Many of those who have known me for a while would probably answer yes. Of course even those folks probably have no idea how many classes I've actually taken.
Ever since I turned 70 back in April I have been contemplating things about my art. These are my latest questions. How many classes have I taken and what did I make? Were they worth taking or does that even really matter?
When I started quilting 35 years ago I learned how to quilt from books taken out of the local library. I only worked on one thing at a time, did not have a bunch of unfinished projects, and did not have a huge book and fabric stash. Boy have times changed! The first class I took was one on making a double wedding ring quilt at a local quilt store. This was made back when I only hand quilted and there was a lot of hand quilting in this queen sized quilt....800 hours worth.
|Wedding rings and white roses|
Once I found Quilt University I started taking lots of classes online. I estimate that I took at least 12 classes from dying fabric to free motion quilting to painting fabric to making an art quilt. Many of those classes did not result in making anything. I did make some pieces.
|Forest Cathedral, dyeing fabric|
|Orange Sky at Night, painting fabric|
|Over the Sea to Skye, first art quilt|
|Snap, Crackle, Pop, elements in fabric class|
|Blue Flower, flower power class|
So 6 quilts for at least 12 classes. I guess that's not too bad. I have an Hawaiian quilt that is only 1/4 appliqued at this point. I doubt that I'll ever finish it. I hate needle turn applique. I guess I leaned that in that class!
I've taken other online classes from independent teachers. In each of these classes I did make something.
|Winter Solstice, Ellen Lindner class|
|Midwinter Visitor, Ellen Lindner class|
|Blue Portal, Portal class with Natalya Khorover|
|Apple, Double reverse applique class|
|Connected to the Moon, text on textiles class|
|Beneath a Turquoise Sky, in person class with Gloria Loughman|
So I guess not a bad showing from these classes.
Then of course I took Elizabeth Barton's master class twice. These classes lasted an entire year. The first time back in 2014 we made 10 quilts. Those quilts can be seen here.
The second time I took the class as an independent student in 2018. I made 4 quilts that you have seen many times.
|When the Dark Night Seems Endless|
|Taking its Toll|
|Light in Darkness|
Then there is Academy of Quilting. I've taken plenty of classes there as well. I did make something in several of the classes.
|Midwinter's night, abstract art for quilt makers|
|We are Broken, abstract art for quilt makers|
|Sunlight in the Forest, abstract art for quilt makers|
|Stained Glass quilt with Elizabeth Barton|
Then there are all those classes with Natalya Khorover. In each one I made something.
|Abandoned Cement Works, plastic class|
|Boston Collage in progress, Sense of space class|
|Pittsburgh in the Snow 1: Waiting for the Trolley, Sense of space class|
|Pittsburgh in the Snow 2: Cathedral|
Looking back at this makes me think that I accomplished a lot in all of these classes. They certainly have turned me into the artist that I am today. When I started this blog I was sure I hadn’t made many things from all of those classes. The thing that I am least proud of is all the classes I have taken at Craftsy and made nothing except some great sticky buns and failed attempts at sourdough bread. And there are other classes I have taken to create original fabrics. So if I had to guess how many classes I have taken in total I would have to say maybe about 50. Is that good to take so many classes?
I'm sure I will take many more classes. Already Natalya has said that she is teaching the Sense of Space class in the fall and it will be different this time around. I was tempted to take it again, but decided that I am crazy. I have enough on my plate with projects.
Do you take classes? Do you always make something? Can we take them for the pure joy of taking them without doing anything?
Thanks for reading.
Linking to Nina-Marie.