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Thread: teaching quilting or to soon?

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    Super Member babyfireo4's Avatar
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    Our Joann's in Logansport has classes for knitting and crochet but, not quilting. I was chatting with a sales lady and asked why they didn't have any quilting classes there and she said it was because no one wanted to teach it! Really! It seems amazing that no one is willing to teach a quilting class! I'm really tempted to offer but have only been quilting since July 2010. Depending on what is required (ie would I have to supply everything or would ppl bring their own? How does price work? What is in demand the most to learn?) I may not have been quilting long but am a really fast learner and get a little obsessed with perfection, in my own work not others :) Soo what do you think? Please, be honest as I am very curious what everyone thinks on this! Hmm..... I wonder if anyone would have a problem with a 24 yr old as a teacher.....

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    Some people just want the basics to start. You can do a lecture type class with demos. I've been to a lot of letcure/demos classes and have enjoyed them a lot. If they have the space, you can do an actual class. Students would bring all their own supplies. you could have a class on the D9P for example. Simple but productive. Most students want to see "something" at the end of their time. MHO only

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    Most quilting classes that I have looked into want 25.00 - 30.00 per class...

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    You could offer a beginners class with an easy pattern that you have experience with. Speaking for myself & my friends who have daughters your age, we are very comfortable with young women teaching us old dogs new tricks :)

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    Go for it! Do the basics and do them well, with a product at the end.

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    I'll post some of what I've done to give you an idea of what I really know so far. I've posted the bottom two before, but the top one is the newest. These are the pics of the top off my phone. top and bottom are completely finished now, but still hand quilting on the middle one :)
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    My first quilting class was for beginners and was taught at JoAnn's using the Eleanor Burns pattern "Winning Hands." The class was $35 (nine years ago) and we each had to purchase the fabric, rotary cutter, ruler, thread, pins, and any other items we needed/wanted.

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    This thread interested me as I checked into this just a few days ago at our JA. You have to fill out an application, and depending on the cost of the class which is set by JA, you get a percent of that...you may have to take a class to get "certified" in what JA wants you to teach as they have specific things like bags, quilts, etc, not sure if you select the project or they do, you may want to call them for more info, I was looking into teaching scrapbooking for them and I had to be "certified" in the particular way that they wanted the instructing to be done and with certain equipment. If you watch the JA flyers, they usually have a particular project up for that promo, and you have to have it finished and know how to make it before teaching. I think it would have been fun, but after I figured my time making samples, traveling, teaching, etc. I would rather teach individuals at a local church, social group, etc. for nothing and get to choose what I teach, and share my love of quilting. I encourage you to ck with your store to get all the facts first, then make a decision. I sure like to shop there! Hope this helps! Good luck!

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    Ask again at your Joanns to see what is required. Then take it from there. Could be a fun experience

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    Start with something like a simple rail fence. That was my first class and I loved it because I could be successful quickly and really accomplish a lovely finished product. We were required to purchase the book and, of course, our own fabric and paid a fee (for instructor) for the class. Worth every dime. Definitely got me started and I never looked back. Go for it; age of instructor has nothing to do with it. Kindness to beginners does (smile).

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    Maggie has the right idea. Teaching at JoAnns can be more work than it's worth. They have "corporate quidelines" for classes and aren't all that "helpful" to instructors. I think their class fees are a bit high, also. Since they have "the only game in town" in many citys, who's gonna make them change their rules?

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    I think people would be more interested in learning to quilt than in the age of the teacher. I say go for it.

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    By what you have posted (pix) you really do good work and understand the creative possibilities of quilting. Age doesn't matter, love of the craft and patience with slow learners, does. Sounds like Joann's has a lot of restrictions...maybe that is why no one wants to teach there. Most of us learned from others and surely are not "certified". If you don't mind going through all that, then you sound like a good candidate to pass on the craft. Good luck!

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    I learned how to machine quilt at a class I took at Hancocks. We used Alex Anderson's beginning quilt book and made the rail fence quilt. When the class was done, the instructor asked me if I would be interested teaching a class on how to make that quilt. I thought she was nuts, it was my first quilt, but I think I would have been fine and wish I had given it a try.

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    The quilts you have made are beautiful! Is there a LQS in your area? If so you can check on the classes they offer and what they are charging for them. If you decide to do this let us know what kind of a cut Joann's takes. I used to work for a LQS and the instructors asked the quilters to support the store where they were taking their lessens. Remember everything is negotiable and Joann's will be making money on the supplies quilters will need for your class. I remember that some quilters were a bit hesitant to join a class when they had to buy a book along with material for the quilt but others were OK with it - just a little something to keep in mind.

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    Our lqs is a good store but, doesn't have good lighting *in my opinion* for learning or teaching. I might ask around and see if a local church or library would be better. I hadn't realized JoAnns would be so complicated!

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    Suggest you get "Teaching Basic Quilt Making" from The National Quilting Association.

    It is difficult to answer your question honestly because I don't know your work. Have you had classes or are you self taught. Did you follow books or check tuts on the web. What will you use for a text. How did you finish the quilts you posted above. How ready technically are you? Having been teaching for only a year is a very short time. However, much learning and expertise can be gained in short periods of time. I will be glad to chat privately with you if you should be interested. If so send a PM.
    There are many considerations.

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    [quote=Holice]Suggest you get "Teaching Basic Quilt Making" from The National Quilting Association.

    A most excellent suggestion! However, when I went into the online store at NQA, they were not offering it for sale. It was listed, along with 2 other publications, on their home page, but only the book on how to judge a quilt is being offered in their store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyfireo4 View Post
    Our lqs is a good store but, doesn't have good lighting *in my opinion* for learning or teaching. I might ask around and see if a local church or library would be better. I hadn't realized JoAnns would be so complicated!
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    All great suggestions, but before you get too far ahead of thinking what you would teach, etc. the suggestion regarding calling JoAnn Fabrics and seeing what is actually required of you is the best starting point. Then you would know if 1. they thought you were qualified and 2. you wanted to jump into their corporate structure. Good luck and keep us posted.
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    I taught in MD through our local adult education classes---through what is sometimes called parks and rec. I had to make up the project and a proposal. The head of it helped me pick a location, time etc. The schools did not charge a fee or the agency. I taught 6 or 8 classes---hard to remember--and charged $50.

    I LOVED it and eventually did an intermediate class also as the students wanted to learn more. I am thinking I did maybe 6 sessions before moving out of state.

    I had been quilting maybe 2 years and the first class was all about buying supplies, etc. They could machine or hand piece.

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    I do not evaluate an instructor on his/ her age.

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    The National Quilting Association has a publication " teaching beginning quiltmaking". Check out their web site. Unless you are very confident in your ability, I am not sure it is a good idea. I would get some help from a quilter who would serve as a mentor. Have you had experience teaching.

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