Handi Quilter’s Academy2018-01-03T15:00:34+00:00

Quilting Elevated: Handi Quilter’s Academy

June 5-8, 2018
at the Davis Conference Center, Layton, UT

Early-bird registration (before March 31, 2018): $1,195
Regular registration: $1,395

Space is limited, so register today!

Registration for HQ Academy has closed. Stay tuned for the 2019 schedule!

What’s included with your Handi Quilter’s Academy registration?

  • Top-notch classes by HQ studio educators, HQ field educators, and HQ ambassador Angela Walters.
  • More than seventy classes to choose from (up to six hands-on classes, plus lecture-demo classes), including:
    • 9 HQ Sweet Sixteen hands-on classes (sit-down free-motion quilting)
    • 9 HQ Pro-Stitcher hands-on classes
    • 9 HQ Pro-Stitcher lecture-demo classes using the simulation mode
    • 18 longarm (HQ Amara and Simply Sixteen) hands-on classes
    • 18 lecture demo classes applicable to any HQ quilting machine*
    • 9 Art & Stitch classes
  • Vendor showcase shopping area, goody bag and door prizes, and special discounts on Handi Quilter products

Maximize your time at Quilting Elevated by taking advantage of the lecture demo classes and then practice at home on your own machine. We agree that hands-on classes are terrific. However, our educators are able to deliver more content during a lecture-demo class than they can during a hands-on class. Unlike a hands-on class, you don’t need to wait for everyone in the class to complete the exercise before moving on. You’ll get the most out of Quilting Elevated by selecting a good mix of both lecture-demo and hands-on classes. Each participant may select up to 12 hours of hands-on instruction (six hands-on classes).

  • General session on Wednesday, June 6, beginning at 8:30 AM. Keynote speaker to be announced.
  • Breakfast and lunch on Wednesday, June 6 and Thursday, June 7; breakfast on Friday, June 8.
  • Ultimate snack experience (you’ll think you’re on a cruise ship!)

Banquet dinner on Thursday, June 7, 6:00 to 9:00 PM, featuring an entertaining keynote from Angela Walters.

Who should attend Handi Quilter’s Academy?

  • Anyone who already has a Handi Quilter machine and wants to finish more quilts
  • Anyone considering the purchase of a Handi Quilter longarm quilting machine or HQ Pro-Stitcher — try before you buy (and then take advantage of Handi Quilter’s Academy show pricing)
  • Handi Quilter retailers who want to improve their own skills
  • Anyone who wants to become proficient in using Art & Stitch

Optional activities during Handi Quilter’s Academy

  • Tuesday, June 5, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM: Handi Quilter’s Boot Camp
  • Friday, June 8, 1:30 to 9:30 PM: Shop Hop to fabulous Salt Lake City and Bountiful quilt shops

You’ll want to make Handi Quilter’s Academy an annual event!

Shop Hop $120 per person (includes box lunch and dinner)

Friday, June 8, 1:30 PM to 9:30 PM

Are you ready for some serious fabric shopping? Then plan to join us for a visit to four popular quilt shops in Salt Lake City and Bountiful. We’ll depart the Davis Conference Center with box lunch in hand and head out for a great shopping adventure, where we’ll be able to spend about an hour at each quilt shop. We’ll end our excursion at Gardiner Village where we’ll visit the last quilt shop and then have dinner at Archibald’s Restaurant.

Quilter’s Attic (Bountiful, UT)
Elaine’s Quilt Block (Salt Lake City, UT)
Quilts Etc. (Sandy, UT)
Pine Needles (West Jordan, UT)

2018 Handi Quilter’s Academy Time Schedule

Tues June 5th    

Breakfast 7 to 8 am   (for Boot Camp Attendees only)

Boot Camp    8:00 am to 5 pm (Optional)

