Being a certified Patchwork & Quilting teacher

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on 31 Aug 2013 2:46 PM

Hi, how have you been doing?

I'm writing from Argentina. Some of you have already seen my work.

I have a question: how can I do to be a certified P & Q teacher? All the teachers in Argentina are just like me, with much more experience perhaps, they know the job and teach.

I also know how but I would like to get a formal education. As I have said I live in Buenos Aires so I will be unable to study in the USA. Are there any courses on line?

I hope you will help me find a way.

Thank you!

All the best.


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mommiz wrote
on 1 Sep 2013 3:31 PM

Hi. I'm new here. In the U.S. there is a website called Quilt University. I has online courses. Here is a weblink:  Good luck and let us know if you enroll & keep us up to date on how you are doing!

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on 1 Sep 2013 7:57 PM

thank you! I will try and let you know.


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Muppin wrote
on 3 Sep 2013 10:34 PM

Hi Pat, 

In many areas of the USA, the teachers are just simply people willing to share their knowledge, and there's no real certification for it.  In the UK, there are certifications through the City and Guilds program, but I don't think that's stopped anyone from teaching quilt classes to others!




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on 4 Sep 2013 7:45 PM

Hi Cheryl, friend...

Thank you for your response. What's the Cccity and guilds program? how can I look it up on the internet?

I wrote the Dean at Quilt University but I got no response yet.

Let's hope I will find a place to study.

All the best


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nor easter wrote
on 9 Sep 2013 10:12 AM

Just FYI, Quilt University is closing forever at the end of this year due to the death of Carol Miller, the founder and 'dean'.  It was never any kind of degree granting organization, but simply a place to take online quilting classes, similar to Craftsy.  It will be sorely missed worldwide. 

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on 19 Sep 2013 7:09 PM

I see...

Now I can understand why my mails were never responded.

I wrote to the City and Guilds in London but the answer was just a series of mails saying the same thing: try our web site and find the nearest centre from your place. They don't even read what you write. On the other side, I couldn't find a centre in South America.


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on 20 Sep 2013 2:16 AM

Hi Pat

City and Guilds run a number of creative courses -  they are overseen by their headquarters in London.  There are centres around which run the courses, and some via distance learning.  Each Centre can run the course as they choose, as long as it meets the criteria and standards set - these are overseen by what are called External Verifiers.  So if you want specifically City & Guilds qualifications, I suggest you search for "distance learning".

The creative courses are not about teaching.  They are there to extend and further your knowledge and skills on your chosen craft.  In the UK you do not need formal C&G qualifications in your subject in order to teach it.  You need the knowledge and the ability to share it.  However,  teaching in a college environment - what we call Adult Education usually, for those 19+ years old, a teaching qualification IS needed.

Teaching qualification are about that, how to lesson plan, assess, guide, health and safety, how to speak to people etc - so it may be that a teaching qualification is something of use... or not, depending on what your locality expects.

Have you heard of the UK mother and daughter Linda and Laura Kemshall?  They both make beautiful quilts.  They also offer up distance learning - I don't believe this is City & Guilds, but it is open to overseas students.  They also have online videos to subscribe to for information.

You will likely find plenty of others who can offer one or both of these options, from around the world.  Its really about self assessing, what you want, wnat you actually need to do it... who your students will be etc

Good Luck

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on 20 Sep 2013 5:45 PM

you have brought me hope. thanks! I have just sent these ladies a message through facebook.

I let you know any news

thanks again

all the best


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on 1 Oct 2013 10:04 AM


Here is a link to the National Quilting Association's Website about their certified Quilting Instructor's program...

I hope this is helpful:)


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on 2 Oct 2013 3:09 PM


Thank you for you advice. I will do as you suggest.



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on 2 Oct 2013 3:11 PM

As regards Ms Kemshall she asked me to contact Ms Sian Martin whose assistant answered my mail saying Ms Martin was away but when she is back will send information about the program.


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on 23 Oct 2013 9:48 PM

In regard to the closing of Quilt University, many of the faculty members are moving to the Academy of Quilting. Check their website especially January 2014. Sallie in Georgia

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on 24 Oct 2013 11:16 AM

Hi Sallie!

Thank you for your response. I'll do what you suggest.

I'm still waitng for a response from the NQA. I wrote at least nthree times. LAst week they asked me to confirm my email address. I did it. I got no response yet.

Well, I''ll let you know any news.

Thanks again!

pat in Buenos Aires

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on 24 Oct 2013 5:34 PM

the Academy of Quilting has just sent an answer. They don't issue certificates for teachers. Pity!

I wll still keep on looking for what I want.


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