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Nov 26, 2012

Craftsy Class Review: Quick Strip Paper Piecing with Peggy Martin

Nov 26, 2012
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Online Quilting Class

**All Craftsy classes are $19.99 or less and today, Cyber Monday, is the LAST day!**

I just took my first Craftsy class - Quick Strip Paper Piecing with Peggy Martin.  It wasn't until I actually took a class myself that I understood what a novel concept Craftsy has with it's online class platform.

I love to paper piece, but it always takes a lot of time.  If there is a faster and more efficient way to do something, count me in.  Peggy teaches her technique - which is a version of chain piecing for foundation patterns.

I expected maybe an hour long instructional video.  Boy was I surprised!  This Craftsy course has 8 hours of instruction and includes 6 patterns with the class.
If you've never paper pieced before, this class is a good place to start.  The course covers all the details from fabric selection, supplies, how to use your scraps, etc.

Pros:
  • good for beginners - detailed instruction
  • downloadable supply list
  • downloadable patterns
  • watch whenever you have time (start, stop, pause, repeat)
  • access to class stays in your account permanently
  • insert notes while watching
  • see other participants' discussions

Cons:
  • time - I have little time to sew.  I'd rather be sewing than watching.  But you can click through to skip portions of the material you already know.
Overall, I was impressed with the detailed level of instruction and corresponding course materials for the class.  If you want to acquire paper piecing as a new skill, this is a great way to start.

One of Peggy's quick strip patterns includes the New York Beauty block.  I have been intimidated by this block in the past.  It contains paper piecing and curves - both of these skills more difficult.  I was afraid to try them together.  I can't wait to get started on my NY Beauty block using Peggy's quick strip technique.  I'll be sure to show you when I get sewing.
NY Beauty block sketched with Allison Glass' Lucky Penny.

Now is a great time to buy a class.  If you don't have time to watch until the new year, it's no problem.  You can always access the class and know that you got one on sale.  There are also some free courses you can check out to get a feel for how Craftsy classes operate.

**All Craftsy classes are $19.99 or less and today, Cyber Monday, is the LAST day!**

Online Quilting Class


Disclosure:  As a Craftsy affiliate, I was able to take this class for free in exchange for a review.
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1 comment:

  1. What a great review for Craftsy classes! I'm taking the free BOM with Amy Gibson. This is my first experience piecing quilt blocks and I'm loving it! I also purchased the Quick Strip class but haven't started it yet. And I just took advantage of the $19.99 deal and signed up for Leah Day's class where she will be teaching how to quilt the pieces we made in the free BOM class. This is such a great opportunity to learn something new and I can't wait to try the paper piecing class myself! Glad you good marks!

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