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Organic Machine Quilting
Wednesday, September 15, 2021, 09:00am - 11:30am
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Event:  Organic Machine Quilting
Instructor:  Swan Sheridan
Dates: September 15 and 17, 2021
Time: 9:00-11:30 MDT (two mornings)
Location: Zoom format on your home computer
Local Guild Member Cost*: $30 + supply list items
    *+ $10 if you are not a local guild memberCLASS FEE IS NON-REFUNDABLE 

Class size limited to 30 students

Event Description
In this class, students will learn to expand their free motion quilting skills.  Class will focus on using the three basic elements of free motion (lines, curves, and circles) to build a variety of designs.  Prepare to take on the exciting world of modern machine quilting with a variety of simple techniques that will open the box to expanded concepts of machine quilting.  Class includes demonstrations of burying starts and stops, comfortably moving a large quilt in a regular domestic machine, and information on tools, basting, thread choices, and practice plans.  Students should be able to answer in the affirmative:

Do you have a free motion foot suitable for your machine and have you attached it successfully?

Do you know how to drop the feed dogs on your machine and have you done this successfully?

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Organic Machine Quilting Supply List Link

sheridan swanSwan Sheridan was born in Bend, Oregon in little house on Colorado Street. She currently lives in Tucson, Arizona with her super hero husband and turbo charged daughter.

Swan’s interest in all things textile related began when she was very young. She tried everything from spinning wool, to cross-stitch and finally landed in the world of quilting during grad school as she awaited the birth of her first nephew. She dabbled in appliqué with that first quilt in the interests of covering a mistake and thus did necessity become the mother of invention.

Appliqué truly took over Swan’s quilting life in 2004 while she was pregnant with her daughter. Swan had a dream during that time that repeated a magical image of dragonflies rising out of a brass urn and flying toward the moon. Unable to shake the idea that this image needed to become a quilt for her baby-to-be, Swan set out to make this quilt come alive and as a result produced her first large appliquéd scene.

In 2009, with her daughter in preschool, Swan began to refine her appliqué skills always with unique designs. Soon after she took a job with Bella Quiltworks in Tucson, Arizona, which offered her the opportunity to be immersed in the quilting world in a whole new way.

Swan began producing patterns for sale in early 2013 and regularly exhibits her work in local and national shows. She teaches in Tucson and around the country, offering classes in appliqué, color, free motion, hand quilting, and decorative stitches.

On any given day, you can find this quilt artist half buried in fabric, brandishing her needle and thread, and otherwise surrounded by implements of creativity.

Visit Swan Sheridan’s website at to learn more about her.

Swan is offering the Black Canyon Quilt Show, Inc. on-line Zoom classes. We recommend you complete the following steps prior to registering for a class to ensure you are ready and able to participate.

Using a Windows or Apple computer complete with speakers, a microphone and webcam:

  1. Install Zoom. Visit for specific hardware requirements and installation instructions.
  2. Run a speed test on your computer. Visit Zoom generally requires a minimum bandwidth of 1.5 Mbps/1.5 Mbps (uploading/downloading).

When you are Zoom Ready...

  1. Register below and pay with BCQS using the appropriate link.
  2. On September 13, 6:00 MDT, Swan will hold a Zoom tutorial session with the students to help all be comfortable with the class format. It is strongly recommended that you attend this tutorial.
  3. You will receive a zoom link for your class prior to the first day of class.

Please contact the Education Chairman, Paula Straw, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 970-249-1224 if you have any additional questions.

Choose on your preferred registration link below:

Location Zoom Class
Classes held mornings of Sept. 15 and Sept. 17.
Guild member? If yes, provide name of guild. If no, choose non-guild member fee..