2017 Schedule

February 9-13
Birds of a Feather
Marriott City Center
740 Town Center Drive
Newport News, VA

May 12-13 (click to register)
Quilt Central Academy
1800 Humes Rd #120
Janesville, WI 53545

May 19-20
(click to register)
King-Bruwaert House
6101 S. County Line Road
Burr Ridge, Ill

July 14-15(click to register)
Country Traditions
300 N. Main Street
​Fremont, NE 68025

July 21-22 
(click to register)
New Hope Presbyterian Church
3737 New Hope Way
Castle Rock, CO 80109

July 28-29 
(click to register)
Bitterroot River Inn
139 Bitterroot Plaza Drive,
Hamilton, MT 59840

August 11-12 
(click to register)
The Quilters Lodge
12214 South 900 East
Draper, Utah 84020

August 18-19 
(click to register)
Courtyard Marriott
2481 Carmichael Drive
Chico, CA 95928

September 8-9
(click to register)
The Bernina Connection
4219 E. Indian School Rd #103
Phoenix, AZ 85108

September 22-23 (click to register)

MidSouth Sewing and Vaccuum
266 River Rock Blvd

Murfreesboro, TN 37128

October 20-21 (click to register)
Prairies Edge Commons
7400 S. Homan Place
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

November 17-19 (click to register)
The Quilters Studio
Fair City Mall
9600 Main Street, Unit L
Fairfax, Virginia 22031

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 2017, 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, pup, Izzy and our Happy Camper coming to your town soon!!

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)!

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 also look at how to edit existing designs you already own. We will end this session with the magic of Art & Stitch using the Magic Square, Magic Circle and Magic Ray features that turn simply doodles into award winning designs!

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.  In this hands-on class, we will start by looking at the many different fill types such as; Cross Hatching, Creative Fill and Motif Fills.  Fun with TrueType fonts will be next as we learn how to personalize a design or create artwork from object based fonts. We will then learn how to create continuous line designs, using features like; Connect, Combine, Merge and Exclude.  We end this session by looking at the bread and butter of longarming, Edge to Edge designs with the Meander Anything and Power Copy tools.

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!  You have learned the basics and have added some advanced techniques from the previous Skill Builder classes.  Now we need to apply these skills and put it to work in your quilting projects.  This class will start by providing ideas on where to look for design inspiration.  From that inspiration, we will learn to create design sets that include blocks, borders, mitered corners and E2E.  We will look at techniques such as interlocking designs, feathers, pearls, and more as time permits.

Art & Stitch - Skill Builder 4

Who is this for?  For those who are comfortable with the basics of Art & Stitch and are curious how to use it with other hardware and software programs.  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.  You will learn how to use both programs to audition designs on your quilt (or your customer's quilt) and reduce the time it take to layout designs when you get to your quilting system. 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 finish this class by looking at how digital die cutters can be used with Art & Stitch.  Designs created in Art & Stitch can be cut from a wide variety of media, such as template plastic and fabric just to mention a few.  This dynamic duo make applique, mixed media and fiber art projects so much more fun! 

If you are interested in more information on any of Carol's classes, please email her at carol@simplythebestquilting.com and we can schedule your class at a time that works best for you! 

Quilt Teacher and Designer, 
Carol Best

On the Road Classes

​​​​​Simply the Best Quilting

5711 Conway CT NW

Rochester, MN 55901

(507) 281-4906