I haven't taken a lot of quilt classes, mostly prefering to learn myself from reading a book. But anytime I wanted to learn a technique that I couldn't pick up from a book, I took a class to help. In the past I have taken the Indian Orange Peel class, a watercolor quilts class (back when they were in style!), stack and whack and also a mystery class. It has been many years since I've had the desire to take any classes. This year, however, I am signed up for FOUR classes and I couldn't be more excited!
In May, I will take a Featherweight class through my guild to learn how to service and repair my machine.
In June, I'm signed up for a Peppermint Twist class taught by Jo Morton at this local shop. I love that pink quilt (scroll down on the web page to see a photo). Maybe I can actually make friends with applique! Or I might modify my center and make it a pieced block rather than applique.
And the pièce de résistance... my IDOL, Carrie Nelson of Miss Rosie's Quilt Company is coming once again to Washington State to teach 2 classes at the Buggy Barn in August. Last year I even had spousal permission to go, but I had no way to get there (non driver here) and no one to go with.
Fast forward to my meeting Nicole just a short time later. When I told her about my missed oppportunity, she said "If it ever happens again, I'll go with you!" I thought "What were the odds of that?" But Carrie is coming again this August and Nicole and I have both signed up and are making our plans to meet there for the classes. A double bonus will be getting to meet Nicole - my quilting soul mate. We have such similar tastes and have collected a lot of the same fabrics and have made or are planning to make a lot of the same patterns. I can't wait for AUGUST!