Handi Quilter Academy2018-11-06T16:57:44+00:00

Handi Quilter Academy

June 26-29, 2019
Davis Conference Center, Layton, UT

Early-bird registration (before December 31, 2019): $1,295
Regular registration: $1,495

Space is limited, so register today!

Keynote Speaker Telene Jeffrey

Telene’s mother taught her to sew when she was very young and her obsession for quilting stems from her passion for sewing.  While studying for her BTech Degree in Interior Architecture, Telene became involved in her parents’ sewing machine dealership where she taught a variety of basic sewing lessons.  During her time in the professional corporate world, she started quilting.

Telene’s husband, Chad, and young son are very supportive of her quilting lifestyle.  They are a sterling example of her belief that everybody can quilt!  Chad has made several quilts and her son constantly wants to sew on the longarm machine.  Free motion quilting, and stitching in any form on any type of machine, is her absolute passion and addiction.  She is a versatile teacher with a wide sewing and quilting knowledge base.  Her goal is to inspire students to simply try, as she knows they will never look back!

In January 2011 she began teaching basic quilting classes, which developed into quilting for clients, specializing in custom free motion quilting, and teaching nationally at quilt shops, guild groups, South African National Quilt Festivals, and the Handi Quilter Machine Quilters Boot Camp.  Telene is a South African Quilt Guild Accredited Quilt Teacher, and attained Master Quilter status from the South African Quilt Guild by winning several prizes.  Telene has taught at the 19th National Quilt Festival and will be featured again at the 20th Festival.  She proudly had a quilt exhibited at the IQA Houston Quilt Show 2016.  During 2016-2018 she was the Bernina South Africa Longarm Quilt Ambassador.  She made her international teaching debut in November 2017 sharing her passion in a series of classes at a quit shop in Texas, USA.  Telene is currently a Handi Quilter Ambassador.

Registration Overview

  1. Review the class catalog.
  2. Decide your top 3 classes for each time period. Notice each course has a 3-digit ID code to help during registration. You might want to write down your choices while on this page. This will help you find them during registration.
  3. Login or create a (free) account here.
  4. Once you are signed in, go to the registration page to choose your classes and pay your registration fee, as well as any of the optional items (boot camp, meal tickets, and/or Shop Hop). If you are not logged in, you’ll be taken to the login page automatically.

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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 Academy at about 6 weeks before it begins, 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.

What’s included with your Handi Quilter Academy registration?

  • Top-notch classes by Handi Quilter studio educators, field educators, and international guest Telene Jeffrey, award-winning South African master quilter.
  • More than eighty classes to choose from (up to six hands-on classes, plus lecture-demo classes), including:
    • 10 HQ Sweet Sixteen hands-on classes (sit-down free-motion quilting)
    • 10 HQ Pro-Stitcher hands-on classes
    • 10 HQ Pro-Stitcher lecture-demo classes using the simulation mode
    • 20 longarm (HQ Amara and Simply Sixteen) hands-on classes
    • 20 lecture demo classes applicable to any HQ quilting machine*
    • 10 Art & Stitch classes
  • Vendor showcase shopping area, goody bag and door prizes, and special discounts on Handi Quilter products

Maximize your time at Handi Quilter Academy 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 Handi Quilter Academy 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).

  • Classes run Thursday – Saturday, 8:00AM to 6:00PM
  • Breakfast and lunch on Thursday, June 27 and Friday, June 28. Breakfast only on Saturday, June 29.
  • Ultimate snack experience (you’ll think you’re on a cruise ship!)

Banquet dinner on Friday, June 28, 6:00 to 9:00 PM, featuring an entertaining keynote from international guest Telene Jeffrey, award-winning South African master quilter.

Opening Social the evening of Wednesday, June 26th with served appetizers.

Who should attend Handi Quilter 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 Academy show pricing)
  • Handi Quilter retailers who want to improve their own skills
  • Anyone who wants to become proficient in using Art & Stitch
  • Anyone who wants to become proficient in using Pro-Stitcher

Optional activities during Handi Quilter Academy

  • Wednesday, June 26, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM: Handi Quilter Boot Camp
  • Saturday, June 29, 1:30 to 9:30 PM: Shop Hop to fabulous Salt Lake City and Bountiful quilt shops

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

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

Saturday, June 29, 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.

2019 Handi Quilter Academy Time Schedule

Wednesday, June 26

Breakfast 7:00AM to 8:00AM   (for Boot Camp Attendees only)

Boot Camp    8:00AM to 5:00PM (Optional)

Handi Quilter Academy Welcome Reception (Dinner and Keynote)     6:00pm to 9:00pm

Thursday, June 27

Breakfast  7:00AM to 8:00AM

Classes 8:00AM to 10:00AM

Classes 10:30AM to 12:30PM

Lunch 12:30PM to 1:30PM

Classes 1:30PM to 3:30PM

Classes 4:00PM to 6:00PM

Friday, June 28

Breakfast 7:00AM to 8:00AM

Classes 8:00AM to 10:00AM

Classes 10:30AM to 12:30PM

Lunch 12:30PM to 1:30PM

Classes 1:30PM to 3:30PM

Classes 4:00PM to 6:00PM

Banquet Dinner and  Keynote speaker 6:00PM to 9:00PM

Saturday, June 29

Breakfast 7:00AM to 8:00AM

Classes 8:00AM to 10:00AM

Classes 10:30AM to 12: 30PM

Shop Hop 1:30PM (Optional)

Classes

Handi Quilter Academy offers more than 80 courses, including 50 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 international teacher Telene Jeffrey from South Africa. You’ll choose from our tremendous selection of classes for up to 20 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)

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.
  • Bring your tablet or laptop with Pro-Stitcher Simulator loaded and up to date for a hands-on experience.
  • Bring your laptop and computer mouse with Art and Stitch loaded and updated for a hands-on experience.  Art-n-Stitch must be updated to the most current version before coming to Academy.
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Handi Quilter Hands-On Boot Camps

Jumpstart your Handi Quilter Academy experience by attending a one-day hands-on Handi Quilter boot camp on Wednesday, June 26. Your $400 class fee includes meals (breakfast and lunch), snacks, class materials, and great instruction by Handi Quilter educators. When combined with Handi Quilter 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?
  • Are you planning on to take Pro-Stitcher Simulator classes and need basic instruction?

