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Thread: ♥ What quilting classes have you taken at Local Quilt Shops, Quilt Shows, Quilt Retreats?

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    What classes have you taken? Also have you taken any classes from the famous teachers?

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    I took a Stack n Whack class at the LQS shortly after buying my machine there. It was the most unorganized event! I had registered by phone and wasn't told everything that I needed for the class so of course, I show up with just a little fabric and my machine. Had to purchase the rest of the needed fabric. They didn't have enough of the books for us to buy (didn't tell me we needed one prior to the class) and didn't have the templates made. One lady taking the class monopolized the class with her drama and seeming endless requirement for the instructor. I didn't even go back for the 2nd class, taught my self the technique and refuse to purchase anything else from this LQS. I had gone back in a couple of times after the class to purchase fabric but the customer service was so poor. . .

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    Lover's know, machine applique, hand applique, shashiko, and free motion quilting

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    I took a Whack n Stack at a quilt shop and an intermediate FMQ class I really enjoyed ithem, I would like to take more but the only shops near me are an hour drive each way.

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    Too far away and don't drive. :(

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    Classes with Sally Collins, Sharyn Craig, Ricky Tims, JohnFlynn, Harriet Hargrave, Carol Doak, Margaret Miller, Blanche Young, Billie Lauder, Jackie Robinson, Sue Nikles, Freddy Moran, Cheryl Phillip, Norah McMeeking. Those are the ones I remember off the top of my head.

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    I took a folded star ornament class, and 3 FMQ classes on the longarm. They were good, but I prefer to work at home at my own speed. I can usually follow the patterns and do better on my own.

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    I've really learned more from this board than any class I've taken. I've taken a beginning class and a PP class a long time ago.

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    Nobody famous, but they should be! I took several FMQ classes with the same excellent instructor. This is one skill that a 'real' class makes such a big difference. I also took a machine applique class where 4 or 5 DIFFERENT techniques were taught. really great. Showed us every which way to do it, explained which technique would work with different situations. Love having different options. Again, excellent local instructor.
    edited to add: With a local instructor the class sizes are really small, 4-6 around here, so you really get instructor attention.

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    8-week quilting class which used the "Machine Quilting Made Easy" book by Maureen Noble. Took some of the fear out of it.

    Also took a Fabric Folding class. Didn't like it at the time, but it made a perfect center for my Round Robin.

    Then I took a Crayon class a while ago. That was fun for my inner 6-year-old. Next I plan to take an embroidery class even though I don't know why.

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    I took a Beginner Class at LQS and was most disappointed. I was up front from the beginning that I had sewn for years but quilting was totally different for me. The only instruction I got was correction when I was doing something wrong. Was not a pleasant experience whatsoever. I won't take any more classes from this shop, but will look for other classes/instructors.

    I'm pretty good at following directions since I taught myself to knit, crochet, needlepoint and cross stitch. One class that I took and learned a lot was english smocking.

    I had several opportunities to each English Smocking later and was careful to give my "students" the total picture, from chosing fabric to completing the finished piece.

    I just happen to be one of those persons (people?) that needs to know the whole picture,why we chose this fabric,thread,method....

    I haven't had an opportunity to take name brand classes but at this point in my new quilting life am I ready for advanced instructors....still working on basics.

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    hand quilting class this morning - still practicing

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    Started with a class at a LQS in 1999 - first time I ever quilted anything and I tackled a queen size Hole in the Barn door -there was fussy cutting; sashing, far, far too many things for a wet behind the ears newbie! That pretty much scared me off for 10 years! Then I was drawn back in but knew not to take on anything that big right out of the gate.

    Have taken two classes from "national" instructors - Cindy Needham (Beginning Machine Quilting), Charlotte Angotti (Let Me Surprise You), and Pat Ferguson (Zentangles)

    Also -- Quilted jacket from a sweatshirt; four way placemats; LQS intro to FMQ; Radiant Star (QIAD)

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    none but i teach dyeing, marbling, stamping, screenprinting, and painting.

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    I took a quilt as you go class it was fine. I also took a real machine quilting that was a good one. Really I took that one twice got alot more out of it the second time around. I am set up for one about free motion quilting next week. I am gaining more confidence and my quilting is getting better.

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    I have never taken a class of any kind. Learned all I know from books and magazines and sites like this.

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    FMQ. I needed that one. I'd like to do more, but I can read a pattern and I need my $$ for fabric more than I need a class. I have learned so much here.

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    I'e taken several classes at LQS's in Houston; most of them just great and others felt like if you weren't a personal friend of the LQS owner you should have stayed home. The only "famous" teacher was a class with Kaye Wood at the Houston Quilt Festival years ago.

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    I started out with an 8 week beginners class. Six blocks and each block a different technique. When I finished the course, I thought I knew it all--crazy lady. Took classes in color (should be a first class), applique, hand quilting and classes for special blocks. Had a teacher that taught in her home, the clients could choose what they wanted to learn and she taught it the next month. Learned alot..didn't have a project for each class. Besides attending classes for techniques, it is an excellent way to meet quilding friends.

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    Today I finished my (2 day, 6hr a day) Freestyle-Free Motion Quilting class.
    With Christine Maraccini
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    Stack n Whack at a weekend quilt retreat.
    Famous teachers: Threadplay with Libby Lehman, Paper Piecing with Carol Doak, a color theory class with Joen Wolfrom, a machine-applique class with Sue Nichols and Come Play with Me by Diane Hire. Would love to take a workshop with Paula Nadelstern.

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    I joined a class at the local senior center. Free to anyone over 50. (I'm 730. Taught by Eleanor Burns niece. She learned from her aunt. I told her it bothers me, how she throws scraps over her shoulder. She says that started when she, and 2 other nieces were behind her on the floor waiting for scraps to make doll clothes. I had made quilts before, but not with patterns, and didn't really know what I was doing. With this class and what I am learning on here I am getting better.

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    An eight week beginner class, then a machine quilting class. Then a few more classes. I try to choose classes where there will be something new for me. Then I bought a Bernina and signed up for all the free classes. I am currently signed up for a class called "About Trout" and the software mastery classes for Bernina. Can't wait! :-) Oh, is the Buggy Barn famous? I took a crazy camp class with them! That was loads of fun!

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    Plane geometry in high school was the best and only quilting class I've had. Didn't realize it at the time, but the knowledge gained has been very helpful in quilting.

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    I took Karen McTavish's class "McTavishing on Your Domestic Machine" at the Machine Quilter's Expo last April. BEST class ever! I learned so much. I would say that she's the most "famous" of the teachers I've taken classes with. But I generally enjoy all the classes no matter who is teaching them!

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