Then this article is for you... how to get started on your journey to successful stitches!
The easiest way to learn is to find a "quilting mentor"... someone younger or older that knows how to do it that you can meet with and pay or barter to teach you the basics... this is what I did :) My quilting mentor and I are now best friends and trade secrets on a regular basis. However, I sought her out initially for her skill and ability to teach... I chose her :) You should think about someone who teaches in a style you can learn from easily, as quilting is fun but also complex... like an onion... your first quilt will be fun and simple and easy probably... but as you learn more about the different aspects of quilting... it is an in-depth art form, for sure :)
So if you don't have someone in your life/vicinity/LQS (local quilt shop) that can teach you to quilt personally, what do you do??? GOOGLE and FACEBOOK :) With today's technology, we gather from all over the world to share what we know... people post tons of helpful things online!
Have you found the Celebrate Hand Quilting Facebook page yet?? I hope you came from there, but if you didn't, ask for admittance here... Caron Mosey is the site administrator and does a fabulous job. It is a busy board with lots and lots of eye candy, along with handy tips and tricks for hand quilting... it is limited to hand quilting pics only of work you have done or seen yourself at a quilt show for example. Totally awesome :)
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Youtube has a plethora of videos of all learning styles... this is how I prefer to learn about new ideas or questions I have that aren't answered to my satisfaction on Facebook. When I want to learn more I go there... BUT... huge BUT... watch SEVERAL videos by different people on a subject before you run off and try it. I have learned with quilting there are many ways to do things... for the same result. Some work better than others depending on your sewing style, so watching a few before you start into motion is my advice with Youtube. Anyone can put a video up; Make sure it is right before you fail because you didn't know the whole story or another way.
CRAFTSY.com is another helpful online site. You must pay for most of their courses, but they are fun and interactive. You can ask questions online via computer and watch the videos at your own pace. They currently offer a few FREE courses, and one I know includes basics on hand quilting your finished top, called... Piece, Patch, Quilt. This is an excellent FREE video class to see if you like it.
Okay... lots of info; now what? Run with it! decide where you are in the project, and move forward. Start with the free Craftsy class and join the Celebrate Hand Quilting site to see if it is for you. No investment of money made for a hobby that just isn't for you.
I hope this article has provided useful to those new to hand quilting, or maybe who didn't know of all the avenues to learning new techniques that are out there. I am not affiliated with any way with Craftsy, Youtube, or Google... just sharing what has worked for me since I decided quilting might be fun to do!
Have a wonderful week!
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