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

The boot camps will be held on Wednesday, June 26. 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 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 Pro-Stitcher, or have always wanted to learn the basics directly from a Handi Quilter educator, then you’ll want to attend a Handi Quilter hands-on boot camp before Handi Quilter Academy.

Boot Camp Class Descriptions

HQ Pro-Stitcher Boot Camp

Spend a day in the 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 Pro-Stitcher classes at Handi Quilter Academy.

Pro-Stitcher Simulator Boot Camp

Simulator Pro-Stitcher boot camp will help you become familiar with using your tablet to perform the functions available in the HQ Pro-Stitcher. You will need a laptop computer with the latest version of Pro-Stitcher Premium Simulator installed to participate. Load the program at least a few days BEFORE class. You will not be able to download the latest version during class. If you need help installing Pro-Stitcher Premium Simulator go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcBc4mMKVIw for installation instructions.

Don’t forget your:

• Power cord for laptop

• Wired mouse

• Drawing with the small cursor pad on a laptop is difficult and the teacher can help you more easily if you have a mouse

• Paper and pencil for note taking

• USB stick

You should have the Simulator loaded on your tablet before you attend boot camp. With this introduction, you’ll be prepared for the additional Simulator Pro-Stitcher classes at Handi Quilter 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 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 Academy. If you use the HQ Amara, HQ Forte, HQ Avanté, HQ Infinity, HQ Fusion, HQ Simply Sixteen, or HQ Sixteen, this boot camp is 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 Handi Quilter.

Boot Camp Schedule

Times Activity
7:00AM to 8:00 AM Breakfast
 8:00AM to 10:30AM  Hands-on instruction
 10:30AM to 10:45AM  Snack break
 10:45AM to 12:00PM  Hands-on instruction
 12:00PM to 12:30PM  Lunch
 1:00PM to 3:00PM  Hands-on instruction
 3:00 M to 3:15PM  Snack break
 3:15 PM to 5:00 PM  Hands-on instruction

Teaching Staff

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

Kimberly Sandberg

Growing up on a farm in Idaho, Kimberly was taught how to sew at an early age by her mother and both grandmothers. During her...
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Barbara Tatera

Barb learned hand embroidery from her mother at a young age and started sewing on a sewing machine in home economics class while in middle...
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Amy Domke

Amy Domke was a fine arts major in college. When assigned a project using an “unconventional” medium, she made a quilt with the help of...
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Gail Berry-Graham

For a long while, Gail Berry-Graham searched for her creative outlet. Dabbling in lots of things but never finding that right fit until in her...
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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 been sewing...
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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 the nest”,...
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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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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 styles to...
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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 in Clothing...
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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 machine. Growing up,...
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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 and passion for...
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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. She started...
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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 quilt and...
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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 an award-winning...
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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 education, achieving...
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Denise Best

Denise Best has been around sewing and quilting all her life. She learned the art as a child and has been sewing and quilting with...
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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, and longarm...
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Hotel Reservations

To get the special hotel pricing, you must reserve your hotel room(s) no later than May 15, 2019.

The conference hotel for Handi Quilter Academy is the Home2Suites in Layton, UT.

Make your reservation online at http://home2suites.hilton.com/en/ht/groups/personalized/S/SLCLNHT-HQ9-20190622/index.jhtml

OR

Make your reservations by phone: 1-801-820-9222, ask for the Handi Quilter block rate, use the code HANDI (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 Academy. Rates are good for two days before and two days after Handi Quilter Academy should you wish to extend your stay.

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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 – across the street from the Davis Conference Center
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, 2019.

  • Welcome reception and buffet (Wednesday, June 26, 7:00PM to 9:00PM): $50
  • Three breakfasts (Thursday June 27, Friday June 28, and Saturday June 29): $50
  • Two lunches (Thursday June 27 and Friday 28): $50
  • Friday night banquet (Friday June 28): $50

You both will simply register through the Registration page on the Handi Quilter 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 Academy. Rates are good for two days before and two days after Handi Quilter 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 academy@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. 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 Academy.

There are several quilt shops to choose from. However, you will need a car to get them.
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. 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 Academy.

If you cancel before March 31, you will receive a 100% refund. Because of commitments to the Davis Conference Center, there is no refund after April 30. 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 Overview

  1. Review the class catalog.
  2. Decide your top 3 classes for each time period. Notice each course has a 3-digit ID code to help during registration. You might want to write down your choices while on this page. This will help you find them during registration.
  3. Login or create a (free) account here.
  4. Once you are signed in, go to the registration page to choose your classes and pay your registration fee, as well as any of the optional items (boot camp, meal tickets, and/or Shop Hop). If you are not logged in, you’ll be taken to the login page automatically.

Class Catalog
Register and Pay