Handi Quilter CinemAcademy: June 13-16, 2023

Handi Quilter CinemAcademy

June 13-16, 2023 • $1,495.00

Davis Conference Center, Layton, UT

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  • Two and a half days of world-class machine quilting education. From fan-favorite educators to up-and-coming personalities, you’ll get direct instruction and inspiration from the best-in-the-industry National Handi Quilter Educators and Handi Quilter Studio Educators.
  • Education Tracks designed to take you somewhere new! You’ll learn new skills and progress wherever you are on your quilting journey. From free-motion basics to PS Designer, there’s a track for quilters of every skill level.
  • Daily hands-on class time on machines or software and lecture demos to instruct and inspire you. This includes 3 hands-on classes and 6 interactive lecture demonstrations.
  • Tote bags that are perfect for your souvenirs and door prizes. In addition, you’ll get exclusive deals on Handi Quilter products.
  • Enjoy additional technique and product skill builders to get up to speed on the latest trends, methods, and products.
  • A welcome reception, keynote dinner, and other meals plus an all-day snack raid are included.

2023 Track List

Want to know a basic rundown of your itinerary? Look no further! We’ve organized classes into skill- and education-focused tracks to help you make strides toward your desired destination. These classes are available to quilters of different skill-levels but are designed to make sure you’ll leave HQ Academy 2022 with stronger skills! Choose the track that best suits your skill-level for only $1,495.00. Select one track for your Academy experience!

Free-Motion Quilting Tracks:

Free-Motion Quilting – Basics – Stationary Machine

If you’re a beginner and the thought of transitioning from a domestic machine to a frame-mounted machine scares you, don’t worry. You’re not alone! We’ve got an easy track for you to take to give you a solid quilting foundation on a stationary longarm machine. On this journey, we will give you an all-inclusive tour of a longarm machine and show you how to manage large quilts, use free-motion techniques to fill negative space, and quilt with rulers. We’ll also create a fun project or two!

Instructors: Harriet Carpanini & Lori Brothers

Free-Motion Quilting – Basics – Frame-Mounted Machine

Are you ready to take a few steps outside your comfort zone and venture into the terrain of free-motion quilting on a frame-mounted machine? Let’s do it! We will be going through a variety of hands-on, lecture, and demo classes focused on free-motion skills and quilting with rulers. If you’re ready to take your free-motion quilting to the next level, this is the track for you.

Instructors: Harriet Carpanini & Lori Brothers

Free-Motion Quilting – The Next Step – Stationary Machine

So you’ve mastered the basics of free-motion quilting on a stationary machine. Are you ready to take a few steps outside your comfort zone and venture into some new terrain of free-motion quilting? Let’s do it! We will be going through a variety of hands-on, lecture, and demo classes focused on free-motion skills and quilting with rulers. If you’re ready to take your free-motion quilting on a stationary machine to the next level, this is the track for you.

Instructors: Denise Dowdrick & Sandy Rindlesbach & Jaime Wallen

Free-Motion Quilting – The Next Step – Frame-Mounted Machine

So you’ve mastered the basics of free-motion quilting. Let’s take some more strides using a frame-mounted machine for free-motion quilting. We will be going through a variety of hands-on, lecture, and demo classes focused on free-motion skills and quilting with rulers.

Instructors: Denise Dowdrick & Sandy Rindlesbach & Jaime Wallen

Pro-Stitcher Tracks:

Pro-Stitcher – Basics

Cruise your way to the wonderful world of computerized quilting on the Pro-Stitcher track. You will be amazed at the things that this program and machine can do for your quilting. There will be a combination of hands-on classes and lectures with Simulation Mode. This track will also include an intro class for PS Designer.

Instructors: Martha Higdon & Jeannine Grabowska

Pro-Stitcher – The Next Step

If you are well on your way and comfortable using Pro-Stitcher, quilting edge-to-edge designs, repositioning designs, and using the tools Pro-Stitcher offers, then join us in the intermediate group. The courses will be split between hands-on classes and lectures, where you will be working with your computer in Simulation Mode. This group will be full of tips and tricks for using Pro-Stitcher. In addition, there will also be a class teaching you how to edit basic designs in PS Designer.

This class will NOT cover Pro-Stitcher basics. If you do not have the skills outlined in the Pro-Stitcher – Basics class, you will be moved into that track to better suit your needs.

A personal laptop with a trackpad or wired mouse (too many wireless mice in one room can cause interference), laptop charger, and USB stick will be required for this track. Design files will also be available to download.

Instructors: Patty Sliney & Allison Spence & Susan Manry & Iris Noitalay

PS Designer Tracks:

PS Designer – Basics

Are you looking to make some headway in the PS Designer software? This is the place to start. First, we’ll take you on a guided tour of this standalone software. Next, using the available tools, we’ll show you how to create and edit designs by making a sampler. Finally, we’ll show you how to audition designs using backdrop photos. You’ll be coasting through quilts in no time!

