Saturday, June 22, 2013

Craftsy Class Review and Giveaway- QAYG Patchwork Bags

Oh, do I have a good thing in store for you!!! I'm sure most of you remember one of my most recent posts where I did a class review for Craftsy, well Melissa enjoyed my post so much that she asked me to.....REVIEW ANOTHER CLASS!!!!! *happy dance*
So, which quilting class was I asked to review?!?!?  Quilt As You Go Patchwork Bags taught by Tara Rebman (aka Tinkerfrog)! Can we say SQUEEL?!?!? Really though, I knew this class was coming because I follow the instructor on IG (I told you guys, I'm addicted! LOL!) and was soooo excited to watch this class!!!
Disclaimer: The opinions in this post are strictly my own, no one has told me what to say or write nor have I received any form of payment for this review!

Buuut, before I go into my review of this class, just in case you didn't read this post let me tell you a bit about Craftsy first:
   Craftsy is an online educational website that offers TONS of classes for ANY crafting need! They offer not only quilting classes but cake decorating, crocheting, knitting, sewing, and so much more!!!
I absolutely L-O-V-E their platform. Once you enroll in a class (whether it's a free class or one you paid for) you have UNLIMITED access (24/7) that lasts FOREVER!!! You can ask questions you may have and get answers back from not only your instructor but your classmates too, you can take a video note (it helps you bookmark a specific place in the course), share your projects, and so much more! Every class comes with printable course instructions and material lists.
 Craftsy offers not only classes you can buy but they have a HUGE selection of FREE (yes, completely FREE) classes!!!!!!!! I promise you, you can find a class that you will LOVE! Craftsy also offers a place for designers (experienced and newbies) to sale their patterns! You can find a lot of free patterns too!!!

I could really keep going on and on and on about how wonderful Craftsy is, but weren't we here for something else? Oh yeah, A CLASS REVIEW!!!!

(yes, this is a screenshot, I'm "resourceful" that way! LOL!)

Where do I begin?
I guess I'll start with the description from the website....
"Learn the theory behind the quilt-as-you-go technique by working your way through a charming potholder before creating the “Tinker” patchwork bag from blocks you create on the fly. Tara shows you how to use scraps from your stash to build out from a single square using a freehanded approach that celebrates the uniqueness of each quilted bag. Whether you prefer straight-line or free-motion quilting, your extemporaneous blocks will blossom as your bag comes to life. Add a simple pocket or follow Tara’s instruction for a painless hidden zipper pocket. Learn how to add material to the bottom of your bag for extra durability and box corners for extra stability. Finish off your quilted bag with a magnetic closure and eye-catching bias binding. Or hand-sew an invisible binding for extra sophistication"



I love the description they give! It's right on the money (is that the expression I'm looking for? I hope so!)!!! Tara does an amazing job with breaking down the process of QAYG (quilt as you go), and you can take what you learn from her and apply it to ANY quilty project! Tara breaks down this process by teaching you to first make an adorable pot holder, which I think is great because it is a small project, so you don't get overwhelmed! After she teaches you how to make the potholder she moves on to her own pattern, the Tinker Tote! She breaks down the ENTIRE process of putting her bag together, I mean the ENTIRE process! (Even if you are new to making bags after you take this class you can apply a lot of the techniques to other bag projects!)

I can't tell you how much I LOVE this class! Tara knows what she's talking about and makes it SEW EASY to understand! She gives you tons of extra tips along the way to help you out! I learned a lot about (cue horror movie theme song....) bias tape! (I really hated the thought of bias tape before this class, just so you know!) I took away a lot more than what I expected from this class. I've made QAYG bags before, but Tara's method is a lot better than the free tutorials you find on Google.
I can really go on...and on....and on...and on about this class, but you're just going to have to take it to believe me. Then once you do, you can come back here and say "WOW! You were totally right!" LOL!

I really really really wanted to make a Tinker Tote for this post, of course I have way too many other obligations going on right now. Though I did find the time to test out Tara's technique! Do you wanna see what I made?
Of course you do!!!


Aint it purty? :) I really love this clutch! Just so happens, there is a FREE TUTORIAL for this clutch right here on Tara's website! Don't pay attention to my flap though, it's all uneven and out of whack! I still love it though!



Here is a view of the back of my "Crazy Cute Clutch".


I mean, I REALLLLLLY love how this turned out!


