I’m Quilting College Bound

There’s a feeling of freedom when you no longer have to go to school but know you could if you wanted to. I am not in the market to return to school for an advanced degree, but I do sometimes find myself perusing online catalogs of nearby universities just to see what sort of extension courses or online seminars I could enroll in if I wanted. Y’know, just for fun.

Which got me thinking: If a university offered a major in Quilting, what would that curriculum look like?

I started looking through the online quilt video courses we offer here on QuiltingCompany.com and boy, did it make me want to give designing a curriculum the old college try! (At one point in my life I thought I was going to go into education as a profession, so I started to geek out a little.) The idea of planning a course of study to take a quilter from freshman orientation through a senior thesis was just too intriguing to pass up. Y’know, just for fun.

Here, then, is a recommended study plan for an imagined Bachelor of Quilting Degree with a Concentration in Piecing. I had to limit myself to one technique, but rest assured I could design curriculums (curricula?) for concentrations in Applique, Machine Quilting, Embroidery, Quilt Design, Surface Design, and a lot more.

For the 100-level courses, I focused on the basics as well as how to make the types of easy quilts that draw many people to quilting in the first place, such as baby quilts and t-shirt quilts. The 200-level courses are geared toward confident beginners who are ready to expand their techniques and learn how to use some specialty rulers.

Courses in the 300 level are intended to stretch a quilter’s skills even more and encourage increased independence and confidence; don’t be scared off by the math course—it’s there to help you get to the next level! The 400-level courses are about refining techniques and deepening a design sense for those who are ready to take on the quilting world on their own terms.

Let’s matriculate!


 

Freshman

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QULT 101: Getting Started: Quilting Basics for Beginning Quilters
Instructor: Mary Fons
Guiding you through the fundamentals of making a quilt—from how to choose your fabric to how to assemble a basic quilt block—this fun course is a no-stress introduction for newer quilters as well as those looking for a refresher on some of the basics.

QULT 102: Quick and Easy Quilting with Simple Simon and Company
Instructors: Liz and Elizabeth Evans
In this beginner quilting course, you will learn how to create a beautiful-but-simple nine-patch baby quilt as well as a variety of techniques for making Half-Square Triangle (HST) units. By the end of this course you’ll have everything you need to create a beautiful half-square triangle quilt and pillow.

QULT 103: How to Make T-Shirt Quilts That Are Extra Cozy
Instructor: Jodie Davis
Wanting to turn old t-shirts into a quilt is a frequent first quilt for many. In this course, you’ll learn how to turn t-shirts into suitable quilt patches using a stabilizer, how to cut out your t-shirts to make use of the motif, how to piece t-shirts together and add sashings and borders.

QULT 104: Log Cabin Blocks for Beginners
Instructor: Kate Colleran
The Log Cabin block is the perfect place to start for a beginner quilter. Kate reviews all the essential steps in getting started from how to cut and pick your fabrics to the importance of seam allowance and how to make your first block.


Sophomore

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QULT 201: Quilting with Precuts
Instructors: Jean Nolte and Cheryl Cantoya
Have you purchased some jelly rolls or charm packs just because you thought they were beautiful? This online course will provide you with tips, techniques, and 50 quilt patterns that are perfect to use with precut strips and squares. The first lesson will give you an overview of the types of precuts available, as well as some tips for working with these special fabric cuts. Lessons 2–4 will each cover a specific type of precut and teach you techniques for using them in your quilts.

QULT 202: Wanderlust Quilt: Scrap Quilting Basics from Beginning to Binding!
Instructor: Bonnie Hunter
World-class scrap quilter Bonnie Hunter takes you step-by-step through the process of creating her Wanderlust quilt. Learn a variety of techniques and applications for making flying geese and half square triangles in multiple sizes and watch them come together in a stunning quilt all from your scrap stash!

QULT 203: Scrap Quilts
Instructor: Bonnie Hunter
This comprehensive, 3-hour scrap quilting course covers how to work with reclaimed or thrifted fabric, easy strip-piecing techniques, “no frills” paper foundation piecing, partial seams, working with “bonus” triangles, and Bonnie’s trademark leaders and enders technique.

QULT 204: Log Cabin Block Variations
Instructor: Kate Colleran
This course will help you explore the marvelous and versatile Log Cabin block. We will review the Chain Block, Quarter Log Cabin, Court House Steps, and Pineapple blocks in this course as well as how you can utilize paper peicing and applique to create beautiful spin-offs of this traditional block.


