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with Ann Petersen
Online Class

Small Machine, Big Quilts, Better Results

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The challenge of quilting big projects on small machines has officially been solved! Join expert Ann Petersen and learn a variety of smart techniques for quilt basting and more, to transform your quilting process from arduous to effortless. Master spray basting with a step-by-step demonstration on a full quilt, and use Ann's tried-and-true stitch in the ditch method to stabilize your quilt. Learn how to adapt free-motion, longarm and overall motifs for your home machine, and divide and conquer any project by quilting it block by block and joining the blocks without sashing. Finally, discover a panel method that de-bulks your quilt, and a split-batting technique that will save you time and effort. Say so long to small-machine limitations, and hello to quilting success!


  • intermediate
  • 7 episodes
  • 2h46m

Included in this Class

1. Spray Basting Large Quilts

1. Spray Basting Large Quilts

Meet expert quiltmaker Ann Petersen and get started quilting large projects on your home machine! Learn how to effectively use spray baste to adhere your bed-size quilt top to the batting and backing. Then iron the resulting quilt sandwich to create a smooth, taut surface.

2. Stabilizing for Successful Quilting

2. Stabilizing for Successful Quilting

Set yourself up for success by creating an effective quilting workspace. Discover simple ways to extend the size of your tabletop, keeping your work from sliding to the floor. In addition, Ann shares her trusty stitch-in-the-ditch method for stabilizing large quilts before machine quilting them.

3. Free Motion & Big Quilts

3. Free Motion & Big Quilts

Tired of wrangling oversized quilts in a small machine? See how to secure the edges of your quilt with a basting stitch. Then practice ditching pieced patchwork blocks using Ann's free-motion ditching technique. You'll also learn a hassle-free way to add lovely free-motion designs to the quilt top.

Recommended with this class

  • A quilt top you wish to quilt