Yesterday, as I blogged about another quilt I had made, it occurred to me that it was the third time that I had mentioned a local Michigan quilter. Ami Simms is a nationally known quilter from Flint, Michigan. I guess, that has made it opportunistic for me to take a class from her and listen to her speak on more than one occasion. I belong to the Mid-Michigan Quilters' Guild and we often choose Michigan quilt teachers to lecture for our meetings. The costs are usually less, but it also promotes the Michigan community. Kind of like being a locavore and buying produce and other foods locally to stimulate the economy close to home.
Other nationally know Michigan quilters that have spoken at local guild meetings include Gwen Marston, Kaye Wood, Lenore Crawford, Delphine Miller, Beth Ferrier, Frieda Anderson, and Kay Nickols. Coming in September, Edyta Sitar will speak and teach a class for our guild. I am looking forward to this lecture.
Who teaches locally where you live? Take advantage of the opportunities to learn from others that have made quilting their profession. They have a lot to offer.