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Karen Pharr
Growing up surrounded by quilting, Karen didn't begin practicing the craft until after a high-tech career. Although she started by taking a class so she could hand-quilt like her Grandmother, it took less than a week to realize machine quilting was her future! Now Karen is an award-winning quilter with quilts shown internationally in quilt shows and art galleries.

As a teacher, pattern designer, author, and quilter, Karen loves to coach students through new fun approaches and creative techniques—which they can then apply to their own quilting styles. A yes-you-can attitude flows throughout her classroom, helping everyone become the quilter they want to be.



STITCHES Midwest 2018 Classes
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Thursday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
9087 No skills required Beginner Free-motion Get started with the right techniques for your free-motion quilting adventure. Geraldine introduces machine set-up and the right tools to use for free-motion quilting. Learn about quilt top preparation, batting, and basting then move on to understanding stitch tension and stitch control. Practice free motion exercises while learning skill-building techniques to continue on your journey to free-motion freedom.
Juki sit-down longarm machines provided for use in class.
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Thursday 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
9088 Easy Getting Started with Ruler Work Get started with the right techniques to begin working with rulers on a sit-down longarm. Learn machine set up and the right tools for quilting with rulers. Begin by learning to hold and move rulers and fabric in unison, read ruler reference lines, how to place rulers on a pieced quilt and on a whole-cloth quilt to create exciting new designs.
Note: Must have taken 9087 Beginner Free-Motion Quilting or have basic free-motion skills.
Juki sit-down longarm machines provided for use in class.
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Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
9091 Intermediate Fearless Free-motion Feathers Fear no more! Geraldine will share tools and techniques that help you stitch three basic feathers. Plus, you'll learn how to creatively place feathers in your quilt projects. Let Geraldine start you on a journey which will open your creativity and give you that “Yes I Can” feeling to create feathers with confidence.
Note: Need to have taken 9087 Beginner Free-motion quilting or have basic free-motion skills.
Juki sit-down longarm machines provided for use in class.
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Friday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
9090 Intermediate Free-Motion Freedom Free-motion quilters, let's move beyond basic stippling and venture into continuous background filler designs, lines, vines, swirls, flowers and more. Learn Geraldine's method of selecting and placing free-motion designs in a quilt, and how to choose thread and batting for pleasing results. She guides you on a journey which will open your creativity and give you that “Yes I Can” feeling to go beyond the basics.
Note: Need to have taken class #9087 Beginner Free-Motion Quilting or have basic Free-Motion skills
Juki sit-down long arm machines provided for use in class
NEW
Saturday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
9088 Easy Getting Started with Ruler Work Get started with the right techniques to begin working with rulers on a sit-down longarm. Learn machine set up and the right tools for quilting with rulers. Begin by learning to hold and move rulers and fabric in unison, read ruler reference lines, how to place rulers on a pieced quilt and on a whole-cloth quilt to create exciting new designs.
Note: Must have taken 9087 Beginner Free-Motion Quilting or have basic free-motion skills.
Juki sit-down longarm machines provided for use in class.
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Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
9089 Intermediate Beyond Basic Ruler Work Move beyond the basics of ruler work and learn to fill space, plan and mark the area before quilting, add new shapes and designs to your quilting. Move towards true creativity by using a quilt panel to practice the techniques and featured designs. Let Geraldine guide you by sharing her quilting journey and understand how the right tools, guides, and practice can take you anywhere you desire in your own journey.
  
Note: Need to have taken class #9088 Getting Started with Ruler Work or have basic ruler work experience.
Juki sit-down longarm machines provided for use in class. 
NEW
Sunday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
9087 No skills required Beginner Free-motion Get started with the right techniques for your free-motion quilting adventure. Geraldine introduces machine set-up and the right tools to use for free-motion quilting. Learn about quilt top preparation, batting, and basting then move on to understanding stitch tension and stitch control. Practice free motion exercises while learning skill-building techniques to continue on your journey to free-motion freedom.
Juki sit-down longarm machines provided for use in class.