After just getting back from MQX and taking lots of classes from many fabulous teachers I realize how valuable experiences like that are. Many of us learn the basics and struggle away on our own trying to improve. We sometimes think we can't spare the time to upgrade software or can't possibly take a few days away from customer quilts for education. Let me just say that the things you learn from good teachers and pick up, even just by osmosis from other quilters, is invaluable. I encourage you to take the opportunities when you can!