305: Leslie Main

Leslie Main - Quilt (and Way More) Like a Pro

Shop owner Leslie Main shows us the ins and outs of the HQ Pro-Stitcher, the most advanced computerized quilting software available for the home longarm quilter. With the touch of a few buttons she makes a placemat from piecing to quilting to attaching the binding right on the longarm with the machine magically stitching away on its own with perfect precision. Plus she demonstrates several methods of applique so you can choose your favorite. Wow! Technology brings the art of quilting to the 21st century.

Week 1

In this episode of Quilt It, shop owner Leslie Main shows us the ins and outs of the HQ Pro-Stitcher, the most advanced computerized quilting software available for the home longarm quilter. With the touch of a few buttons she makes a placemat from piecing to quilting to attaching the binding right on the longarm with the machine magicly stitching away on its own with perfect precision. Wow! Technology brings the art of quilting to the 21st century. Leslie and husband Kevin own Country Traditions, a full service quilt shop, in Fremont, Nebraska.


 

Week 2

Back in the HandiQuilter Studio Leslie Main shows Jodie just how easy the HQ Pro-Stitcher add on for the HandiQuilter longarm machines is to use. She demonstrates making an applique block right on the longarm showing two different methods – raw edge and finished with a blanket stitch. Just push a few buttons and watch it go! Leslie has owned Country Traditions in Fremont, Nebraska for 16 years.

Short Takes on Longarm Quilting with Vicki Hoth
There are so many digitized quilting designs on the market today. And, with the Art and Stitch feature of the HQ Pro-Stitcher you can create your own designs. But how do you store all these designs? Vicki suggests putting your designs on well marked jump drives; easy to find and easy to store.


 

Week 3

 

Reverse applique is really easy and fun with the HQ Pro-Stitcher computerized quilting software add-on to the HandiQuilter longarm quilting machines. Leslie Main loads multi layers of fabric onto the machine; four is used in this example. She likes to use batik fabrics when doing this technique as they have a higher thread count and cut away neatly. Choose your design, fit to size and the machine does the rest. How easy is that? All that’s left is exposing the various layers. Leslie stresses that most anything that can be done on an embroidery machine can be done on the longarm with the HQ Pro-Stitcher add-on.