2018 Schedule

April 27-28: (click to register)

2120 Bee Ridge Rd
Sarasota, FL

June 1-2: (click to register)

500 Helendale Road

Rochester , NY 14609

June 8-9:  (click to register)

Ohio Star Quilts

2383 S. Main St., Ste C-101
Akron OH 44319

August 24-25 (click to register)
The Longarm Network
2085 Valpark Drive
Oilville, Virginia 23129

September 19-22 (click to register)
MQX Quilt Festival – Midwest
Crowne Plaza Hotel & Convention Center
3000 S. Dirksen Parkway 
Springfield, IL  62703

October 12-13 (click to register)

Country Loft & Quilt & Design

15161 Feller St NE

Forest Lake, MN 55025

November 8-11 (click to register)
International Quilt Festival – Houston
George R. Bown Convention Center
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, TX 77010

Quilt Teacher and Designer, 
Carol Best

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 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 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 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!

​​​​​Simply the Best Quilting

On the Road Classes

5711 Conway CT NW

Rochester, MN 55901

(507) 281-4906