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10. The Best Ways to Learn to Quilt

This week on the podcast I’m chatting about all the pros and cons of different methods of learning how to quilt.

But first, if you’d rather read than listen, check out the transcript here.

I talk about the method I used to learn to quilt and what I believe is the best option for most people right now.

If you’re looking for a quick rundown, here ya go:

1. Be Self Taught

This method is wildly popular and  it’s the route that I went.  It’s the least expensive (sort of) and if you’re willing to take the long way to your destination, it’s a valid option.  I personally believe it is also THE WORST way to learn to quilt.  With so many different methods to be found on YouTube it can be very confusing.  Add in the fact that you don’t know what you don’t know, you’re skipping steps left and right and left frustrated when you final product looks less than stellar.  Plus, if you stick at it like I did, it could take you YEARS to gain the proficiency that you desire.

2. Take Quilt Lessons at a Quilt Shop or JoAnn’s

There is nothing like being able to get feedback when you run into roadblocks.  Which I believe is the absolute biggest pro to going with in person quilting lessons.  I believe that everyone should take at least one quilting class in a local shop.  It will help you get in touch with your local quilting community, and you guys know how I feel about creating community!  It’s an idea near and dear to my little milspouse heart. Plus, there is the massive benefit of having someone there to answer your questions.

But there are some glaring cons to learning at a quilt shop.  First is the cost and time commitment.  It can often take hundreds (and hundreds) of dollars worth of classes to accumulate all the skills you’ll need to be the amazing quilter you’re meant to be.  Plus, you have to do it on the instructor’s schedule.  No working ahead when you’ve got a skill conquered, no repeats of lessons (unless you pay for them).

3. The Modern Quilters Academy

Which brings me to why I created The Modern Quilters Academy.  There are some huge advantages to both of the previous options.  That’s why The Modern Quilters Academy is a hybrid course.  You’ll receive access to a simple, Emily navigated member portal with all of your tutorials in sequential order.  Then in the private FB community, you’ll receive weekly Q&A sessions where I answer ALL your questions, plus I’ll be in there answering questions all week long.  I’ll also be adding deep dive lectures on various portions of the Academy.  Plus, it’s a living breathing school.  Meaning, if you have issues with a lesson, not only will I assist you through your hiccup, but I’ll also enhance that lesson and subsequent lessons to better aid you in learning.  I’m not leaving a bunch of tutorials for you and disappearing, heck no!

Plus, I want this to be affordable. Learning should be accessible to everyone!  That’s why you can join The Modern Quilters Academy for about the price of one good in person lesson.  With lifetime access!

Doors to The Modern Quilters Academy close June 10th at 11:59 pm.  I can’t wait to see you inside!

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Noelani T.

I worked with Nicole in a one on one environment on a large quilt. I have limited sewing experience and...

Noelani T.

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2020-06-26T11:01:26-04:00

Noelani T.

I worked with Nicole in a one on one environment on a large quilt. I have limited sewing experience and Nicole’s expertise was invaluable for this large project. Nicole is very patient and explained the different steps and their purposes clearly. She improved my original idea to better accomplish my overall goal. I highly recommend Nicole as an instructor and would personally have another session in a heartbeat!

Michelle L.

I seriously didn’t even know the names of parts of my sewing machine before I worked with Nicole. She walked...

Michelle L.

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2020-06-26T11:05:18-04:00

Michelle L.

I seriously didn’t even know the names of parts of my sewing machine before I worked with Nicole. She walked me through everything step by step. And it was amazing. She taught me the ins and outs of my machine and how to add each basic concept together. It was invaluable, because now I can figure things out and get creative without fearing the dreaded unravel!
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