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    Try it out first - then decide if you don't think it is for you. You often meet great people and learn heaps. If it's not helpful, move on to a different group.

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    I just took a look at quiltuniversity.com and am amazed at the number and varity of classes taught. I do have a question. Are the classes structured so that you can pause or freeze a page? I work slower than many. :?:

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    I don't know if they have a class on machine quilting at your comunity college anymore however, that is were I first took a class, It was a semester. I still use some of the things I learned. I don't know if I would spend the money they want for some classes at the local Quilt shops.

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    I too am a newbie but look forward to taking my firsr
    long arm quilting class.
    I know nothing about longarm quilting but we all must start somewhere.
    I say go for it.....I know you will be very welcomed as soon as you step in the door.
    Quilters are very special people,very warm & friendly !!

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    I learned by asking lots of questions...lots of videos on www.quilterstv.com, www.quiltinaday.com, etc. It will get easy.

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    Do, by all means, take a class. Also reading these threads helps a lot.

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    Take all the classes you can. I learned I was doing a lot of things the hard way by teaching myself. I'm a slow quilter and am usually behind in classes but still learn so much.

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    I have done a lot of self teach using tutorials here in the qb and also on YouTube. Lots of good info, biut there is noting like tryi try again. One can learn a lot from mistakes!

    I love the swap doll quilt and table runne for example. That way I make it a point to do a new technique and perfect others (binding) on small items so not to get overwhelmed.

    Posting questions here you gets lots of advice too. Ther is no substitution for practice.

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    Investigate your local LQS (s). If you are lucky like I was, you'll
    find a great group of people. They love what they do, and they love to teach newbies to develop the addiction. I agree with the idea of taking a beginning class to get comfortable with the basics. I think it's a great idea to go early and introduce yourself to the other class members. I think you will love it and you will learn a lot. Also, I think you'll find they will be happy to answer questions if you go in and need help. Good luck!

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    Absolutely take some classes. Go to a quilt show and sign up for a class or two. Go to your guild and take their classes. You can never learn enough techniques to make you quilting even better.

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    I use to be real shy also, but it's something you just don't get out of unless you really want to. I had to keep working on it. Get out their and keep trying it is worth it and you never know who you might meet. Have fun!

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    Quote Originally Posted by QBeth
    Taking a class will help you two ways - improve your quiltinng skills and, in coming out of your shell. In my opinion, it's hard to find an unfriendly quilter. Most are very eager to help, especially a newbie!! Just remember, when you take the class, you're there to learn but not necessarily to finish something!!!! I can't stress that enough.

    I was very much like you about my first class. Did I have enough skills to even warrant taking up space in a class? Would the others just laugh at my attempts? Look down on my little Pfaff Hobby machine? How would I ever keep up?!!

    Happy to say that all my fears were totally unfounded! :-) The others in the class were wonderful; happy, helpful people. They even complimented me on my little machine and how light weight it is; they had to lug their big Berninas up to the second floor classroom. Ugh! The only problem was me :-( nervous, rattled, tried too hard to keep pace with the others. Then, I realized, most of the others were experienced quilters and signed up for the class not only to learn a new pattern (which they probably could have learned on their own) but, more importantly to them, they came to be with other quilters!!

    Now that I've been quilting for about 15 yrs, I'm now one of those more experienced quilters who come to class, mostly to be with other quilters! My favorite LQS is my favorite hang out spot. Best world I ever entered.

    I really hope you can summon your courage and take a class. Go with no expectations other than to "get your feet wet" in this wonderful world of quilting. It will be a good move.
    Very well said, QBeth.
    I have been a teacher all my life, always teaching creative things. The shyest people sometimes are the most talented, so be sure to go take that class. You have nowhere to go but up.

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    Classes are wonderful for the new things you'll learn, but also for meeting other people. Here is the good news: unlike going to a party or a cocktail hour, you and these women already have something in common...quilting. I guarantee you'll never run out of things to talk about. If you are shy, just ask a question of your "neighbor" then sit back and listen. Pretty soon you'll have new friends. Try to think about this: It's not about you, it's about the quilting, and that should take the pressure off you.

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    Take a class. Quilters for the most part are a fun and encouraging group of women. Plus you will learn some new tricks. It really is a win win situation

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    Take the class; and every class has something or some bit of information new. Plus it is hands on and you will be surprised how many new friendships will transpire. I love my classes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by linda701
    I am new at quilting and know how to use the stitch in a ditchh,quilted two bed quilts that way. My DH says I need to take quilt lessons and learn more. I'm a very quiet and shy person and don't know if it is a good idea or not. Should I just tough it up and take lessons or not? what do you think?

    You may also find a local quilter who will give you a private lesson. I was surprised how much I learned when I sat and quilted with a new neighbor. It gave me courage to go into quilt shops and ask more questions.

    Visit your local quilt shops, guilds or church groups and see if you are comfortable with the people who give lessons. You'd be surprised at how welcoming some are to new quilters.

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    take a class - there is so much to learn - you will get the following from a class - 1-you will learn new ways to quilt 2 - you might find out that there are other shy people and there could be a click - so go ahead try it - good luck and enjoy

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    Take a class, take a class, take a class.

    Usually the local community college has a good beginners class for free or next-to-nothing.

    I generally am a wall-flower, and I had a great time, so much so, that I took the class again, with another whole new group of quilters. Loved both classes.

    I'm still wondering who I learned more from: the teacher or the other students.....

    Take a class..........you'll meet some great new friends.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bamamama
    I take alot of online classes. That way you can work at your own pace. No pressure.
    good idea, I always SID but went to an informal group of 6--10 and have "been out" for my last 46 quilts and do thoroughly enjoy the new found freedom---------GO FOR IT!!!

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