As the year end approaches, it has me thinkin' about what classes I want to take in 2014. I don't know about you, but I love to learn and since I love to quilt, I love to learn about quilting. In fact, I would much rather spend a week at a good in - depth class at a quilt conference than go to a fancy- smacy vacation spot. (Well, at least all those that don't end with the phrase - Resort and Spa).
Over the years, I've tried all sorts of class. I quickly out grew the quilting classes at my local quilt shop. Not only were they mostly teaching the basics but they were also project based. I started going to Quilting by the Lake in Syracuse, NY. They would bring in national teachers and dedicate two weeks every July to art quilting and surface design. After nearly 15 years, I was looking for a bit of change - hence my summer trip to Arrowmont in Gatlinburg, Tenn. Wow! That was one of my better decisions. It really was a week that I will remember for a lifetime.
So now how do I follow that? I decided to make another change. I'm going to try Quilt Surface Design Symposium (QSDS) that resides in Columbus, Ohio. This offers a bit of a change from others that I've taken. First of all, its right at a campus in the heart of the city. Classes run for the full two week including weekends. And its closer to home! With that all in mind, I've decided to take Sue Benner's Master Class. Its running 7 full days - you can work on whatever you want and where your quilt journey has taken you andddddddddd I've only heard great things concerning the teacher. What more could you want?
Still that isn't enough for me. No! I'm one of the lucky ones that got a spot in Elizabeth Barton's recently announced year long online Master class. My mother generously gifted me the tuition $$ (Thanks Ma!) so that I can spend the year taking up the challenges that Elizabeth throws our way. I like taking online classes with her. She meticulously plans out her exercises and lectures and is generous with her one on one help. Plus you get to work in your own studio with all your favorite stuff around you. The one thing is that you need to stay focused and self disciplined. Harder then it looks when the your home life keeps trying to hone in on your studio time. I'm glad Elizabeth will be there to crack the whip. You never want for something to do when Elizabeth is your teacher - grin!
Anyways, with all that a-waiting me - 2014 is looking pretty darn exciting.
So what are you up to creatively?