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The Set Sail with Statler cruise will feature more than 50 classes covering CreativeStudio, hand-guided skills, business management, machine maintenance and more!

Education will be held in 90-minute sessions during the three Education at Sea days.

Class registration will open the week of March 20, 2017.   Included in your cruise are 10 classes.  Additional classes will be on a space-available basis at a later date.

More details, including the class schedule, will be available on this page and emailed to cruise participants prior to March 20.  See below for a list of classes and course descriptions.  Visit the Educators link to learn more about the instructors on board!

 

Designer Nodes – Not just for OCDs!
Instructor Pat Barry
Skill: Intermediate/Advanced
Description: Most of the Statler owners I teach appreciate perfection. We aren’t really OCD, but close. Let me show you how to use Designer Nodes to attain the perfection you value. I will show you when and how to automatically change the machine speed and stitch length for complicated patterns. See an example of using pauses to get to/thru lumpy seam intersections. Students will also see lots of practical examples of using nodes to ‘finish’ the design.

 

Get Ready For A Conversion!
Instructor Pat Barry
Skill: Intermediate/Advanced
Description: “Convert” is a feature that is truly under-utilized. Join me in class so I can show you ways to use the Convert feature to save time and effort. If you do many background fills, or trim around motifs, chances are good that you can be more efficient by using the Convert feature.

 

Drawn to Crazy Quilting? You will be!
Instructor Pat Barry
Skill: Intermediate/Advanced
Description: Take a close look at the decorative stitches on your domestic sewing machine. Have you ever wondered if you could use them on your quilt? Well, in this class you will learn to re-create those Crazy Stitches, so they can be stitched by your Statler. Soon you will be designing and creating your own patterns for your Crazy Quilts or Modern Quilts.

 

Let’s “APPLY” what we know
Instructor Pat Barry
Skill: Intermediate/Advanced
Description: The Apply feature is one of my favorites because of its power and versatility. In class we will review the simple guidelines for this feature help us create a well balanced design. Then we will concatenate simple designs to create a high end custom look. Even the letters of the alphabet work well when we ‘apply’ what we know!

 

What’s the Big Deal about CS7?—The Best of What’s New
Instructor Karen Farnsworth
Skill Level: All
Description: During this class, Karen will share with you the latest and greatest features CreativeStudio has to offer. Come see what all the excitement is about!

 

Pattern Designer 101— Creating, Saving, and Selling Patterns
Instructor Karen Farnsworth
Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Description: Whether your goal is to create a unique pattern for a customer quilt or design original patterns to offer for sale, this class is a great place to get started. Karen will discuss designing and testing new patterns, sending images to customers, and selling your designs. This class is loaded with valuable information from a designer with a decade of experience creating and selling digital patterns.

 

CreativeStudio Pattern Manager – The New Pattern Management Feature in CS7
Instructor Karen Farnsworth
Skill level: All
Description: During this class, you’ll see the details of CreativeStudio’s new Pattern Manager. Learn how to quickly import and organize your designs in CS7. How to easily search for patterns by style, name, type, and more. Now your patterns—ALL your patterns—are always at your fingertips.

 

Ground Work- Controller Definitions and Other Statler Fundamentals
Instructor Karen Farnsworth
Skill Level: All
Description: Understanding your options makes you a better quilter and your Statler a better tool. During this class, Karen will discuss in detail CreativeStudio’s User Settable Controller Definitions and how you can optimize your quilting by setting them to your preferences. Ever wonder how to change your margins or default stitch length? Or what trim skip length, sew overlap or reg smoothing are? You’ll learn that and more in this class.

 

Mistakes Happen and “Yes, You Can Quilt That Out”
Instructor Page Johnson
Skill Level: All
Description: While quilting for customers you quickly learn that “not all quilts are created equal.”  Join Page as she shares the “OH NO” moments in her quilting life along with the solutions. You will see some common issues and maybe some you never thought of. Learn to handle difficult quilts; either it comes with issues or they occurred during the quilting process. Wonky quilts, wavy borders, getting back on track after removing a large area of stitching in the middle of an Edge to Edge, holes and open seams, volcano intersection and many more everyday problems. PowerPoint of pictures and videos showing the before, “the FIX” and the after.

 

Follow That Line (Playing with Apply)
Instructor Page Johnson
Skill Level: All
Description: Follow Page as she explores the Apply feature. With the new enhancements in CreativeStudio 7 the possibilities are endless: borders, around applique, filling large open areas, circular piecing, serpentine lines (think Jacueline De Jonge quilts).  This class will provide you with inspiration, along with easy to follow guidelines and techniques to use P2P designs. Many examples will be discussed along with a PowerPoint showing the process on quilts. Not only the design process but the actual quilting. Attention custom quilters: Apply will be your new “Best Friend.”

