Can’t help but compare…

Blogger: Kathy Schmidt, Quirks Ltd.

I’m always interested in workshops being offered around the country and I’m on several mailing lists for them. Because I got an ad for classes from one today, I can’t help but compare them to the workshops we have here at the guild. There is a ‘circuit’ of shows and venues that many teachers appear at, as well as local store classes and other guilds. The list changes as teachers retire and new teachers become better known, but many names are known throughout the quilting community.

Joe Cunningham

There are well-known schools that offer classes such as Madeline Island School of the Arts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, John C. Campbell Folk School. The National Quilt Museum offers classes. There are retreats such as Craft Napa, Allegre Retreat, The Holly Girls Retreat and, of course, classes at national quilt shows. These are all wonderful opportunities to learn and are often set in beautiful, special locations. But they are very expensive.

Barb Vedder

I’m not going to compile a spreadsheet of price comparisons to put in this blog. It’s not necessary, if you take a quick stroll through the websites of some of these venues. We have many of the same teachers at a fraction of the price! What a deal!

Sujata Shah

I can’t express my delight too strongly at how lucky we are to still be able to offer this guild benefit, especially in the face of ever-rising teacher expense.

Catherine Redford

Please continue to support these workshops so we can keep getting these awesome classes right here at home.

Paula Golden


We have it soooo good!

And then we have QU—it doesn’t get any better than this!

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1 Comment

  • Katie McGrath Katie McGrath says:

    You are right Kathy, and I’m glad you brought it to our attention again. Quilters and fiber artists can really spend a lot of money at some of these venues, and here we have outstanding teachers at a very reasonable price. Good deal!