March 05, 2024

Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor Training
August 18 - 24, 2024 

If you've listened to me talk for any amount of time, I'm sure you've heard me talk about my "CI's" or Certified Instructors. Usually, I give a brief description of what that is, but today? Today I'm going to give you the whole spiel, because it's time to start accepting applications for my annual Certified Instructor Training!

My Certified Instructor course is not a simple "how to use the tools" class, it's an advanced course designed to help each participant fully understand all the workings of the tools and how best to present them. While the uses for the tools and Technique Sheets will be explored, familiarity with our products prior to  attending the class is mandatory.

Throughout the six-day session you'll learn how I approach my classes, present the information, evaluate the work, handle the troubleshooting, build confidence in each student, and guide them toward becoming independent, knowledgeable, capable, and successful quilters. I truly believe that if fun is part of the equation, learning will be the end result!  This isn’t just a lecture format class, there are discussion sessions and importantly, you’ll practice how to do it too.

So, if you're ready to become a better instructor, a more educated quilt maker, and an empowered facilitator to all who want to learn more about quilting, then join us for our next Certified Instructor Class. We'll laugh a little, grow a little, and learn a lot! You'll be glad you did. And so will your students!


  • You should be a confident quilter and have experience with all the Studio 180 Design's tools. You should also be familiar with our Technique Sheets and the basics of how they work.
  • You should have at least some experience teaching quilting. If you haven’t taught quilting, but have taught other craft courses, that is fine. The important thing is that you have worked with students in an educational setting.
  • You will be asked to make a set of blocks to demonstrate your knowledge of the tools and several technique sheets.
  • You should plan on being in training sessions from 8 am to 5 pm for all 6 days of the course. Early morning or late evening hours will be available in the classroom for class homework and personal sewing time.
  • There will be some class pre-work required, including precutting and samples for some of the simpler Technique

A Few Final Notes ...

  • Tuition for the class is $1250. Your tuition covers the class fee, class materials and other goodies, all meals starting with dinner on Sunday and ending with lunch on Saturday. There is a block of rooms at the conference hotel for $159 a night. We can match up students interested in sharing a room.
  • This year’s Certification Class will take place August 18 - 24, 2024 in Lake Junaluska, NC. 
  • You can download the application here, which will give you all the information you need to start your application process today! While we don’t have an explicit due date for the applications, you will want to get all parts of your application (including your block submissions and letters of recommendation) to us sooner rather than later, as the class is limited to 18 people. We will start evaluating applications as they are completed and once we fill the class, you’ll be out of luck until the next time.
  • Remember, don’t panic! You, just like everyone else who’s applying, are going to need time to pull together everything you need for a quality application and to sew the best blocks you can. But as my father used to say, “take your time, but hurry up”.

If you have any questions, or need additional information, please contact Diane Marvin at