Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Craftsy Sweetens Up My Life Blog Hop

As Valentine's Day approaches, Sandra over at Musings of a Menopausal Melon, mmm! Quilts and Julie over at Pink Doxies are hosting a fun blog hop! This hop is about all things Craftsy. Make sure you go check out Sandra and Julie's posts for giveaways! Classes, fabric, oh my!! And make sure you read through this post - I'm doing a giveaway too!! Oh and I want to disclose right up front, I am not affiliated with Craftsy in any way other than crushing on them big time ;) I receive no compensation for any of the links in this post.
http://www.craftsy.com/ext/20160210_Craftsy_General
Today is day two and I'm going to share with you how Craftsy has sweetened up my quilting life. There have been several ways, but I had to pick one. ;) You know I had to push it so really, I picked two! Classes that is. When I started quilting not so long ago, it did not occur to me that I wouldn't be quilting my quilt. . . I watched tons of videos on Youtube and just dove in. . . Quilted that very first quilt (extra large KING sized quilt) myself and I was hooked! And I wanted to know more. That's when I found Cindy Needham's Craftsy classes:
http://www.craftsy.com/ext/20160210_QuiltParadigm_Course_ID_121
Click here for 50% off the class!!
and
http://www.craftsy.com/ext/20160210_QuiltParadigm_Course_ID_499
Click here for 50% off the class!!

I'm not sure how to even begin to tell you how these two classes shaped my quilting journey!Her teaching style is so encouraging. I watched these classes over and over. One of the major benefits of Craftsy classes is that you have access to them forever. That's a long time! You can watch them as many times as you want, when you want and best of all where you want. Want to watch a particular section over again? Easy peasy. Want to bookmark portions of the class that have just blown your mind? Easy peasy. Craftsy has an excellent class platform and includes the ability to interact with the teacher which is awesome.

I immediately put much of what I learned from Cindy into practice. And my fan girl status of Craftsy and Cindy was ignited. About a year and a half after I took those classes from Cindy, I got the chance to take a class from her live and in person!! Turns out, Cindy is just as sweet in person as she seems in the classes!! What an absolute thrill!! Wholecloth quilts absolutely fascinate me. Big ones, small ones and everything in between! What specifically came out of Cindy's classes? Check this out!
Wholecloth quilt quilted on Dupiani silk :)
I used many of the designs she taught in the Design it Quilt It class and the tips and tricks she shares in the Machine Quilting Wholecloth Quilts can be used in any kind of quilt, not just wholecloths. I've taken a lot of Craftsy classes, these two were hands down my absolute favs :)
Do you ever look at something you have made and wonder "Who quilted that?" . . . happens every time I look at this quilt!

OK, on to the good stuff! First, Craftsy is doing an AWESOME giveaway in connection with this hop! Here's the skinny:

To enter the Craftsy giveaway, click here! What's up for grabs?

Three fabulous prizes from Craftsy! Two lucky people will one one class each, and one person will win this fabulous grand prize!
(1) Boundless Solids Amy Gibson Crown Jewels Kit
Boundless Solids Crown Jewels by Amy Gibson Quilt Kit - None
(1) Boundless Solids Color Theory 6 in Str (Modern Brights) (strips)
Boundless Solids Modern Brights Pre-Cuts - None
(1) Boundless Solids Color Theory 10 in square (Modern Brights) (squares)
Boundless Solids Modern Brights Pre-Cuts - None
http://www.craftsy.com/ext/20160210_QuiltingBlogHop_Giveaway


How do you enter this fabulous giveaway?? Click the Craftsy logo above or just click here! The giveaway will be open until February 21, 2016 and winners will be announced on February 22, 2016 on Sandra and Julie's blogs.

And what am I giving away? Well, I'm giving away a Craftsy class! What class? Your choice!! If you've never taken a Craftsy class before, you can check one out for free! If you have taken classes, here's your chance to win another! Want to try something new? Crocheting, knitting, photography. . . pick your subject and your class! :) What do you have to do to enter the giveaway on my blog? Just leave me a comment. That's it, one comment and you are in the drawing! No need to follow or jump through hoops. Tell me if you crush on Craftsy classes or if you would be taking your first class if you win. Please, please, please, make sure I can contact you. This giveaway will end at midnight Februrary 15, 2016. I will announce the winner on February 16, 2016.