Opening Social 6:00 pm

Wed June 6th    

Breakfast  7 to 8 am

General Assembly 8:30 am

Classes 10:30 to 12:30

Lunch 12:30 to 1:30

Classes 1:30 to 3:30

Classes 4 to 6

Thurs June 7th  

Breakfast 7 to 8 am

Classes 8 to 10

Classes 10:30 to 12: 30

Lunch 12:30 to 1:30

Classes 1:30 to 3:30

Classes 4 to 6

Banquet Dinner and  Keynote speaker 6  to 9 pm

Fri June 8th

Breakfast 7 to 8 am

Classes 8 to 10

Classes 10:30 to 12: 30

Shop Hop 1:30 (Optional)

Courses

Quilting Elevated offers more than 70 courses, including 27 hands-on classes from which to choose! This will be the largest gathering of HQ educators in any one place. Classes will be presented by the HQ studio educators, HQ field educators, and popular national teacher Angela Walters. You’ll choose from our tremendous selection of classes for up to 18 hours of instruction in the following categories.

  • HQ Pro-Stitcher hands-on
  • HQ Pro-Stitcher lecture demo using simulation mode
  • Longarm hands-on
  • Sweet Sixteen hands-on
  • Machine quilting technique lecture demos
  • Art & Stitch (bring your laptop with Art & Stitch loaded for a hands-on experience)

Maximize your time at Quilting Elevated by taking advantage of the lecture demo classes. We agree that hands-on classes are terrific. However, our educators are able to deliver much more content during a lecture-demo class than they can during a hands-on class. Unlike a hands-on class, you don’t need to wait for everyone in the class to complete the exercise before moving on. Therefore, you’ll get the most out of Quilting Elevated by selecting a good mix of both lecture-demo and hands-on classes. This year each participant may select up to 12 hours of hands-on instruction (six hands-on classes).

Important class information

  • The HQ Pro-Stitcher hands-on classes are taught on the latest version of HQ Pro-Stitcher on an HQ Amara with HQ Pro-Stitcher, with two people per machine.
  • The longarm hands-on classes are taught on an HQ Amara and HQ Simply Sixteen, with two people per machine. These classes are technique classes and are applicable to all stand-up longarm machines.
  • The HQ Sweet Sixteen hands-on classes are planned with one person per machine. If there is more demand than anticipated, we may need to put two people per machine.
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Handi Quilter hands-on boot camps

Jumpstart your Handi Quilter’s Academy experience by attending a one-day hands-on Handi Quilter boot camp on Tuesday, June 5. Your $400 class fee includes meals (breakfast and lunch), snacks, class materials, and great instruction by HQ educators. When combined with Handi Quilter’s Academy, you’ll receive more than 25 hours of instruction – not to mention make great friends, enjoy some great food, and get rejuvenated!

  • Are you a new machine owner and want to make sure that you know all of the basics about your quilting machine or HQ Pro-Stitcher before attending HQA?
  • Do you want a refresher on the basics of using your HQ quilting machine or HQ Pro-Stitcher?
  • Have you always wanted to learn the basics directly from the HQ educators?
  • Do you want to maximize your use of Art & Stitch through education?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you’ll want to consider one of the hands-on boot camps:

  • HQ longarm machines (taught on the HQ Amara)
  • HQ sit-down machines (taught on the HQ Sweet Sixteen)
  • HQ Pro-Stitcher (bring your laptop with HQ Pro-Stitcher simulation loaded for extra learning)
  • Art & Stitch (bring your laptop for a hands-on experience)

The boot camps will be held on Tuesday, June 5. Space in the boot camps is limited. Your $400 class fee includes meals (breakfast and lunch on Wednesday), snacks, class materials, and great instruction by HQ educators.

If you are a new machine owner and want to make sure you know all of the basics about your machine or HQ Pro-Stitcher before attending the individual classes at Handi Quilter’s Academy, then you’ll want to attend a Handi Quilter hands-on boot camp.

If you want a refresher on the basics of your machine or HQ Pro-Stitcher, or have always wanted to learn the basics directly from an HQ educator, then you’ll want to attend a Handi Quilter hands-on boot camp before Handi Quilter’s Academy.

Boot Camp Class Descriptions

HQ Pro-Stitcher Boot Camp

Spend a day in the HQ Pro-Stitcher boot camp for a great overview of HQ Pro-Stitcher, including how to start, open and save designs, navigate menus, and quilt out the designs. You’ll delve into Areas and how to fit designs using Skew and Align. You’ll learn how to Repeat, Resize, and Rotate designs, and finally how to Crop and Reposition designs. With this introduction, you’ll be prepared for the additional, more in-depth HQ Pro-Stitcher classes at Handi Quilter’s Academy.

