Quilt University offers success in classes from applique, to computer quilting and surface design and more. find out why in the article below.

January Issue 11: 2001
Editor: Sharla R. Hicks
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From the Keyboard of Nikki Bennett, a student at Quilt University

Quilt University Offers Success

Some people are process persons. A new or a revived but creative artistic idea sends them into action. This is how the cycle starts. Then having learned how to do the process, they have been challenged met the challenge and are ready for new horizons. The project is filed and they are ready to move on.

I am such a person. My favorite processes are filed in cardboard boxes without lids, but clearly marked to indicate the process contained inside (double wedding ring, cathedral window, mariner's compass, Hawaiian pillow, etc.) stacked crosswise each other waiting for me to come back to them. And the stacks get taller.....

In the mid-nineties I retired from college teaching certain that I would now finish all those unfinished products in the boxes. This process-person would be transformed magically into a product-person.

That is not what happened. I joined many quilting groups on the Internet and, you guessed it, the boxes increased. Then the New Day dawned. On one quilting list a message reported a new site, Quilt University (www.quiltuniversity.com). They offered a "free class" I learned, so off it went to try them out.

The class was terrific! It proved to be a prototype of the many classes that followed for me. I printed out my outline/supplies list, shopped - mostly in my stash that had grown for decades (you knew I had one didn't you?), printed out the lessons and cut and sewed. The PROCESS is presented clearly in a logical order with artistic and professional graphics. Supplemental sources for ideas, patterns, and information is presented in many classes and is helpful in stimulating creative thinking, an obvious goal of the University and its teachers.

Each class has an ongoing Discussion where questions, problems, suggestions, and ideas are exchanged. The teacher responds quickly. Comments from other students are welcome. The classes are most often international…European, Australian, Canadian, South American. But always a friendly and fun group. Information and ideas are shared in an environment of your own noise-level choice and with the entire group instead of small groups exchanging ideas within the group.

There is a gallery for each class. As students work through the lessons, they are encouraged to share photos of work-in-progress or finished products. Instructions for sending photos to the University include alternatives for those who do not have scanners or are not very proficient in computer technology.

At quilt conferences, there may be a room open all night for those who are "compulsive", "I'm on a roll and can't stop now", or "I woke up and am ready to sew." At Quilt University students have their very own "room" open day and night. They can work in pajamas (or whatever), no makeup and uncombed hair. It is terrific. Create at personal schedules.

Each class is invited to evaluate the class and teacher. This is important to the university in making choices of teachers, classes, and schedules. Classes are numerous now and subjects are varied. Skill levels are rated for each class and there are classes for all skill levels. If you want a class, ask for it. Perhaps someone is waiting for your request to offer just the class you want.

Since that first free class, many classes have followed for me…fabric dying, machine quilting, fabric embellishment, paper piecing, applique and more - several of these were process but I've a product also! No bad experiences so far to report. Hey, I like Quilt University! Could ya' tell?

Patti R. Anderson, the author for our new Hints and Tips series for Electric Quilt in Computer Quilitng BYTES is also teaching classes at Quilt University

For additional information about Quilt University, visit the website at: http://www.quiltuniversity.com

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