It's no secret that I love my guild. The Chicago Modern Quilt Guild plans the most amazing programs and last weekend was no exception. We hosted Jacquie Gering, past president of the international Modern Quilt Guild and author of the new book "WALK: Master Machine Quilting with Your Walking Foot." The weekend was jam packed with a full day workshop on Saturday and a lecture on Sunday. Keep reading to learn about this wonderful weekend, Jacquie's book, and my newest project to improve my walking foot quilting!
On Saturday, Jacquie taught a full day workshop called "Creative Quilting with Your Walking Foot." Given Jacquie's background as an educator, it should come as no surprise that Jacquie is an incredible teacher. Her ability to communicate techniques clearly, give individual attention to everyone in a large class, and break down complicated designs step by step made this the best workshop I've taken so far. Seriously, if you have the chance, sign up for a class with her!
Jacquie showed us how to make several of her designs, which you can see in the pictures below. There are mistakes in my class samples, but I am so pleased with the results. Her geometric style is in line with my personal style, and I feel more energized to practice walking foot quilting than I ever have before. I'll write more about this later, but learning walking foot quilting beyond the straight line quilting I've done before is a game changer for me. I can't wait to practice and improve! (Note: Curved quilting with a walking foot is HARD!)
LECTURE & TRUNK SHOW
The day after her workshop, Jacquie gave an inspiring lecture to the guild and our guests titled "Modern Quilting: You'll Know It When You See It." Her focus was on what modern quilting means to her, and I learned so much. In addition to explaining her definition, Jacquie showed us dozens of her quilts. Her design aesthetic has inspired many of my own quilts, so it was a treat to see so much of her work in person.
Because I had only used my new BERNINA 570 QE once before heading to the workshop, I decided to take my walking foot for a test drive. I bought Jacquie's book "WALK" at QuiltCon in February, so I decided to try out some of the designs in "WALK" myself before the workshop. Are they perfect? Absolutely not! But the quality of these designs that I was able to do independently before learning her tips and tricks are a testament to the quality of Jacquie's book. Night one of walking foot practice is on the left, and night two is on the right.
Jacquie also has two Craftsy classes about walking foot quilting, which I have taken and loved, called "Creative Quilting With Your Walking Foot" and "Next Steps With Your Walking Foot." I highly recommend both Jacquie's book, the most useful quilting book I have read so far, and her Craftsy classes for extra visual support.
Jacquie's quilting style combined with her ability to clearly and simply break down her quilt designs has made me more excited than ever to practice my quilting. I'm fortunate to have a new machine I love to practice her designs as part of my goal this year to improve my quilting. I bought two layer cakes - one in a rainbow of colors and one in solid white - and I'll be making mini quilt sandwiches out of all of them. The colored square will go on the top and the white square will be the back.
My plan is to work through the "WALK" book trying out all of Jacquie's designs, an idea I first saw on sewbespokeandco's Instagram feed earlier this year. As I work through the book, I hope to get more experience with my new BERNINA walking foot #50 (the best walking foot on the market!), and get more comfortable with techniques like curves, turning my quilt, and walking foot quilting with minimal marking. I'll post updates on my Instagram and write about the process on my blog towards the end of this project!
Thank you Jacquie, for sharing your knowledge with our guild and for inspiring me to love quilting in a way I never have before! I can't wait to make my mini quilt sandwiches and move forward in my goal of becoming a better quilter!