Working on the Class Handouts for our Retreats and Master Classes

Having fun choosing techniques for our Retreats

Our 27,000 miles Grand Teaching Tour to the USA is getting closer and closer.
Our class handouts for our 2-days Retreats and 1-day Master Classes are almost finished and I am having fun!

My personal goal for our teaching tour is to make our students amaze themselves! 

Creating quilting patterns for your longarm system is easy... once you know how to do it!
Our Art and Stitch classes start with easy techniques and they build your skills, so that every step of the way, things are still easy!

Below are some teaser images of quilt patterns our students will create during our Retreats / Master Classes.


Many of our classes are fully booked, but there are still a few openings. See the overview page here:


One of the first exercises on Day 1 of our Retreats - Line Tool in Art and Stitch:

Playing with the wohoo scary Bezier  tool. Just 5 points to create a hatch type fill!

And some more samples of fills - different techniques will be taught on Day 2.

The very versatile Meandering Anything feature is also taught on Day 2.

The Creative Fill function in Art and Stitch can be used to fill a shape and create a continuous pattern, but it can also be used to fill around a shape, leaving that shape open:

Always wondered how professional designers make those beautiful interlocking overall / edge to edge quilt patterns? Well, join our Master Class to learn a trick or two.

Circles, Pebbles, String of Pearls. Always beautiful  in a quilt. Many different ways are taught in our classes!

Want to be able to do this yourself? Come and join our classes:


Art and Stitch Designs - Flagged :)

Art and Stitch Flag ...  Made with Art and Stitch

In May and June 2015 we will be teaching at several events: Retreats and Master Classes organized by ourselves and several classes at MQS in Cedar Rapids en SUGAR in Kansas City.

Although we would love to bring lots and lots of quilted samples with us to show in classes and to decorate our booth at the SUGAR conference, it can't be done. With over 25,000 miles (and no, that is not a typo!) in planes and rental cars we really have to "travel light".
And that is where our flag comes in! One lightweight piece of printed fabric of 6x6 feet. And you know what the fun part is? The flag design was completely made in Art and Stitch.

It's a Cheater Page too !

Besides showing off designs that will be used / created during our classes, the flag is also a cheater page. I can just look at the flag and pick one of the designs to show the technique how to create that particular design. Some designs are simply traced: one of my favorites is a photo I made years ago of a manhole cover in the streets of Antwerp. People must have thought I was crazy to make a photo of it, but it makes a beautiful quilt pattern.

Here are some more details of the flag designs. Geometric designs made with special tricks, designs made using True Type Fonts, the Art and Stitch Rays tool in action, Creative Fills etc.

Curious? Want to join one of our Retreats, Master Classes? Visit our Retreat overview page:

P.S. advantage of traveling light? On our last flight back home I can bring quilt fabric, lots of it :)