Monday, July 22, 2013

Registration Opens Today!

Hooray!!!  Today registration opens at my shop for the Penny Sampler at Stitched in Color!  Class begins in earnest August 19th, but we'll get a jump start next week with lessons on choosing your fabrics!

Penny Sampler Welcome

The Penny Sampler is a skill-building course with Scandinavian style.  It began with Scandinavian inspiration, its folk notes and modern melodies combined.  That first vision became a framework of ideas - miniature pictures, small geometric piecing, intricate sashing, a pointy border. 

the Penny Sampler

But I wanted it to be lively, unexpected, definitely different than your everyday sampler quilt.  So, I threw out regular gridwork and traditionally placed sashing.  Instead blocks are a smorgesboard of sizes, sashing falls here and there for movement, layers of interest.  The border is broken up and resized in a decidedly unpredictable way.  All this aiming to be true to the quirky charm of modern Scandinavian style.

the Penny Sampler

I'm pleased to invite you on our journey, spanning August 19th through November 15th.   It's 14 weeks of instruction at a manageable pace.  All instruction is delivered via a separate password protected blog that allows you to access the lessons at your leisure, with posts delivered day to day during instruction weeks.

This online class centers around the making of an epic quilt - the Penny Sampler - while developing three themes:  machine applique, precise piecing and machine paper piecing.  These skill sets go beyond basic quilting to equip a quilter to face with confidence tricky traditional geometric piecework and picture-motifs made by applique or machine paper piecing.  All lessons include full, detailed photo tutorials and many downloadable templates.

the Penny Sampler

Plus, for each theme, I've created 2 practice projects.  These stand-alone projects are optional creative outlets and/or opportunities to practice the skills before sewing your sampler.  Of the two projects, one is relatively quick and one is an actual quilt.  The practice quilts included in our course are Dogwood Blossoms, Pixie Churns and Pantry Shelf. The other 3 (quicker!) practice projects will be revealed as class unfolds.

Wondering if this class is the right fit for your level or how much time you'll need to keep up?  See the Penny Sampler FAQ for more details!

Here's a bit more detail on what we'll cover with some examples...

the Penny Sampler

Weeks 2-5:  Machine Applique - Think of applique as a simple way to achieve any shape you desire, especially curves - see the hearts, mitten and bird blocks!  Applique also allows for unbroken backgrounds and unbroken prints with no distracting seams.  I love that!  Projects will cover 2 different user-friendly methods for turned-under edges with options for attaching by machine or by hand.  For more project examples see "why Applique?"

the Penny Sampler

Weeks 6-9:  Precise Piecing -  At some point most quilters yearn to refine their piecing skills, to chase down that perfect seam and be able to create small-scale traditional patchwork in triumph.  We'll discuss the merits of both the scant and true 1/4" seam and when to use which, plus other little details that can effect the accuracy of your sewing.  Each fancy block is another gem for your quilt!  To see lots of these projects visit "the key to Precise Piecing."

the Penny Sampler

Week 10-14:  Machine Paper Piecing - Patchwork addicts, like myself, are often charmed by the perfect points and unusual made possibly by machine paper piecing.  This method of patchwork tends to be intimidating, but it's actually not hard at all once you get the hang of it!  Starting from some really easy diamonds to wrap your mind around the process, projects will gradually build up to include my favorite block of all- the Dala horse! See more at "the Joy of paper piecing."

the Penny Sampler

Choose your class!  Class runs on 3 distinct private blogs where I can answer questions in the comments.

  • The super affordable Penny Sampler includes everything you're used to seeing from me in the way of detailed, step-by-step picture-packed tutorials and access to all projects at $35/$45.  
  • Penny Sampler {Premium} adds extra helpful (and time-intensive) features like numerous video tutorials and an eBook of the class for your reference at $55/$65.  
  • Then there is a smaller, more exclusive Penny Sampler Camp for folks who want it all, plus lots of interaction, with the give and take encouragement you'd experience in a real in-person class.  Penny Sampler Camp ($85) is limited to 20 campers.  We'll enjoy (6) live community chats, each an hour in length, plus a private Flickr group to help us keep up with our works-in-progress.  And, campers who complete their Penny Sampler by December 15th will receive a little something handmade by me as a souvenir of Penny Sampler Camp.  I hope I get to make one for each of you!

There is an early registration discount of $10 for Penny Sampler and Penny Sampler Premium, only applicable during the week of July 22 - July 26th.  Prices are live and accurate at my shop.

Class runs through November 15th.  Your access to the class blog will remain open through December 15th, during which time I will continue answering questions.  After December 15th the blog will be closed and you will no longer be able to login.  This provides much-need motivation for us to get everything we can out of the class in real time, rather than leaving it open ended for "someday."

the Penny SamplerI hope that every single one of you who are interested in taking this journey will find a place that meets your needs and your budget. 


So, Ta Da!  Please join in.  We're going to have a blast!

40 comments:

  1. gasp! you've done it again!

