I’ve been taking a Craftsy class online, Garden of Quilted Possibilities (w/ Edyta Sitar) . It’s been absolutely wonderful. I can watch the videos anywhere I am connected to the internet. So when I’m hiding from the kids in the bathroom with my phone nearby I can just login and watch my classes on my phone, or sit down and watch them on my computer while I’m cooking dinner and waiting for the water to boil.
The lessons run anywhere from 15-38 minutes per project. And just when I think it can’t get any cooler, they go and surprise me. It has a 30 sec loop, in case you need to rewatch part of the video to understand a technique. It let’s you pause and add notes to remember during the video. AND they have closed caption if you want to follow along…and if you click on the text, it will take you exactly to that part in the video.
You can ask questions in the class and the instructor will respond.
All of the patterns are downloadable.
And this class has at least 4 mini projects that I can remember, off the top of my head.
It builds on techniques. So, she’ll teach you a skill and you go practice it. Then the next lesson builds on that skill you just learned.
Don’t skip lessons! You can learn so much from them!
I was a little rusty on quilts, so I decided to do each project.
The first project was a LOVE table runner. It’s so cute, and I’m going to make it for February. But I wanted to try it with a different word. I made a quilted table runner with the word HOME on it.
I was a little scared about piecing each of the letters. I’ve never quilted letters together without iron-on wonder under. They were surprisingly easy!
I had fun free-motion quilting the top of it.
That was my favorite part.
This the backing.
Like I said earlier, I’ve never quilted letters before but the cutting diagrams were so easy to follow along with! I’m so excited that it includes all of the letters of the alphabet and a few extra designs. You can make an alphabet quilt, table runners for every season…or my little idea is to piece a name together and put it on the back of my daughter’s quilt. Shhh! 😉 Her quilt will be finished by her birthday next month. I just need to finish the backing and quilt it together. Can’t wait to show you. 🙂
Edyta shows you a special way to put your binding on the edges. It totally blew my mind. I’m convinced I’ve been doing it wrong all these years. And I was able to do it completely on my machine and still look fabulous. Seriously… it blew my mind.
So, there you have it!
My first project from the Garden of Quilted Possibilities (w/ Edyta Sitar).
I can’t wait to make the other projects! I’m currently cutting out 700 dresden plates to make an epic sized Dresden Bloom Quilt. I took the pattern she provides and put a little spin on it to make it bigger than a queen size quilt. It still has all the corner designs but it includes 6 flowers in the middle and several more on the sides, and uses 20 of her dresden blocks in the middle. And I’m paying homage to Hokusai and using his Great Wave Off Kanagawa fabric in it. Be prepared to be amazed. I have a real quick deadline on it. Let’s see if I can pull this off. 😉
I’ve got to say, I’m really impressed with Craftsy. I wish they had all these classes for the past 8 years or so. I wouldn’t have watched so much Maury while the kids were napping. This is way better. 😉 Not to mention, they offer so many classes at different levels. So if you’re a beginner you can take the Sew Ready:Machine Basics class listed on their Free Classes at Craftsy page. Or if you want to learn a new technique I would suggest you Learn How To Piece, Patch, Quilt with Craftsy for FREE!
Once you feel confident, you can join me in Edyta’s class.
So what new class are you going to sign up for?