309: Renae Allen

Renae Allen - Skill Builders

Week 1

Longarm teacher Renae Allen realized that her students needed a project before the project so they could build on basic skills. They needed to learn the rhythm, the motion, the repetitive motion and the motor skills of longarm stitching. She developed Skill Builders, a fabric printed with all kinds of lines to use as a stitching guide. Arrows and numbers show the thread path minimizing stops and starts. Renae demonstrates using the Versa Tool by Handi Quilter to make smooth lines. And for the person who can’t stand to throw anything away, she shows a large tote bag made by using the fabric with a pretty backing.


Week 2

Once you have the skills you’ve been practicing with Skill Builder it’s time to make decisions for the designs to use on your quilt. Design Builder is another set of pre-printed panels that together with the twelve different ways Renae gives to quilt each block, provide endless possibilities for quilting your blocks and even borders. Renae then shows how to get your ideas onto your quilt top.

Short Takes on Longarm Quilting with Vicki Hoth

How do you take the plunge to decide what to quilt on a quilt? Vicki offers tips for powerful practicing which helps you gain confidence by seeing your improvement quickly, then moving onto “cheater panels” and real quilt tops.


Week 3

Renae Allen explains that there are three basic ways to make feathers: formal, free form, and open or traditional. With variations, there are endless possibilities. To master feathers, Renae has created her Skill Builders preprinted panels for you to practice on. Then Renae shows quilts made with various feather designs and threads.