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Vicki Gamble posted on Thu, Jan 24 2013 10:24 AM

I am wanting to start teaching quilt making in my community. Are there any lesson plans out there anywhere that I can refrence? Also, what is the going rate for lessons? Any information will help me on this. Thanks!

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Susan replied on Thu, Jan 24 2013 11:41 AM

Vicki, When I took classes at Joanns they used Quilters Academy Book. At LQS they just used a pattern. Hope this helps. Susan

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Susan :

Vicki, When I took classes at Joanns they used Quilters Academy Book. At LQS they just used a pattern. Hope this helps. Susan

 

Do you need permission from the person who designed the pattern before teaching it? I'm not sure how it works.

 


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Nana replied on Thu, Jan 24 2013 12:47 PM

Judy

You don't need permission as long as each person taking the class buys a copy of the pattern.

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Nana:

Judy

You don't need permission as long as each person taking the class buys a copy of the pattern.

 

That makes sense. Thanks Nana. I've taken classes where a photo copy was passed out (assume they had permission) and others where we were told to buy the book/pattern.

 


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gini replied on Thu, Jan 24 2013 1:04 PM

Hi, Vicki,  welcome to the group.  Are you teaching freelance or working through a shop?   Or are you affiliated with an organization?  It is hard to know what to charge, as that is determined by how experienced you are, how well known you are, etc.   

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The shop I work at has a "textbook" that they use.  Each week the student gets another chapter to add to their binder.  The book costs them $18. and takes them through the complete process to make either a baby or lap size quilt.   The actual classes cost $100 for eight sessions - I think they are 2 - 3 hours long but not really sure since I haven't taken them.  If I see Sherrie, I will try to remember to ask her who the lesson plan / pattern is by.  

Oh --- welcome to QCA Vicki

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Sue replied on Thu, Jan 24 2013 4:15 PM

Hi Vicki,

Welcome to QCA!  I teach for our local college and here is what I do.  The class runs 8 to 10 weeks, depending on the school term, and each session is 3 hours.  The school sets the cost, but if I was to teach somewhere else, I would charge $5.00 per lesson per person (the area I live in is very poor, if you are in a more affluent area the charge could be $10).  First lesson is usually a talk about what quilting is and the tools that are a must have, I talk about fabric and thread and then the class learns to rotary cut (I supply the tools and fabric for this one).   I choose some easy to make blocks, like a 4 patch, 9 patch, log cabin, star block ( showing several ways to make flying geese).  All of the blocks are in the public domain so no permission is needed.  Each student gets a copy of the pattern to keep.  They learn to piece the blocks, put them together with sashing, add a border or two and how to layer.  We talk about the quilting since the class does not have time to actually do the quilting.  I do take one lesson to have them make a block, border it, layer and quilt it, then put on the binding.  This way they will know how to finish after the term is up.

A lot will depend on where you will be teaching and how many will be in your class.  I would limit it to no more than 10 students, you will be able to give individual help with a small group.  If the group is large you will not be able to help everyone.  Our community bee met today to start a year long project of skill building.  There were 18 in the group and two of us teaching.  That was enough, any more and no one would get the help they needed.  Most got two blocks done today, we meet for this project once a month but the bee meets every week.

Hope this helps,

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I am teaching freelance. Our little town of 1800 doesn't have any shop to teach through. We have to travel about 45 minutes to get to the nearest quilt shop.

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Thanks, Sue. That helps a lot. I am not in a very afluent area. We are pretty poor here. I had been toying with $5 or $10 dollars per lesson. It is great to hear what others have been doing.

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Thanks Marge, That is an interesting way to do the textbook. Do they have a special textbook they use or have they designed their own?

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Vicki - i am pretty sure the shop uses a purchased program for the beginning quilting but I will ask when I go to work tomorrow. 

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Hi Vicki, welcome

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