I am passionate about learning and teaching. I've been taking classes at Craftsy since ... well almost since the day they started! I've interviewed their instructors and I've enjoyed seeing how they have refined and improved our online class experience over the years.
I have partnered with Craftsy to bring you Class Reviews. I am taking the classes then telling you about them and giving you the insider scoop on where you should NOT fast forward.. wink!
When my good friend Gail Kessler filmed a quilting basics class (it is FREE CLICK HERE) I knew this would be the first one for me to review. Gail is a fabric designer (do you have dimples fabric on your shelf?), she is shop owner and a long time quilt teacher. She has been a guiding light to me personally for many years.
So.... Let's get to it!
The Craftsy classes are watched online, computer, tablet.. hello phone while you are waiting in line to get your oil changed!! yes watch Anywhere!
Each class has an outline that explains exactly what you will learn. When you click the title, it takes you RIGHT to that section of the class. I love that part! It is super useful for this class. If you are like me, you might need a refresher on a topic and you don't want to guess where it was that Gail explains 'how to hold the spray can' for spray basting. Click the topic and you go right to the that spot in the video... brilliant!
Gail is real life... so yes.. that means there will be seam ripping shared. We all do it, she has a great way of speeding it up.
Since she has been quilting and teaching for awhile, Gail knows what the short cuts are and she isn't afraid to use them. I also love her practical advice, like when she explains how to SIT at your sewing machine.. Not everyone thinks about that, but it's important.
I recommend you watch the class all the way through once. Even if you are experienced, you will pick up a tip or two. For new quiltmakers, you are in for a treat! This class is going to give you a new set of skills so you can make amazing quilts, yeah you!
The reason I want you to listen at least once all the way through, is that Gail sprinkles in tidbits of knowledge. And you will miss those if you skip around.
Like when she is explaining how to spray baste without creating a mess.. she is also giving tips for opening up your batting and letting it 'rest' to release the wrinkles. That is a great thing to know!
Ok enough of me, you have a FREE class to take! I know you are going to enjoy this and I'm excited to be sharing it with you.
Once you have registered, sign up for the class and it's yours forever. Watch it over and over.. and yes.. over again!
Leave me a comment, tell me if you have taken a Craftsy class(which one?)
My friend Dana of the Old Red Barn wrote me awhile back and told me about her first book.. it's like a baby.. it's the FIRST one... and we ALL squeal and rejoice over the FIRST book FINALLY being published.. yes.. we all feel like that. I have had 30 books published and I still can remember how amazing it was to hold my first one.
Of course I had to have Dana on my show to chat about it... that was July 28,2014
The concept of her book is to share how she looks at life and turns the things she sees into quilts. They are not 'literal' images. They are quilts inspired by what she Imagines. The top right quilt? Inspired by.. an elephant... She share about that story on my show CLICK HERE. Each quilt has a story.. and I'm ALL about the story.
On the show I told Dana that Posey Patrol is my favorite... The story is a lovely one about her mum.. you really have to listen to her share it!
So I decided that I'd make a block.. woohoo!! Using my new fabric that is just getting to your stores... call and ask!
I grabbed a charm pack and noticed that I could get the larger unit from the charm pack
Next I went to my bin of scraps cut into 5" squares to find an alternate color for the sashing. Dana's original is in the lovely scrappy neutrals.
And she had shared this version with the purples. It's SO YUMMY and RICH looking.. right? And totally different than the cover quilt. It makes a secondary design that is strong in this colorway.
I decided on orange for my setting.. because.. well.. because I can! I am going to make all the outer units from the orange with white polka dots.
Here they are ready to sew. Curves curves curves... it's something that you get into the rhythm with. I have to sew a few then it kicks in..
Does this happen to you.. if you have not ridden a bike for a few years.. you need to petal up and down the driveway a few times before you are truly ready .. right? Then it Kicks in!
next was to pick the center and the sashing. I used 'One for You, One for Me' for the center and then the same for some of the oranges, and scraps for the others.
Time to press!
My block, which I am IN LOVE WITH!!!
Do I want a whole quilt of them in Orange? mmmmmm
No... I don't
it's fun to do one to try it out and warm up. I love Dana's version, but I'd also like to try one with scrappy grey prints. I have a bunch of those too. This will make a cute mini quilt! you can buy the book now at Amazon.. here is the link.
I am giving away TWO PRIZES!
Prize 1 this bundle of - A copy of the book, Adorable childrens' print collection from Freespirit fabric, and a Charm pack of MY fabric!
Prize 2 - A digital copy of the book!
Leave a comment by 8pm Sept 30th telling me
What is the NEXT Quilt you want to make and who is it for?
And I put together the 2nd quilt for a little girl I know
Instead of the Orange border I share HERE, I went digging into my scrap box of 'One for You, One for Me' to see what other larger pieces I already had cut from making the quilts to to with the fabric line.
I found the large pieces of Aqua coneflowers, put them up on the wall.. and way I went! I did use a cream inner border because I liked the calm of it.
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