Tia Curtis is an award winning, professional long arm quilter and quilt designer. She has taught the quilt-making process on both hemispheres of the planet. Her quilts, patterns and designs have been featured in numerous books and magazines.
Tia lives in Kansas with her husband and teenaged children.
Tia studied quilt making with Gwen Marston and combines many different quilt- making techniques to create her free form pieces. Classes with Tia are uplifting and inspiring
Tia blogs at tiacurtisquilts.blogspot.com and campfollowerbags.blogspot.com. Her website is www.Tiacurtisquilts.com. She also has a Youtube channel where she shares fun sewing projects and improv techniques for creating quilt blocks and she demonstrates her beautiful quilting style with her Gammill Long Arm.
|Feathers, Lines and Swirls – The Bones of Modern Custom Quilting – Long Arm
Saturday, June 15, 8:00 – 11:00Join Tia Curtis as she teaches you how to quilt some of her all time favorite freehand quilting designs on the domestic sewing machine or long arm. She will demonstrate the flexibility and usefulness of three basic designs. Each design will progress in difficulty so there will be something for everyone. She will show various quilt marking techniques and ruler work to inspire you to try something new on your next quilt. Backgrounds, borders and sashings will almost quilt themselves. You will leave class with a treasure trove of new designs and a heavily quilted sample piece to refer back to as you continue your quilting at home.
|Quilting Feathers and Vines – Long Arm
Thursday, June 13, 8:00 – 2:00Have you seen the gorgeous quilting on heirloom quilts and been amazed by the beautiful feathers and vines quilted with such perfection? Are you ready to try feathers and vines for yourself? Come join Tia Curtis as she unlocks the mysteries behind these wonderful quilting elements. In this class you will learn several techniques to make fabulous feathers and vines on your next quilt. You will learn tiny feathers for sashings and large luscious feathers to fill up wide outer borders as well as wreaths, and a couple blocks. You will leave class with 6 samples of feathers and vines as well as a handout filled with more examples.
|Easy Background, Fills and Edge to Edge Designs – Long Arm
Saturday, June 15, 1:00 – 4:00Are you new to long arm quilting, or are you ready to try your wings quilting your own freehand designs? Join Tia Curtis as she guides you through a multitude of different designs that can easily be used as background designs, fill in designs behind applique or just as a good reliable Edge to Edge design to add to your free hand quilting tool box.
|Improv All-stars Workshop
Wednesday, June 12, 9:00 – 3:00 — Domestic Sewing Machine
Are you ready to take a deep dive into Improv piecing? Join Tia Curtis as she leads you through an intensive day of piecing the best Improv blocks, simple applique and a series of fantastic borders that will make any quilt come alive. Say farewell to following patterns. This class will give you the confidence and knowledge to make quilts with wild abandon. Tia Curtis is strongly influenced by the techniques she learned from Gwen Marston and is happy to pass on the knowledge of liberated quilt making. Students will leave class with a series of pieced blocks, the start to several borders and some simple applique.
** To make the sample I just went straight for my scrap bags. I sort my scraps according to colors. So I used my red/orange bag and my yellow/green bag.
At first Free Piecing may seem like you are wasting fabric, but if you are using scraps to begin with it makes the process easier to overcome.
|Quilted zipper bags on the domestic machine
Friday, June 14, 8:00 – 11:00
This fun class covers the basics of free motion quilting, zipper instillation and bag making. Perfect for any quilter who has too many orphan blocks laying around, anyone wanting to explore more features of their sewing machine or anyone who needs quick gifts to shower upon their loved ones. We will explore creating different shape and sized bags. Each student will leave with a finished zipper bag, possibly two!
Kit Fee: $25 to Tia at the time of class.
I will have Kits Prepared for this class. $25 Kit Fee. Kits will consist of :
A small pieced quilt top made with designer quilting fabric (you will get to choose yours as you check in to class)
Twill tape as a handleStudent Supply List:
Scissors (small thread snips and a larger pair capable of cutting through 3 layers of quilt)
Hand sewing needle
Pencil or fabric pen
Quilting ruler (I like a simple 1×12 inch ruler)