HQ Sweet Sixteen Boot Camp

Spend a day getting to know your Handi Quilter HQ Sweet Sixteen quilting machine. We will cover: cleaning, maintaining, threading, tensioning, preparing the quilt sandwich, and spend time having fun with some basic free-motion continuous line designs and using rulers and templates. With this overview, you will have the basic understanding to prepare you for the other classes at Handi Quilter’s Academy. If you have an HQ Sixteen sit-down machine, this class is also for you.

HQ Amara Boot Camp

Spend a day getting to know your longarm Handi Quilter quilting machine. We will cover: cleaning, maintaining, threading, tensioning, loading a quilt, basting, and spend some time having fun with some basic free-motion continuous line designs and using rulers and templates. You’ll be prepared for any of the longarm classes at Handi Quilter’s Academy. If you have an HQ Amara, HQ Simply Sixteen, or HQ Sixteen, this boot camp is also for you.

Art & Stitch Boot Camp

Spend a day learning the basics of Art & Stitch. We will cover: important features on the opening screen, drawing tools and the purpose of each, how to work efficiently using the editing tools, how to manipulate parts of a design, use of the Backdrop Tool, the Library and its contents, and the help and education available. After boot camp, you’ll have a great foundational understanding of Art & Stitch and will be prepared for the full Art & Stitch track at Quilting Elevated.

Boot Camp Schedule

Times Activity Room in Davis Conference Center
8:00 AM Breakfast Stratus
 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM  Hands-on instruction HQ Pro-Stitcher: Meridian D/H
HQ Sweet Sixteen: Meridian G
HQ Amara: Meridian A/E
Art & Stitch: Twilight 3
 10:30 AM to 10:45 AM  Snack break  Stratus
 10:45 AM to 12:15 PM  Hands-on instruction HQ Pro-Stitcher: Meridian D/H
HQ Sweet Sixteen: Meridian G
HQ Amara: Meridian A/E
Art & Stitch: Twilight 3
 12:15 PM to 1:00 PM  Lunch  Stratus
 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM  Hands-on instruction  HQ Pro-Stitcher: Meridian D/H
HQ Sweet Sixteen: Meridian G
HQ Amara: Meridian A/E
Art & Stitch: Twilight 3
 3:00 PM to 3:15 PM  Snack break Stratus
 3:15 PM to 5:15 PM  Hands-on instruction  HQ Pro-Stitcher: Meridian D/H
HQ Sweet Sixteen: Meridian G
HQ Amara: Meridian A/E
Art & Stitch: Twilight 3

Teaching Staff

We have a tremendous group of teachers for Handi Quilter’s Academy.

Gina Siembieda

Gina Siembieda Gina started sewing at age 12 when her Grandmother gave her a sewing machine. It was love at first stitch and she has...
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Mary Fisher

Mary Fisher Mary Fisher discovered long-arm quilting quite accidentally. A er her 35 year career in medical transcription was ending and her children were ”leaving...
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Cheryl Duncan

Cheryl began sewing at a young age and is very experienced in many facets of sewing, including quilting. As an HQ Studio Educator she teaches...
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Marie Eldredge

My passion for quilting was fueled in 2007 when I saw my first long arm sewing machine.  I had been making quilts for family and...
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Vicki Hoth

Vicki has been a quilter since the early 1970's. Her extensive background in garment construction and quilt-related activities is essential to her role as an...
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Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas Sarah is a commercial pilot turned professional longarm quilter and designer. By the time Sarah was five years old, she knew how to...
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Sue Patten

Sue Patten Sue Patten is an award-winning longarm quilter. She travels throughout Canada, the US, Europe and the UK teaching her unique and innovative quilting...
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Linda Matteotti

Linda Matteotti Linda Matteotti's passion for quilting and love of computer software brought her to Handi Quilter more than six years ago. With a degree...
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Susan Manry

