Quilting Programs and Classes

Quilting classes are offered in some college programs that include quilting as part of a course in textiles and clothing design. More often, quilting programs are available at community colleges, museums and community centers for personal enrichment purposes. Read on to learn more about the different classes in this field of study.

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Essential Information

Quilting courses offer opportunities for beginning or advanced quilters to hone their skills and develop new techniques in sewing and producing quilted products.

Here is an outline of common concepts taught in quilting classes:

  • Cutting techniques
  • Hand and machine sewing basics
  • Design
  • Textiles
  • Construction

List of Courses

Quilt History Course

Quilting students study the tradition and history of quilting, as well as the different influences and various techniques. This is usually a beginner's class and comes at the start of a degree or certificate program.

Basic Quilting Technique Course

This course introduces students to fabric selection, cutting, seam construction and binding. Students also learn about different piecing methods using various shaped fabric pieces. Typically, students create a simple quilt project as part of the course.

Sewing Machine Quilting Course

Students are introduced to the sewing machine and learn its basic functions. Some quilting techniques and ideas covered in this course include cutting, quarter inch seam making, pressing and applique. Student learn how to use a sewing machine to quilt an original project. This course may be taught as a stand-alone course or come in the middle of a degree or certificate program.

Quilting Techniques Course

This is an advanced level course, which usually comes near the end of a degree or certificate program. It may also be a found as a personal enrichment or life long learning course for advanced quilters. Students study the different advanced techniques that go beyond simple quilting. Curved seams and spin-wheels are examples of techniques taught in this course. Students may also learn how to create clothing items or use unique materials, like feathers, in their work.

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