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Thread: Taking my first quilting class this weekend....

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    Taking my first quilting class this weekend....

    Any advice you can offer to this newbie would be very much appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Stitch124

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    Relax and have fun!!!
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    Make sure you ask what supplies you need to have with you.
    Hope you have a wonderful time and learn a lot.

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    No advice.... have fun and learn what you can because quilting in my opinion is a constinuous learning process!!!

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    I have taken many classes and workshops. Some were great some were horrible. The first class is important and will set your mind to all classes. Keep watch over any quilting tools you have if you share with others. Don't take your best or most loved tools. I don't do this even at guild classes.

    Have fun and keep an open mind about how you think a quilt class should be and how it really is.
    Got fabric?

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    First off HAVE FUN
    Label all your tools so you leave with all of them
    Make sure your sewing machine is threaded and has a full bobbin
    get a supply list and make sure you have everything ready to go.
    Make sure your fabric is ironed and starched
    Make sure to ask questions when you have them
    HAVE FUN!!!

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    Make sure you have basic sewing supplies--seam reaper, pins, scissors, extra needle for machine. I assume you were given a list of supplies to bring. I usually take a bottle or two of water plus a granola bar. Have fun!
    Heather

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    Make sure to take your sewing machine's power cord and foot control. I've been at several classes where someone forgot one or the other.

    If you are not familiar with your sewing machine, get familiar with it before class. But just in case, take the manual along. (Again, one lady appeared in class with a brand new sewing machine, no idea how to thread it or wind a bobbin.)

    You might want a cushion to sit on too. Some classrooms don't have comfortable chairs, or you may want to sit a little higher.

    Above all, have fun.

    And if the teacher is doing something new to you, don't insist on doing it the way you already know how - you're there to learn her technique and can revert to your old ways later if hers don't work for you.

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    At one of the places I take my classes they request that you get there 15 minutes early to get your machine set up and you all settled. This way the actual teaching can start on time. even if not requested, this is a good practice.
    As stated before, label everything. I label the plug end of my machine power cord so that if I need to unplug at any time, I know which one to pull.
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    Getting there a bit early is a great idea.

    Make yourself a checklist and actually check things off as you put them into your bag.

    Don't take too much stuff.

    Learn all you can, but don't take it too seriously and have a good time!

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    I agree with what everyone has posted.
    Don't be too hard on yourself, expecting perfection right off the bat.
    Have fun.

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    make sure to take bobbins, thread, a foot pedal, and your power cord, oh and your foot. I ha.e forgot bobbins, luckily they sold prewound, have seen others forget cords and such and they live far. You'd be surprised how easy it is to forget the simple thing. Label your stuff. It all starts to look alike after a while. Make sure not to forget your mat and rotary cutter. The most important is to have fun and get the most you can out of the class. Don't be afraid to ask questions even from your classmates. Sometimes you can learn new things from them as well.

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    Just relax and enjoy it.

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    When I went to my first lesson, for my first quilt, I wish I had concentrated LESS intensely on my quilt and gotten to know the other quiters better. The teacher labeled me the "overachiever" because I was sooo intense and finished my quilt so quickly (there were two parts of this class, a week apart).

    Also, I was astonished that my carefully chosen colors/patterned fabrics weren't so great next to each other and was very glad that I followed the suggestion NOT to cut out all the fabric before hand. I still cut out fabric only when I get to the place it is needed. Of course if I am doing something repetitious I cut them all out, but I double check how the first looks before I cut the rests!
    Last edited by Sierra; 08-01-2012 at 10:07 AM.

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