Monday, August 18, 2014

Registration Opens Today!

Hooray!!!  Today registration opens at my shop for Angled at Stitched in Color!  This online class begins in earnest September 1st, but students can get a jump start now at the class blog, where fabric selection tips and supplies lists are already posted for all quilts, and brief cutting directions are posted for 3 of the quilts!

welcome to ::Angled:: at Stitched in Color

I LOVE angles, with their movement and personality and endless fascinating combinations.  Getting to know them can be tricky, intimidating even.  But the results are impressive!  And freeing too.  How many gorgeous classic quilts include angles?  So many!  With curiosity, time and much experimenting, I've come to know them well and to also understand how to include them in my quilt designs.  I'm eager to share this with you!

Tangential, a cumulative queen-sized quilt

Tangential queen-sized quilt for Angled

I'm pleased to invite you on our journey, spanning September 1st through October 31st.   It's 5 weeks of instruction spread out over 9 weeks time to give you room to grow.  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.

I've designed this new online course for the confident beginner or intermediate quilter.  Prerequisites are basic cutting and piecing skills, with experience sewing rectangles, squares and rows.  The class has 3 main elements:
  • {Piecing Skills} learn to accurately piece ANY angle, from classics like the diamond to compound angular blocks, and truly any random triangle shape
  • {Design Skills} understand how to incorporate equilateral triangles, diamonds, half square triangles and flying geese into your own original quilts
  • {Scrappy Skills} enjoy using triangular scraps from our projects in playful, liberated quilt blocks, with the option to donate your blocks towards collective charity quilts
This is a class for quilters.  It's for developing quilters, ready to stretch their wings beyond the basics.  It's for more experienced quilters, interested in expressing themselves in original designs or curious about liberated piecing.  It's for all lovers of traditional quilt blocks, young and old.  And I hope it will be for you!

What's Included?

With Angled at Stitched in Color our focus narrows to the quilt-making skills of piecing and design.  The class includes 5 original quilt patterns (4 throw quilts, 1 queen-sized quilt) and an additional 5 liberated, scrap-utilizing blocks.  Each lesson week begins with design/piecing information, followed by a quilt pattern that uses the week's angle in a creative way.  I'll also point out classic quilts that you can make with your new-found skills.  Each lesson week concludes with a lighthearted liberated triangle block.  We'll mess around and have some fun!

Liberated piecing for Angled (my next online class!)

Take that, triangle scraps!

I suggest students choose 1-3 favorite quilts to make during class, but read along with all concept posts to absorb the quilting principles as we go.  Don't worry about what you skip, since all students receive a pdf eBook of the entire course.  Return to Angled via the eBook to access patterns and concepts later on!

Let's take a look at the quilts of Angled Class...

Indian Blanket for ::Angled:: class

Indian Blanket - a playful study in equilateral triangles.

Emerge

Emerge - a really, truly easy lonestar quilt composed of 45 degree diamonds.

Starbright quilt

Starbright - an entirely machine pieced 6-point star, relying on a clever combination of triangles and diamonds

Cascade quilt

Cascade - at twist on the classic flying geese block

Tangential queen-sized quilt

And today's new release, Tangential, a cumulative queen-sized quilt, utilizing all the skills we'll study during class!  Each week you can make an installment in this quilt, while practicing the week's skill.  This is your chance to make a masterpiece for your bed, a fantastic surprise for your parent's anniversary or a very special wedding gift.

More good news!  I want you to have fun with those liberated blocks without the pressure of having to make a bunch of them.  If you like, you can donate yours to our collaborative charity quilts.   I'll be collecting and finishing quilts made up of liberated blocks from our first 4 weeks of instruction.  Won't that be fun to see!

Tangential for Angled

Choose your class!  Class runs on 2 distinct private blogs where I can answer questions in the comments.

  • ::Angled:: includes detailed, step-by-step, picture-packed tutorials, all projects and an eBook of the class for your reference at $55/$65.
  • ***SOLD OUT!  Sorry.***  Then there is a smaller, more intimate ::Angled:: 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.  Camp ($85) is limited to 20 campers.  We'll enjoy (5) 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 any 2 class quilts OR the Tangential quilt by November 30th will receive a little something handmade by me as a souvenir of ::Angled:: Camp.  I hope I get to make one for each of you!

An early registration discount of $10 for ::Angled:: applies during the week of August 18 - August 24.  Prices are live and accurate at my shop.  As always, I do cap the total number of students I take in order to ensure adequate availability to be a responsive teacher.

Class runs through October 31st.  Your access to the class blog will remain open through November 30th, during which time I will continue answering questions.  After November 30th 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."