A personal laptop with a trackpad or wired mouse (too many wireless mice in one room can cause interference), laptop charger, and USB stick will be required for this track. Design files will also be available to download.

Instructors: Waynna Kershner & Karen Arnold

PS Designer – The Next Step

This track is for Designer users who have a firm grasp of the software but want to take it to the next level. In the classes, we’ll explore ways to optimize your designs for all of your custom quilting projects. Tips and tricks from expert teachers will show how to make the most out of Designer!

Instructors: Megan Best and Mary Yoder

A personal laptop with a trackpad or wired mouse (too many wireless mice in one room can cause interference), laptop charger, and USB stick will be required for this track. Design files will also be available to download.

New for 2023:

The Works (New!) (Advanced)

Are you tired of the same old classes and retreats being offered? Are you looking for more inspiration? In this track, you’ll be instructed on higher-level topics that aren’t normally covered in basic classes and retreats. You’ll get some quilting instruction (advanced free-motion quilting, ruler work, Pro-Stitcher®, and How Do I Quilt This?), but you’ll also have classes on social media, photography, and business to help you build or promote your own quilting business! If you’ve been in the quilting trenches for a while and are looking to do more with your skills, this track is for you!

Instructors: Kristina Whitney, Kaye Collins, Shauna Westergard and Jamie Wallen

Additional Information:

  • All tracks will include hands-on as well as lecture- and demo-style classes.
  • The free-motion, frame-mounted machine classes are hands on and taught on an HQ Amara with two people per machine.
  • The free-motion, stationary machine classes are hands on and taught on an HQ stationary machine with two people per machine.
  • The Pro-Stitcher hands-on classes are taught on an HQ Amara with the latest version of Pro-Stitcher and two people per machine.
  • Skillbuilder mini classes will be held for more hands-on opportunities.

Trunk & Lunch (optional) $150.00

Join the Studio Educators for an all access tour of Handi Quilter, a lunch in the Education Studio and a trunk show with Jamie Wallen. This is the perfect ending to an amazing Academy week. Space is limited and is on a first come first served basis.

Tuesday, June 13

2:00-4:30 PM: Check-In at the Davis Conference Center

5:00 PM: Welcome reception and dinner at the Davis Conference Center
Dress: Your favorite movie character *Optional

 

Wednesday, June 14

7:00 AM: Breakfast

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Classes

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Skillbuilders

12:00–1:00 PM: Lunch

1:00–5:00 PM: Classes

4:15–5:00 PM: Skillbuilders

5:00 PM: Dinner and a Movie

 

Thursday, June 15

7:00 AM: Breakfast

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Classes

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Skillbuilders

12:00–1:00 PM: Lunch

1:00–5:00 PM: Classes

4:15–5:00 PM: Skillbuilders

6:00 PM: Red Carpet Dinner/ Keynote Speaker
Dress: Formal *Optional

 

Friday, June 16

7:00 AM: Breakfast

8:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Classes

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Skillbuilders

12:00 PM: Academy finished!

12:30 PM: OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITY – Trunk & Lunch

Rachael Baar

Rachael Baar is the curator and associate director for the National Quilt Museum (NQM) in Paducah, Kentucky. She provides artistic direction for the development of museum’s exhibition schedule and promotes the museum’s collections and programs to local, national, and international audiences. She works with the museum’s CEO to provide direction and human relations support to museum staff, to set the strategic and cultural direction for the organization, and to ensure the continued progress of NQM.
Rachael has over twenty years of experience in the visual and performing arts as the past director of Preston Arts Center in Henderson, Kentucky. She has Masters’ degrees from Brescia University and the University of Kentucky. She has been the NQM curator since 2017.

If your preferred track is unavailable, it is sold out. If you would like to attend HQ Academy 2023, please select a different track. You can then request to be placed on a waitlist for your preferred track.

Waitlist transfers are available to paid registrants first, and only if availability opens in a sold-out track. To be added to a waitlist, please first select your second-choice track above, then select your first-choice track below and complete your registration and payment. We will let you know if availability opens up, but we cannot guarantee it.

If a spot becomes available, your registration will be transferred to your first-choice track. You will receive an email confirming this change. If you do not receive an email confirming a change before Academy 2023, you will attend the second choice track you registered for. Be sure to carefully read the Terms & Conditions before registering. We do not offer refunds, only transfers.

Paid registrants receive priority on the waitlist. If you do not wish to register but would like to be informed of any availability after the paid waitlist has been transferred, please email your request to hqevents@handiquilter.com. However, it is unlikely that any spots will remain after the paid registrants are transferred. We cannot guarantee a spot at Academy 2023.

Academy Cancelation/Transfer policy

If you need to cancel your registration before May 31, 2023, you are welcome to apply your payment towards Academy 2024 only. 
You may transfer your payment minus a $250 transfer fee. Transferring your payment does not guarantee a spot in Academy 2024. 
This transfer fee is waivable upon extenuating circumstances (such as a military deployment.)  No-shows will not be given a transfer option. 

