Quilter gets started with online quilting classes
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.
"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."
"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."
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/