EAC expands its quilting classes with new instructors and location
By Todd Haynie
THATCHER, AZ— Quilting is enjoying a tremendous resurgence as people the world over are reaching back to their heritage and re-learning this age-old craft. For many, quilting is addictive—once they begin, they don’t want to stop.
It’s also a multigenerational hobby that hearkens back to a time when colonial and pioneer women would gather in quilting “bees” to create these family heirlooms as gifts for weddings, new births, or other special occasions.
This fall, Eastern Arizona College will offer over 30 sections of Beginning and Intermediate Quilting throughout Graham and Greenlee counties, more than it’s ever offered in the past.
And the growing popularity of Eastern Arizona College’s quilting classes means additional instructors and another convenient location for students young and old wishing to learn. The newest location is at the Stitches quilt shop on Highway 70 in Pima. Three new instructors, Jan Howard of Thatcher, Cindy Bryce of Pima, and Brenda Stevens of Thatcher, will teach a total of five sections at the shop geared toward both the beginning and more advanced students.
Howard will teach (FCR134) Advanced Quilting (which will specialize in machine embroidery), section #5337, on Wednesdays from 1-4:20 p.m.
Bryce will teach (FCR132) Beginning Quilting, section #5335, on Tuesdays from 9 a.m.-12:20 p.m. and (FCR134) Advanced Quilting, section #5336, on Tuesdays from 5-8:20 p.m.
Stevens will teach (FCR132) Beginning Quilting, section #5338, on Thursdays from 1-4:20 p.m. and (FCR134) Advanced Quilting, section #5339, on Thursdays from 5-8:20 p.m.
The instructors, with a combined 38 years of quilting experience, each specialize in their own areas, but are all excited about sharing their knowledge and ideas with new students.
For some, just starting out is the hardest part. Color selection and the initial design are difficult. But the instructors are ready to assist students get over that fear. “Our goal is to introduce more people to quilting and to help them be successful at it,” explained Howard. “The more [quilters] do, the better they get.”
The store is owned by quilting expert Nelda Potter, who also teaches quilting for EAC in Duncan. Students can purchase materials for the class at the store or can bring in their own.
Tuition for these two-credit classes is $120, which allows students to take up to four more credits at no additional charge. Students 55 and older receive an in-state tuition waiver.
To register by phone, call the EAC Records and Registration Office at (928) 428-8270 or register online at the College’s website at wwww.eac.edu.