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  2. Yay! I've been waiting for your post...I just enrolled :o) So excited to take your wonderful class and can't wait to see how you put it all together...so inspiring :o)

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  3. Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!
    I'm going to take it ^__*

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  4. Wow! Rachel, it worked! Absolutely stunning! I couldn't resist the camp! I love the interaction. :)

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  5. Rachel! Um, I'm not sure how we're all expecting to be making that quilt. Yours is a true heirloom. The sneak peeks you showed didn't quite prepare me to see this!

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  6. I love how you stuck with the low volume theme! So pretty! I'm in and can't wait!

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  7. I had been waiting to see this quilt and I like Laura said, the sneak peeks you showed didn't prepare me to this either ! It's gorgeous !

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  8. Oh Rachel I forgot to mention about the Penny Sampler Quilt ... It's gorgeous!!!!!
    I hope mine will have the same effect I have had yours to my eyes!!!!!

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  9. I signed up as soon as your post came up. I also could not resist the camp. I had to sneak signing up in at work, so I didn't get to post a comment till now. I am super excited for this!

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    1. Welcome to Camp, Elizabeth! By the way, you are a "no reply blogger" so I cannot respond to your comments by email. Just fyi =)

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  10. Oh my, it's just lovely. I signed up for the premium version so I can balance this with my wonky work/school schedule. I've loved these posts and just adore the final product.

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  11. How I'd love to participate. This sampler is so different to others. I'd love to make it. Not this time. Sadly.

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  12. I set my alarm for 6 am my time so I could roll over, enroll in the camp and go back to sleep. So excited!

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  13. I've been so inspired by each new project you've shared from this class - I'm so glad I have the chance to participate! I knew from the first I saw of the quilt that I had to sign up ♥ I haven't had the chance to do much in the way of curves or applique yet, either, so I'm very glad that I'll be learning new skills as well. I can't wait to get started! August is too far!

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  14. I live in New Zealand and would love to participate in the camp if I can ... time differences may make things a little tricky! Just wanted to check if the classes are open to international students?

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    1. Yes, my classes are actually much-populated by international students =). Camp chats are likely to be on Monday's at 9 pm New York time. That might be during the morning of Tuesdays for you, but you'll want to check. Would love to have you!

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  15. I'm in! So excited and can't wait to begin!! The quilt and projects are amazing :)

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  16. Thank you for posting the information about chat times. My Hawaiian time zone and pesky 8-5 work schedule make the chats impossible for me, boo hoo. Wish I could be a camper too, but maybe another time. I will content myself with the premium level!
    Thanks again, I am really looking forward to the class!

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  17. This is just lovely Rachel! The soft colors and the folk motifs really give it an heirloom quality. Have lots of fun with the class!

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  18. I knew the quilt would be gorgeous...and it is!!! LOVE it. Just signed up for Premium. I have taken two of your classes and have never been disappointed. You do such a great job. Now to assemble some fabrics that I'll be happy with. :)

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  19. This is gorgeous! I love the idea of making this heirloom quilt and there are so many possibilities. I just had to sign up and go all in!

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  20. OOOHH--I am so excited for this class!
    Can't wait to start.

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  21. It is fabulous but way over my head. I hope to see some final projects at the end . Have fun!

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  22. All signed up for the Penny Sampler Premium! Really looking forward to it!!! Love the quilt and all the blocks ~ can't wait!

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  23. I signed up yesterday and I'm excited! I know that your quilt was inspired by that lively yet mellow modern Scandinavian theme, but I have to confess it's just not "me", so I think I'll try and change up the color scheme to something a little brighter with fewer pastels. I hope it'll turn out as lovely as yours!

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  24. what a fun, imaginative quilt, Rachel.

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  25. Looks like fun and that you've got a good group of sewers!

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  26. I bit the bullet!!! That block of houses on the upper right won me over. That and the little churn dash quilt! :) Can't wait to get started!

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  27. Just registered, and I'm super excited to take part. I can definitely use a formal skill building class since I've been self-teaching. Thanks for the opportunity Rachel, it's going to be such a beautiful quilt!

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  28. I'm absolutely dying over this quilt...I have not stopped thinking about it for three days (when I discovered it on Pinterest). I'm signing up.

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  29. Oh oh - I want to do this! Just a quick question - does the basic class NOT include video instructions?

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    1. Yes, that's right - the basic class Does Not include videos. Instead it has picture tutorials.

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  30. Hi! I'm a little late to the game and would not be able to finish in time. Will you be releasing a pattern after the courses are over?

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    1. Thanks for your interest, Sabrina. No, I will not be releasing the Penny Sampler as a stand-alone pattern. It will always be part of the class. I may offer the class again in 2015? One thing to consider is the premium version of the current class. It comes with an eBook that has all the info from the class (patterns, directions, photos, links to videos), so you can complete the quilt on your own time!

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  31. I would really like to get the premium version, but when I click on the link it doesn't lead me to where I can buy it. :)

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  32. I hope you do offer this again in 2015, I am very excited to make a Penny Sampler! *crosses fingers*

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