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    Classes help people like me get moving on something.
    I tend to gather all the supplies, books, tools, and keep gathering all the books, tools, and fabric ...
    In order to bust me out of the hunting gathering phase of my obsession, I had to take classes to make myself actually accomplish something with everything I owned - - or at least a portion of it.
    More than ten years ago, I made myself jump in and actually produce a quilt by joining a list, much like this one and committing to working on a mystery quilt (even that took me two years to complete).
    A local class allowed me to meet local quilters and form a workgroup for my chosen charity ... and, that has helped me understand what I really like about quilting - - colors, angles, and practicality ... much more important than spending money but, not by much!
    Before I ever did any of that, I watched a lot of Elenor Burns on television, and Simply QUilts, Carol Duvall ... and, if they sewed it, I watched it.
    Not everyone needs as much encouragement and input as I did ... there is no right or wrong way to learn ... but, there sure are a lot of aids to help us get there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cathe
    We lived in Germany when I started.
    there is a growing trend to quilt in Germany (as in other coutries). Have you checked out www.quiltinggallery.com ALL THOSE BLOGGERS.


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    I started with a class at Piecemakers in Costa Mesa, CA. They were great and spent a lot of time with each of us. Now that I am unemployed, I think I might take another one here in Illinois.

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    OK here's my 2 cents. I took a quilt class when I first started, I learned so much about quilting in those 4 hours all of which I still use quite frequently.
    I also got out of the house and made new friends. I highly recommend a class if your just starting out.

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    No class. My sister and I started quilting together. We each bought a book and worked together. I got hooked and she didn't like it. She has now offered me the fabric she got for two of her grandkids quilts if I will make them. Ok with me. Tee Hee.

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    I am self taught. I couldn't afford material let alone a quilt class. I did order a couple of books. I used old clothes and cut out templates from cardboard. I drew each and every square or triangle on the fabric and cut each out with scissors. Very tedious. My oldest -my daughter was 5 she will be 34 this Oct.

    I took a class offered close to home and I didn't get much out of it. I got the directions for a few quilt blocks I didn't have but all she had us do was cut out the fabric with her templates and take it home and sew it . I went home and used my cut down method instead of her templates and I never did put the blocks into a quilt. It was a sampler and I was mostly interested in getting the picture of the blocks so I could do them my way anyway.

    I don't have the time for a full size quilt.

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    I took my first class when I started in 1983. It was a Queen Size Sampler class all hand pieced and hand quilted. I was hooked and I am still a hand quilter, although would love to take a class for machine quilting. I am always up for a class to learn a new technique.

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    My grandma taught me to hand piece four patches when I was in 4th grade. She taught me on scraps from old aprons and "house dresses". Things happened and I never got that quilt finished (but she did several years later). Then in my very early twenties my MIL at the time and I joined her mother in "quilting club". It was a bunch of old ladies mostly in their 60's and up. They hand quilted and thought that machines were okay for "quick bedding" if you were in need, but real quilts were hand done. Like one of the previous posts we cut templates from cardboard or plastic butter lids and each piece was hand traced and cut with scissors, then hand sewn together. They were very critical of my work at first, but decided that I came along rather well for my age. Once a month we would meet at someone's house and quilt on that person's current project and have a pot luck dinner. I did that for a couple of years and then life got in the way again and I didn't get back to quilting until I found out I was going to be a grandma a few years ago. I was amazed and still am at how easy quilting is now with all the tools and gadgets. I wonder if those old ladies are rolling over in their graves knowing I rotary cut and piece and quilt by machine or if they are saying you go girl. Sometimes I almost feel guilty for all the gadgets and fabric I have when I think about my old quiltig club days. But I sure do enjoy all my goodies and stash. :)

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    It is a very different world now.
    Sewing was a neccessity, now it is a hobby and expensive at that.
    Fabric and supplies cost more than to buy ready made.
    Before I began quilting I bought my quilts for 39 dollars and that incuded the shams. You can still buy them for that amount and they are not bad.
    The quilting isnt as good as a long arm quilter does but the piecing is good.
    So now we quilt because we love it. People dont apprieciate the work that goes into a quilt either. But quilting keeps me happy.

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    I just began quilting in Sept of 2008. I had wanted to try it for years but everytime I surfed around looking for information on it....I just became overwhelmed.......and didn't know where to start.
    Finally found a quilting class at a local quilt shop in Sept and took a beginner class based on Eleanor Burns book "It's Elementary".
    Loved the class and am now addicted to quilting!!
    I also signed up for a class on Paper Piecing starting next month. None of my friends quilt so I like to take classed just to meet new people who love quilting.

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    Nope, I've never had a quilting class. I'll be taking my first quilt class when I go on my first quilting retreat in June. I'm looking forward to it.

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    Classes are like candy. New ideas, new fabrics, new friends, new techniques. You can't have enough - classes or candy.

