Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Craftsy Classes!


Have you taken a craftsy class?

I took my very first craftsy class years ago. Honestly, I was just curious and wanted to see what it was all about. Naturally, I chose one of the free ones. And why not? That is a great way to see if you like something without having to commit anything, right? So I signed up for this one...



It was fun, and educational. I liked the format immediately. It was easy to use (for someone who was and still is very technologically challenged!) The instructor was clear and easy to understand. It was easy to stop and rewind if I needed to hear something again. There were questions and answers that were posted that I thought were interesting (I'm nosy like that, what can I say?)



So I signed up for another class. Actually, I signed up for all of the free quilting classes. It was fun to see the different instructors personalities and style. I found the content to be very different in each class but the same format meant that it was easy to view and easy to look around.



Then I signed up for a photography class. That's right, I do things other than quilting on occasion. Not often, but sometimes. I wanted to learn more about my camera and how to take better photos for my blog. The class was wonderful. I learned lots of information, but also enjoyed the tips and tricks that could be applied to any situation. 



And I was super excited when Sarah Fielke taught a class. I signed up right away and was so glad I did. She has the most adorable Australian accent so that made listening even more fun. She also had a wonderful demonstration on hand quilting (among quite a few other techniques) that I really learned a lot from.



So recently when I saw that there were several new quilting classes released I knew immediately that I would want to take one. I don't think we can ever learn everything there is to know about a subject. I not only quilt, but I teach quilting, and for me, observing other teaching styles is helpful as well as observing the actual quilting information. If I can learn a new way of explaining something, or a new way of showing others a skill, that's really helpful to me when I am leading a workshop. Taking bits of knowledge or skill from every experience with every teacher is a great way to build a solid foundation. No one wants a copy cat of someone else, but we are all a combination of our cummulative experiences. 



I learned so much from this technique class. It covers some super basic techniques that were good to know as well as much more advanced techniques. Some of these were skills I had been taught before but in a very different way, and some of the information was brand new to me. Debbie is such an organized teacher that after she explains something, I feel confident I could achieve perfect results too! I am really glad that I spent a few hours last weekend viewing the class and looking at the printed materials. I've already started practicing some of the things I learned! 

If you've never taken an online class before, I would HIGHLY encourage you to consider it. It's a great way to build some skills, gain a better understanding of how to do something, or just to pick up some tips and tricks. I honestly think you will be glad you did!

Enjoy every class!
Diane



Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post, but I do work with Craftsy, and I will receive a small reward for each purchase made through the links from this blog. Please know that my opinions are my own, and I would never recommend something that I don't believe in. Thanks so much!

5 comments:

  1. I agree! I've taken two Craftsy classes this year and enjoyed each one very much! As soon as I make the quilt from the Laundry Basket Quilts video... I'll take another class!

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  2. This is a good advice, thanks Diane!

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  3. Diane, I really appreciate your post as it's summer and great opportunity for me to "learn something new about quilting". I've seen crafty classes advertised and people refer to them on their blogs...but after your testimony I'm headed over to find myself a summer class! THANKS!! V:) PS Thanks for the well wishes for my daughter:)

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  4. i have all the free ones and a couple of the pay ones as well, love craftsy

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