Welcome to the website of Heirloom Quilting Designs, founded by Joanie Zeier Poole, an award-winning quilt maker, teacher, graphic designer and author. If you share a passion for machine quilting, you have come to the right place!
This website introduces this inspiring entrepreneur and tells the story of how she built her career in the quilt world. Using Heirloom Machine Quilting techniques on a regular sewing machine, Joanie has created quilts (in the Gallery) that are receiving awards at national competitions. Learn about her Workshops and Lectures, and read a review of her Books. View her elegant quilting designs displayed throughout this website and described on the Products page where you can print out a PDF Order Form. Find information about what’s new in the quilting world, as well as Tips and Tricks for machine quilting. So, bookmark this page and return often for updates on where you can meet Joanie, and see her quilts.
Big DVD News!
Joanie is delighted to announce her first workshop on video is now available! Can You Spare a Square?, the How-to Video, covers everything you would learn if you were right in the classroom making the Ivy Wreath Wholecloth Quilt with Joanie including fabric selection and preparation right through to the binding! This 65 minutes long DVD is packed with beneficial information for understanding everything you need to know BEFORE you sit down to machine quilt. Click here to watch a short promo and read the details on the Products page.
My newest book, Joanie’s Quilting Elements - Seven Simple Steps to Navigate and Stitch is available. It is a companion to Joanie’s Design Elements and is packed with beneficial information for understanding everything you need to know BEFORE you sit down to machine quilt. Read all the details on the Books page.
New Patterns & Classes
Joanie has added two new quilting designs collections, Free-form Fillers and Formal Fillers, to her line of pattern packets described on the Products page. These intriguing collections offer numerous “easy to sew” background fillers, some based on marked line, circle or grid and others that are more random and not marked at all.
Joanie has opened her teaching to an entire new group of students with hands-on workshops geared to free-motion wannabes who do not think they are ready to take the plunge into refined free-motion. Coffee Break: Fast, Fused and Fun Free-motion quilting, and Sassy Sewing Tool Caddy, both 3 hr workshops offer a quick project and Joanie’s instructions that will get you free-motion quilting without any worries.
Two more classes highlight filling the background with texture; Stitcher Doodles; From Pencil Sketch to Stitching Line, a 3 hr drawing class and, Fabulous Filler Wholecloth Christmas Stocking; a 6 hr hands-on background filler workshop.
And, now you can learn the entire foundation for refined free-motion quilting from the marking and basting, to all the Free-mo basics in Home for the Holidays; a 6 hr workshop to create a group of holiday decor items, or, Ho-Ho-Ho, a 3 hr refined free-motion workshop featuring a Christmas Stocking with quilted cuff. Each presentation has a PowerPoint with beautiful photographs and informative illustrations so everyone in the room can see examples and hear explanations of the topic.
Joanie Poole is not only a talented artist and wonderful person but she is an excellent teacher as well. She is professional in every way, providing her teaching material, samples and supply lists on time and working closely with me to make sure that her students have the best possible experience. She is thorough in her explanations . . . to continue reading, go to Recommendations page.
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