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I don’t always have the time or energy to go to a quilt shop for an evening or weekend skill class, but I always want to learn and grow. Craftsy was kind enough to give me access to one class of my choice for free. I am pretty excited for the opportunity. The wonderful thing about signing up for classes on Craftsy is that I can watch them when I want to, and there is no expiration date for access to the classes I have purchased. They also offer quite a few classes for free.
Choosing what class to enroll in was the hardest part. I already have purchased several classes since April 2014, but I have a huge wishlist of the classes that I want to take. They also keep adding more and more classes that have piqued my interest. So, I think I am hooked for good. I didn’t even get away with just signing up for the free class…I jumped at the chance to enroll in another one from my wishlist that was currently on sale. I now have about 21 classes available to watch and learn anytime I want to!
So what did I choose????
Maybe it was that aroma of taco soup simmering on the stove all afternoon on Monday, but I chose…
Tacos and quilts!
I enrolled in Mexican Street Food: Tacos and Salsas with Deborah Schneider for my class that I was kindly gifted. The class I chose and purchased from my wishlist was 3 Blocks 30 Quilts with Kate Colleran. It was too hard to decide on just one class with all the wonderful teachers and classes offered.
In my cookbook
hoard collection, I have one of Deborah Schneider’s books, The Mexican Slow Cooker: Recipes for Mole, Enchiladas, Carnitas, Chile Verde Pork, and More Favorites This book has some great recipes to add to your slow cooker meal planning. I have pages that are dog-eared and highlighted in my copy. It is a well-loved book in my collection.
Kate Colleran, from Seams Like A Dream Quilt Designs, has an upcoming book that I already added to my Amazon wishlist. I’ve been thinking about pre-ordering this one. My fabric stash is mostly yardage and not precut, but I bet this book will have some great ideas.
I’ve enjoyed watching Kate Colleran’s class. I’ve already picked up some great tips for my quilting projects and for finding inspiration. The 3 quilt blocks that are highlighted in this class are Daisy Mae, Huey Louie, and Sasha. These blocks are definitely versatile and I am excited to see what I can do with these patterns and my fabric stash.
I tried using some of my fabric stash to make some Daisy Mae blocks in pink, grey, and a little pop of green. I liked the ease of preparing the block, but I didn’t plan my color placement as well as I would have liked. Kate’s class materials include coloring and planning sheets, but I just skipped that and hopped over to my sewing machine to see what would happen.
I put four blocks together and came up with this:
With these fabrics, I would have been happier without the lightest pink fabric all clustered in the center. I might make friends with my trusty seam-ripper, but I might just call it a learning experience and plan ahead next time. I have learned at least 10 more ways I could place this block, each resulting in a totally different quilt.
I might try following the directions next time…maybe.
…but probably not!
Have you taken any Craftsy classes? What did you think? I would love to hear about the ones that you have tried!
This week I am linking up with Randi at i have to say. Please go take a look at all the wonderful things being posted for Show and Tell Tuesday!