 

Build a Custom Overall Design to Fit Your Quilt
Instructor Page Johnson
Skill Level: Intermediate
Description: Does your block quilt call for more than an overall design? Would you like to build a design layout that is anything but “cookie cutter” and more like custom? It can be done. Concatenating opens a whole new world of possibilities. Layouts are done with Repeat Pattern and stitch out continuously. Learn how to create the layout, then see the secret to perfect alinement within each block. CreativeStudio 7 allows you to easily build the design, audition, and edit the total look of the final pattern. PowerPoint of numerous examples and actual quilts. Custom look without the time.

 

Pump Up Your Profits with Point to Point
Instructor Page Johnson
Skill Level: Intermediate
Description: Do you quilt for others? Have you noticed that custom quilting takes more time, and usually makes you less money? Want to learn the secret of P2P custom for more profits? Concatenating P2P patterns allows you to use multiple designs and create more interest. See how patterns can be placed with P2P on large areas of the quilt at the same time. Stitching will then be continuous. Create custom quilting in a fraction of the time–after all, “time is money.” Class will cover set up of several examples as well as stitch-out tips and a PowerPoint of many quilts done with this method.

 

The Look
Instructor Joan Knight
Skill Level: All
Course Description: Every version of CreativeStudio has a different look (where are my icons anyway) and version 7 is probably no exception. Take a little journey through CS and let’s find how to navigate through the changes.

 

E2E Easy
Instructor Joan Knight
Skill Level: All
Course Description: There are always two ways to do edge-to-edge (E2E mode and repeat patterns) so let’s figure out which one is best for which quilt. E2E is the basis for our business and our money maker. Impress your customers with the stitch count on their quilts and other tricks.

 

5th year Anniversary
Instructor Joan Knight
Skill Level: All
Course Description: This special quilt is not your typical custom quilt. Sampler type quilts are always the toughest so let’s decide to what extent you need to customize them according to how much time you have and how much money your customer wants to spend. Learn when P2P concatenation works, when it doesn’t and lots more.

 

Stand Alone No Longer
Instructor Joan Knight
Skill Level: All
Description: Stand Alone Mode is a huge benefit to you in planning customer quilts. This class will talk about how to set up the quilt, how to send the mockup to your customer, and, once planned, how to transfer it to the Statler to quilt out.

 

What’s the difference? Edge-to-Edge Vs Repeat Patterns
Instructor Corey Pearson
Skill Level: Beginner
Description: In this class we will discuss the “bread & butter” of the Statler by Gammill machine, which is Edge-to-Edge mode, but sometimes we like to be a little more creative in our overall quilting. Corey will show you how easy Edge-to-Edge mode is, along with how to get out of hiccups if they occur. He will also demonstrate the difference between Edge-to-Edge mode and Repeat Patterns Mode. They each serve a great purpose in CreativeStudio.

 

Let’s Get Technical: Controller Definitions & Diagnostics
Instructor Corey Pearson
Skill Level: Beginner
Description: CreativeStudio can be more personalized than you think. Learning the different options that you have can make your quilting easier and faster. We will dive into the technical aspects of CreativeStudio as well. Diagnostics is a section of CreativeStudio that is sometimes overlooked. It contains a huge amount of information that can help you if you ever have to troubleshoot your machine.

 

Let’s Get to Know CreativeStudio: What’s New in the Software We Love!
Instructor Corey Pearson
Skill Level: Beginner
Description: In this class Corey will demonstrate what’s new in CreativeStudio 7.0. This class focuses on the fundamental material in CreativeStudio such as Edge to Edge, Blocks, Anchors, and much more. We will also go over everything on the CAD screen and touch on what each function does.

 

CreativeStudio Works For You: Using Many Different Techniques to Speed Up Your Quilting
Instructor Corey Pearson
Skill Level: Beginner
Description: CreativeStudio 7.0 has so many different functions that make it the amazing software that it is. Aside from Edge to Edge, you can use a number of different functions to make your everyday quilting more fun. For example, you can use Circular Array, Apply, Mirror, Fill, and much more. We’re going to look at a few of my favorite features in CreativeStudio, and see how easy it is to make them work better and faster for you.

 

Taming Problem Quilt Tops
Instructor Anita Shackelford
Skill Level: Intermediate
Description: Do you ever find yourself looking at a quilt top that is not flat and square? Maybe blocks are of different sizes or sashings and borders were not measured accurately? From simple fullness or distortion, to areas of real danger, learn to decide how much will quilt out and what might be a mission impossible.

