I've finally done it....I've signed up for a quilting class. Despite quilting for 4 years now, I've never actually taken a class on quilting. A LQS (local quilt shop) is having a Beginning Quilt Making class starting March 6th and running on Sundays for 2 hours for a total of 6 weeks. A few things drew me to the class:
1. The quilt shop is a total of 5-10 minutes from our house...very convenient and they just expanded. ;-)
2. I thought I might meet some new quilters in the area who are also relatively new to quilting.
3. There are some techniques that they'll be doing that I haven't done yet. By the look of the quilt they plan to make as a sampler, there's some log cabin blocks, applique, and I think some piecing of fabric with curves, which I haven't tried to do yet. They'll also show how to put a hanging sleeve on the quilt, which I haven't done.
4. Aside from techniques I haven't done yet, they're going to go through some of the basics of cutting, pressing, getting that perfect 1/4" seam, etc. While I think I'm pretty good at that stuff, I think it would be useful to actually have someone show me how to do it and see if I'm doing something incorrectly.
Now that I've signed up for the course, I'm both excited and a little nervous. I'm a bit of a loner and don't gravitate toward "group" settings. I'm sure the people there will be very nice and friendly (almost all quilters are), but there's a little bit of a worry that I won't "connect" with anyone there. I'm probably over-thinking this, but I really hope that I'll enjoy the class and meet some people.