Date: 04-01-2006, 07:46 PM (1 of 7)
I want to branch out on what I can do with my machine, so I thought I would give quilting a try. I came upon a store today that gave lessons and sold a large array of the notions and materials required for them.
Anyway, what would be a decent price on a begginners class on quilting? And would you recommend taking a class with zero quilting experience, or should I read a book first? And finally, what would be a good first project?
Member since: 03-31-2006
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Date: 04-01-2006, 07:51 PM (2 of 7)
|Welcome to an addictive pastime! Prices for classes: anywhere from $30 to $60 is typical for a class in a shop...check out your neighborhood quilt guild for ther workshops too, which are usually much less for members and well worth the expense. Ask your local quilt shop for a SMALL beginner project. Don't start with a big bed quilt. Pick fabric you adore so you will like what you are working on and a project that attracts you. Take your time, this is not like making a simple garment. You will be learning new things. Know that quilters are great people and love to be asked questions. My favorite beginner book is The Ultimate Guide to Quilting by Fons and Porter. Just about everything is in there for you. Have fun!||
Member since: 04-01-2006
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Date: 04-01-2006, 07:56 PM (3 of 7)
I took my first quilting class at an adult school. I paid $40 for 8 lessons. At the quilt shop $40 would probably take you thru 4 lessons, or a one whole day class. Usually all quilt shops have a beginner class a few times a year. I recommend you get a beginner book, like Beginning Quilting with Alex Anderson (I think that's the correct name), but from my own expreience, reading didn't help before starting the class. I needed to be shown each step.
Lastly, a good beginner project could be 'log cabin' or 'rail fence'.
Good luck. Be warned tho....quilting is addicting .
QUOTE=IlovemySinger]I want to branch out on what I can do with my machine, so I thought I would give quilting a try. I came upon a store today that gave lessons and sold a large array of the notions and materials required for them.
Anyway, what would be a decent price on a begginners class on quilting? And would you recommend taking a class with zero quilting experience, or should I read a book first? And finally, what would be a good first project?[/QUOTE]
Member since: 10-15-2000
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Date: 04-01-2006, 11:20 PM (4 of 7)
Here's the link for the beginner quilting lessons on this site. This is where I learned to quilt and had a great time learning and I haven't slowed down since then. My UFOs just keep growing and growing. LOL
Member since: 05-19-2001
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Date: 04-02-2006, 10:23 AM (5 of 7)
I, too, took my quilting lessons right here at this site.......in fact plrlegal was one of my classmates and what GREAT students we were! The beginner lessons here are really good and there are so many experienced quilters here that are willing and eager to help by answering questions........and NO question is silly......
Just remember, that once you start those lessons you have entered the .......
ADDICTIVE ZONE, a place with no exit!!!!!
Member since: 01-20-2006
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Date: 04-04-2006, 12:12 AM (6 of 7)
I think I paid $40 for 2 classes to learn how to make a log cabin quilt-my first. Well worth the money and once I "understood" quilting, the patterns made more sense to me so I was able to make other quilts using different patterns. If I could find a decent free motion quilting class I'd take that one too! The class was small-4 of us plus the instructor so I was able to get one on one at times when I didn't understand something. Good luck! Be sure to share your project with us.
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Date: 04-10-2006, 01:56 PM (7 of 7)
Welcome to you!!! As you may have already figured out quilting is a very addicting endeavor, but one greatly loved. If you get a book first it will probably be like reading a foreign language at first, but after taking a couple of beginners classes then the books will start to make sense. I started on my on with a book and then later took some classes and they really helped. I would probably start with a pattern that dealt with squares and/or rectangles first. Save the triangles and other odd shapes for future quilts. Even though for my first quilt I made a lap robe size broken dishes, which is half square triangles, I wouldnt advise it. ( I had no one to tell me that I wasn't supposed to do HST for my first quilt)HAHA
Again WELCOME to the quilting world and to this forum.
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