When we start a new year everyone starts to think of all the new things they “Will” get done. We all do it, sometimes it is to lose weight, some it is to go back to school, maybe go on a trip you always dreamed of….it can be anything really. Have you ever sat and looked in a book or magazine and saw something so amazing, so beautiful that you wish you knew how to do it? I do this all the time. I see things online all the time, or my mom sends me pictures for some of the classes they do at Seams Sew Right, and I think to myself how cool it would be to be able to do that.
Today there are so many different ways to learn things in all areas. You see online tutorials on how to do hair styles, makeup, and yes even quilting. As you know from our previous blog my husband and I made four quilts, one for each of our children, (okay when him and I, I really mean just him!) We did watch the tutorials online but it was just hard to really see what was going on and how she was doing it. When I take a class I want the option to be able to ask questions if I don’t get and if I need someone to walk me through it I like that to be in a face to face setting. I think my husband and I both wish we had someone with knowledge and experience at our fingertips to help us. My mom was there but she was over the phone and as helpful as it was, we were really going blind with this project. We accomplished it with only a few problems but it made me appreciate the fact that face to face classes are there.
Did you ever see a quilt and wonder how they did that by simply putting pieces of fabric together? Like the quilt below…
This quilt to me is absolutely amazing. The detail in it is a piece of art. Learning how to do something like that would be amazing to me. But I also know I need to start way at the beginning before I get to that point, so maybe I will be the one who does the next two quilts my husband was talking about, or maybe I will just start small and make the curtains I have been talking about for months.
Even if you feel you know everything you need to know about quilting there is always something new you can learn. That is the same with anything really. Over time Quilting has evolved so much, it is so much more than sewing blocks of fabric together. When you finish you are like an artist putting the finishing touches on a painting. But even an artist tries new techniques that they never thought they would use.
Classes are available all over the place, so many different options. Sometimes a beginning course will help teach you something you forgot or show you something new that you didn’t learn when you first started. Maybe you just want to learn how to do a Log Cabin Quilt, or maybe you have never mastered machine quilting and really want to do that.
I say let’s do it! Find a class and sign up for it! Even if you think it may be too difficult for you, or you think “eh I don’t need to know how to do that” One day you might! When you take a class, it isn’t just about learning something new, it is about meeting new people, and it’s about getting out of the house and doing something you love and learning all at the same time! I like to call things like that “me” time. We all need a little “me” time don’t we?
I don’t know much about quilting, I have made that clear from the get go. I am the technical side of Seams Sew Right and Love it Again! But the more I put in information about the classes, or I put some fabric on the website, or I post pictures of quilts we are raffling off. I think to myself, “Man that would be really awesome to learn how to do, and actually have the time and patience to do it.” As I said before it is a new year, so many new things to try to do! Why not go ahead and start learning? Next time you look at a quilt and say “Wow I really wish I knew how to do that?” Go find a class! Make this the year you learn how to do that! Make it happen! Make your piece of art!