Act Now! Handi Quilter Classes Still Available

Graphic of Handi Quilter logo and various machines

by Cathy Ellsaesser, posted on

We are so proud at Rocky Mountain Sewing and Vacuum to be able to sponsor some great educational workshops. We currently are hosting Handi Quilter educator, Jane Hauprich, at our Littleton store for some hands-on training on quilting with a longarm machine.  There is still an opportunity to attend one or more of the four classes remaining.

The Classes

You will sew on a Handi Quilter Avante’ in teams of two people/machine. The cost for each class described below is $59. All materials are supplied. Just bring a notebook for taking notes.

Stepping Stones

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. November 10, 2017 

This class is for everyone, whether you’ve never quilted and want to learn, or if you already quilt. This overview covers the step-by-step process, from selecting a quilting design to the first quilting stitches. You will learn how to resize and apply designs, choose batting and backings, baste quilt tops, and all about threads, needles and tension. You will be on your way to finishing your quilts!

Photo of Handi Quilter Avante' on a long arm frame


  • Selecting, resizing auditioning and applying quilt designs
  • Preparing the quilt top and backing
  • Batting selection and basting
  • Threads, needles and tension
  • Stitch in the ditch and meander quilting

If you’d like to attend this class, register here.

Free Motion Quilting

2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. November 10, 2017

Quilters everywhere love the excitement and fun of free motion quilting – and it’s easier than you think!. Create flowing designs by connecting simple design elements with continuous lines, traveling across the quilt or filling in a specific area. Learn how drawing and muscle memory contribute to beautiful free motion quilting, and how you can create stunning designs without being a natural artist.

Free Motion Quilting with Handi Quilter


  • Classic free motion designs
  • Scaling and spacing of free motion elements
  • Dot-to-dot quilting
  • Nesting edge to edge designs
  • Using micro-handles for free motion control

Join us for this afternoon session by registering here.

Ruler Mania

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. November 11, 2017 

If you love precision and consistency in your quilting designs, you will love using design rulers and templates! These handy tools assist in placing designs accurately and stitching them out precisely. Learn to handle rulers and templates safely with the ruler base, and how to achieve accuracy with the markings. The wide variety of Handi Quilter rulers will inspire you to new design heights.

Photo of using a ruler on a Handi Quilter


  • Handling rulers safely
  • Accomplishing precision and accuracy
  • Straight line quilting and stitch in the ditch
  • Right angles and cross hatching
  • Overview of all shapes of Handi Quilter rulers

If you’d like to attend this class, register here.

 You Can Do That on a Longarm?

2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. November 11, 2017

A longarm isn’t just for quilting tops! Come see how techniques usually done with a sewing machine can be accomplished with a longarm machine. You’ll leave with brilliant shortcuts and ideas for quick and easy projects, and a whole new perspective on what’s possible with a longarm!

Photo of using Handi Quilter to do couching


  • Slap-li-que”
  • Couching and embellishment
  • Creating chenille
  • Strip piecing and quilting as you go
  • Applying binding with the longarm

Sign up here.

The Handi Quilter Instructor

Jane Hauprich is your instructor for these classes. Jane began piecing quilts in the late 1990s. She soon realized that she wanted to be able to make her own quilts from start to finish, and began her machine-quilting journey. In 2009 she purchased an HQ Sweet Sixteen. In 2012 Jane decided to start her own longarm quilting business and moved up to an HQ Avanté.

Jane is a self-taught longarm quilter and specializes in custom free motion quilting. Her own quilts, along with customer quilts, have won ribbons from the local level to the national level. She also quilts for a major fabric manufacturer. Jane teaches locally, at national shows (MQX, AQS) and as a Handi Quilter Educator. She is very passionate about quilting and teaching.

Jane’s philosophy is that no matter what type of machine one uses (domestic machine, short-arm, or longarm), anyone can custom quilt. She makes her classes fun and informative. Her goal in teaching is to equip each student with as much information and knowledge as possible, to approach quilting fully prepared and ready to custom quilt. Completing an entire quilt gives such a sense of accomplishment.

Handi Quilter

You can learn more about Handi Quilter at their website and by checking out this video.

With all these great topics how can you resist? If you haven’t signed up for our Handi Quilter classes there’s still time, so don’t miss this opportunity to attend one or more of these great classes.


rob richards

We certainly do! Please feel free to stop by or call any of our 4 locations. We just started carrying grace!

Monica Bass

Are you currently offering longarm quilting classes? I am looking for a hands on class . I have a q’nique 19 but think the handi quilter is very similar?