Junior

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QULT 301: Essential Math for Quilters
Instructor: Donna Mae Norris
Learning Donna Mae’s simple ways to use math for quilt design will help you to make quilts faster, easier and you will feel more confident about how much fabric to buy and what sizes to cut.

QULT 302: Hunter’s Star Made Easy
Instructor: Deb Tucker
The Hunter’s Star is a striking and dynamic design. It can also be a frustrating design, with various shapes and daunting angles. From streamlined construction, easy sewing, multiple size options, high precision blocks, and design versatility, this online course is designed to walk you step by step through Deb Tucker’s patented Rapid Fire Hunter’s Star process and show you exactly how the tool and techniques work.

QULT 303: Secrets to Quilting Success
Instructor: Nancy Mahoney
In this 6 lesson online course, Nancy Mahoney teaches her techniques for how to get the most squares from your strips and why keeping the straight of grain is so important. She will show you how to create the Sunburst block in her friendly and knowledgeable style and how to create sharp points and unusual angles the easy way by quilting with foundation piecing.

QULT 304: Log Cabin Quilts with a Modern Twist
Instructor: Kate Colleran
In this course, Kate Colleran will dive into one-block quilts, off-center and deconstructed blocks as well as curvy patterns. This course is perfect for the intermediate/advanced quilter looking to push their skills further.


Senior

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QULT 401: Design Quilts with EQ7
Instructor: Nancy Mahoney
Discover how easy it is to design your own quilts using EQ7 software. Learn a variety of quilt layouts, including horizontal quilts, on-point quilts, medallion quilts, and more. See how to use the various libraries to enhance your quilt designs. Learn how to use the block worktable and the image worktable to boost your creativity.

QULT 402: Design Studio
Instructor: Thomas Knauer
Build your design vocabulary and foster confidence in designing and making your quilt your own with this 12-part series. Thomas Knauer guides you through a variety of design concepts and techniques, starting with basic quilting shapes and leading to a quilt that is wholly your own.

QULT 403: Feathered Star Quilting Techniques
Instructor: Marsha McCloskey
The Feathered Star is an all-time quilter’s favorite, and Marsha McCloskey has been collecting these intricate designs for many years. While not as difficult as they appear, they have a lot of pieces and take time. It’s a design that invites you to slow down and do your best work. Marsha will show you how and tell you why.


Oh, the places you will go! Time to throw that cap up into the air and celebrate!

You don’t need to take this full recommended study plan to be considered a quilter—as far as I’m concerned, any quilt technique mastered or quilt finished is cause for celebration, regardless of complexity. But I was impressed while putting it together by the depth of techniques and skill levels in the online quilt video courses we offer. If you’re looking to take your skills to the next level, chances are good we have the right course for the job.

Comments (5)

  • Jo P

    Sounds good. Would this be at our own pace and would class be available anytime? I am a slow learner and a bit of a perfectionist I am also a late night doer. Thanks.JP.

    August 14, 2018 at 4:52 pm
    • Brenna Riley Gates

      Hi Jo,
      Thanks for your comment. The courses are at your own pace, you can download the videos to watch them anywhere and anytime that’s convenient for you.
      Enjoy!
      Brenna

      August 15, 2018 at 4:51 pm
  • Lisa R

    These courses sound great. I’m in

    August 14, 2018 at 6:02 pm
  • Barbara T

    Lol Love the idea of a College Degree in Quilting, but now wouldn’t that scare a few newbies!!! I have degrees that only prove that I hadn’t found Quilting then…. Here is just a crazy thought after 30 yrs quiltin’, Do you think I could get some credit toward my Masters Degree?! Hee hee! I am just a few units from the Masters when I realized it wouldn’t make a difference job wise.
    However now if I could apply all those useless(now)
    Credits to Quilting!! What a wonderful Degree, that would be!!!
    Fun fun when I started I had a hard time finding a book on Quilting!! Kids are sew lucky to have you and all the teachers we have available now!!

    August 15, 2018 at 2:35 am
  • Barbara T

    PS Did you forget to include a class on Art Quilting that breaks all the
    rules & just focuses on Design!! Hee,hee fun fun fun

    August 15, 2018 at 2:38 am

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