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    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?

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    I take alot of online classes. That way you can work at your own pace. No pressure.

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    Take the class. I teach quilting and there are always total newcomers (don't know how their own sewing machine works), those that sew clothes but want to learn quilting, and those like you who have already started but want to learn more. You have an advantage because you already know your machine, understand the 1/4 inch seam, and have confidence born of already "done that".

    As for being shy, don't worry. Be early so you can introduce yourself to people as they walk in- for your benefit. You aren't teaching the class, someone else is so the attention will not be focused on you. You will have a great time!

    Because you've already taken a class, you will feel less anxious about going to the store and talking to someone when you need help of any kind. You have your foot in the door, so to speak.

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    I say go for it. You have nothing to loose , worse case you have the same skills you started with. I can not really think of a good reason not to do it.

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    You definitely should. How else are you going to learn? And don't forget that the teacher is there to teach, so everyone else in the class is going to learn the same thing you are, which means they don't know how to do it either!

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    there are online classes at quiltuniversity.com but taking a class or two at a LQS would not hurt. and ask questions if need be, that is what you would be paying for and what the instructor is there for. good luck.

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    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.

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    YES take a class. You will gain confidence.

    Another thing you might do is to volunteer to be classroom assistant at a quilt show that has classes. Many need volunteers to take up tickets or distribute supplies. Then you get to sit in the back and listen.....I have been into quilting for 35+ years and do this regularily when one show comes to town. They usually don't want or need you to help technically but you sure learn a lot.

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    Do it, what do you have loose?

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    We have a second home in RI and I didn't know anyone until I started taking classes at the local QS and not only do I take classes I'm now giving classes on certain techniques no one else was offering. Do it you'll have fun...Trust me quilters are friendly and helpful and don't judge...if anything we go overbd to help and encourage.

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    there are alot of great beginner books also.

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    classes are a great way to learn, and you'll make new friends who are probably also quiet and shy.
    Quilters always seem to match up well,,, so enjoy!

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    Take a class at your local quilt shop or sewing machine dealer. You will learn a lot and make some new friends. It is a win, win situation. Quilters are usually good, good people.

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    I watch shows, video's on line and take a few on-line classes.

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    Go for it. I took lessons last year to learn about quilting and I had never sewn before. I am a learner that needs confirmation after I do something to ensure I did it correctly. You can imagine how my teacher felt since most of the other students were more experienced with sewing machines than me. It was a good experience and I continue to take classes online as well as the local quilt stores. It is always great to learn and especially from those with experience as they have great tips.
    Much like the members of this board. Remember that everyone who takes classes is more interested in learning than socializing or least that is what I have found so far. Wishing you the best in your classes!

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    Classes are a lot of fun. The others are right! You meet people who are there for the same reason.
    Good luck! :D

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    I have never taken a quilting class, best self taught. I read lots and just do it. Just works for me.

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    For sure take a class just find one that is at a beginner level you will be shocked at how much you can learn! I do classes of a lot of small projects for new quilters. Mostly small items wallhangings, BOM with a new tecnique each month, placemats etc. This way it isn't too stressful and is fun and a great way to make new quilting friends. Quilters generally love to share as shown on this board.

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    Yes take a class!

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    Taking a class will introduce you to newbie quilters who are just like you and you will develop the friendships you have with those on this Quilting Board. I always seemed to be the last to finish the step we were working on and the class couldn't go on until I caught up, but everyone enjoyed helping me or visiting with each other. You'll get the best of both worlds.

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    Yes, take a class (Beginner's). Even with doing your own thing it's amazing at what trick's of the trade you'll learn in a glass.

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    I'm new to quilting too. I started out in a beginning class with the rail fence, then took a turning twenty class. You learn so many great tips about cutting and sewing your quilt. I learn something everytime I'm with another quilter. It also helps when you are in a class with other quilters. You pick up a lot
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    Sign up for one class. Then if you like it, sign up for more. I have met the most wonderful people by taking quilting classes at my LQS.

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    I live in Clinton,Mississippi. Not any classes around here. What are some online classes?

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    Why struggle to "figure everything out". No reason to keep re-inventing the wheel. Lots of tutorials right here and plenty on other sites. Good luck with your quilting. It's a wonderful world.
    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?

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