courses.