Quilting by the Bay is pleased to announce we are now a Handi Quilter Official Retailer!

  • Our new Longarm Center is OPEN!  Hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm.
  • Our next Handi Quilter Education event is January 10-12, 2019 and will be held in our new Longarm Center.
  • We are offering 6 great classes perfect for quilters of all skill levels. 
  • The lecture/demo classes are $35 each. Sign up for multiple classes and get an in-store credit! In-store credits will be issued on Wednesday January 9th.
    - Sign up for 4 of Susan Manry's classes and we will issue you a $30 in-store credit
    - Sign up for 5 of Susan's classes and we will issue you a $40 in-store credit
    - Sign up for all 6 of Susan's classes and we will issue you a $50 in-store credit.

Susan Manry Handi Quilter National Educator 

will be the instructor for this event

At age five, Susan’s mother taught her to thread a needle and make a running stitch. Before long, she had taken over the sewing machine. Growing up, Susan’s interests included textiles, drawing, design, and a broad range of arts and crafts. While raising three busy children and running an insurance business with her husband, her hobbies expanded to include digital drawing, web authoring, and computer technology.

Yearning for a career using her creative talents, Susan was smitten after discovering the combination of her creative joys in one activity – long arm quilting! Fabric, drawing, design, and sewing all in one complete package was simply too enticing to resist, and soon she was happily partnered with her HQ Fusion® and HQ Pro-Stitcher®. Mastering Pro-Stitcher and Art and Stitch, and seeking innovative ways to use both, Susan now enjoys quilting professionally with the HQ Infinity®.

Susan believes she was meant to quilt, and she relishes any opportunity to share her love and knowledge of the craft with others. She lives in Central Texas with her husband, Mike, and their two pups.


Backgrounds, Borders, and Blocks

Thursday January 10th, 2019 9:30 - 12:30

Cost $35.00

Blocks, backgrounds, and borders – these are the basic components of many pieced quilt tops, and there are tricks to quilting them with a cohesive overall look, while creating your own personal style. Learn how to select and adapt designs to complement each area, and how to accomplish the quilting efficiently and easily. Tried and true fillers and “go-to” designs will be featured. Techniques can be used on your domestic machine or on a longarm machine.

• Creating a step-by-step plan for custom quilting your quilt. 
• Adapt block designs for borders and sashings 
• How to handle quilting spaces wider than the frame 
• How to create background fills and when to use them 
• How to audition, resize, and adapt quilting designs 


Feather Foundations

Thursday January 10th, 2019 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Cost $35.00

Feather designs always add a touch of class to any quilt, evoking a positive response from any viewer. Learn to draw and stitch these beautiful elements in many different styles, from traditional to contemporary. Then learn how to fit them in specific geometric spaces, how to turn corners, make feather wreaths, and how to echo and add fills. It’s easier than you think!

• Basic feather spines and stitching paths 
• Feathered wreaths and swags 
• Fitting feathers within a geometric space 
• Feathered borders 
• Using feathers in an overall design

Techniques can be used on your domestic machine or on a longarm machine.


Introduction to Pro-Stitcher

Friday January 11th, 2019 9:30am - 12:30pm

Cost $35.00

This class is designed to entice new buyers and set the stage for new owners. Pro-Stitcher is an intuitive computer-guided quilting system designed especially for use with Handi Quilter longarm quilting machines. User-friendly and simple to operate, the step-by-step process for each function is easy and fun. Whether finishing your own quilts or considering a quilting business, come see the elegant and precise quilting you can accomplish with an HQ Pro-Stitcher. New owners – start here!

• Overview of support resources available on-line 
• Overview of menu and basic functions and design catalog 
• Fit a design to a block using Skew and Resize, XForm and Align 
• Demonstration of the HQ Pro-Stitcher Simulator • Overview of Art & Stitch


Curvy Rulers Ahead

Friday January 11th, 2019 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Cost $35.00

Fasten your seatbelts and get ready to drive! You’ll be rounding corners, navigating curves and riding up and down with this class on curved templates. Learn how to read and use the markings on the templates, and the tricks for making half circles, flattened circles, and perfectly curved lines. Create beautiful quilting designs using swags, clam shells, ovals, arcs and half circles. 

• Use mini-circle, half-circle, and full circle rulers 
• Master wave, arc, and clamshell rulers 
• Measure and fit designs within a border 
• Create curved crosshatching and ruler/background fill combinations 
• Alternate methods with the HQ Pro-Stitcher and Groovy Boards

Techniques can be used on your domestic machine or on a longarm machine.


Longarm Toy Box

Saturday January 12th, 2019 9:30am - 12:30pm

Cost $35.00

Buying a longarm machine is only the first step toward successful quilting. Wait until you see what these nifty gadgets and accessories can do to make your quilting even more accurate, faster, easier and more fun! Come see why you’ll be reaching for these tools again and again, and always with a smile!

• Design, audition, and application tools 
• Quilt-loading and frame accessories 
• Handi Feet options 
• Channel locks and straight line options 
• Thread management and tensioning


You Can Do That on a Longarm, Too?!

Saturday January 12th, 2019 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Cost $35.00

A longarm isn’t just for quilting tops! Come see how techniques usually done with a sewing machine can be accomplished with a longarm machine. You’ll leave with brilliant shortcuts and ideas for quick and easy projects, and a whole new perspective on what’s possible with a longarm!

• “Slap-li-que” and strip-piecing-as-you-quilt 
• Couching and embellishment 
• Creating faux chenille 
• Applying binding with the longarm 
• Parade of projects