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Thread: How Many Are Self Taught?

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    Thirty years ago, I wanted to make a quilt. I had sewn for awhile so I thought, no problem, I have a pattern and I can follow it. WRONG!!! I didn't realize how different quilting would be from sewing clothes. I quit, until I found a class in the early 80's, what a difference a few little tips can make. I haven't taken a class for years now, I can usually figure most things out even without a pattern now, but there are some hints that help SO much, if you want things to come out right, with some precision.

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    Most everything I learn I learned from the internet :) Classes don't usually fit in to my schedule & I'd rather use the $$$$ for more fabric!

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    Self taught here.

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    never taken a class...though I learn alot from my aunt and grandma.

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    My grandmother quilted but I just remember watching her and the ladies at her church sitting around a quilting frame together at the Church when I was a small child. Don't actually remember seeing her doing the piecing, etc. I self taught myself when I got pregnant with my first child back in 1973. Did about half a dozen quilts using polyester knits and then picked it up again about ten years ago. Took my first class at local quilt guild a couple of years ago after quilting off and on for 30 years.

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    Self Taught, been sewing all my life,always loved quilts but didn't know I could do them until 2004. Looked at mags. bought books did trial and error, sew and rip :lol: Never had a class would like to one day.
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    I am self taught as well. When I started sewing and quilting I don't think there were many, if any, classes near my rural area. And anyways, I didn't have the extra money to spend on classes. I bought a book on quilting and questioned anyone in my family who had ever quilted or helped to quilt. My great-grandmother( who was deceased at that time), my grandmother, aunt and my husbands grandmother gave me some tips on putting a quilt in to a frame and knotting the thread and snapping in to the batting and that's about it. I watched the few sewing shows, two shows I think at that time. I made my first quilt in 1986! I, too, could take a class now if I wanted to but I would rather buy the fabric and a quilting book and figure it out on my own!
    Quote Originally Posted by Boston1954
    I mean you NEVER took a class. Everything you know about quilting is from trial and error, or books and television.

    The reason I never took a class is because when I started out, I did not know they had them. By the time I realized it, I pretty much knew my way around the sewing machine. I still could take one, but now I would rather spend the $$ on more fabric. ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by thismomquilts
    Self taught
    me too

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    Never took a class or lesson. In high school, I wouldn't have been caught dead in any type of "home ec" class. LOL

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    Self taught except what I learned from El Burns, Kaye Woods and Simply Quilts. That was a lot of learning. They used to be on all day.

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    Self taught...didn't even take home ec in hs. First learned to sew when my first child was born almost 50 years ago. Learned to hand sew first till I could afford a sewing machine. I remember my first sewing machine was a "new home." Many, many years ago!!

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    I am self taught also. Read books and watched videos online.
    Still today alot of trial and error!

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    Self-taught. I worked a full-time job and had 4 kids - no time for classes.

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    Self taught altho I had home-ec in 7th and 8th grade. Hated the sewing part and loved the cooking. Wish now I had had paid more attention during the sewing semesters but I do read books, look on the Internet and this board of course. I'd like to take a class but don't know what in what area I'd take one.

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    Self taught. I used to read the quilting books I couldn't afford--at the fabric store, try to remember what I read, then run home to try it. I don't think I could sit through a class.

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    Have never taken a class, was self taught from books. there is no where around here to take them. I have learned so much in the last 10 months from this board. No question is considered to stupid, and there is always somone willing to help.

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    I've never taken a quilting class either, but I still might. What little I know comes from the internet and this board. I still have a long way to go!

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    Self taught here. I always say I'm in the Simplicity How To Sew stage of learning. Not many classes in my hometown and way too cheap to travel to one. I have two wonderful quilters in the family who help me when I SOS them but they're 700 miles away. Basically I'm sink or swim.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcdaniel023
    Self taught except what I learned from El Burns, Kaye Woods and Simply Quilts. That was a lot of learning. They used to be on all day.
    Ditto, boy do I miss Simply Quilts....

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    Self Taught with help from Simply Quilts. Never took a class, too busy when I worked and could afford it, now retired, and can't afford it. Besides, it would take away from my stash cash!

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    i am self taught, never took a class

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    Self taught, jumped in the middle and started to work my way out. This board is the greatest for help.

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    I took one class but it was horrible. she taught me VERY LITTLE. She acted like we should already know everything. I decided then that I would teach myself and do things MY WAY. I would probably never take another class. She didn't even show us how to put binding on a quilt. It was horrible.
    So, now I teach myself something new every time I sew.
    Judy in Ohio

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    Learned to sew as a teenager and tried my hand at quilting just 3 years ago....thank goodness for the internet!
    I am so hooked and learn something new all the time.

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    I was talked into taking a class with a friend about 15 years ago and hated it. Put me off quilting for about 7 years. Never again! If I can't figure it out, I'll find a book or look on the internet. Much easier way to learn, as you then learn what you want to, and at your own pace.

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