Tangential quilt for Angled classI hope that every single one of you who are interested in refining your relationship with angles will find a class that meets your needs.  You're sure to learn a bundle!


So, Ta Da!  Please join in.  I've said it before and I'll say it again... we're going to have a blast!

52 comments:

  1. I'm all signed up. This looks to be a really exciting class and I'm sure the first difficulty will be in deciding which quilts I want to work on.

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  2. Congrats on all of the new releases and class registration. You have definitely been busy and I wish you all the best.

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    1. Thanks, Kristy. Yes, I have been busy and am looking forward to having time for some me/baby sewing now. Yay!

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  3. Uh. Mah. Gah. I love that Tangential quilt. So much.

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    1. Thanks, Jenny! I don't know who it's for, but it looks darn good on my bed...

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  4. Such a beautiful collection, I can't resist. Definitely going to go for "Starbright" since I've coveted that quilt since you posted it so long ago :) Looking forward to another great class!

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  5. Yep, I just couldn't resist, I've loved all of your classes that I have taken and look forward to this one too! So many beautiful quilts!

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  7. So excited, just paid for class. Now just waiting for Sept. 1. This is my first class....how do we access the class blog?

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    1. Welcome to class! This evening all currently registered students will receive an email from Google/Blogger that invites you to the class blog. It will have a link to follow. Once you get there, be sure to bookmark the class blog homepage!

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  8. Rachel this newest quilt is INCREDIBLE! I mean, I love all the quilts you've done for this class, but this one has big old hearts in my eyeballs!

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    1. Thanks, Jessica! I think it photographed really well. You know how you never know how that all will come out. Hope you've been well!

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  9. Signed up for camp! (for my 40th!)

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  10. I signed up! September is a crazy busy month for us, but I regret not signing up for a couple of your other classes, so I decided to just go for it! I'm excited! I love all of the quilts you've made for the class!

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  11. I signed up and can't wait. I will be making Starbright for sure. I debated for several weeks on the level. I really wanted Camp, but my work is super busy, I just didn't think I'd be able to participate like I liked.

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  12. For those of us who can't sign up because we're already over-extended and our husbands will lose their minds if we sign up for another BOM, QAL, or class (*ahem*), will you ever be selling the patterns for any of the quilts from the class? I am coveting Cascade and Tangential something awful!

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    1. I often put one pattern per class up for sale after the class has closed. So, you might find that one of those becomes available =)

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  13. That tangential quilt is amazing! Signing up soon - can you remind me what time the live community chats are?

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    1. Sure! We actually finalize chat times/dates when I receive feedback from registered campers, but typically we've done 9 pm eastern time (New York time). If that doesn't work for my campers, we'll explore other options. Thanks!

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  14. We had an unexpected expense pop up this weekend so I will refrain from registering till Thursday, but yay! I'm excited. And I actually love that unfinished block you've shown a few times. I think I would enjoy a quilt using that one, too :)

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    1. Thanks, Jeni! That unfinished block is to be our very last liberated block. I think it's going to be the trickiest, but I'm excited to see it come together! The rest of the liberated blocks are very straightforward.

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  15. Rachel, I'm enrolled and excited for this class but I accidentally used the wrong paypal account! It's valid, I just want to access the class through a different email account. Can you please change my enrollment to Hydee ann sews (at) gmail? It would be much appreciated!

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    1. Does it make a difference which email you are using? I made my payment with a different email, too, and I can't remember if it mattered once the class got started.

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    2. Your class invite will go to the Paypal payment address, unless you specify otherwise here. If you want to provide a different email address, you can leave that in the comments when you purchase or just drop me a line.

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  16. Looking so forward to your class!!

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  17. Registered!! Can't wait for the email tonight so I can start cutting fabric. I have a few I want to purge and think they will be great for the Indian Blanket quilt. (Soft colors) So excited to master angles. I have a quilt top ready for final joining that is all diamonds. I am waiting for all your pointers! And I am thoroughly in love with all of the equilateral triangle quilts I've been seeing too! Looking forward to mashing up my stash with some of your designs and then making my own!! I always love designing!! Thanks Rachel for the great opportunity!! BTW: Used my birthday money for the camp class, yay for me!! Happy 35!! (And bought your Ikat pattern I've been admiring)

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    1. Happy Birthday, Keri! I hope the class turns out to be a wonderful gift =) Sounds like you are ready to learn! By the way, you are a "no reply" commenter, so I cannot respond by email. Just wanted you to know since email may be more convenient for you than checking back on posts.

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    2. I have no idea how to fix that, but would like too! Thanks for the heads up!

