Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Like a Private class on the Basics!

I said I wanted to learn new techniques this year, but where to start?

I've been sewing for years, I started when I was just 7 with my mother's scraps and her spare machine. I found quilting about 16 years ago. I've taken a few classes at Local Quilt Stores when a quilt top intrigued me or I liked the look of a pattern, but I never took a class on the basics. About Quiltmaking!

So where to begin? At the very beginning of course! I popped in the DVD Diana McClun & Laura Nownes Teach You Beginning Quiltmaking, this is #8 in the At Home with the Experts DVD series published by C & T Publishing.

The great thing about DVDs are that you can pause, rewind and play the sticky lessons again and again. And when you are new to anything, it seems you forget more in a class than you learn because everything is so new, not all of it sticks.

This DVD is perfect for a new quilter or as a gift for someone who is just starting out. This DVD is jam-packed with information. There are four lessons just on fabrics and another three on cutting! The DVD takes you through quiltmaking from picking out fabrics, all the way to quilting and binding.

But that's not all, there is also a section of special features which includes:

  • Meet Diana McClun
  • Meet Laura Nownes
  • Studio Tour
  • Quilt Gallery
  • Quick Start Guide and bonus Pattern

Personally, I absolutely LOVE studio tours!

I was so happy with this DVD, that I bought a few and packaged them up with a selection of fabrics to give as gifts to my friends who have been talking about learning quilting but have never found the time to schedule a class.

Now, if I can discover one new resource and learn a new skill every month, I'll be as happy as Larry! That's one new resources checked off my list. If you are interested in this DVD, and it's not at your local quilt store, you can find it online at C & T Publishing


StitchinByTheLake said...

Thanks for the reveiw Dionne - I have a friend I'm going to send this post to. blessings, marlene

YankeeQuilter said...

Sounds like a great resource. Like you I love the studio tours....

audreypawdrey said...

This sounds like a great resource! Thanks for sharing!

Jane Moxey said...

That's so great that you found the DVD helpful! Those two ladies are so good at what they do and they LOVE teaching beginning quilters! A review like that makes my producer's heart sing:)

Roberta said...

Laura and Diana spoke at our guild some time ago. They are really fun people and love what they do. They are the kind of people you'd like to have as your friends. Well, I know I would!!!

Kritta22 said...

Thanks for the info! I'd loved to share this with friends!

wonderwoman said...

that sounds excellent - i'm self taught so i know i don't do it all as i should do!!


belinda said...

yes...i love the DVDs too...and what a wonderful friend you are to wrap some of these up to give to some of your 'wanna be' a quilter friends....!!

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

I just had someone ask me how to start quilting - this looks like an excellent place to begin. thanks for the recommendation.