Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Continuing Education


The only formal art education I have, I received from my high school art class. I've never taken a craft class or a sewing class. Like most people, I learn by doing. And, yes, I've done A LOT of doing. But I've thought recently that I should work on my skills, that I should try to get better at what I do. There's always room for improvement, right? To that end, I decided to join Craftsy. From what I can see, Craftsy is an on-line community that offers an assortment of on-line craft courses from talented designer/craftspeople at reasonable prices. Okay, I'm intrigued...

So I joined - it's free. But not only that. I also jumped right into their free on-line class which they call "Craftsy Block of the Month". Every month from January to October, students learn to make two new quilt blocks which they then combine into a quilt in the fall. Taking this class will be a good way for me to get my educational feet wet, I think. I will no doubt learn something new (like a bunch of new quilt blocks). I'll meet some crafty folk. Hopefully, I'll get a pretty quilt out of the deal. And, for future reference, it's a good way for me to judge the overall quality of Craftsy's classes and services.


I'm excited about it. I will keep you abreast of my progress, write a little about my Craftsy experiences, and post pictures of my blocks month by month. Above are my first two 12-1/2 inch blocks. They are supposed to be simple slashed blocks: a wonky pound sign and an asterisk. In theory, they're easy to make and get right, but mine for some reason, are FAR from perfect. But no worries. I'm learning, right?

Also, I'm working from my fabric stash so, as usual, it's going to be a scrappy thing. My chosen colour scheme is a somewhat out there but I wanted to try a little funkiness so I don't loose interest halfway through the year. We shall see how that goes.

I wonder what Amy (our teacher) has planned for February... Oh, see that? I'm already looking forward to next month's blocks. That's a good sign I think. Learning is supposed to be fun, right?

So far so good.

♥M


Note: See February blocks HERE.

26 comments:

  1. I can't wait to see your finished quilt- I'm sure it will be bright and lovely since that's just how you do things. :) Kudos to you for reaching out and up. No doubt you'll learn lots of new tricks and become even more amazing. :)
    xoxo

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    1. Well thank you sweet Amy. I'm hoping my little quilt lives up to your expectations. I will do my very best!

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  2. Cool stuff, Michele. I love that you're diving into something new!

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    1. oh me too! gotta keep things interesting eh?

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  3. I love your blocks!!! Can't wait to see more!!

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    1. thanks Ariane, I'm looking forward to seeing what's next too!

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  4. this has really intrigued meand i was looking to join a new project... is it just about sewing? or are their other tutorials I wonder...
    great start... you are very talented.
    jennie. x

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    1. Thanks Jennie Louise, there are all kinds of courses offered! You should check it out. It's pretty cool!

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  5. I like the color choices for your blocks! I too am in the block of the month. I am enjoying the classes offered by Craftsy. I am also taking a cooking class from Sympoz. Great medium for a working mother. Tomorrow new block patterns, can't wait.

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    1. Oh hey, you too? I can't wait to get the new blocks either. Isn't it fun?

      A cooking class... now there's something I could really really really use. I burn things... Maybe I'll do that one day.

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    1. thanks Michelle. The colours are a little crazy. I'm trying to step out of my safe comfort zone. We'll see how it goes. :)

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  7. YES, welcome the world of quilt addiction!

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    1. thanks Krista. Fancy meeting you here...

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  8. Cool, Michele! I love that you're trying something new with these classes, and I like how modern the quilt block designs are.

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    1. I'm hoping they all look nice together once done. Fingers-crossed eh?

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  9. Learning ????!!! Good ! Je suivrai tes progrès avec intêret, Michèle !!!!

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    1. I'm in a perpetual state of learning, DM. :)

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  10. Great idea to join in on this quilt along Michele! I must say I was tempted myself. Might have to take another look at what else they offer.

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    1. I think it's a great idea too Catherine. Besides it takes me out of my own little space. A good thing, I think.

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  11. I used to belong to Craftsy - it is a fun place. - like the pound sign!!

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  12. I jumped right over to Craftsy and joined! I love the concept and always enjoy learning something new. Its nice to stretch a bit. I am a big fan of your blog. Your originality and personal way of writing inspires me. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

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    1. Oh good for you Tanya, way to go! I think the stretching will be good for both of us.

      Thanks for the sweet comment btw, I'm so glad you like coming here. It's so nice to hear that!

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  13. I'm curious to hear about your experience with Craftsy. Your blocks are beautiful, Michele!

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  14. wonky always wins in my book! can't wait to see the progress!

    amy

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