Craftsy – What a way to learn!
I have to admit I’m having a blast over at Craftsy – my Machine Embroidered Quilt class just went live last week and it’s been a ton of fun chatting with the students. If you’ve never heard of Craftsy, let me take a minute to tell you about their learning platform.
Craftsy produces long-form, in-depth classes that students can re-watch and access at any time of day or night. Students can also use the platform to ask questions in the videos and receive feedback from both their instructor and fellow students. Students can upload photos of their progress and finished projects. The platform is extremely interactive, you can even make notes in the video! Once you purchase a class, you can access it forever. The camera work is top-shelf so you get to see exactly what’s going on – in close detail.
When Craftsy contacted me about teaching, I immediately thought of the questions I get here on the blog from many blog followers. The number one question has been, “How do you do continuous embroidery?” I most certainly wanted to attack that embroidery challenge in my class. So I designed the Hourglass quilt. It’s a combination of a few of my favorite things: gray and aqua fabrics, quilting with an embroidery machine and simplifying complicated tasks for embroiderers. I’ll tell you, Craftsy is the perfect partner to showcase that combo for you.
After coming up with the concept, it was time to digitize the designs, test the designs and redigitize! Ugh – that’s often the hardest part. The fun part was completing the quilt. Well, I thought that was fun part until I met the Craftsy crew – Jarrod Sumpter, Adam Speas and James Clark.
They flew to my humble video studio to tape for three days in July. What a professional crew! They set up all that equipment in just a few short hours and then it was off to the races.
Here’s what the floor of my sewing room looked like while I prepared for the taping. Each plastic bag is labeled for an individual video segment – there are nine videos, over 2 hours of video!
My goal was to be as comprehensive as possible and make it fun. Here’s what a couple of students have said:
This is a great class. It is very clear and easy to follow. It teaches not only machine embroidered quilting, but gives precise instructions on continuous embroidery. This is a must take class for anyone with an embroidery machine. – ddregno
Very detailed and new for me approaches to using an embroidery machine for applique and quilting. Best instructions yet for continuous hooping and proper alignment. Also really like the quilting/embroidery design, more modern and interesting than the standard florals, etc. – candycb
I love this class and cannot wait to make one of these quilts. I have to finish a baby quilt first…then comes the fun with this one. – kmprshnin
The class includes six embroidery designs to make the Hourglass quilt
(for 5″ x 7″ and 7″ x 12″ hoops) and video instruction on single layer appliqué, double layer appliqué, continuous embroidery and continuous appliqué. You’ll also find a bonus 30+ minute tips and techniques video in the class.
I hope you’ll join me over in the Machine Embroidered Quilt class on Craftsy.
Click here to take advantage of my instructor discount and sign up with immediate access.