Susan Manry At age five, Susan’s mother taught her to thread a needle and make a running stitch. Before long, she had taken over the sewing...
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Mary Beth Krapil

Mary Beth Krapil Mary Beth Krapil has been an avid sewer since childhood, teaching quilting classes since 1998. Her goal is to share her knowledge...
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Diane Henry

Diane Henry Diane Henry has been working with fabric since her grandmother taught her how to hand piece her first nine-patch block at age four....
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Jane Hauprich

Jane Hauprich Jane has been piecing quilts for about 17 years. It wasn’t until 2009, when she discovered longarm quilting, that quilting became her passion....
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Linda Gosselin

Linda Gosselin Linda Gosselin has been piecing quilts since the American Bicentennial quilt revival of 1976. In 2002, she pieced a scrappy triple Irish chain...
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Harriet Carpanini

Harriet Carpanini Harriet Carpanini tried her hands at many different crafts while raising her three children as a stay-at-home mom, but quilting is the one...
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Debby Brown

Debby Brown A seamstress from her youth, Debby transitioned into quilting while expecting her first child. Thirty years and thousands of quilts later, she is...
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Megan Best

Megan Best Megan Best has always loved fabrics, and made her first quilt while in high school. She continued to foster this love throughout her...
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Kelly Ashton

Kelly Ashton Kelly Ashton joined Handi Quilter as an educator in 2013. As a previous quilt shop owner, Kelly acquired extensive experience teaching appliqué, piecing,...
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Transportation

The Davis Conference Center is approximately 29 miles from the SLC airport. Handi Quilter has arranged for shuttle transportation between the airport and the Davis Conference Center with Express Shuttle. The cost of the shuttle is billed to Handi Quilter.

The shuttle departs every hour at the bottom of the hour and picks up at Layton-area hotels hourly (with a confirmed reservation).

After you register for Handi Quilter’s Academy at about 6 weeks before HQ Academy, we will send you an e-mail message with the information you’ll need to secure your spot on one of the shuttles. You must make your shuttle reservations at least 24 hours in advance. Similarly, if you decide not to ride the shuttle after making a reservation, you must cancel your reservation at least 24 hours in advance to avoid a charge.

Express Shuttle has a space at the Ground Transportation Desks located in the baggage claim area of both terminals in the Salt Lake International Airport. Look for the sign that says Express Shuttle. A representative will be stationed there to check you in when you arrive.

If you use any other transportation option between the airport and the Davis Conference Center or your conference hotel, you will be responsible for the cost of the transportation. The cost of a taxi from the airport to Layton is approximately $65 to $70.

Hotel Reservations

To get the special hotel pricing, you must reserve your hotel room(s) no later than May 15, 2018.

The conference hotels for Handi Quilter’s Academy are the Hilton Garden Inn in Layton, UT and theHome2Suites by Hilton, Layton.

  • A double room (two queen beds or two double beds) is available at a discounted rate.
  • A single room (one king bed) is available at a discounted rate.

Make your reservations directly: 801-820-9222, ask for the Handi Quilter rate, use the code HQ8 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Be sure to mention Handi Quilter to take advantage of the reduced rates we have negotiated for Handi Quilter’s Academy. Rates are good for two days before and two days after Handi Quilter’s Academy should you wish to extend your stay.

Hotel details
Hotel amenities
Maps and directions
Guest Rooms

Guestrooms offer one king or two queen or two double beds, hospitality center, high speed Internet access, large business desk, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, coffeemaker, refrigerator, microwave, two line phones and voicemail.

You may also choose one of the other hotels near the Davis Conference Center. Many are within walking distance, but if not, you will be responsible for your own transportation to and from the Davis Conference Center.

Hilton Garden Inn, Layton (attached to the Davis Conference Center)
Home2Suites by Hilton, Layton
Hampton Inn, Layton
Holiday Inn Express, Layton
Best Western Plus Layton Park, Layton
Towneplace by Marriott, Layton
Courtyard by Marriott, Layton
Fairfield by Marriott, Layton
Comfort Inn, Layton
La Quinta, Layton

Frequently Asked Questions

Certainly. We have meal tickets available for guests. You can purchase them when you register. If you have already registered and want to add meal tickets, simply click the Registration link again to purchase the meal tickets you want. Note that because of meal counts we must provide to the Davis Conference Center, you must purchase guest meal tickets before May 1st, 2016.