It's a really good sized clutch too! I stuffed it full of scissors and rotary cutters for this pic! :)




So, are you all ready to go take this class yet????? I hope so, because the wonderful peeps at Craftsy said I could giveaway a Quilt As You Go Patchwork Bag class to one of my LUCKY READERS!!!
*happy dance* (again)
Okay so here are the details for this giveaway:
I only have on rule: You need to be a follower of mine! (You can now follow me on Bloglovin by clicking the Bloglovin icon in the upper right side of my blog!)
Then all I need for you to do is CLICK HERE and sign in/register! Once you've done that come back here to this post and leave me a comment letting me know you did! EASY PEASY!!!!

ONLY ONE ENTRY PER PERSON!
You have until this Thursday (June 27th, 2013) to enter!
This giveaway is open to EVERYONE!

I will announce the winner of the giveaway on Friday (June 28th)
Edited to add: This giveaway is now closed!
~Hope y'all are having a GREAT day!!~


31 comments:

Gill said...

I entered! now I'm off to check out Tara's tutorial, I love your clutch!

Deborah said...

Oh yay - I am entered! This looks such a great class. I follow you by email.

Sarah_L_N said...

I have entered :) I follow you in bloglovin and feedly, still deciding which I prefer!

Fran said...

Your clutch is super cute! I entered the giveaway on the Craftsy website & follow your blog via Bloglovin, thanks for the lovely giveaway.

LJ said...

I, too, love Craftsy. Even their website seems like it's easy to navigate! I follow you with GFC but use Feedly for my reader. Hope it's not necessary to do "Bloglovin"; I'd be so sad :(

Margaret said...

I too love Craftsy. I have not signed up yet for this class but it is on my list. thanks for the chance to win it.

Margaret said...

I forgot to tell you I follow by blog lovin this is just an add on to my other comment. sorry for the double post

KarenD. said...

I entered. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway.

KarenD. said...

OOps... and I follow you by email.

JudyC said...

I love the thought of quilting as you go and entered this giveaway. I follow you by email. Would love to learn how to do this technique, your clutch is fantastic!

Margaret said...

I am an old follower in more ways than one. I love Craftsy and wish I could afford all their classes. I have really enjoyed the ones I have purchased. I would be over the moon if I won. Thanks for sharing.

Jenny Larking said...

I am a follower and I just signed on to Craftsy. You really made it sound good and I would like to try out this class if I win. Thank you. jennylarking@gmail.com

Janarama said...

I now follow you on BlogLovin' even though I've been following you on GFC. I'm entered into the Giveaway via Craftsy.

Rhonda D. said...

WOO HOO!!! I entered @ Craftsy, and I follow you by e-mail. Thanks
for the chance to win!

wigglypup2(at)yahoo(dot)com

Shauna said...

I'm entered using my crafty id of tomosia@yahoo.com

Ali said...

I'm entered! Think my craftsy email is gibbylet21(at)hotmail(dot)com, thank you for the giveaway!

brandy said...

i registered! i'd love to take this class. thanks, kelie!

Marjorie Nath said...

I follow you by email & just added following you by bloglovin. I entered at Craftsy.
thelady at hotmail.com

Rachelle said...

I just entered and follow you on Bloglovin

Karrie Smith said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

Lynn said...

ooh=thanks! and i already follow!

Rebekah B. said...

What a great giveaway. Thank you! Looks amazing. I follow you by email.

Cecilia said...

I'm already blog lovin' you@

Judy1522 said...

I really want to learn quilt as you go so this sounds like a great class for me.

FabricDonkey said...

Thank you! I'm registered and I follow you via e-mail.

Valeri said...

What a great blog site!!! Love your clutch...but I don't recognize any of the fabrics (wink..wink). I look forward to following you & reading past entries.
Val (Hancock's)

Christine Slaughter said...

Registered! I am such a Craftsy lover, thanks for the chance to win!

stitchingandbacon said...

I love craftsy! I am also a follower. Thanks for the chance to win!

Carla G said...

I already follow you via gfc & bloglovin! Thanks for the awesome class giveaway! Those bags look fabulous!! :)

Scrapbook-ChickADoodle said...

Wow! I love your clutch! I've been thinking about Tara's class since I first saw it listed. It would be awesome to win it!

I am registered! I follow by email.

Rachel said...

Great giveaway! I've clicked the link ;) Love your clutch!