2019 Schedule

​​July 12-13:
Merrily We Quilt Along

1718 S. Ingram Mill Rd.
Springfield, MO 65804
Website: https://merrilywequiltalong.com/
Call to Register: 417-890-9000

July 19-20:
Nuttall’s Sewing Center
12538 Doreen Dr
Riverton, UT 84065
Website: http://www.nuttallbernina.com/
Call to Register: 801-262-6665

​July 26-27: (click to register)
Hampton Inn Suites
10 Hospitality Way
Carson City, NV 89706

November 8-9:
Danner’s Bernina Shoppe
551 Beck Mill Rd
Hanover, PA
Call to Register: 717-637-4685

​November 15-16:
Seacoast Sewing and Quilting
755 Banfield Road
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Website: http://seacoastsewingandquilting.com/
Call to Register: 603-373-0151

Quilt Teacher and Designer, 
Carol Best

On the Road Classes

5711 Conway CT NW

Rochester, MN 55901

(507) 398-6882

​​​​​Simply the Best Quilting

Adventures Across America with Art & Stitch!

Have you ever wanted to take an Art & Stitch but the time or the location just didn't work out for you?  Adventures Across America (AAA) with Art & Stitch continues in 2018, I will continue to travel the US bringing Art & Stitch classes to you!  Please see the dates and locations below and follow the registration links for more information.  Don't see anything in your area?  Not to worry, just email me (carol@simplythebestquilting.com) and I will work with you and/or your machine dealer to get a retreat booked in your neck of the woods! 


Look for my husband, Rich, and our Happy Camper coming to your town soon!!



NEW Art & Stitch Skill Builder Series- Four classes designed to teach beginning digitizing all the way through to mastery skills in this series of classes!  These classes are taught in person only (not online)!

NOTE: All of these classes have been updated for 2019 to include all of the new content of the latest release of Art & Stitch!


Art & Stitch - Skill Builder 1

Who is this for?  For those with no experience or would like to get a refresher on the basics of Art & Stitch.
This hands-on class will cover basic features of Art & Stitch.  You will learn how to draw, edit, apply stitches and save your designs to take to your quilting system. We will use the powerful vector tools to learn how to draw designs with quilting in mind.  Don't worry if you can't draw, you will be taught how to use the backdrop tool to trace ordinary images and then turn them into extraordinary designs!  You will then learn to manipulate the nodes and anchors on designs you have created.  We will end the session by learning how to open and edit existing designs you already own.


Art & Stitch - Skill Builder 2

Who is this for?  Confident Beginners - those who are comfortable with the Art & Stitch drawing tools.
You now know the basics, let's build on those skills and learn advanced features of Art & Stitch.  We will start this session by learning magic!  You will learn how to take simple doodles and turn them into award winning designs with the Magic Square, Magic Circle and Magic Ray features.  We will then move onto digitizing Edge-to-Edge designs, the bread and butter of most quilters!  Fun with TrueType fonts will be next as we learn how to personalize a design or create artwork from graphic based fonts.  Did you know that Art & Stitch has 3 different types of fills?  We will finish the day by learning the ins and outs of using the Cross Hatching, Creative Fill and Motif Fills by creating a whole cloth quilt!


Art & Stitch - Skill Builder 3

Who is this for?  Designed with the confident Art & Stitch users in mind.  You should have successfully digitized designs prior to this class.
This hands-on class is for those who want to digitize like a professional! This class will start by getting into shape – Clamshells, Pearls and Feather shapes, that is!  We will then create a complete design set (corner/setting triangles, blocks, E2E) by starting with one simple triangle.  We will end our session by building on our edge-to-edge designs knowledge working with the Interlocking E2E technique.


Art & Stitch - Skill Builder 4

Who is this for?  For those who have taken Skill Builders 1-3 or who are confident users of Art & Stitch.  We will look at how to use Art & Stitch with other hardware and software programs for the first part of this session.  This class will get you thinking out of the box of traditional digitizing.  We will look at how EQ7 can be used in conjunction with Art & Stitch.  We will then go Beyond the Mouse!  You will be shown how to use your iPad or Android tablet to draw designs and then send them to Art & Stitch ready to apply stitches.  You will also learn how to create an e-Catalog of all of your designs and save it to your iPad or Android tablet to access where ever you go. We will then discover how digital die cutters can be used with Art & Stitch.  
The last half of this class will be focused on Advanced Techniques, such as auditioning designs for easy quilting, cracking the "Quilt as Desired" code by learning how to audition designs for easy quilting, create your own templates, tackling whole cloth quilts, etc.  We will end the session with the wildly popular "Stump the Teacher"!  Bring your quilting and digitizing challenges to class to get personalized help!