Sparrow Studioz - APQS Canada's Studio Blog: TEACHER FEATURE

Thursday, February 25, 2016


We have got some incredibly exciting longarm quilting teachers coming through Sparrow Studioz in the next few months. Comment below, and tell us who you are most excited for!


Every single Friday Kathleen shares her quilting ideas on her blog. Hop on over and see the incredible value Kathleen brings to the quilting world. Sparrow Studioz is happy to help launch Kathleen into her teaching career. Check out her Free Motion Fridays


Class Information: 

Friday March 18 (10am-4pm)
Easy Quilting, Stunning Quilts ($175 + GST)

Use a straight ruler and easy fills to create stunning modern quilting designs. Long arm, hands on, full day, two students per machine. Lunch will be provided. If you have dietary restrictions, please bring your own food. Please bring a notebook and pen. Feel free to bring your own labeled marking tools and thread snips.

Sat March 19 (10am-4pm)                              
Invisible Block Sampler ($175 + GST)
Create a modern whole cloth sampler using only thread! Transform traditional blocks into quilting designs and use various fills, lines & threads to create a one of a kind sampler quilt. Long arm or domestic, two students per machine. Lunch will be provided. If you have dietary restrictions, please bring your own food. Please bring a notebook and pen. Feel free to bring your own labeled marking tools and thread snips. 



Whirls N Swirls Quilting - APQS Ontario is the home of Tracey Russell, free motion quilting sensation who created the #FMQ101 Facebook craze, posting a brand new Free Motion Quilting Video every single day for 200 days straight.

Now you can share in Tracey’s passion as she opens her very own studio right in the heart of Ontario Canada. Tracey sells, services and rents top-of-the-line APQS Longarm Quilting Machines. Be sure to browse this site to find exciting classes for all skill levels.

Class information:

APRIL 22, 2016 (9AM - 12PM)
Freehand 101 ($75 + GST)

In this fun and informative class, we will go through some of my favourite designs from my video series #FMQ101. Theses designs are meant to be ideas for allover or edge-to-edge quilting and stitched at a scale compatible to the top. They can be stitched in all manner of density regardless of which design you plan on using. We, as quilters, all have our own handwriting so our quilting should reflect that. Some quilt light and loose and open while some like their quilts more densely quilted. I, for one, am a ‘quilt it to death’ girl.

APRIL 22, 2016 (1PM - 4PM)
Fantastical Fillers ($75 + GST)

Fillers serve many purposes in quilting. They can be used as the ‘star of the show’ or as a way to flatten an area to showcase appliquĂ© or trapunto work. The density of the filler and the type of thread used will drastically change to look and feel so these are things to consider when deciding on a filler design to use. No matter what you choose, fillers are so much fun and that makes it all good. I LOVE fillers!  

APRIL 23, 2016 (9AM - 12PM)
Sensational Spineless Sashings ($75 + GST)

Sometimes the sashing is the hardest part of the quilt to come up with designs for. Often too narrow for anything elaborate, but too large for something simple, sashings can surely be a conundrum. In this class, we get daring and go spine free! These designs are from my video series #FMQ101. All are quilter friendly and, for the most part, there isn’t even any backtracking!!

APRIL 23, 2016 (1PM - 4PM)
Not Your Basic Feather ($75 + GST)
In this class, we will go through 12 of my favourite feather alternatives from the series of videos #FMQ101. Don’t get me wrong, traditional feathers are beautiful and it is usually every quilter's desire to master them just as painters have the desire to master a realistic rose or a baker making the perfect soufflĂ©. Traditional feathers, however, certainly have their place and I would never say not to learn how to do them well. I love quilting traditional ‘bump back’ feathers, but there are so many more possibilities when you let your imagination run away with you.


Judi Madsen Classes - AKA Green Fairy Quilts
Edmonton AB (May 18 - 21, 2016)
All Classes are 2.5hrs of Lecture/Demo
COST $75
perfect for your home sewing machine or your mid/longarm

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Class information here:

May 18, 2016 (9am-11:30am) $75 (+gst)
Free Motion Fantabulous Fillers
Come and learn how to quilt amazing background fillers for any quilt. Judi will share with you the fillers she has used in customer quilts as well as the incredible filler she used in her quilt In the Meadow in her book Quilting Wide Open Spaces. Learn how to incorporate these designs in quilt blocks as well as quilt backgrounds. We will be learning several free motion designs.

