Do you take classes?

I’m a self taught quilter and haven’t taken classes except for the occasional longarm class. At quilt shows, I like to browse the quilts and shop rather than spend time in classrooms. This year I’m going to two quilt shows, the Mid Atlantic Quilt show this week ( we’ll go Thursday and I might go back on Friday) and MQS, a longarm show. No classes but I’m sure I’ll find/learn some new and interesting things just from attending.

I was browsing online this morning while I was waiting for my flight and came across classes held on Madeline Island … That seems like a neat place to attend a class although it’s pricy.

I’ve also seen a lot of a new website lately called Craftsy which looks interesting with a variety of classes that include knitting, crochet, and quilting. Video classes and projects as well as a marketplace where people can sell their patterns.

I don’t know if I’ll ever take a class but lately I have a strange fascination with Amigurumi so I’ve been looking at their projects.

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12 Responses to “Do you take classes?”

  • I am a former garment sewer turned quilter. For the most part I am self taught, although I have taken a few classes over the 20+ years I’ve been quilting. I know that I learn something new each time I take a class or go to a quilt show. The classes have mostly been wonderful opportunities to work on a particular project and have some “social sewing” at the same time. It’s fun to see how everyone’s project turns out differently just because of fabric choices. Like you, I feel that I’ve gotten some great inspiration from the quilt shows. Enjoy that trip!

  • Penny G:

    I haven’t, but I have watched a few quilters online and if the time and price were right I probably would take classes with them. There are enough teachers out there that I I like that I am sure I will someday.

  • I haven’t ever taken a class either; I do have a whole lot of quilt, embroidery, scrapbooking books and I surf the web to do a lot of looking at what people are doing. I think most of the classes are pricey, too. I would rather read a book and try out things myself. (Also, I don’t like craft books on Kindle–they just don’t do it for me–I need to hold that book in my hand). :-)Julierose

  • I have only taken 1 quilting class and I would love to take more on techniques. I am not into a class on one particular pattern. I like the utube projects. My one class was through Quilt University and I really liked it. It would be fun to just go to a sewin to socialize.

  • Officially yes…. But it’s not really a class as such. Last summer I meet another quilter and she invited me to join a quilting group. It’s actually listed as a course but it’s the same group of quilters that have meet for the past 15-20 years. They are so talented… and luckily willing to share their knowledge with me. :)

  • Debbie:

    I’ve taken classes but I tend to shy away from them because I find it too stressful to process all the new information in a short time frame. It is probably just me.

    I have joined Craftsy and I have been eyeing the classes. They have some great sales once in a while and since it is video it can be done at your own pace. That’s the part I like. I have not purchased a class yet and I really have missed some spectacular deals (like a $60.00 class for $19.00). It is worth a look, Mary.

  • Carolyn in NC:

    Knitting little toys like that for grandchildren would be great.
    Have fun if you jump into this new thing!

  • Holly Baldwin:

    I just got back into quilting after about 20 years. Before that only hand quilted. I taught my self to machine quilt with 3 craftsy classes and also Leah days vidoes. Just completed my 3 quilt in 2 months.

  • Dee Winter:

    I’ve taken some classes, but it’s also a social thing. I’m not into racing racing to get my top done, just so I can say it’s done. I like to look at the other color combos, sometimes it’s a hmmm maybe I’ll try that combo after all. I look on it as more of an adventure. But I will admit that if the teacher is not up to snuff, I will put that on my evaluation with examples. Old store manager review time kicking in. I hate paying good money for a bad teacher. The school looks fun, but you are right – pretty pricey.

  • Cindy in NC:

    I’d take a class from you, Mary! Bet a lot of other folks would, too.21

  • Judy:

    I’ve been to the Madeline Island School of the Arts before, and it is just wonderful. I’d like to go again this year, but we have a number of events planned and it just won’t fit into our schedule. It does seem pricey, but if you think about it, for 5 days you get to quilt with some amazing instructors, and they keep the class sizes small so you get a lot of individual attention from the instructor, and you get to meet some really neat people! I would encourage anyone to visit this place–Madeline Island is so gorgeous!

  • I take classes if it’s on something that I think may difficult for me to catch on to on my own. Sometimes it’s nice to have someone there with you to walk you through it. It’s also fun to socialize with other quilters! Lol*

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