I began sewing at a very young age, learning from my mother and grandmothers. I watched them as they made quilts, and we made all our clothes. After I married, I continued to sew and opened an heirloom fabric store and began to teach garment sewing. But, remembering my grandmother’s legacy, my dream was to make a quilt, too.
But not just any quilt. I wanted to make a good quilt.
So, I studied and took classes, and eventually opened my own quilt store where I began to teach for over 15 years. My best reward came from showing my students how to have success in their quilting. Helping them achieve skills that allowed them to sew a quilt that they were proud of and one day leave as a legacy was my gain as much as theirs.
So, what takes a person from longing to make a good quilt to one who’s sewing contributes to their legacy? I’ve seen it many times over, and it always starts at the very beginning. If you start right, you’ll finish right.
And that’s the journey that I’d love to take you on.
Well, I'm so glad you asked!
A Good Quilt starts at the beginning, with the foundations of every facet. Good Design. Good Fabric. Good Color. Good Cutting. Good Sewing. Good Pressing. Good Trimming. Good Tools. Good Quilting. Good Finishing.
Want to experience a tutorial before you join us? Sew along with me to make your own Baskets of Delight quilt and you'll experience Maxie's format and gentle teaching style!Take me to the Baskets of Delight Class!
Fresh content is delivered to the library each and every Friday. There are currently over 70 video tutorials, over 100 lessons, quilting calculators, a full block of the month, printable quilt labels, quilter's greeting cards and more!
Maxie delivers a video tutorial (posted the first Friday of each month) to demonstrate a new skill or technique that will be relatable throughout the month's content, and always available for review for as long as you are a member. Videos are searchable for keywords, which means that you can search for any phrase or word Maxie has said and be taken to that exact spot in the video!
Maxie delivers a teaching pattern or other downloadable file relating to the month's topic, printable for your A Good Quilt binder.
Maxie is constantly inside the group, communicating with members and asking questions and gaining insight from members as to the groups most pressing needs. This week's post can include charts, formulas, interactive calculators and other goodies, helpful for the current project as well as many others!
Members are invited to take part in a Q&A call each and every month. Hear straight from Maxie as she answers your questions and shares years of insight and knowledge with the members, as you become acquainted with quilters from all over the world. The video call is placed in the website library for those that do not participate on Facebook.
Saving your valuable time!
In addition to the regular search feature, we've added a new search tool software called ‘Searchie’ that allows members to search a video for any word and be taken directly to the point in the video where the word was spoken! For example, if you watch my entire video for continuous bias binding, you might like to come back later and watch only the section teaching how to pin the oddly shaped fabric edges together. (Maxie describes it as 'wonky'!) Simply type ‘wonky’ in the search bar and you’ll be taken directly to that specific spot! You’re welcome! (You can't do that on YouTube!)
In addition to fresh weekly content, you'll have access right away to all the weekly content posted from A Good Quilt's conception in October 2019, as well as 2 additional years of project content shared through Maxie Mail, (Maxie's former subscription box) all updated and stored in the Library. The content has been organized in an easy to follow format that helps you identify where you are in your quilting journey and exactly what you need to do next in order to accomplish your goals. This membership will help keep you on track but not overwhelmed, allowing you to mark tutorials 'completed' as you move through them so that you see your progress at a glance.
+ A Good Quilt Binder - Upon your registration, you will be shipped a welcome kit that will include everything you need to start your own 'A Good Quilt Reference Binder'! Your package will include a customizable Table of Contents, custom tabbed dividers, Maxie's exclusive 'Quilter's Glossary', and a beautiful 5" x 7" AGQ sticker for the front of your binder. You'll also receive your personal "I Am A Good Quilter" sticker to remind you that you are already on this journey, among good company! This binder will become your personal, lasting resource that will build upon itself for as long as you are a member. You will organize the pages as you like them, based on your learning style and skill level.
+ Resources. Inside is where Maxie pulls back the curtain to her quilting success, sharing all of her resources and skills, learned through years of study, teaching and owning a quilting business.
+ A video library - In addition to the monthly new video content, former videos made through Maxie Mail walk you through complete projects from beginning to end. Perk: Maxie always highlights her favorite tools!
+ Interactive Calculators! Wish you had a calculator that would figure your binding yardage and # of strips needed? How about a calculator that will tell you how much backing fabric you need? Your wish has come true! There are currently 7 calculators, with more scheduled to post.
+ Block of the Month Project! - When members received Maxie's Pinwheel Galaxy Quilt setting pattern, many requested the block patterns in a Block of the Month format. Happy to accommodate, all 12 blocks are posted to date, along with the setting pattern. Work on this optional, bonus project in your own time frame!
