|Jenny Vickers||30/04/2012 13:47:33|
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I am just about to start quilting (although made a log fire machine quilt many years ago) and I am gathering my tools and materials. I have a number of patterns/ideas I want to attempt but I thought it might be a good idea to see if there are any courses out there that I can go on. I am a very experienced sewer, been doing it since i was 10, which I am a long way from now!! I have made intricate curtains to ball dressess, so am very au fait with sewing techniques. What I am looking for is quilting rather than sewing knowledge.
Can anyone recommend a good course to go on. I live in France (near Angouleme Dept 16, for anyone who would like to make contact) but I come and go back to the UK and would definately travel for a good course! If you know of one or have been on a good one I would love to hear from you. In the meantime I will continue reading all I can on Popular patchwork, what a great website!
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Welcome to the website Jenny, I hope you will enjoy looking round, and you're sure to make lots of new quilting friends.
It sounds like you would probably like a residential course, and I don't know a lot about those, but I will have a think and see what I can come up with. Most beginners courses are weekly or monthly which wouldn't be much use to you.
However, it sounds like you have loads of experience, so I am wondering whether you might be better off with a good book and some time to experiment instead. There are loads of good sampler quilt books, Lyn Edwards is great, and that will teach you all the basics. We are willing to help here too, so if you want to know anything, just ask. If you want to do more Art Quilt type advanced or creative techniques, you can do City and Guilds via distance learning online with The School of Stitched Textiles (that is quite a time and money commitment). You could also look at Craftsy and Quilt University online lessons, they are very good, and pretty affordable.
|Jenny Vickers||30/04/2012 15:01:04|
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Thank you so much for your reply and the suggestions.
I have ordered two books 'The Complete Book of Patchwork, Quilting and Applique' and 'Show Me How to Machine Quilt' which I eagerly anticipate delivery of. I will look for Lyn edwards in a mo.
The online courses sound a good idea and I will investigate them but the ideal for me would be a course I can attend for a few days or a week as I find it much easier to learn if I can see it being done. I love living in France but this is the type of thing I miss!
Anyway I will start and see how I go and as you have said I now have you all to call on for help. Though if anyone does know if such a course exists I would love to hear about it!
|Irene B||30/04/2012 17:00:30|
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Hi Jenny, welcome to this fab forum. You will get lots of help here if you need it. Lynn Edwards is a very good tutor. I've done Quilt University and I must say it's very good and reasonable.
I've sent you a personal message. You will find it under Account then My Messages.
|Jenny Vickers||30/04/2012 17:29:18|
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Hi Irene - quilt university - sounds intriguing, what does it entail?
Thank you for your pm, I will investigate it further.
As I have been researching courses/workshops it has higlighted that I need identify what it is I want to learn. As soon as I have received all the materials and goodies I have ordered, I am going to start my project and see how I go. That should then highlight what I need to learn (sounds good in theory - will have to see!!)
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Here you go Jenny, have a look here, they are very reasonable and interesting classes, I've done a couple of them, I really like the format.
There are also these ones
|quilt and patch||30/04/2012 18:15:55|
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Hi Jenny,Welcome to the forum.Keep reading and you will make lots of friends and get lots of ideas and advice. You may even want to join in some of the swaps we do. It's all good fun! Love Liz x
|Marian T||30/04/2012 20:34:27|
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Welcome to the PP online group. You'll see Margaret (Winnie) pop up when she has a moment, who also lives in France and she may be able to advise on retreats or courses in France, though I think she'd agree that she feels happy to have joined this group.
|Janet M||30/04/2012 23:39:57|
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Welcome Jenny to the PP Forum, it is always nice to welcome new members, I do hope you will find what you are looking for. Marian's suggestion of getting in touch with Margaret BOLB is a good one because as she says she lives in France too.
Take your time and have a really good look round the site, there is a lot going on here all the time, plus you can enter the competition give aways on here, go to top of page and where it says WIN, click on that and then just fill in your info for all the things you would like to win. YES you can enter then all. You may only win one but it is great there are always super prizes to be won thanks to the Magazine and its sponsors.
.................really Jan but everyone calls me Batty, no idea why!!
|Winnie the B.O.L.B||01/05/2012 09:19:44|
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Hi there Jenny,
Like all the others - welcome to the "crazy gang"!! I'm the Margaret the others mentioned (aka self christened "Winnie the BOLB" i.e.bear of little brain, if you're wondering what the hang they are all talking about!! )
As they say, I live in France too - in actual fact, not ALL that far away from you, down in the Dordogne - not sure exactly about distance but probably about a couple of hours south Angoulême - not far from Périgueux if you want to look on the map.
I am a fairly recent group member - January this year and I LOVE it. Like you, I am very happy living over here but I do miss the patchwork "contact" I had back in Edinburgh. This site is the nearest thing you could ever want to a "live" group. You'll learn lots and everyone is incredibly friendly and helpful - and we have lots of laughs too.
I'll PM you later on - maybe we can have a chat by phone if you'd like to - or we can just write - if you prefer.
Love Margaret H xx
Edited By Winnie the B.O.L.B on 01/05/2012 09:20:30
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