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Quilt Reveal – swoon #3 + Craftsy Classes and Reviews

Hey, hey!

I’m feeling really irritated today.  I did something really dumb.  It is almost painful just to type this sentence.  I had my cat in my lap, sitting at my computer answering emails.  There was a loud noise, the cat jumped and spilled my tea all over my laptop.  So….. it still works, which is truly a blessing, but the letter before ‘c’ and the letter after ‘m’ is not working.

So even as I type this they are not working and I’m just hoping the spell check picks it up so I can go back and correct it.

I’m looking at my screen now and it is full of red lines.  I may have to use my phone just so you can read this post.

Sigh.  Tiny, daily catastrophes that seem to consume me.  Try typing out a paragraph and not using those letters.  Apparently, according to all the red lines on my screen, they are the most important letters in the English language.

I will ot correct this setece just so you ca see what I’m dealig with here.  See?  Crazy Town.

Switching to my phone.

 I finished my Swoon quilt, and here are some pics for you.

Helpful Links

Pattern: Swoon (available here)

Fabrics: Magic by Sarah Jane

Purchase a Swoon quilt from me

How to organize Your Swoon quilt and make all your blocks at once

Sewing is one of those things that you can never know all of it.  I have been sewing steadily for 8 years now and there is many many techniques I don’t know.

I’ve been making quilts mostly.  Sewing clothing, plush toys, etc. is a whole other world.  I’ve played with garment sewing a little, but my skills are way under par.

But even with quilts there is still room to learn.  I’m always looking for ways to improve my techniques or even just a better way of doing something.  For this reason, I take classes.

There are MANY places to take classes, but I have been using Craftsy.

There is no monthly fee, and you pay for only the classes that you want to take.  Classes range anywhere from $10-50.  And they have sales often enough where you can get discounts on some classes.  They also offer quite a bit of free classes.

Here are the classes I have taken to date (you can click the picture to be taken directly to the class):

I enjoyed this class and cannot say enough good things about it. If you need patterns for letters – this class has them. If you want to learn to make improv letters – this class teaches that. If you want to make letters with bias tape – this class tells you how. If you want to learn needle turn applique – hands down the best instructions I’ve ever seen on the subject. I wholeheartedly recommend this class.


This class is taught by the adorable Camille Roskelley. It’s all about how to use pre-cut fabrics most effectively. It comes with 4 sweet patterns including: Swoon Quilt, Hashtag Quilt, Piece of Cake Quilt and HST quilt.


This is a FREE class taught by Amy Gibson. This is the class that I took to learn to quilt. Before this class I was almost exclusively making rag quilts. After this class, a whole new world was opened up for me. You will learn 10 different quilting techniques. And if you make the blocks with Amy, you end up with a lovely sampler quilt.


This is a FREE class. If you want to learn to quilt, this is a class that teaches the basics. There are four quilt patterns that come with it. It also teaches some different ways to baste, quilt and bind.


I enjoyed this class very much. You get four quilt patterns with this class: the Spool quilt, the Juggler quilt, Field Day quilt, and Piece of Cake 2 quilt. Camille also covers in this class many different quilting patterns you could try as well. There is also two different binding methods taught. If you are new to quiltmaking, these patterns are geared toward you.


This is more of a series of lectures than a class, but I found it to be incredibly inspiring. It’s also FREE. My favorite part was Amy and David Butler’s talk about photography.


This is a FREE class. And let me tell you that Laura Nownes is brilliant. I did not make this quilt, but I watched everything Laura did, how she did it, and her own unique methods. She has some surprising shortcuts that completely changed my own methods. Pay attention. Listen to what she says. You will be amazed at what you pick up from this class.

There are many more that I would like to take.  Have you taken any classes that you would recommend?  Or do you know of another place you can take a quilting class?


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