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    Bella, that is such a funny story. You are now known as "Fearless Bella" what a woman :!:
    I guess I am self taught, there wasn't quilt classes around when I started and they are kinda out of my price range now. But now you have the internet and can look up soooo much and there are even vidio tutorials. That helps me, I am a gotta see person more than a reading about it. I think if the price is reasonable for you and you luck out and get a good teacher (that shows up :wink: ) you can learn a lot. But I feel quilting is a personal thing. You have to find out what type you are. Hurry up and get it done? Do you enjoy the prep work more than putting it together? Do you like taking your time? Do you like paper piecing? (more structured)Do you prefer applique? There are so many things to consider when starting and until you try several things you don't know if that is what you like. Maybe if classes aren't an option you could look for a mentor that might help you find your calling :D

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    My first quilt was a huge Trip Around the World with directions out of a magazine. It was cut with scissors and took months. My second was a class - Log cabin in a day, with strips ripped. After that, rotary cutters came out, and I took my dinosaur to a strip piecing class to learn all the new techniques.

    I like learning new techniques and experimenting with new stuff. I would not be interested in a class just to make the exact same thing as everyone else. Like so many have already said, there is so much free information now

    Most of the classes I've seen lately are geared towards selling pricey doo-dads. In order to attend, you have major investments in specialty tools. The days of using a single ruler as a multi-purpose tool are gone.

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    I've taken one class- the hunter's star. Felt like an outsider by others attending but very welcome by the instructor. She hasn't had any classes that I can attend so haven't been back for a class, but frequent trips for fabric purchases are always learning experiences as she answers questions on anything I need help with. I spend lots of $$$ there, but she's worth it!


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    No classes - mostly the internet and talking with a friend.

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    Huh, When I started there were no classes like there is now. At least none that I knew of. I just cut up squares (with scissors) and went for it. A machine pieced nine patch was born.... LoL!

    Well I have read and bought books, checked out books from libraries, watched videos and finally began going to the quilt shops for the good stuff and advice.

    I have still to take a class. But, I think if I had started out with classes, it would have been better. Then all those good piecing habits and little useful tricks I had to learn on my own would have come quicker.

    I say quilt classes are worth thier weight in gold. Not to mention the quilting ladies that are the information network of the community. And so fun to talk with, share patterns and fabric, and go to shows with are all there waiting for you to meet.

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    Oh yes, I did! Found out that the local Adult Ed offered a quilt making class & signed up. That was about 17 years ago, and I'm still attending the same class! LOL We started out doing our blocks quilt-as-you-go & all by hand. Now us "old timers" work on whatever we like.
    Eventually I joined a guild & take workshops thru' the guild, sometimes at one of the local quilt shops or quilt shows....even here on the board
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    Thats how I go started. Saw an ad in the paper for a quilt class at a new quilt shop and took it. Now, I love QUILTING!!!

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    I had watched a lot of shows on tv and the internet and then I found this board! :D :D :D I started the block of the months, chat classes, tutorials, and lots of help and advice here that helped me to try patterns on my own :D :D :D

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    Nope. No classes.

    I wandered into a quilt shop in Pensecola FLA while on vacation. I saw a pattern I liked (YBR) and some fabrics I liked (mostly Kaffee Fassete stripes and solids). Bought enough for a lap quilt.

    It sat around for 3 or 4 years in a drawer. I figured out one day that nobody was ever gonna make me a quilt so I dug out that unstarted project and started cutting fabric. I had bought a Bernina 830 a couple of years before so that wasn't needed. Of course, I had to read the instruction book to even figure out how to thread it. Decided about two days into the project that since I was never gonna make another quilt, I had better get more fabric and make a queen sized one.

    Got one of the great Machine quilting books from Harriet somebody or other. It was great. Finished that quilt top (see my avatar) and have finished a couple more. Still working on quilts, patterns from magazines, books, or something derivative that I just think up.

    I now do all my HSTs and Flying geese on an old Elna Super and the 830 is my main machine. I guess I have learned to do a bunch.

    It's like my old paw said 40 years ago... "If ya can read, ya can do anything."


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    My classroom used to be the Simply Quilts show. Now it's gone, i'm on my own. :?

    I suspect i'm missing a lot of fun by not taking classes but they're too far away and i'm too cheap to pay for them. :lol:

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ
    My classroom used to be the Simply Quilts show. Now it's gone, i'm on my own. :?

    I suspect i'm missing a lot of fun by not taking classes but they're too far away and i'm too cheap to pay for them. :lol:
    Oh, yeah, didn't she make it look easy? One of these days when I have consistent time to do nothing but sit and watch I'll maybe sign up for their website classes, but not for awhile. lol lol

    I do now take a block of month with the LQS but that's the only class I've ever taken. Went to one workshop last year and am going again this year but it's a demo workshop by Eleanor Burns sister. If you get a chance to see her trunk show, GO, RUN, take money, and enjoy. The local guild gets her here every year and it's the best $5 I spend on anything in the world. She's funny, she's real, and she's informative.

    The classes we take through this website are better, you don't have to wait with questions, ask and it is given! :-) :-) :-)

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    When I first started...Simply Quilts was my classroom also. I checked the local library (they had 1 book on quilting)..So...I just used the beginner book that came in a kit from Wally world..it included the book, a rotarty cutter, a 6" ruler and a tiny cutting mat. That was in 06, since then, I've found Youtube, this board and a LQS that offers classes. I have since taken 2 classes- machine quilting and a class from Libby Lehman to learn techniques. I do better when I don't know that I'm not supposed to do certain things...then I just go ahead and figure out how to make things work.

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    I started a rail fence in 1999 and it took off from there. My grandma made every quilt she owned and my mom did some quillting. I started hand sewing at 5 or 6, went to the machine at 8 and have been sewing every since.

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