Step-by-Step Plans for Custom Quilting

Have you ever wanted to try custom quilting? Join HQ Educator Mary Yoder in this 2-hour virtual event (July 31, 2021) with Fox Country Quilts and learn how to put together a whole quilt design!

Course Description

Ever wanted to try custom quilting? Learn how to put together a whole quilt design – including borders, backgrounds and blocks – using some simple tips and tricks. By picking an overall theme for your designs, we’ll adapt the designs to fit in your quilting style. Everything from basic designs to modern updates on classics will be featured in this class for all skill levels.

Topics Include

  • Put together a custom design plan for your quilt

  • Pick one motif and then find designs that complement it

  • How to quilt borders and blocks larger than the quilting frame

  • Auditioning designs using Preview Paper

  • Tips and tricks for making your designs fit

Allison Spence

Handi Quilter National Educator

Allison Spence has a long association with crafting in the form of knitting, sewing and quilting. Her introduction to quilting was a tied quilt given to her newborn daughter by her sister-in-law over 30 years ago. Allison enjoys all areas of quilting but prefers simple piecing designs, so she can get to the quilting part! After quilting many large quilts on a domestic sewing machine, Allison purchased an HQ Sweet Sixteen® sit down machine which was well used for many years. She now owns an HQ Avanté® and loves the freedom of quilting both smaller and larger projects with ease. Allison has an education degree from the University of Manitoba and many years experience teaching aquatics. She began teaching sewing and quilting while working at a sewing machine dealer in Calgary, Alberta. She owned her own fabric store and sewing school. She now has a studio and classroom in her home and does customer quilts, as well as longarm machine rentals, and offers a variety of sewing and quilting classes. Taking great pleasure in teaching the basic and intermediate skills in all areas of quilting, Allison encourages students to go further and see what they can do on their own. She especially loves to quilt and teach feathers! Allison currently lives in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and has a very very supportive husband, 2 daughters and a granddaughter close by. Visit her website at and her facebook page at meadowrosequilting