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Thread: I signed up for a Judy Neimeyer Class, did I bit off more than I can chew?

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    I signed up for a Judy Neimeyer Class, did I bit off more than I can chew?

    I was at one of my LQS Saturday morning and one of the local quilt guilds was selling raffel tickets for a beautiful Judy Neimeyer quilt made by the ladies in the quild. Of course I bought tickets. The other LQS has a certified teacher so after I left there I went and there is a new class starting this Saturday for that very quilt. It is the wedding ring star. I signed up for it and now I am worried that is may be to hard for me. There are 3 classes about a month a part and 5 hours long. I thought it would be good for me to do something that would be challenging and so beautiful. The first class is this Saturday 9 to 3. I bought the pattern and am trimming the papers. She said you can use 2 1/2" pre cuts which I plan to do mainly because of accuracy. Some of the ladies that have taken the class said it's not hard just challenging. So I am hoping I will stick with it and finish the quilt. I am thinking of doing black, white and red. Does anyone have any tips or suggestions? Have you taken the class and now can you do it on your own. Thanks for your suggestions and support.
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    I haven't taken the class but when I first started quilting I worried about not being "up to the task" when I signed up for classes at my LQS - take the class, relax and enjoy and you will learn so much that you will wonder why you were worried in the first place. Now, will you finish the quilt - only you know the answer to that....

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    I love the wedding star I've had the pattern for several years. But I've been afraid to try it. I think because of the paper piecing aspect it will be great, like the other lady said it will be a challenge. I think I'd rather try to make it in a class than on my own. So let us know how it goes, there's a shop a few hours from here that does her designs every once in a while and maybe I can sign up for one. Becky

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    ​If it going to be paper pieced and you know how to do that, I think it will be a fun class. The one thing I would do(probably a copywrite infringement) would be to make copies of all my paper pieces before I start. That way if you get a unit that you hate, you could do it again at your leisure between classes. I am so bad!

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    Judy's quilts are striking no matter what colors you use. I love black, white and red. Judy's patterns aren't hard, but it helps to have someone guide you through your first one. There are even tips for cutting out the papers. I have three of her quilts "in process" and I pick them up from time to time and sew on them when I go through my rotation of UFOs. It helps if you have a ironing and cutting station close to your sewing machine as paper piecing requires a lot of trimming and pressing.

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    Judy Neimeyer patterns can be intimidating at first, but the directions are very thorough. And with the added bonus of a certified teacher, you will do just fine.

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    Oh I can't imagine doing one of her quilts...but I'd love to! Go for it, and please come back to let us know how it went. I am too afraid to join a guild. I know what I make is not "their" quality, but I still enjoy playing around and have fun making quilts for others. Maybe one day I will get the guts to at least attend and see what they have to offer. I know I could probably learn a lot...

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    I took one of her classes several years ago. She is a fantastic teacher. As soon as she saw that someone was having problems, she went to them and explained on a one-to-one basis. I loved her class and I am sure that you will atoo

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    have two differnt kinds of scissors at hand...one for paper and one for fabric, I would caution you not to use your "Good Fabric scissors" for your paper cutting.....IMHO

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    "Do the hardest thing you can and you won't be disappointed" ~ Karen McTavish

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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic View Post
    "Do the hardest thing you can and you won't be disappointed" ~ Karen McTavish
    I like this~!

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    A number of years ago I took a class from Judy. I was a fairly new quilter and did just fine---Of course the quilt isn't finished yet as I keep setting it aside to make quilts for specific people. Arrow Head Crossing is the one I am working on. To me the hardest part of the class was the prep work. If I hadn't been for my friend I would never have made it---I had no idea what I was doing or what I needed to do. I had never paper pieced nor was I very familiar with it. I am glad I took the class. I hope the certified teachers are as good and helpful as Judy was. Keep us posted and show pictures as you go. I hope you love it. Paper piecing helps the accuracy!

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