+ Bonus Video Basics - Bonus videos that teach fundamental skills (like binding) are provided as a reference to watch over and over until you are a master! There is even a 'Short Take' section for quick tips and demos! The newest bonus category holds Electric Quilt video tutorials, however, Electric Quilt software is not necessary to be successful in A Good Quilt!
+ Bonus Down-loadable Extras. Charts and formulas that take the math and guesswork away, printable for your A Good Quilt binder.
+ Live Q & A - A place to gather and get to know others, ask questions of Maxie and get feedback and support from other members from all over the world. Primarily held on Facebook, some are also via Zoom.
+ Teaching. Maxie shares everything she knows about quilting, creating fresh monthly content (delivered in weekly intervals) that will up-level your skills to help you make quilts that you are proud to include in your own legacy. All delivered in a way to avoid overwhelm!
"I wanted to become a more proficient quilter. I made an excellent choice that has gone way beyond my expectations. My confidence in my skill set has grown tremendously. Maxie provides a very supportive environment. Her teaching style is clear, concise, and presented in an easy to access format. This has been a wonderful experience and I look forward to each new project or lesson. I love this group!"
"I joined A Good Quilt last spring to become part of a community with a shared interest in quilting, and I am surprised at how much I have already learned and created. Maxie's video-based lessons and downloads are easy to follow and filled with tips and tricks that can apply to a variety of projects. And there are always words of encouragement to spur us on in this unique community of quilters!"
"Although I have been quilting for many years, I have learned a lot from Maxie. One thing, in particular, is sewing binding on the machine instead of by hand. I never did this before because my stitches didn’t line up correctly. Learning how to do it the “Maxie” way, I can whip out those unfinished quilts a lot faster. I encourage anyone thinking about joining not to hesitate. Just do it, you won’t regret it. "
"One of the best things I have done to learn how to be GOOD quilter is join this group. Maxie is an amazing teacher who shares her quilting knowledge to those of us who want to learn and she teaches from the heart. I have learned so much from her. when I rewatch the videos I always learn something I missed! You will be so glad when you join our wonderful group of amazing quilters! "
"A Good Quilt is a wonderful source of reference material, information for successful completion of quilt projects and encouragement to do our best. I like the focus on a specific skill and building on that particular skill in each of the following segments. Maxie is always so supportive and positive, thanks so much for all you provide for us as you guide us to be the best quilters we can be. "
"Growing up we had several of my Grandmother's quilts. I look at them now and see the beauty and the love that was given to us. I wanted to learn how to do this for my children but had no idea where to begin. Then Maxie came into my life. Saying thank you doesn't seem quite enough. You are very clear in giving instructions, your love for this craft comes through, and is contagious. You are a great teacher! "
You can become a member of A Good Quilt for just $27 per month, which is less than the cost of a quilting class at a quilt shop! Each month delivers so much more information than you could receive in one such class, so the investment returns are priceless!
Once registered, you will be mailed your A Good Quilt Binder kit, (members provide their own binder) a personal resource that you build with your printable materials inside the membership, video content, project patterns, technique sheets and other resources, live Q&A sessions, challenges, support from Maxie and other members!
After you join A Good Quilt, you’ll receive a welcome email with your unique log in details. Once logged in, Members will have immediate access to the entire library of project content and enjoy new content delivered each Friday, as outlined in the syllabus. You'll want to watch the video tour of the website and move to 'Start Here'. For those living in the USA and Canada, you will be mailed a binder kit to jump start your A Good Quilt Binder! Members outside those regions may pay postage or simply download the materials and print at home.
Each month’s premium content will be added as a lesson inside the private membership portal and announced via email. You can work through the content on any of your devices.
Your account will be charged on the same day that you signed up each month for as long as you continue your membership.
No! :) 100% of the course content is hosted directly within the private membership site and you can interact with other members using the comments section on each post. Members are always invited to ask questions for live calls in advance, and the video replays are always added to the membership site. Many students do find the private Facebook community a great way to connect and get feedback on their work, though!
Your membership may be canceled at any time, no questions asked (it's simple to do inside the private membership portal). Due to the digital nature of the tribe, refunds are not available, so be sure we're a good fit before you purchase!
This is a subscription service that will be billed monthly.
If you wish to cancel, you must do so before your next billing date which will be the same day each month. Please make note of the day of the month that your membership renews. Refunds are not granted once the payment has gone through.
Members pricing gets locked in at the time they become a member. If you cancel and return in the future, you'll be subject to whatever price the membership is at that time.
This membership is for PERSONAL use, not for agencies or companies or classroom settings, and is not to be shared.
You'll have immediate access to the complete library of tutorials & videos, charts, calculators, printable materials and more!
That's less than the cost of one quilt class per month!
A portion of A Good Quilt's revenue helps provide sewing instruction and machines to at-risk women, empowering them to help support their families and communities, and/or to provide clean drinking water to families in need.