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Thread: Query re Lessons on Beginner Blocks?

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    Hi Folks, caught the discussion about a block of the week, especially the requests for beginner blocks and it got me thinking.

    Is there a need out there for some sort of teaching on the basics of quilting?

    Do we have any beginner quilters on board here who would use and benefit form such a program?

    I would be very happy to offer some lessons on making some beginner blocks if there is a genuine need for it and somebody would benefit from it

    I couldnít possible commit to one a week but am thinking maybe once a month, starting with something like the 9 patch and moving onwards from there.

    I would like your feedback on whether you would use this and find it useful. If there is enough demand we will see what we can work out.

    Please think carefully about whether you would actually use a program like this as this would require a lot of work on my behalf and although I get a lot of enjoyment and satisfaction from teaching and encouraging others in this fabulous craft of ours, I donít want to take on the extra workload if no one will really benefit from it.

    Let me know your thoughts :D
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    I am interested in any and all classes offered. I still consider myself a beginner, and I love to learn the basics, new techniques, anything at all that is quilting related :D

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    I love the idea, and would participate. I'm a beginner at best, and some of the blocks of the month are very intimidating to me, especially anything with triangles...LOL.

    So, you can count me in if you should move forward with this.

    I also like your suggestion of a once a month kind of thing, because I know for me and my schedule I could devote quality time to it, and not waste your time.

    Thanks for the great idea!!




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    I'd love to participate to, Shelly - I'm teaching myself through books and the board, but being left to my own devices is a scary proposition!

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    Thanks for the feed back ladies :D . I'll leave it till after the weekend to see what folks have to say and then see what I can sort out. I'm quite excited about doing this, if it would be of real use to people :P

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    Shelly you can count me in and thank you for the offer - very generous of you to offer your time and expertise

    H xx

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    Hi :-) I am a beginner quillter and would very much appreciate lessons
    on beginner blocks :!: Count me in :D Once a month would be good
    for me, since my time is tight i.e., moving, looking for work, volunteering,
    etc. I do enjoy reading over the quilting forum and admire all the
    beautiful quilts the ladies post on this forum. :wink: Thankyou for offering
    :thumbup: :D yoya

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    This sounds great, I am also learning from books but mostly from this site. I really need ideas on how to lay out blocks and sew on sashings, well everything I guess! Count me in!

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    I don't know if I am a beginner or not. I have only tried basic blocks. I have done exactly 1 quilt with triangles, and have never tried curved or applique. So, for me, it would depend on what kind of content the class offered. I guess I am an advanced beginner, and self taught at that. I took one class 10 years ago. I would probably sit in on as many of them as I could to make sure my technique is right, and just to learn whatever. Sounds like fun.

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    I'm not a beginner, but would be intersted to see what you have to offer. I'm sure I'd pick up a new trick or two! This is a very generous offer, and we would greatly appreciate the time and energy you put into this!

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    thanks so much for your generous offer. while i'm not exactly a beginner i'm sure i could learn from your instruction and would sit in on as many classes as i could.

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    I would love "private" instruction ShellyQ! I think that is an excellent idea. Thanks for volunteering!

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    I would be interested, as I am learning more and more on here. I have quilted for many years, but only squares and rectangles, never triangles or squares, they scare me. So help would be greatly appreciated!!! :P :P :P

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    I ditto all of the above! I can still use all the lessons I can get.

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    Thanks for the input :D , unfortunately I am unable to use the chat room as it juz hates me :lol: and the frustration of trying to reconect every 5 minutes could lead to permanant damage of the tutor or her computer :lol:

    I was thinking of running it on similar lines to our current BOM, but with much more detailed instructions, some tips and hints on colour placement, some possable uses for a particular block ect, a place for question and answers.

    After reading some of your replies, am wondering whether the 9 patch may be a bit too basic. but then we also don't want to miss anyone who could really use the information. It would be the same as what we have now in the BOM, if it suited you, you could make that particular block, if not you don't have to. :D

    Triangles seem to be a bit of an issue, don't worry cutting and sewing itsy bitsy triangles is not exactly my favourite either :lol: there are heaps of ways to get around that :P . We will definately be doing some work on triangles

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    ShellyQ, this sounds great and I think not on chat is good because it would probably be hard for all to be here at the same time. Thank you!

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    I would be happy with whatever starting point you would choose regarding skill levels. I have learned so much from the lessons here and being basically self taught, would enjoy your teachings, tips and techniques very much! :D

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    For me it would be great for it to NOT be in chat as living in the UK my time zone is very different and I would have to be up a silly oclock here

    as for where I would like to start - as I have some basic sewing skills - but am a beginner (right at the beginning) quilter I would start whereever you suggested - I am willing to give anything a go and if I have problems That is where I can ask for advise and 'learn' ready for the next project

    again thanks for offering to give of your time and expertise

    H xx

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    I'm a self taught, from the book, kind of quilter, so any kind of lessons would be very welcome. I would love learning how you select your colors. They are so bright and beautiful. Something I would not choose but I love your choices. I need to get out of my rut. Lead on and I'll try to follow ShellyQ! Thanks so much for your generous offer.

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    Hello everyone! I have been observing for quite a few months and have decided to join the group. I am Dazzled, Blown away, awwwwed and amazed by all the talented people on this site. I would love to join the lesson once a month. :D I am in between a beginner and intermediate. I make quilts with ties, and just squares, the triangle and curves intimidate me, but would love to learn. Thanks for the opportunity!

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    Count me in too.

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    :? Oh, I'm interested,My{SCARY GUILD} gave me 1/2 sq triangles as Beginning blocks, and I Knew Nothing about piecing and they were TOLD I was a Beginner, Now I'm looking thru books and magazines and find out Wow I am an Intermediate quilter but Hello I actually didn't ever Do any Beginner Blocks. Well I'm glad i'm as far as an intermediate quilter but somehow I feel slighted a bit. And get this the 9 Patch or rectangles are not so easy to me but I can do 1/2 square triangles hourglass, Little triangles all standing on my head or so to speak. I guess if I neverlooked I wouldv'e just kept on going til I got to Expert or Challenging in fact there are a few marked challenging that actually look like some of the stuff I did for Beginner Blocks. Scary? Well SCARY GUILD does it that way , I just couldn't believe it.I'm like WELL I NEVER!!!!

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    ShellyQ, I'd be very interested in your lessons. I do a few (very few) things pretty well, but I need some variety. I thought your lesson on binding was excellent, so am looking forward to this :) !

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    Hi Shelly count me in i always have room to learn Annette

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    Thanks for all the input folks, I'm touched that you feel that I have something to offer you all. I betta get busy and cook something up :P . Will get back to you as soon as I can, to let you know how we are going to work it and when it's going to start. In the mean time Happy Quilting
    Cheers

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