Inspiring Quilters, Stitch by Stitch
I have always wanted to learn to quilt...decided to visit the local quilt store...took a couple of lessons. loved it and paid..$25.00 each, then I decided to go further and buy a pre-cut kit,bought backing, and border fabric, thread, notions...pre-cut kit. ($72) class to make a block, $25....
...Now I am at the point that I have finished the quilt top and having trouble despite visits to all the sites I am hesitant to start borders. As I have never made a quilt and never seen one made it is not that easy to just go and do it when you really are not wanting to cut up expensive material...So, called the shop and asked for help...need another lesson or two depending on how fast you work...that leaves me to go to the quilt shop for more lessons...I can't get help from her any other way as she is "really busy" and you need to call, make an appt, and come in for another class....
thank you for your reply...haven't visited in awhile and just read your thoughtful posting!
Don't despair, here is a good video about sewing borders onto a quilt, hope you find it useful
Quilting can get very expensive, therefore I am pretty much self-taught. I have taken a few classes myself and not only do you learn a lot, but I have met some wonderful quilting gals during these classes. Its nice to have someone you can call in a pinch. I agree with the other ladies, youtube videos are priceless and are packed full of good info. I watched the video Lenna suggested and there really isn't much more to say. The video is right on.
I agree too, it helps to have as many resources as possible and having real live people to talk to can be inspiring and helpfull. To find groups or guilds keep an eye out for quilt shows as well. A quilt show in your area indicates an active quilting gruop.
Check out your local public library and look for books that teach basic skills. They should have lots. Then if you find one that you really like order it from amazon or somewhere else.
Another possibility! The technical college system often has a series of classes on the basic level as well.
ask the quilt shop people for names of quilt groups in your area - they usually know of at least a couple and might have some contact numbers after all these are the people that visit her shop!! The person that owns the shop and her workers are very busy most times and do not have time for individual lessons as they are doing their job keeping the shop running. Find some basic beginner quilt books that have good photos and instructions, start to explore the "net" for the videos they have things for beginners to experienced.