  • Welcome reception and buffet (Tue. June 5, 7:00 to 9:00 PM): $75
  • Three breakfasts (Wed. June 6, Thu. June 7, and Fri. June 8): $75
  • Two lunches (Wed. June 6 and Thu. June 7): $75
  • Thursday night banquet (Thu. June 7): $75

You both will simply register through the Registration page on the Handi Quilter’s Academy web pages. Then make your room reservations directly with Hilton Garden Inn: 801-416-8899 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Be sure to mention Handi Quilter to take advantage of the reduced rates we have negotiated for Handi Quilter’s Academy. Rates are good for two days before and two days after Handi Quilter’s Academy should you wish to extend your stay. You may also choose one of the other hotels near the Davis Conference Center. Many are within walking distance, but if not, you will be responsible for your own transportation to the Davis Conference Center.

Send an e-mail message to eldredge@handiquilter.com, along with your arrival and departure dates and we’ll put you in touch with another quilter participating in HQA.

The Davis County Office of Tourism is your comprehensive link to one of the most beautiful and thriving areas along Utah’s Wasatch mountains—visit their website to catch a glimpse of what Davis County has to offer. From renowned and mature golf courses to sea kayaking on the Great Salt Lake, you’ll have plenty to keep you busy weather you’re visiting for business or for pleasure.

There are dozens of restaurants near the Davis Conference Center.

Certainly not! We are offering classes for all skill levels. If you are still getting to know your machine, you may want to consider registering for one of the Handi Quilter hands-on boot camps to be held on Tuesday June 5. They are designed to give the new owner a good foundation and understanding of the machine so they are even better prepared to take the various classes during Handi Quilter’s Academy.

There are several quilt shops to choose from. However, you will need a car to get them. As part of Handi Quilter’s Academy we are offering a shop hop on Friday evening.
K & H Quilt Shoppe (4.2 miles) 250 W 200 N #4, Kaysville, UT, (801) 444-4375
Quilter’s Attic (19.9 miles) 2155 So. Orchard Drive, #102 , Bountiful, UT, 801-292-1710
Brook’s Fabrics (no website) (15.8 miles) 220 N Main St, Bountiful, UT, (801) 295-2941
My Heritage Fabrics (15.2 miles) 1843 Valley Drive (in Rainbow Gardens), Ogden, UT, 801 621-2202

Definitely. In fact, we recommend that you attend one of the machine boot camps we are offering on Tuesday. They are designed to give the novice a basic understanding of how the machine works so they are better prepared to take the various classes during Handi Quilter’s Academy.

If you cancel before Mar. 31, 2018, you will receive a 100% refund. Because of commitments to the Davis Conference Center, there is no refund after March 31. Similarly, there are no refunds for no-shows.

June has an average high temperature of 79 degrees and an average low temperature of 55 degrees. You can check the weather forecast within about 10 days of academy here: https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/USUT0139:1:US

Here is a link to the driving directions for the Davis Conference Center. The address is: 800 West Heritage Park Blvd., Layton, Utah 84041

If you are renting a car at the SLC airport, here are driving directions from Salt City Airport: Start out going northwest on TERMINAL toward LONG TERM PARKING A. Continue going straight onto AIRPORT EXIT. Merge onto I-80E towards Ogden/Provo. Merge onto I-215N via exit #117 towards Ogden. Merge onto I-15 N. Take exit #331 for Hill Field Road and turn right onto Hill Field Road. Continue on Hill Field Road for about .6 mile and turn left onto 1550/Heritage Park Blvd. The Davis Conference Center is at 800 Heritage Park Blvd. If you are staying at the Hilton Garden Inn, it is at 762 West Heritage Park Blvd.

Google Maps Directions

NOTE: If you are not renting a car, be sure to reserve a shuttle to and from the airport. See our transportation information here.

Registration for HQ Academy has closed. Stay tuned for the 2019 schedule!