The conference hotel for Handi Quilter Academy is the Hilton Garden Inn in Layton, UT. (BLOCK IS SOLD OUT)

Make your reservations by phone: (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.

Hotel details
Hotel amenities
Maps and directions
Guest Rooms

Guest rooms 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 Special Rate Available
Fairfield by Marriott, Layton – (801) 444-1600
Hampton Inn, Layton
Holiday Inn Express, Layton
Best Western Plus Layton Park, Layton
Towneplace by Marriott, Layton
Courtyard by Marriott, Layton
Comfort Inn, Layton
La Quinta, Layton

***PLEASE NOTE: Handi Quilter is not responsible for transportation or details. We merely provide options here for our attendees.***

Flying – Salt Lake International Airport

“The approach to Salt Lake International Airport is one of the most impressive in the country, with the Wasatch Mountains rising abruptly to the east and the Great Salt Lake glistening to the north. From the air you get a great view of Salt Lake’s downtown district and you see just how close, and convenient, the airport is to the city.

Salt Lake City International Airport is located just five miles northwest and 10 minutes away from downtown Salt Lake City. Buses, trains and parking lots are all accessible at the airport. The airport works with all major U.S. airlines, including American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, US Airways, Continental, SkyWest, jetBlue, and United; it services several non-stop international flights.”

(Utah.com)

The Davis Conference Center is located off I-15 in Layton, Utah, and is just 20 minutes north of the Salt Lake International Airport. Utah’s Frontrunner Commuter Rail system is only minutes away. The Salt Lake International Airport Website provides additional transportation information for your convenience including Trax, buses, shuttles, cabs, Paratrans, and route/parking information.

Express Shuttle – 801-596-1600 – Use code 38570
Uber
Lyft

Utah Transit Authority – (Trax, Bus & Trolley)

Public transportation to and from the Salt Lake City International Airport is provided by the Utah Transit Authority (UTA)

www.RIDEUTA.com.

The address to enter for your destination is:

1651 North 700 West
Layton, Utah  84041

 

Shuttles, Taxi, Uber, Limo, or other transportations can be found on their pages, or summarized on the Salt Lake City Airport Transportation Page.

Other Ground Transportations including Rental Cars, Taxi and other options can be found at: https://www.visitsaltlake.com/getting-around/ground-transportation

My spouse or friend is coming with me, but he or she isn’t going to attend the training. Can he or she eat meals with me?

We do not offer meal tickets. Meals and snacks are for paid Academy attendee’s ONLY.

What is there to do in the area?

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

What dining options are available in the area?

There are dozens of restaurants near the Davis Conference Center.

I recently purchased my Handi Quilter machine. Will Handi Quilter Academy be too advanced for me?

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 Free-Motion Quilting tracks.

Are there any quilt shops in the area?

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

I don’t yet have a longarm quilting machine, but am considering one. Does it make sense for me to attend Handi Quilter Academy?

Definitely. In fact, we recommend that you register for the Free-Motion Basics track. It is designed to give the novice a basic understanding of how the machine and longarm quilting works.

What is the cancellation policy if I have to cancel?

If you need to cancel your registration before May 31, 2023, you are welcome to apply your payment towards Academy 2024 only. 
You may transfer your payment minus a $250 transfer fee. Transferring your payment does not guarantee a spot in Academy 2024. 
This transfer fee is waivable upon extenuating circumstances (such as a military deployment.)  No-shows will not be given a transfer option. 

What will the weather be like during Handi Quilter Academy?

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 weather here: https://weather.com/weather/tenday/l/USUT0139:1:US

We will be driving to Handi Quilter Academy. What’s the best way to get there?

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

  • 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, Uber or Lyft to and from the airport.

What should I wear?

We invite you this year to join us in some fun with your wardrobe. During our welcome reception, plan to dress as your favorite movie character. And for our final night together, we are rolling out the red carpet. Wear your best formal wear so you’ll look stunning for the cameras! Both of these are optional.

What safety guidelines are in place?

We work closely with the Davis County Convention Center to ensure the safest education environment possible. We will closely follow all recommended safety protocols throughout the event. Academy participants must agree to follow the same protocols in order to participate.

Anyone who

  • Already has a Handi Quilter machine and wants to finish more quilts
  • Is considering the purchase of a Handi Quilter longarm quilting machine or Pro-Stitcher (You can try before you buy and then take advantage of Handi Quilter Academy show pricing!)
  • Is a Handi Quilter retailer and wants to improve their own skills
  • Loves Handi Quilter machines and the HQ community as much as we do
  • Wants to become proficient in free-motion quilting
  • Wants to become proficient in using Pro-Stitcher
  • Wants to become an advanced user of Pro-Stitcher
  • Wants to become proficient in using PS Designer
  • Is interested in furthering their machine-quilting skills and connecting with other quilters

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