Top Quilting Tips No. 2 – A Class Act

In the ‘Countdown to classes‘ series here’s number –

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Today I want to talk about classes and why you should attend one on a regular basis. As far as Apatchy Quilting goes I always envisaged that it would be a haven away from the stresses of everyday life as well as a quilting venue that nurtures creativity and inspiration. This is why I try to encourage everyone to think positively and why I discourage negative talk at classes – because it discourages people.

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I was sad to hear that Rod McKuen died this week – I loved his poetry from the time I was a teenager. This portion of the poem ‘A Safe Place to Land‘ reflects what I feel about Apatchy:

“There should be some silence in this place so thought can harvest things it’s lately caught. I hope that you will take this as a resting space. A bench provided just before the clearing up ahead.”

Linda Steele is an award-winning quilter. She put together a list of 10 reasons to belong to a group. I couldn’t have put it better myself so here is her list:

1. Inspiration

Who cannot help but be inspired by other peoples quilts.

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2. Information

In our busy world it is impossible to keep up with everything going on.

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3. Camaraderie

Sewing and quilting can be a solitary activity. Of course we all need time alone to prepare, design and achieve but it’s good to show others what we are doing as well.

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4. Critique

Honest feedback is hard to find in the quilting world. Family and friends are too close and often don’t have the expertise. This is where a  group with the skill to articulate and use the principles of Art and Design as their base is invaluable.

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5. Insight

Everyone’s work is different and it is very interesting to see how other people  approach a theme or idea.

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6. Competition

Nothing spurs you on like a little bit of friendly competition.

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7. Support

Designing your own quilts and entering competitions can be tough and  rejection is common. This is where groups can offer understanding, commiseration and encouragement.

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8. Purpose

Self-esteem is often built on achievement and finishing a quilt or helping organise an activity is very rewarding.

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9. Confidence

Advising, listening, supporting and sharing with others have the advantage of boosting our own confidence.

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10. Friendship

I have met so many wonderful people including online friends through my quilting groups.

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Exactement! My thoughts too.

See you on Tuesday and Wednesday 9:30am to 12:30 for the day class or 6:00pm to 9:00pm for the evening class if you’re a night owl. Be there or be square.

Until tomorrow

Happy Quilting

Kaye

If you have missed any of the Countdown to Classes series here are the links:

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3 thoughts on “Top Quilting Tips No. 2 – A Class Act

  1. More inspiring words & advice really great. Looking forward to class. Have so many questions after the break will have to pace them a bit.
    Thanks
    Margaret

  2. Thanks Kaye ,I have enjoyed this countdown so much ! It’s been very inspiring ,amusing and informative! I’ve looked forward to it every day !

  3. Pingback: Top Quilting Tips No. 1- The Fabric of Life | Smoke Signals from a Log Cabin

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