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Live, Laugh, Longarm: Day One - Greenup Location

Whether you’ve never used a Longarm before, or you already quilt- these classes are for you! The day will be divided into two classes, one in the morning, and one in the afternoon.  Both are designed to help you get started quilting on the Longarm.

Morning Class: Stepping Stones to Quilting Your Quilt

You will learn how to prepare the quilt top, resize and apply designs, select batting and backings, baste, and all about threads, needles and tension. The purpose is to gain confidence needed to finish your quilt tops with the long-arm through preparation, applying designs and managing tension. 

Topics Include: 

  • How to prepare the quilt top and backing for quilting 
  • How to select, resize, audition and apply quilt designs 
  • Stitch-in-the-ditch and meander quilting 
  • Threads, needles and tension 
  • Batting and basting basics 

Afternoon Class: Backgrounds, Borders and Blocks

Blocks, backgrounds, sashings and borders – these are the basic components of many pieced quilt top, and there are tricks to quilting them with a cohesive overall look, while creating your own personal style. Learn how to select and adapt designs to complement each area, and how to accomplish the quilting efficiently and easily. Tried-and-true fillers and “go-to” designs will be featured

Topics Include: 

  • Creating a step-by-step plan for custom quilting your quilt 
  • Adapt block designs for borders and sashings 
  • How to handle quilting spaces wider than the frame
  • How to create background fills and when to use them 
  • How to audition, resize, and adapt quilting designs


Customers that register for class by September 1st will receive a $10 coupon to use during the class.  Customers can earn even more savings by registering for all three days of the event.  Earn a $25 store credit when you sign-up for all three days!

Skill Level: Beginner
Skill Details: Everyone is welcome to attend.
Requirements: This is a lecture/demo based event. We recommend you bring a notepad if you like to take notes.
Instructor: Leslie Main
Includes Lunch

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This class cannot be purchased online. Please contact the store for more information.
Greenup Location
2027 1/2 Ashland Rd., Greenup, KY
(606) 473-3540

NOTE: It is not recommended that you use this address for GPS. You will end up at a local farm house about 3/4 of a mile away from us. For better results, type "Thomas Sewing Center" into Google Maps or Apple Maps.

Lexington Location
220 Ruccio Way Suite 170, Lexington, KY 40503
(859) 286-5192

Greenup Hours
Mon - Closed
Tues - Sat - 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday - Closed

Lexington Hours
Mon - Closed
Tues - Sat10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday - Closed