AND, here's the schedule for the rest of the hop!

Blog Hop Schedule

Wednesday, Feb. 10
Judy at Quilt Paradigm: Review of classes "Design It Quilt It" and "Machine Quilting Wholecloth Quilts" both with Cindy Needham (You are here!)
Helen at Midget Gem Quilts: Review of class "Creative Quilting With Your Walking Foot" with Jacquie Gering
Thursday, Feb. 11
Cindy at Stitchin At Home: Review of class "Quilting With Rulers on a Home Machine" with
Amy Johnson
Vicki at Vicki's Crafts and Quilting: Review of fabric purchases:  Stonehenge Strips and Christmas Fat Quarter Bundle
Friday, Feb. 12
Zenia at A Quilted Passion: Review of classes "Start FMQ" with Elizabeth Dackson; "Secrets of FMQ" with Christina Cameli; "Help! How Do I Quilt It?" with Angela Walters
Jayne at Twiggy and Opal:  Review of quilting supplies: Pressing/cutting mat and mini iron
Saturday, Feb. 13
Tish at Tish's Adventures in Wonderland: Review of classes "Dot to Dot Quilting" with Angela Walters; "Shoot It! A Product Photography Primer" with Caro Sheridan
Anja at Anja Quilts: Review of patterns  Postcard from Sweden; 1 Hour Basket; Star Bright; Reusable Handwarmers
Sunday, Feb. 14
Beth at Cooking Up Quilts: Review of Amanda Murphy's class "20 Fresh Appliqué Techniques"
Preeti at Sew Preeti Quilts: Review of fabric purchases:  Kaffe Fassett Classics Design Strip 
Monday Feb. 15
Julie at Pink Doxies: Review of class: "Color Play for Quilters" with Joen Wolfrom
Sandra at Musings of a Menopausal Melon - mmm! quilts: Review of Classes "Machine Quilting: Small Changes, Big Variety" and "Free Motion Quilting With Feathers" with Angela Walters; review of fabric purchases: 10-yard bundle and fat quarter bundles; review of patterns: Sea Glass and Snowflake

Just a reminder - to enter the Craftsy giveaway, click here. To enter my giveaway, leave a comment :)

ENTRY HAS NOW CLOSED

Linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts. If you are here from there, welcome and make sure to sign up for BOTH giveaways!
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66 comments:

  1. Thank you for the post. I would like to try a Crafty Class!

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  2. I've bought several Craftsy classes, but finished none! That probably says more about me, than about Craftsy. Someone please tell me which FMQ class will wave a magic wand over me and give me complete control of where my needle goes!

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    1. ... And I forgot the most important: Judy, your wholecloth is incredible, fabulous, the most amazing ever!

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  3. I do love taking Crafsy classes. Right now I'm taking a Wendi Gratz class and a Leah Day class, but my wish list is full of great classes I'd love to take. Thank you for the giveaway

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  4. Fabulous quilt, this is superb. No, I haven't taken a Craftsy class, and one for FMQ would be so helpful, I get the quilt to what a friend calls the " Flimsy" stage, and then leave, maybe too scared to try and spoil it all. This is a wonderful giveaway.

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  5. I love Craftsy! The classes are so well done. I would love to try a new one.
    Thanks for the chance!
    Greetings, Rike

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  6. Judy, is that one quilt or two - one looks white and other looks tea-dyed. Your quilting has created a very exquisite heirloom piece. I love Jacquie Gering's class on Walking Foot Techniques. May be I should try one of her other classes.
    Hugs,
    Preeti.
    http://sewpreetiquilts.blogspot.com

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  7. I have never taken a Craftsy class but am sooo ready now that I am retired.

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  8. Don't pick me...just have to say I could gaze with rapt wonder at that wholecloth quilt of yours for EVER. Oh man...make that Oh, WOMAN!! It is like texture rolling off the computer screen. Talk about want to pet something... and Craftsy is just the BEST! Thank you so much for joining in this hop, and for being one of the two first posts! Awesome job.

