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Thread: How Many Are Self Taught?

  1. #101

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    Only classes I ever had in sewing were the good ole' Home Ec class in high school
    started sewing about age 7 under my mothers direction and have not stopped yet and I am 65, Tried about every kind of sewing there is from drapes and upholstey right on up to formal wear and bridle wear and wedding dresses.
    now I mostly just quilt. I started quilting in the mid 80's
    I learn from books and my favorite education tools are the wonderful DVD's that are available. it sure is easier to learn now then when I started on my own.
    Gloria

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    With all the videos on the web you can learn everything about quilting for free. I learned the most from Eleanor Burns videos and books. But it is interesting to see all the different methods.
    http://quilterstv.com

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    I am self taught. I started in the 80s when the quilt guru was Georgia Bonesteel. I read one of her books. But I stopped quilting for 15 years. Now I've started again and thankfully found this forum! I'm learning a lot but would love to take some classes.

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    self thought, used to make all of my clothing in '70thies and 80thies.
    do not know all about quilting, but can always search the web or go an answer at the local QS

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    Wow.....what a great subject. I am self-taught way back when I lived in California, and broke my leg and had a full cast on it & was in a wheelchair. About the only thing I could do was sew. Did some crafts, but soon got bored with that. Husband went to a flea market and came home with a used quilting book....and the rest is history. That was about 16 years ago.

    I now live in Texas close to my oldest sister, and we sew/quilt/shop/talk fabric/quilting everyday...wonderful!

    I taught classes at a LQS for several years, and now am selling on Ebay and Etsy. Oh...did I mention the husband is not around anymore?? Just me and my 3 "quilt inspectors" (cats in case you didn't figure it out.)

    Thanks to whomever started this subject...great one. Enjoyed reading all the posts.

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    Add me to the self taught list. I got the bug for sewing clothes in high school home ec. class.My mom sewed but you only learned by watching. Didn't start making sandwich tie quilts until after I had kids and I pretty much learned through trail & error. Now that I am older and pretty much live alone [except every other weekend] I have the time to reteach myself...I feel like I am so absessed..lol.

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    Took an adult ed. 8 week class when DS was two that taught how to quilt/piece etc. by hand. Have taken many classes since and now belong to the guild that my adult ed. teacher belongs to. A good friend told me that a successful class is one where you learn at least one new technique. (And DS is a senior in high school now).
    :)lots2do

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    I never took a class either. I have bought BOM quilts that were supposed to be classes, but they let me buy them outright as a kit.
    I think that there could have been easier ways to learn/do things, if I had taken classes when they became available.

    You see ... I began my learning by watching a Georgia Bonesteel video checked out from the library in 1989. Not that I was piecing quilts so very much though. I started by hand piecing and you had to use templets to trace onto your fabric and cut it out by using scissors. That wasn't half as much fun as todays methods. That's for sure.

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    I'm not sure if you can really call it self- taught, for I am still learning and have a long way to go for I am a very new quilter (6 months). My mother didn't sew, but I did learn to make my clothes when I was in high school. I would love to take a class, but being unemployed at the moment, it will have to wait.

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    Self taught here. Watched and enjoyed Simply Quilts when it was on.
    Recently I went to a class to learn paper piecing. First week teacher gave us a pattern. She was sick the next week so we figured it out ourselves.

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