Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Can you teach me how to quilt?

This is a topic I like to think about.

So many times when people realize that I quilt they tell me - "I could never learn that!" or "I'd love to try quilting one day, maybe you can teach me." 

I love having friends over in my sewing 'studio' to play around and work on a small project while learning some basics. It's fun to see the look on their face once their first project is complete! 

Some people make their money teaching quilting classes, and I'd be lying if I said that I hadn't considered it. But- I don't want to teach beginners. 

One of my long-term quilting goals is to teach advanced quilting. Maybe I'd teach paper piecing, or better yet, how to design your own paper patterns, or precision piecing while using teeny tiny pieces. I could teach modern quilt composition, or any number of things - I haven't found my exact niche yet! 

Why then don't I want to teach beginners? There are a lot of reasons, but as I often think about this, it boils down to the fact that I love quilting too much. I love it, and I want to share it with others. If you want to learn, then I am likely willing to teach you - but I don't want to be paid for it. I want you to learn the love of quilting in a more open setting, where you're free to be yourself and free of stuffy classrooms. 

I'd rather share my passion for quilting for free than get paid for it. 

I'm always trying to pass it back around - I learned so much from other bloggers in the beginning of my journey - and now, I just want to share it right back. So if you're my friend or co-worker and you're reading this, I really mean it when I tell you to come by anytime. I'd love to share this fantastic hobby with you! I warn you though, you might just get hooked!


  1. That's such a great sounding idea! The prices of some classes can be so extreme, even when you provide half the tools/materials yourself!! =D

  2. Wouldn't it be great if there was a place we could all gather and just sew? but like whenever...almost like how all of the knitting shops have little couches and stuff and sometimes knitters just go and sit down and knit... Anyway, it would be neat if there was a place where you could just stop in and use the machines for a bit, but if you needed some fabric, they might have fabric for sale, too ...and we could all just share and learn? (I might be rambling, just chalk it up to the cold medicine I'm currently on...)

  3. I would love a lesson on working with precision on teeny tiny piecing :)