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  9. Judy, WOW! Wow to your quilting, and WOW to your testimony! Two more classes I had sitting one the back burner, and am going to have to have. Let's see...Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, April Fool's, Earth Day...Isn't it nice to be able to tell people where to look when they ask you if there's anything you've been wishing for?

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  10. Great post, Judy! I couldn't agree with you more about Craftsy and Cindy Needham. ;-)

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  11. What beautiful quilting!!!! Another couple classes to add to my wishlist.

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  12. Just watched a craftsy class this morning on quilt binding and piping. I tried it out and am very happy with the results. That class is excellent. Will put the one on wholecloths on my wishlist! Thanks for the tip!
    Also thank you for being so genereous!
    Esther
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com

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  13. Oh, how I would love to win that Cindy Needham class!!!! This would be my first Craftsy class, should I win. lynnstck(at)yahoo.com

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  14. Judy, your whole cloth is AMAZING! I have watched both of these classes as well and they are packed so full of great information, it isn't funny. I would love to meet Cindy in real life, but for now, I'll have to settle for 6 degrees of separation through you.

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  15. I have taken a Craftsy class. I enjoy it and learned quite a bit.

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  16. This would be my first Craftsy class, though I've heard plenty of good things about them from a lot of people!

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  17. Oh yes, I love Craftsy. I started with some knitting classes and when I learned to sew and quilt 2 years ago I went on to their sewing and quilting classes. I own so many and I have many more on my wishlist! And every Monday I check for new classes. It's like a little scavenger hunt and guessing game to see who has a new class and what they are teaching.

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  18. I have never taken a Craftsy class.

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  19. I love Craftsy too!and your quilting is so inspiring!I'm signing up for another class!

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  20. l love craftsy, i have taken several classes and use their free classes all the time. i also love the patterns they offer and when they have a sale it is amazing.

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  21. I am glad to have your recommendations for classes. There are so many, probably all wonderful. So it is nice to hear from someone who has taken a class and enjoyed it.

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  22. You do beautiful work!! I think Craftsy has had a big effect on many of your quilting lives...I love Craftsy!!

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  23. I agree with the others, your wholecloth quilt is super duper gorgeous! Good work on the blog hop post ;-)

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  24. Your work is truly inspiring. I have a lot of classes on my wish list. Basic digital photography, The original class by Christina Camelli (forgotten it's name even though I just looked at it, the second quilting with your walking foot class, and quilting with rulers on your home machine.

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  25. I love Craftsy. Their classes are the best.

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  26. It is great taking Craftsy classes. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  27. Your wholecloth quilts are amazing and gorgeous! I totally want to make a wholecloth quilt.

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  28. Hi from your fellow blogger today ! I've enjoyed your blog post and have always wanted to try whole cloth quilting but thought it was quite intimidating . I should give it a go . I would love to enter your competition to try and win a class !

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  29. HELLO,what a neat Giveaway!Thank you for sharing!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  30. I have taken several Craftsy classes. I would love one more. mercyday10@gmail.com

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  31. Wow, what a beautiful quilt! It has so much dimension! Thanks to Craftsy, I have learned to make creative quilt backs and to quilt a big quilt without losing my mind. Now I'm learning to quilt with my walking foot. It's great having access to these classes right when I need them. I have several more classes on my want-to-take list, if you'd care to make that possible. :)

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  32. I am smitten with Craftsy! I have taken several quilting classes, love their fabric shop, and also the pattern section. So many wonderful possibilities! Your Wholecloth quilt is amazing! Thanks for participating in this Blog Hop!

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  33. I'm a big fan of Craftsy, although I've had to be selective about which ones I've taken. (My Wish List is long!) I have already learned a lot from them.

    Your quilt is amazing, by the way! Thanks for sharing--seeing it is very inspiring.

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  34. Oh dear, do I 'fess up that I bought a class or two that I haven't made time to watch the whole way through yet? Nothing wrong with the classes, just my time management! So of course I bought another one on sale yesterday...and lesson 1 was very informative. I just need to remember to sit down and watch the rest :)

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  35. I would love to take a class to learn to knit.