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    3. I've heard that Wordpress users can't fix it, but most anybody else can. Try doing a search for "fix no reply blogger" and I bet you'll find some tutorials.

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    4. ;-) Thanks for the tip Rachel!
      I've considered starting a blog and secured a page but am not tied to it.
      Any suggestions on another host?
      I'll try the search first though.

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    5. I use Blogger as my blogging platform and have been very happy with that decision.

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  18. I'm all registered now! Just for the regular class..I really wanted to do the camp but I was worried with my crazy work schedule that I wouldn't be able to fully participate as much as I would want.

    Now I'll just keep my fingers crossed for another offering of the curves class at some point. :)

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    1. Welcome to class! You are a no reply commenter as well, fyi. See above comment to see what I mean =)

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  19. All signed up and really looking forward to this, Rachel! So many beautiful quilts you've designed, but I'm especially excited about Tangential and Cascade. Yay!!

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    1. Thank-you, Laurel! It seems like Tangential and Cascade are some favorites. So interesting to see what people are drawn to. It will be even more interesting to see new versions made! By the way, you are also a no reply commenter, see above.

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    2. Oh, thanks for the heads up! Apparently, google+ switched me to a no-reply blogger - I never realized. I think I've fixed it, but if you don't mind dropping me a quick note to confirm, that would be great. : )

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  20. You impress me day after day

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  21. I am another one who LOVES the Tangential quilt! Love. :) I actually am loving all the quilts for this class...which is why I signed up this morning!

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  22. Hiya, i am signing up but once again I am away on holiday from 29th August to 12th September. Hope this doesnt hold me back too much. Congrats on the new baby. Cant wait to see what you have. So exciting. Patti xxx

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  23. Yay! All signed up and paid for! Can't wait for day one. :)

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  24. I opted for the Camp and am so very excited for it. I now have to clear the decks and will be sewing away madly to achieve that by 1 Sept! Luckily we have two public holidays in Oct and Nov which will give me 2 long weekends to achieve what I need to for the camp.

    Rachel, every night when I look at my Penny Sampler I am reminded how good a teacher you are, how you explain things so well, and how your projects are inspirational and easily personalised. I am really looking forward to doing another class with you and to having the "elevated" camp experience too!

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    1. What a compliment. Thanks, Ali! I will do my very best to rise to those expectations again =)

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  25. Love the Indian Blanket, Tangential and Cascade patterns and am very tempted. I haven't done one of your classes before so I am trying to understand how it works. From your description I think the tutorials are in the form of blog instructions, which we can refer to throughout the class and get in the ebook at the end? What I want to know is are there 'exercises' to complete with each tutorial, as in what sort of time commitment would be required each week/fortnight? I also think it is a great idea to have the scrappy improv blocks included. Thanks

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    1. I hope I can answer your questions, Heather. You are right that the tutorials are in the form of blog instructions and then you also get the patterns as an eBook at the end of class. The tutorials do not add additional work to that of making the quilts. The introductory/concepts posts show you how and contain info for how you could plan to use these angles in your own designs. Then the tutorial posts for quilts that follow give you a chance to work out that info in a real projects.

      The scrappy liberated blocks that follow all stand-alone from the quilts. Think of those blocks as options for playing with your scraps and relaxing between accuracy focused angles sewing.

      Hope that helps!

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  26. I just can't do the class now but I hope you offer it again, maybe in the Spring?

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    1. I can definitely say that I will not be offering Angled again in 2014/15. In 2015 I will be repeating 2 of my other classes, but not this just-released class. Sorry!

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  27. Love, Love, LOVE this quilt! I love all the course quilts, but this one is my fave! I wish I had time to commit to a course like this. With 7 kids (hubby included), I just don't know where I'd find the time! My "me-time" is currently reserved for runs and a little bit of hand stitching. So for now I'll look forward to inspirational posts/updates and making the time for "someday". Love your creations, thank you. :)

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  28. I finally signed up for my first of your classes!!! :D I'm so excited I might even run home and start cleaning my sewing space. Well, maybe not clean, clean, but just start pulling fabrics instead. :D

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  29. I'm excited to camp again! Should we have already received the blog link? I signed up last night.

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  30. All signed up and can't wait to begin!! I love your style and I've been a regular reader of your blog for a few years, but this is the first time I've been able to take one of your classes. I'm particularly looking forward to the Indian Blanket, Emerge and Tangential quilts. SO EXCITED!!!

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  31. Finally getting back to Tangential! Posted on my blog today at http://www.bordeauxbound.com. Can't wait to finish this one! BTW, the class has helped me with other angled quilts too. Thank you!

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