Tracey Russell has been an APQS dealer since 2012 and is the proud owner of Whirls n’ Swirls Quilting – APQS Ontario in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada. Tracey rents, sells and services APQS machines in her studio, where quilters from all over the province come to get their quilts finished learn from her years of experience.
Tracey loves to teach both in her studio and travelling as a guest teacher. Her newest endeavor is online teaching! Providing professional classes online allows Tracey the ability to share her talent and teach quilters all over the world.
The free Skill Builder Sampler pattern Tracey designed was created specifically with the quilting in mind. This quilt will also be the focus of her second online class available in January.
The quick and easy-to-piece sampler quilt will give you plenty of opportunity to build your ninja quilting skills! It is designed specifically to give you spaces perfect for working on stitching in the ditch, straight or curved ruler work and lots of wide open space, especially in the center square.
Her current class offers in depth instruction that even the novice free motion quilter can follow. The class takes you through the entire process of creating a beautiful wallhanging, including learning about which batting and thread to choose all the way to finishing the quilt. Imagine all the skills you will learn following along quilting this wonderful quilt top!
Tracey’s longarm journey began in 2006, and she has been quilting for customers ever since. Sharing her passion and love of quilting has resulted in almost 400 (and counting) freehand quilting designs on both Facebook and her YouTube channel. Tracey’s fillers, allovers, feather alternatives and many ideas for sashing and borders inspire quilters worldwide.
Tracey has written two books centered around the designs she shares with us as well. Freemotion Quilting 101- A relaxed approach to freehand quilting and her second book Freemotion Quilting 201- Another 100 designs for your freehand toolbox cover the first 200 designs she has shared online. Both are available on her website. She also shares many quilting designs on her YouTube channel and Facebook page.