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May 18, 2016 (12pm-2:30pm) $75 (+gst)
Fantabulous Feathers
Are you stuck when it comes to feathers? Come to Judi's Fantabulous Feathers class and see her flawless approach at free motion feathers. We will learn how to quilt feathers around borders of quilts, as well as allover feathers and motifs. I am sure you will come out of this class with more excitement to give feathers a try with more confidence then when you first came in class. Don't miss this class!

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May 18, 2016 (3pm-5:30pm) $75 (+gst)
Smashing Sashings
Are you tired of the same old sashing designs? Stuck in a rut with feathers, swirls and other common sashing quilting designs? Well, this is the class for you! Come and see how Judi Madsen approaches the quilting designs in the sashings in her quilts with large sashes! This will be a fun and informative class with a lot of new design ideas for those quilts you are stumped on! I cannot wait to share several new designs with you!

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May 19, 2016 (9am-11:30am) $75 (+gst)
Custom Quilting the Sampler
Come and learn the technical stuff you need to know about custom quilting - when to baste, when to change threads. What do I quilt first? You will learn all of these as Judi shares her ideas on how to custom quilt your quilt top. Sampler quilts are often thrown into the panto/allover mix, but they don't need to be. Judi will share with you simple to complex design fills that will impress!

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May 19, 2016 (12pm-2:30pm) $75 (+gst)
Ruler Work
Come and learn how Judi Madsen creates designs using straight lines, her ruler and a little bit of free motion quilting. She will share with you the importance of marking your quilt and making your quilts stand out with incredible, almost perfect quilting! This will be a fun class filled with lots of ideas on how to quilt up blocks and sashings that you are stumped on.

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May 19, 2016 (3pm-5:30pm) $75 (+gst)
Loops to Circles, Circles to Pebbles!
Come and learn the evolution of circles and pebbling with quilting. This stitch can be used as a quilting filler, a sashing, and an allover design. Circles and pebbling can be overused in a quilting design, Judi will share with you her opinion on when and where to use these beautiful stitching designs. Judi will also share with you her secrets to perfect pebbling. She will share with you the beginning stitches she used when she first started quilting, then move to the pebbling she 

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May 20, 2016 (9am-11:30am) $75 (+gst)
Quilting with Shapes
In this class you will learn how Judi uses simple shapes like the square and triangle to create awe inspiring modern and traditional quilting motifs. We will learn when it is appropriate to use shapes in your quilting and what details will work within the designs. You will gain confidence as you learn to quilt by marking out your designs first then quilting with your straight ruler to make these designs perfect! Judi will also share with you her project “Just Call Me Modern” her recently published design that showcases “Quilting with Shapes.” You will come out of this class ready to tackle straight ruler quilting, and quilting with shapes to give your quilts a brand new look!

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May 20, 2016 (12pm-2:30pm) $75 (+gst)
Secondary Designs
Come and learn how to take your quilt top to the next level by adding in secondary quilting designs to compliment your quilt tops. Judi will show you what inspires her to changeup the quilting and make each quilt she quilts unique using simple tools like her straight edge ruler and marking pen. This will be a fantastic class you won’t want to miss!

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May 20, 2016 (3pm-5:30pm) $75 (+gst)
Modern Meets Traditional Quilting
Come and learn how Judi Madsen takes on Modern Quilting with a traditional approach. Learn how to make feathers and straight lines work together beautifully in a quilt. Judi will share with you her love of the modern/traditional approach to quilting customer quilts as well as her own quilts. This is a great class for everyone!

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May 21, 2016 (9am-11:30am) $75 (+gst)
Wide Open Borders
Take your quilting to a whole new level with intricate designs in your large “Wide Open Borders” on your quilts. Judi Madsen plans on having a wonderful time breaking down this fabulous design into easy step by step instructions. We will be learning two versions of this fabulous border and you will leave class more confident to try new things. Stop the feathering and try some ruler work – you won’t regret it! 

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May 21, 2016 (12pm-2:30pm) $75 (+gst)
Tripped out Tripple Borders
Not sure how to quilt that quilt with a break border in the middle? Judi Madsen will share with you a new approach to quilting fantastic border designs that will give your quilting a whole new look and will incorporate the break border as part of the design. Learn to quilt fearlessly as you try new things. You will not want to miss this class! 

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May 21, 2016 (3pm-5:30pm) $75 (+gst)
Bohemian Quilting
Have you ever wondered how Judi Madsen approaches the quilting on her quilts? Well, this is the perfect class for you. You will learn about all the details in the quilting for her newest quilt pattern design, Bohemian. We will learn step by step how to quilt this fabulous quilt starting with design concept and ending with the execution of each quilted line. This will be a fabulous class that you won’t want to miss out on! 

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