Handi Quilter Academy

June 16-19, 2020

Davis Conference Center, Layton, UT

Classes are available for all skill levels and interests, providing a wonderful opportunity to learn new quilting skills, master familiar techniques, and network with other quilters.

What’s included in your Handi Quilter Academy Registration:

  • World class educators in the field of machine quilting. In addition to the Handi Quilter field educators and studio educators, we’ll have Anna Orduña, Jamie Wallen and Claire Wallace offering classes. Enjoy the keynote presenation from HQ Ambassador Joe Cunningham, as well as a special presentation from quilter and former editor for Quiltmaker magazine, Diane Harris.
  • More than 130 classes to choose from (up to five hands-on classes, plus lecture-demo classes)
  • Vendor showcase shopping area, goody bag and door prizes, and special discounts on Handi Quilter products
  • Cost of Academy is $1250 per person.

Featuring Special Guests

Joe Cunningham
Keynote Speaker

Diane Harris
Keynote Speaker

Anna Orduña
Guest Instructor

Claire Wallace
Guest Instructor

Jamie Wallen
Guest Instructor

The cost of Academy is $1250 per person. Registration Opens January 20 at 9:00 am MT.

View the HQ Academy Class Schedule

Handi Quilter Academy

June 16-19, 2020

Davis Conference Center, Layton, UT

Classes are available for all skill levels and interests, providing a wonderful opportunity to learn new quilting skills, master familiar techniques, and network with other quilters.

What’s included in your Handi Quilter Academy Registration:

  • World class educators in the field of machine quilting. In addition to the Handi Quilter field educators and studio educators, we’ll have Anna Orduña, Jamie Wallen and Claire Wallace offering classes. Enjoy the keynote presentation from HQ Ambassador Joe Cunningham, as well as a special presentation from quilter and former editor for Quiltmaker magazine, Diane Harris.
  • More than 130 classes to choose from (up to five hands-on classes, plus lecture-demo classes)
  • Vendor showcase shopping area, goody bag and door prizes, and special discounts on Handi Quilter products

The cost of Academy is $1250 per person. Registration Opens January 20 at 9:00 am MT.

View the HQ Academy Class Schedule

Featuring Special Guests

Joe Cunningham
Keynote Speaker

Diane Harris
Keynote Speaker

Anna Orduña
Guest Instructor

Claire Wallace
Guest Instructor

Jamie Wallen
Guest Instructor

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 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 Pro-Stitcher Designer
  • Anyone who wants to become proficient in using Pro-Stitcher

What’s included with your Handi Quilter Academy registration?

  • World class educators in the field of machine quilting. In addition to the Handi Quilter field educators and studio educators, we’ll have Anna Orduña, Jamie Wallen and Claire Wallace offering classes. Enjoy the keynote presentation from HQ Ambassador Joe Cunningham, as well as a special presentation from quilter and former editor for Quiltmaker magazine, Diane Harris.
  • More than 130 classes to choose from (up to five hands-on classes, plus lecture-demo classes)
  •  20 HQ Pro-Stitcher hands-on classes
  •  30 HQ Pro-Stitcher classes using the simulation mode
  •  20 longarm hands-on classes (HQ Amara and Simply Sixteen)
  •  10 HQ Capri hands-on classes (sit-down free-motion quilting)
  • 20 lecture demo classes applicable to any HQ quilting machine*
  • 20 Domestic machine quilting classes (on our HQ Stitch machines)
  • 10 Pro-Stitcher Designer classes
  •  Vendor showcase shopping area, goody bag and door prizes, and special discounts on Handi Quilter products
  • All meals (excluding dinner one evening).
  • Snacks and Beverages

Optional activities during Handi Quilter Academy

Optional activities during Handi Quilter Academy

  • Tuesday, June 16, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM: Handi Quilter Boot Camp
    • $400 per person. Breakfast and Lunch included.
  • Friday, June 19, 1:30 to 9:30 PM: Shop Hop to fabulous Salt Lake City and Bountiful quilt shops
    • $120 per person. Lunch and dinner included.
You’ll want to make Handi Quilter Academy an annual event!

