It’s here friends! My Craftsy class is now available! And I even have a special 50% discount for all of you. You can preview or buy the class here:
If you’re not familiar with Craftsy, it is a website with a huge selection of excellent video classes on lots of subjects from sewing to photography to cake-decorating to knitting to gardening (I just signed up for two gardening classes. I’m determined to grow more than I kill this year.)
You can sign up for a class and take it 1 time or 1,000 times – it never expires. You can also pause and make notes and move at your own pace as well as post questions for your instructor if there are parts where you need help or clarification. You can also share pictures of your creations and interact with other class members.
My class is called Pre-Cut Short Cuts: Quilt Tops in Less Time. This class is geared toward using those pre-cut squares and strips from the various fabric manufacturers. You know me – I love using a lot of scrappy colors and fabrics, but I also love efficiency and quick finishes (mainly so I can move onto another next project!)
Precuts are the perfect way to get a large variety of fabrics cut ahead of time to very useable sizes (typically 5″ x 5″ squares, 10″ x 10″ squares and 2 1/2″ wide strips), giving you a large variety of fabric and saving you time in the process.
In this class we’ll talk about helpful tips in preparing and using your pre-cuts. And just in case you’re someone who loves to collect those pretty bundles of pre-cut goodness, I’ll hopefully also give you some inspiration (and the courage) to break them open and make something fun with them!
Now that the class is available, I thought I would give you a peek at some of the quilts available in the class. There are 7 different quilts demonstrated in the 6 online lessons. Four of them are new and exclusive only to this class! As I prepared this class, I really wanted to create something that provided a lot of value for your money. In addition to the video demo’s of each pattern, there are printable patterns with measurements for additional sizes and variations.
Crosshatched and Double-Crosshatched comes in multiple variations with pattern requirements for multiple sizes from Crib to Twin. These have been so fun to make over the past few months. I’ll share a little more about them individually over the next few weeks so that you can see the quilting, fabrics, etc.
The Basket Weave quilt is something I’ve had in my sketchbook for a few years now. Preparing for this class forced me to finally get it out of my notebook and finished. With the exception of the outside borders this whole quilt top is made using 10″ x 10″ pre-cut squares – both a collection of prints as well as a stack of 10″ x 10″ solid white squares. And we use strip-piecing techniques to make it come together quickly! (I’m actually kind of proud of my figuring on this one. 😉 )
And finally, the Gumballs quilt. I think it’s my favorite (but don’t tell the others.) This one is made with 2 1/2″ precut strips and I loved putting it together. The class includes measurements for a Crib-size version as well as a larger throw. I already want to make another – you’ll probably see these pop up often around here now.
In addition to the quilt patterns I’ll show you my favorite time-saving techniques for adding sashing and borders as well as a tutorial for binding your quilt.
One of my favorite parts of being involved in the quilting world – in fact, one of the reasons I started this blog almost 8 years ago – is that I love teaching and watching other people fall in love with quilting (aka, bringing them over to the dark side. lol) Few things make me happier than when people tell me that they learned something from my blog or patterns. Because of my kids’ ages, I don’t travel much to teach – so I’m very excited to have this new resource to share some of the things I’ve learned along the way that might help and to interact with more of you. (Just don’t make fun of my Utah accent or the way I stumble over the phrase “sashing strips” after saying it 10 times in a row.)
As much as I love teaching, I also love learning new stuff. If you’re looking for other quilting/sewing classes to expand your horizons and repertoire, here are a few that I’ve personally taken and learned a lot from:
- Amanda Jean Nyberg’s Colorful Scrap Quilting
- Angela Pingel’s Simple to Stunning: Disappearing Blocks with Pre-cuts
- Joanna Figueroa’s Smarter Strip-Piecing
- Camille Roskelly’s Playful Piecing Techniques
- Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield’s Colorful Patchwork Bags and Baskets
So there you go. I had fun getting this final shot of my quilts all together. This process has been a bit of a whirlwind – only a couple of months to write and sew and prepare before filming, which of itself was nerve-wracking and exhausting and exhilarating all at the same time, as you can imagine. It feels SO good to see a finished product and finally be able to share!
A million thank-you’s again for all of the kind words and support from so many of you. Not just in my post last week, but also over the past years of sewing and sharing here. You have no idea how much you have motivated me to keep learning and sharing and sewing. Happy sewing to all of you!