 

The Modern Quilt Movement
Instructor Anita Shackelford
Skill Level: All
Description: Enjoy an overview of this new style of quilting, including what inspires the designs quiltmakers are creating, characteristics of the design style, how to recognize a Modern quilt top and most importantly, suggestions on how to quilt them.

 

Background Quilting – Using Trim and Fill
Instructor Anita Shackelford
Skill Level: Intermediate
Description: Trim Backgrounds have been extremely popular because they allow us to add a line or grid background behind appliqué without tie offs. The Fill function also helps us add pattern and texture inside any space or as background fill behind appliqué or trapunto. Learn how these two functions are the same and what’s different about them. Also see a group of patterns that will stitch with minimal tie offs and retraced lines. An absolute necessity for those who don’t freehand.

 

Quilt Rescue
Instructor Anita Shackelford
Skill Level: All
Description: How many thousands of antique tops are out there, waiting to be finished? And how many more are we adding to that pile every day? Should we try to catch up on the backlog from previous quilt makers or just try to keep up with our own? Which quilt tops should not be quilted? See Anita’s adventures in quilting old tops, including interesting rescues and exciting redesigns.

 

A Whole New World
Instructor TJ Speiser
Skill Level: All
Description: Aladdin: I can open your eyes Take you wonder by wonder Over, sideways and under On a magic carpet ride
With CS 7 just arriving on the scene, it’s like we’ve joined a whole new world. Though not enough time to cover all the changes in 7, circular array has always been one of TJ’s favorite features. It’s even better now! This class will open your eyes to the new wonders that are Circular Array.

 

I’ve Got No Strings
Instructor TJ Speiser
Skill Level: All
Description: We need no strings to tie us down… Nor do we need any to have to clip later. Fill fixes that for us. In this class, TJ will cover the various ways to use fill and how it is even possible to use fill with an allover design. She will also show you some simple ways to create your own fills.

 

I Wan’na Be Like You
Instructor TJ Speiser
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Description: King Louie in the Jungle book wanted to be like a man. Well, TJ has heard this comment referring to her efforts as a designer. In this class, TJ will strive to help you “be like her.” Using CS7 and all the wonderful draw tools, you will walk away from this class with a better understanding of how to create a design.

 

PART of Your World
Instructor TJ Speiser
Skill Level: All
Description: The Little Mermaid wanted to be a part of the human world. TJ wants to be a PART of your world. TJ wants to share her ideas on P2P and all off the potential that the feature holds. Learn about Placement, Apply, Redesigning and Taming the P2P beast. You’ll leave this class taking a PART of TJ home with you.

 

7th Heaven – An Overview of All That Creative Studio Has to Offer
Instructor Georgia Stull
Skill Level: All
Description: It’s a brand-new world in CreativeStudio 7, and it’s pretty exciting! This class will be all about CreativeStudio 7. Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned Statler owner, you will want to know what CS 7 offers and how to use the features effectively! As always, a detailed handout is prepared and available on a USB flash drive for your convenience. $10 handout fee

 

Pattern, Pattern, Who’s Got a Pattern?
Instructor Georgia Stull
Skill Level: All
Description: Here a pattern, there a pattern, everywhere a pattern pattern! Sound like you? Do you struggle to keep your patterns organized? I have great news for you! One all new feature of CreativeStudio 7 is pattern management. Join me in a class designed to help you get the most out of this new feature. As always, a detailed handout is prepared and available on a USB flash drive for your convenience. $10 handout fee

 

Quilt Design in Statler Style
Instructor Georgia Stull
Skill Level: All
Description: You have a quilt top and you know it needs custom quilting. How do you decide what to do for that quilt?? In this class, we will look at real quilt tops and use the tools that Statler provides to help us decide how to proceed. The class will include a discussion of what you need to know before you start picking out designs and why some designs should work well and some other designs might not work at all. We will also discuss how you can provide a variety of price ranges for a quilt top. I welcome class participation! As always, a detailed handout is prepared and available on a USB flash drive for your convenience. $10 handout fee

 

Statler Skill Builder: Borders and Sashes
Instructor Georgia Stull
Skill Level: All
Description: Borders can really add something special to a quilt! CreativeStudio makes it easy to add one or more borders to your quilt! I teach a method that I call Easy Peasy because it really is THAT SIMPLE. Not only is it simple, it always works! It works for any style of pattern and you do not have to turn your quilt. I will also share how to choose an appropriate pattern and what you need to know before the quilt goes on the frame. As always, a detailed handout is prepared and available on a USB flash drive for your convenience. $10 handout fee

 

Quilt as Desired – Exploring CreativeStudio
Instructor Debbie Tribble
Skill Level: All
Quilt as Desired, very often the last line you read on your quilt pattern. What does that mean and how does it look? Determining the best option for your client isn’t always an easy task. Is it an Edge 2 Edge or is it full blown custom? If cost or usage determines the quilting is E2E, learn the clues to finding an appropriate pattern. Is it to be custom quilted? How do you determine what patterns and shapes work best together to achieve a pleasing result? Learn how to apply these concepts to your customer quilts. Visualize your options using CreativeStudio: import an image, virtually design the quilting stitches, then share your vision with your client using export image. Thread choices, batting options and density will be covered as well.