2020 Handi Quilter Academy Time Schedule

June 16: Boot Camp 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Lunch included 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
June 16: 6:00 PM Dinner/Opening Reception. Joe Cunningham Keynote Speaker
June 17:  7:00 AM Breakfast
                   8:00 AM – 12:30 Classes
                   12:30 – 1:30 PM – Lunch
                   1:30  – 6:00 PM Classes
                   Dinner – On your own
June 18: 7:00 AM Breakfast
                   8:00 AM – 12:30 Classes
                   12:30 – 1:30 PM – Lunch
                   1:30  – 6:00 PM Classes
                   6:00 – Dinner. Diane Harris Trunk Show
June 19: 7:00 AM Breakfast
                   8:00 – 12:30 Classes
                   1:00 – 9:00 PM Shop Hop with Vicki (additional cost, Lunch and Dinner included)

Classes

Handi Quilter Academy offers more than 130 courses, including 80 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 educators Anna Orduna, Claire Wallace, and Jamie Wallen. You’ll choose from our tremendous selection of classes for up to 20 hours of instruction in the following categories.

  • Pro-Stitcher hands-on
  • Pro-Stitcher using simulation mode
  • Longarm hands-on
  • Capri hands-on
  • Machine quilting technique lecture demos
  • Pro-Stitcher Designer instruction (Personal laptop computer, mouse, and usb stick required for this class)

Important class information:
  • The Pro-Stitcher hands-on classes are taught on the latest version of Pro-Stitcher on an HQ Amara with 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 longarm machines.
  • The HQ Capri 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 Pro-Stitcher Designer loaded and updated for a hands-on experience.  Pro-Stitcher Designer must be updated to the most current version before coming to Academy.

Handi Quilter Hands-On Boot Camps

Jumpstart your Handi Quilter Academy experience by attending a one-day hands-on Handi Quilter boot camp on Tuesday June 16, 2020. 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 Pro-Stitcher before attending HQA?
  • Do you want a refresher on the basics of using your HQ quilting machine or Pro-Stitcher?
  • Have you always wanted to learn the basics directly from the HQ educators?
  • Do you want to maximize your use of Pro-Stitcher Designer 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 bootcamps:
  • HQ longarm machines (taught on the HQ Amara & HQ Simply Sixteen)
  • HQ sit-down machines (taught on the HQ Capri)
  • Pro-Stitcher (bring your laptop with Pro-Stitcher Simulator loaded for extra learning)
  • Pro-Stitcher Designer (bring your laptop for a hands-on experience)

Boot Camp Descriptions: 

Pro-Stitcher Boot Camp

Spend a day in the Pro-Stitcher boot camp for a great overview of 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

Pro-Stitcher Simulator boot camp will help you become familiar with using your tablet to perform the functions available in the Pro-Stitcher. You will need a laptop computer with the latest version of Pro-Stitcher Premium installed to participate. You will not be able to download the latest version during class.

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 Capri Boot Camp

Spend a day getting to know your Handi Quilter HQ Capri 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.


Pro-Stitcher Designer Boot Camp

Spend a day learning the basics of Pro-Stitcher Designer. 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 Pro-Stitcher Designer and will be prepared for the full Pro-Stitcher Designer track at Handi Quilter Academy.

Shop Hop 

Friday, June 19, 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Are you ready for some serious fabric shopping? Then plan to join us for a visit to three 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. We’ll then bring you back to your hotel.

$120 per person (includes box lunch and dinner)

Hotel Reservations

The conference hotel for Handi Quilter Academy is the Hilton Garden Inn in Layton, UT.

Make your reservations by phone: 1-801-416-8899, ask for the Handi Quilter block rate (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.

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.

Home2Suites by Hilton, Layton – (801) 820-9222 – (HQ Room Block)

FAQ

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): $150.00
  • Two lunches (Thursday June 27 and Friday 28): $50
  • Friday night banquet (Friday June 28): $50

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
Jewel’s Fabric Stash (17.8 miles) 575 West 2600 South, Bountiful, UT, 385-777-2957
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.
NOTE: If you are not renting a car, be sure to reserve a shuttle to and from the airport.

Teaching Staff

See the speakers for the event here.