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  36. Your result is clearly testimony to a great class, not sure my results for any of the great Craftsy classes I have taken have resulted in such an amazing outcome :)

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  37. What a grand Quilt!! I can't even imagine making such a Treasure! AWESOME job! Thanks for sharing! (& for chance to win your Give-a-way!)

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    1. Was so excited...forgot to answer you! Sorry... I do have a few Craftsy Classes...just getting time to start watching them... Have used many Patterns thru Craftsy tho...and fabric & kit purchases too :)

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  38. I've never taken a class thru Craftsy. Sounds easy. Your quilting is beautiful!
    kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

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  39. What a nice Valentine present! Thanks.

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  40. It would be very adventures of me but Wholecloth. I love these quilts.
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  41. I've taken lots of their free classes and have bought two - and I love them all.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  42. I love taking classes from Craftsy and have a long wishlist of others I want to do.

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  43. I've taken one class and have a bunch I want to take! The quilts in this post blow my mind-- amazing! Thanks! Sarah: crjandsbj(at)netzero(dot)com

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  44. What an interesting post and what an amazing whole cloth quilt! I have never taken a Craftsy class but am hearing great things about them. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  45. Oh yes yes yes! Sooooo love Cindy Needham! Ive got one of her Craftsy classes and i love it so much! I was concerned she would be "stuffy and old fashioned" but she is ANYTHiNG but! She is super cool and jam packs it full of useful information from thread use to quilting. I learned more from her than ANY other classes. Ive taken a few Angela Walters classes and skimmed thru a few of thfree classes, but hands down, cindy ROCKS. You are so generous Judy! Thanks for this chance to win...and just a general thanks for being suck a rockin blogger too!

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  46. I took my first craftsy class recently - designing modern quilts (or something) with Weeks Ringle, and loved it! I know craftsy says you get to interact with the teacher, but I kind of didn't believe them. It's true, though! Weeks responded to all my silly questions right away. Thanks to Weeks and Craftsy (and you too)!

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  47. Oh my, your whole cloth is beautiful! I've taken a few Craftsy classes, including one of Cindy's, but haven't looked to see what's new for a long time!

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  48. Your quilt is gorgeous! I have taken Craftsy classes and think they are great!

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  49. Judy your quilt is mind bogglingly gorgeous! It's so amazing how much you learned and put into action from Cindy's classes! She must love having you as a star pupil, LOL. Really terrific quilting!
    I love Craftsy classes too! I especially love how perfectly they are closed captioned. Lots of websites have videos that say they are closed captioned, but turn out to be terribly done and you just can't follow along. But Craftsy is excellent! You can even click right on the sentence you want to go back to and the video will sync right to that point. It never blocks any of the video either... like I said, it's perfect!

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  50. I love Craftsy, too! Your quilt is a true testament to how wonderful the classes are. Brilliant!

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  51. Wow! Amazing work on your wholecloth quilt.

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  52. I sometimes look at a quilt and am surprised that I made it. Your quilt is truly gorgeous!

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  53. I have no idea how you made that quilt either :) Thank you for your sweet giveaway :)

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  54. Love Craftsy classes. Always ready to learn something new.

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  55. I have taken Cindi's "Design It, Quilt It" class and also loved it. You have inspired me to take the wholecloth class and try more. Thanks for sharing.

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  56. I have enjoyed the free classes they offer on Craftsy, and Yes, absolutely love that you can return and watch it again!

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  57. I have enjoyed the free classes they offer on Craftsy, and Yes, absolutely love that you can return and watch it again!

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  58. Oh my--your whole cloth quilt is amazing! You obviously had a good teacher ;-)

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  59. Beautiful whole cloth quilt. You learned that from a class? Amazing. I have not yet taken any classes on Craftsy and think it could certainly expand my crafting skills.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  60. I have done a few craftsy classes! They are great! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  61. I love your quilting!!!! I can not even imagine what a thrill it would be to take a Cindy Needham class in person!!!!!!!

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  62. I have a huge list of classes I would love to take!

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  63. I would love to win a craftsy class. Thanks for the chance.

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  64. Regular piecing quilt tops is fun, quilting the thing, not so much, so wholecloth quilting....uhhh probably not any time soon...! You are brave!

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