 

Let’s learn the Lingo – Exploring CreativeStudio
Instructor Debbie Tribble
Skill Level: Beginner
Description: Are you confused by the terms used when using your software? CreativeStudio has its own language set. It is important to understand the unique terms that are used in our software. This class provides a firm foundation on which to build your knowledge base. “Learn the Lingo” of CreativeStudio and establish that groundwork, allowing a better comprehension of the more complex processes that CreativeStudio affords us.

 

I didn’t Node that! – Exploring CreativeStudio
Instructor Debbie Tribble
Skill Level: All
Description: The Nodes Mode is a terrific Statler feature. The convenience afforded by this function to personalize your patterns is endless. How many patterns do you own? The nodes function can be used to increase your patterns exponentially. Join Debbie as she runs the gamut with the Nodes function including divide, changing stitch length and speed as well as designer pauses. Along the way we cover other functions including but not limited to mirror, order join, apply pattern, and convert.

 

Trim and Fill – Exploring CreativeStudio
Instructor Debbie Tribble
Skill Level: Intermediate
Description: Trim and Fill, these are both powerful tools to have in your tool box. Why would you choose Trim rather than Fill? When would Fill be the better choice? Let’s explore the specifics of each function and define the differences between the two. Make easy work of your block design as you plan specific applications. Discover how and when to use each of these functions as we delve deeper into the design world.

 

Cruise through setting up your MQBM
Instructor Mary Reinhardt
Skill Level: All
Description: Set up your MQBM to cruise smoothly and efficiently. Join Mary as she helps you learn how to give a Caribbean discount, sell beautiful batiks, calculate a quilt at hurricane speed, and make a big splash with your logo! Just wave as you sail past your competition with beautiful receipts, invoices and organization. We will have a great time, and you will learn lots to bring your MQBM up to cruising speed.

 

Motor through the Sales/Invoices screen
Instructor Mary Reinhardt
Skill Level: All
Description: The motor power of MQBM is generated by the Sales/Invoice screen. This screen is rich in features which can be easily overlooked! Lets take a spin through all of them, and make sure you are collecting all of the possible data you can. Remember, if your Sales/Invoice screen is complete, the end of the year is halfway complete!

 

Build-A-Stitch 1
Instructor Karen Marchetti
Skill Level: Beginner
Description: This is one of Karen’s most popular classes and is the basis of her books. Starting with a very basic stitch, we’ll expand your library of stitches by adding one element at a time. This is a great class for beginners, or those needing a little more confidence in their free-motion abilities. This technique helps to improve muscle memory all while increasing confidence. By the end of class, you will have a full library of go-to stitches. Karen will share some neat tricks and tips on combining different stitches for even more stitch ideas.

 

Build-A-Stitch 2
Instructor Karen Marchetti
Skill Level: Beginner
As if the first 20 stitches weren’t enough — this class covers 20 new and even more exciting stitches. This class follows the same muscle memory confidence skills as the original Build-A-Stitch class and expands your library of stitches even more!

 

Spunky-Funky Feathers
Instructor Karen Marchetti
Skill Level: Confident Beginner/Intermediate
This class will stretch your creativity as you learn these no backtrack fun, whimsical, and fiercely creative feathers. While these aren’t your traditional feather, they sure are fun and can fill space rather quickly.

 

The Art of Design
Instructor Karen Marchetti
Skill Level: Intermediate
Description: Using various quilt patterns we will open your mental creativity vault to plan and design multiple quilting layouts, which is an important part of being a custom quilter. This class is a creativity explosion – the designs created in class will definitely spark your imagination engine into new and exciting ideas for future quilts. Custom quilting is more than just quilting a top – you want to create something where there is nothing while making the best use of negative space and creating secondary patterns. You will learn techniques that require little effort but create a significant effect. Learn to make the ordinary extraordinary!

