Monday, March 16, 2009

Finding Classes, Books and Events for Quilters

Quilting Resources is returning Thursday, March 19 from 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. in the Technology Center. This is a hands-on computer class for quilters interested in learning more about resources for them on the computer, including local classes, stores and events. Following this one-hour computer session, students are invited to move to the Sycamore Room for a session on Quilting Tips & Techniques. Here are some highlights from the class.

Look for Quilting books on the 2nd floor of the Central Park Library in the 746.46 section. You'll find books for beginners, books on specific skills, and books for more advanced quilters with specialities like Hawaiian and Japanese quilting methods. Try these: Start Quilting with Alex Anderson : six projects for first-time quilters by Alex Anderson,Rotary magic : easy techniques to instantly improve every quilt you make by Nancy Johnson-Srebro, Hawaiian quilting : instructions and full-size patterns for 20 blocks by Elizabeth Root, or Japanese Country Quilting: Sashiko patterns and projects for beginners by Karen Matsunaga.

Look for Quilting classes at local Adult Education programs in Santa Clara, Sunnyvale-Cupertino and Mountain View-Los Altos, where on-going, low-cost classes are taught. Local quilt stores like The Granary or Eddie's Quilting Bee in Sunnyvale, Prairie Queens Quilt Shop in San Jose or Natural Expressions in Los Gatos teach many classes. Nationally recognized quilting experts teach quilting classes annually at Asilomar in Pacific Grove at the Empty Spools Seminars.

Quilt Shows are great places for shopping, attending classes and getting design ideas. Visit the annual
Pacific International Quilt Festival or the biannual Santa Clara Valley Quilters Association's show both held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in 2009.

posted by mb