I’m a bit of a quilting class junkie, I try and take at least one or two classes each year and this is despite the fact that I have been quilting for quite a long time. I honestly don’t think it is possible to know every thing there is to know about your craft. It isn’t just about learning it’s also about that interaction with fellow like-minded individuals. Lets face it most non-quilters just don’t get it when you talk about it – you know you see their eyes glaze over.
In this age of YouTube, Craftsy and other online classes I think a lot of us forget the importance of participating in a real class situations with a teacher and other students. It’s the transference of skills and shared inspiration that you don’t get from the Internet. The ability to draw from other peoples experience and viewing another student’s choices that can get your creative juices flowing.
This year I have taken classes with Jen Kingwell and Wendy Williams both classes were fantastic and went beyond expectations. Jen Kingwell is just amazing and I loved her style of teaching it was so laid back, she let the students choose what they wanted to learn went through patterns in her book. She was just so giving of your time and information. I learnt so much in the two days I felt like a sponge just sucking it all in.
It was my second class with Wendy Williams, and I think I took in more this time than I did in the previous class. Wendy’s work is so intricate, her quilts fill with so many exquisite minute details. As I love embroidery almost as much as applique it was another perfect weekend spent with friends new and old.
Tips for heading out to class
• Be prepared, make sure you have all your requirements before the class begins leave last minute purchases to the minimum or make sure you get to class well before the start time so that you are ready when the class is scheduled to start.
• Be on time
• Make sure your machine and other equipment is in good working order.
• Don’t monopolies the teacher’s time. Everyone has paid to be at the class and everyone deserves equal attention.
• Be respectful of the teacher and fellow students
• Take notes or use your smart phone/camera to document the things you have learnt with photo’s.
• Be flexible, go with the flow, try to relax and most of all enjoy yourself