 

Go Ahead ~ Put That Feather in Your Cap!
Instructor Karen Sievert
Skill Level: All
Description: I love the perfection that the Statler gives, yet, every now and then, I just want to drop those belts and drive the machine!! For me, there’s nothing more fun or rewarding than being able to make ‘free-hand feathers’! They’re easier than you can imagine, and I’ll share trips, tricks and techniques to individualize your feathers and make them shine. Whether folksy, formal or just plain fun, everyone should have at least one feather they can put in their cap!

 

The Thrill of the Fill
Instructor Karen Sievert
Skill Level: All
Description: I love motifs, feathers, and borders. What I’ve found though, is that it’s the fills that go in and/or around them that really make them the star of the show! So, this class is all about the “thrill of the fill”! Learn a variety of free-hand fills to customize your projects and learn how to combine them for one-of-a-kind signature designs!

 

Trapunto and Shadow Trapunto
Instructor Karen Sievert
Skill Level: All
Description: Mystified by trapunto, but love the look? This is one of my all -time favorite methods for giving a quilt that “WOW” factor!! Trapunto can totally transform a quilt. Learn the how, why, when and where, and take home a sample you can try at home!!

 

The Finishing Touch
Instructor Karen Sievert
Skill Level: All
Description: It seems I’m happiest when planning on how to finish a quilt. My work is almost done, and now I get to enjoy it! From a really cool “border concept” to finishing a quilt with scallops, prairie points, piping and beaded pipings, we’ll cover a variety of topics in this lecture.

 

Modern Simplicity – Drawing Class
Instructor Jodi Robinson
Skill Level: All
Description: Are you having difficulty trying to decide exactly what designs to use when quilting modern quilts? Whether you are making your own modern quilts, or have been receiving them from your customers, Jodi will show you some amazingly SIMPLE free-hand designs that are very adaptable, and effective, in achieving texture and movement in the often irregular shaped piecing, and large areas of negative space found in many modern quilts. You will learn the basic designs, and then, how you can add to them to create more complex variations, depending on the look you want to achieve. These designs are not just for modern quilts, many can also be used on fun kids quilts, as well as quilts needing more masculine designs. You are going to be amazed by the adaptability of these very SIMPLE designs.

 

Stencil Magic – Drawing Class
Instructor Jodi Robinson
Skill Level: All
Description: Let me show you how to use basic stencils to create extraordinary new designs that have an updated, more contemporary/modern feel. You will learn how to use stencils as a backbone/framework to create your own new designs. I will show you how to create multiple designs from a single stencil; for backgrounds, blocks, and borders. You will also learn how to use the full stencils, as well as how you can utilize only pieces and parts of them. We will also discuss marking methods. You will go home and look at your stencils in a whole new way!

 

Wonderful Woven Designs – Drawing Class
Instructor Jodi Robinson
Skill Level: Confident beginner and up
Description: Learn to stitch stunning woven background designs that are created using straight, angled and curved lines on a small scale. Each of the background fill designs does require marking, but the results are incredible! You are going to love the texture and depth that can be created with these designs. After determining the basic layout you want to use, I will show you multiple designs that can be used to fill in the areas. The beauty of these designs is the clean, precise, finished look. You will see how versatile the designs are when you switch and swap different combinations of lines and fills, allowing you to create endless, unique designs of your own.

 

Tilework – Drawing Class
Instructor Jodi Robinson
Skill Level: All
Description: Let me show you a fun way to create unique designs that are so versatile you can use them as background fills, in borders and blocks, and as feature designs in large areas of negative space. By marking a basic “Tilework” layout (think: straight grid, circular grid, triangles, mosaic, and more), then filling in areas with multiple freehand designs, you will create designs that are unique to you! You will see how endless the options are when you discover how many creative options you have. You can choose to have “grout” lines between your tiles if you like (or not), and then decide if you will quilt them, leave them un-quilted, or fill them with a design. All of these creative options allow you to determine the textural effects your design will provide.

 

CreativeStudio from the Inside Out
Instructor Matt Sherman
Skill Level: All
Description: In this class I will review and demonstrate all the new features of CS. Many new techniques for using the new and existing CS features will be discussed. We at Statler Stitcher® are more than happy to solve the quilter’s problems; one of the ways we do this by putting out new versions of CS. We are constantly trying to improve the quilting experience, let me show you how.

 

CreativeStudio for the SuperGeek
Instructor Matt Sherman
Skill Level: All
Statler: The Man and the Machine
Instructor Paul Statler
Skill Level: All
Description: Meet the man behind the machine in this class from CreativeStudio Creator Paul Statler.

 

Gammill Maintenance
Instructor Aubrey Stephens
Skill Level: All
Description: Learn the ins and outs of machine maintenance and minor repair from Gammill’s machine expert.