Friday, August 24, 2012

Teaming Up With Craftsy!

If you've been following my blogs for any length of time, you'll know that I am a huge fan of Alycia Carmin. Alycia is unquestionably the coolest person in any room and not only is she a genuine horseriding Colorado rancher, she also manages to somehow find the time to provide literally hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of Quilts of Valor each and every year for the wounded soldiers at Fort Carson Army Hospital, Angel Flight recipients, and military members of an Equine Therapy group. If you would like information on how to grow up to be just like Alycia, visit her blog at Alycia Quilts

A couple of weeks ago, Alycia announced that she is beginning a new QOV Mystery Quilt in association with I am VERY pleased to announce that I am the longarm instructor that Alycia and are teaming up with on this project! As those of you who have bought my first two DVDs know, I *LOVE* to promote Quilts of Valor in everything that I do and this time it's no different.

Craftsy approached me in February and wanted to know if I'd teach a class for their online learning platform. It took me about 14 seconds to say "YES!!!" When I started planning what I'd do for this class, the first thing I thought of was "How will I incorporate Quilts of Valor?" To me, there's not much point in being 'known' if you don't do something useful and worthwhile with that whole "Oh, I know who she is!" status and for me, the something that I've decided to do is to bring attention to the needs of our wounded military.

I used a Quilt of Valor to teach you how to deal with wavy borders on my first DVD, I used a QOV to show you how to use twirly whirly feathers as an allover design on my second DVD, and in my Craftsy class I'll use a QOV to show you how to use templates to create design perfection on your quilts. My hope is that you will follow Alycia's directions to create your Mystery Quilt (there's a finished version of the quilt on my machine right now, and it's super cool!), allow me to show you how to quilt it, and then send your completed quilt to Alycia so that she can deliver it to one of our heroes in time for Christmas. Alycia has shared with me that the holidays are an extremely difficult time for our wounded soldiers, as many of them are too badly injured to travel and many of their families lack the money to pay for a visit, so they sit by themselves in a hospital far from home. Let's change these stressful, sad holidays to a season filled with love and thanks by wrapping them in our quilts.

Here's the scoop on my Craftsy thing: The class will be on Templates, and will be approximately 5 to 6 hours long, broken down into 20 to 30 minute segments so you won't get square eyes from sitting in front of the computer all day long. We'll start with easy stuff and each segment will move progressively from easy peasy to more intricate and complex. If you've ever taken a class from me, you know the drill; start with baby steps and move forward from there so that even the most complicated designs seem simple and totally doable.

With Craftsy classes, it's basically like buying a DVD, except you store your DVD online instead of at your house. You pay for the class once and can watch it as many times as you wish; you can rewind it, pause it, insert placeholders in it that will allow you to jump back to specific spots in the class to refresh your memory on techniques, etc. There will be a little community of students with it's own forum where you can ask questions of me and of other students, make friends, show off pics of your finished projects, the whole nine yards. It's a totally cool concept that's going to revolutionize the way we share our skills and knowledge with one another, and I'm way beyond excited to be playing a part in it.

We will be filming next month and the class should go live in mid-October. I'll keep you posted and, in the meantime, please pop over to Craftsy and start working on your QOV Mystery!

I wish you Happy Quilting and little to no thread barf on the backs of your quilts :)