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

  • Our new Longarm Center is scheduled to open July 24th but we will be kicking off our grand opening with a two day Handi Quilter Education Event!
  • Dates are July 20th and 21st in our new Longarm Center (Building 3).
  • We will have goodie bags for everyone who attends classes and there will be special pricing on Handi Quilter Longarm Machines.
  • We are offering 4 great classes perfect for quilters of all skill levels. 
  • The lecture/demo classes are $35 each or take all 4 for $$105.
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Kelly Ashton Handi Quilter National Educator 

will be the instructor for this event

Kelly began longarm quilting on an HQ Sixteen in 2007, and then moved to an HQ18 Avanté®. She did extensive freehand quilting for her customers, giving her expertise she loves to share with students today. Next she added the HQ Pro-Stitcher® and fell in love with the precision of the computer combined with freehand quilting. Along with her HQ Avanté and HQ Pro-Stitcher®, she also quilts with an HQ Infinity® and the HQ Sweet Sixteen®. Although she loves quilting traditional quilts, Kelly’s favorite quilting style is more modern. Loving all tools and options available for quilting, rulers are her choice. She loves the precision and professional quilting they provide, and has fun filling in with free motion to add texture. On a great day, she has her HQ Pro Stitcher driving her Avanté, while she works on her HQ Infinity doing custom free motion quilting.

Longarm Quilting Basics

Friday July 20th, 2018 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Cost $35.00

Does longarm quilting interest you, and you'd like to learn more about it? Or do you just want a review of longarm basics? This class removes the mystery of longarm quilting by explaining machine and frame elements and features, how to load a quilt, and vital facts about thread, needles and tension. Handi Quilter longarm and frame systems come in various sizes for every budget, are user-friendly because they are designed by a quilter, for quilters - just like you!


Topics include:

  • Basic machine and frame elements and features
  • Bobbins, tension, needles, and thread
  • How to load a quilt onto a frame
  • Quilting with pantographs
  • Rulers, Micro Handles, and basic free motion

Fast, Fun, and Fabulous Free Motion Quilting

Friday July 20th, 2018 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Cost $35.00

Quilters everywhere LOVE the excitement and fun of free motion quilting - and its easier than you think! Create flowing designs by connecting simple design elements with continuous lines, traveling across the quilt or filling in a specific area. Learn how drawing and muscle memory contribute to beautiful free motion quilting, and how to create stunning designs.


Topics include:

  • How to develop an inventory of free motion designs
  • Proper scaling and spacing of design elements
  • Edge to edge free motion quilting
  • Adjusting your quilting path to create your own new designs
  • Using Micro Handles for free motion control

Ruler Essentials

Saturday July 21st, 2018 9:30am - 12:30pm

Cost $35.00

If you love precision and consistency in your quilting designs, you will love using design rulers and templates! These handy tools assist in placing designs accurately and stitching them out precisely. Learn to handle rulers and templates safely with the ruler base and Sure Foot, and how to achieve accuracy with the markings. The wide variety of Handi Quilter rulers will inspire you to new design heights.


Topics Include:

  • Handle rulers safely
  • Understanding and using ruler markings for precision and accuracy
  • Use piecing lines and marking tools to build ruler design confidence
  • Versa tool quilting: stitch-in-the-ditch, cross-hatch, piano keys, clamshells, and arcs
  • Apply binding with the HQ VersaTool®

Stepping Stones to Quilting

Saturday July 21st, 2018 1:30pm - 4:30pm

Cost $35.00

This class is for everyone – whether you've never quilted and want to learn, or if you already quilt. You will learn how to prepare the quilt top, resize and apply designs, select batting and backings, baste, and all about threads, needles and tension. Bring a finished top, if desired, to discuss ideas and approaches to finishing your quilt.


Topics Include:

  • How to prepare the quilt top and backing for quilting
  • Threads, needles and tension
  • How to select, resize, audition and apply quilt designs
  • Batting and basting basics
  • Stitch-in-the-ditch and meander quilting