The weather around here has been more than confusing….part of the Utah experience I guess. 🙂
We have had a crazy mix of spring and winter with a few blizzards tossed in just for fun.
Even though it’s a little out of control, it does allow for some good sewing days! Nothing is better than hiding in the sewing room playing with fabrics and new designs.
Of course spring means that all new ideas must come together all at once. So, without giving anything away, there is another big project coming that I’m excited to share!
We (that’s right, I’ve got a partner in crime!) are working out the kinks, ticking away on the computer and building a great company together. I couldn’t be more excited about the direction and possibilities this allows for me! It’s a whole new world that I’m really excited to explore.
Don’t you worry though, everything that is going on right now– the IAQ group, the Retreat!, the quilt alongs, the planner, the calendar…those are all continuing on. In fact there are many things coming still that I am just finishing up as well! So much is going to be happening in 2018– phew!
You’ll just have to watch for the news and announcements. 🙂
Have a great day,
in the sewing room…
Binding has been happening like crazy around here. I was busy finishing up quilts last month…so now they are all in line for binding!
I’ve been sewing them to the front and then hand stitching to the back.
There are a couple of quilts still waiting in the wings…one at a time, one at a time. It really is time consuming, but I don’t mind the process a little bit as it allows me to sit and be quite! It’s mindless work and doesn’t require a lot of brain power.
Plus, I get to use my favorite clips and thimble.
today’s topic… online learning resources
The beauty of the online world is the access that you have to soooo many quilting resources, clubs, classes and videos!
Over 4 years ago, the International Association of Quilters was begun…..just so we could connect and participate together in quilt alongs, challenges and more. I have loved the variety of patterns, designers who have joined me (1 new per month!), and what the members share. It’s come a long way since that first start and still has a lot of growth coming, but it has been so fun to part of!
You can join the IAQ here.
A few other places that I love to visit are Craftsy – where you’ll find a long list of classes and workshops offered, in every topic out there almost! There are quilting classes for beginners and experts. There is always something new being added and the format of– sign in and have forever access to what you’ve bought is wonderful. Having those resources accessible no matter the time or place is so helpful! I frequent it often to find out what’s new and pick up a few new tips / hints for quilting.
You can check Craftsy out here.
Another great spot for finding online classes is Creative Bug. While they don’t have as many to offer as the other, they have some incredible teachers on their list and that’s what’s great. They too have a platform where you can access anytime, anywhere and pick up where you left off. Great for sewing along while watching.
You can check out Creative Bug here.
Bridging the gap- Online to Reality
While the internet is a great resource…. reality is as well.
There is nothing like getting together with others to sew.
Or participating in a swap (online or off) and sharing your talent with others.
Joining a monthly delivery subscription like Quilt Box is a great way to get what’s new, sew something fun…all put together by one person. It’s the box of their favorites. I’ve participated in this for a bit of time and to tell you the truth, I totally forget until it arrives….so it’s really a happy day! It’s great for exploring things that I wouldn’t necessarily pick on my own, but then learn to love after I use them.
You can check out Quilty Box here.
On of my favorites of bringing the online world to the present– retreats! the Patchwork Posse R&R is in the fall and the perfect way to meet those online quilter friends in person!
Check out all info for the retreat here.
What else can help out in your journey of learning online and in reality?! A good way to keep things organized. I mean, if patterns and fabric isn’t enough- what about those passwords and websites that are your favorites?
The Patchwork Planner & Journal (pdf only) is great for printing off what you’ll use and building a customized journal and planner.
The Patchwork Calendar is a great for keeping track on a monthly calendar and project basis. Plus, there’s a spot for tracking all the online information as well as classes in person, swaps and more. Make 2018 the year of finishes!
You can find more info about the Patchwork planners here.
- remember your passwords and login urls– nothing is more frustrating than not being able to login and use what you have! I have a list on a piece of paper that I keep next to the computer or in the sewing room that has all my login info. I use it all the time!
- make time to use the programs or classes- sometimes I buy things and think I’ll find time to use them…but then don’t! What I have found helpful is actually setting some time aside just for those classes or programs. That way I know that every Tuesday, I work a little bit in the there or watch what I need while sewing the project or technique being learned. This has helped me take more advantage of what I have bought.
- participate in the forum or help areas- most of the programs or classes come with an additional area, either a fb group or a private forum for members. Find and use these! They are full of quilters just like you who you can ask questions to or give answers to those who are asking. They are a resource that shouldn’t be overlooked and you should take advantage of. Don’t hide from them!
- read the reviews or ask around prior to signing up- these are especially helpful if it’s not a teacher you are familiar with or a technique you’ve tried before. Read the reviews to find out what people are saying about it. Ask in groups or friends and find out what they recommend for whatever you are looking for. These can save you a lot of time and money in the end!
- bookmark those pages- I use chrome and am able to bookmark or star the sites that I have purchased from. This is so helpful when I need something quick from a class or resource. They are easy to manage, add to, delete and update if needed.
Do you have a few quilts that are on the binding pile?
International Association of Quilters- an online quilt group… click here to read more.
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Craftsy- online quilt classes… click here to read more
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Quilty Box…. click here to read more
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Creative Bug … click here to read more
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Missouri Star Company….. click here to read more
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Patchwork Posse R&R …. click here to read more
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Patchwork Calendar & Planner… click here to read more
quilty chit chat…
There have been a few fun projects posted in the Quilting 101 fb group.
Join the group for free here.
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For all the Round Robin editions- visit here.
Do you have a favorite resource online or in person that you love? Share it in the comments!