Quilter gets started with online quilting classes

Posted by Ruth on 28 April 2011 | 1 Comments


It is always interesting to know how a quilter gets started in quilting especially though the help of online quilting classes. It is so easy to become addicted to this passion. I would like to share Carolyn Houlden's story with you and how she has grown to enjoy this wonderful craft of quilting.

weaving loom

Carolyn's loom

Carolyn's story....

"Because I am a weaver, it seems natural that I love all things fibre related. When my daughter-in-law Jennifer, who is an accomplished quilter, visits and we head off to the quilt stores, I cannot resist the pull of the beautiful fabrics.

It was through Jennifer that I realized that there are an incredible variety of quilting courses available online, and it wasn't long before I signed up for my first class, an introduction to piecing and block construction. With the help of detailed written instructions and photographs I was able to learn the fundamentals of this craft at my own pace, in my own home. I didn't have to tote my machine and accessories out in all weather and to wait my turn to get the teacher's attention when I had a question. The courses are set up to allow full interaction between students and teachers, so although I was working from home I could still benefit from everyone else's experiences and questions. I could work at my own pace, with no pressure to keep up with others in the class. In quite a short period of time I had a beautiful lap top quilt pieced together.

It wasn't long before I signed up for another class to produce 4 bargello pieces."

Bargello Seasons - Autumn quilt

Carolyn's Autumn Bargello
see her other season bargellos at the end of this story

"It soon became obvious that I needed to learn how to quilt so that became my next venture into online learning. At the Academy of Quilting, the addition of wonderful instructional videos enhanced the home classroom experience and with more experience I know I will be able to become more proficient at this aspect of the art."

machine quilting sample from student at the Academy of Quilting

Carolyn's machine quilting sample

Another advantage of online lessons is that I now have all the instructions my notes, photographs and video clips stored on my computer for easy reference any time I need them.

Weaving with yarns whose colours interlace with each other in a variety of ways is very different than piecing fabrics that abut each other. This difference poses a real challenge for me so being able to see the photographs from all the participating students and then to read the follow-up comments and suggestions from the instructor has been a huge help as I learn about fabric choice and placement.

I think it is the flexibility of online courses that appeals to me most. The selection is vast, the timing is my own and the instruction is first class!"

Great story Carolyn, thank you for sharing with us all. It is amazing to see how far you have come in such a short time. What's your next project to be?

To find out more about our online classes visit http://arbeedesigns.com/online-classes/

Carolyn's Spring Bargello

Carolyn's Spring Bargello

Carolyn's Summer Bargello

Carolyn's Summer Bargello

Carolyn's Winter Bargello

Carolyn's Winter Bargello

quilting classes available at the Academy of Quilting

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  • I was all set to start Ruth's Tuesday tutor quilt and have assembled all the fabrics. But I got sidetracked by a William Morris jelly roll and have just finished a strip tube quilt. Lots of bias cuts and other challenges! The TT quilt will be soon but the 10 yards of tea towels on the loom must get done also!

    Posted by Carolyn Houlden, 28/04/2011 10:17am (10 years ago)

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