Monday, June 20, 2016

Register now for Patchwork from Scrap!

 Patchwork from scrap

Registration opens today for a brand new online class, a five week course designed for new to intermediate sewists.  This class was inspired by my local sewing friends - regular folk who sew the occasional pillow cover, tote or quilt.  It's the Stitched in Color 101 they've often suggested to share my organizational skills, cutting/sewing habits and perspectives that support my creativity.

{Class Description} 

After two weeks of practical, hands-on sewing theory, Patchwork from Scrap flows beautifully into three weeks of scrap sewing, including 9 projects big and small to cleverly utilize your scraps.  Because, as it turns out, Scraps are patchwork.  Or at least, they are at the root of so much of what I love about the patchwork art - making do, being resourceful, creating something out of what would otherwise be discarded; beauty from trash, whole blankets from trimmings.

Rail Fence quilt {project}

Since this class has two main themes (sewing organization/habits and scrap sewing), you may be wondering... why?  Well, it turns out that learning how to care for your fabrics, cut wisely, what scraps to keep vs. toss, how to sort and store your scraps, etc. are the foundation for happy scrappy sewing... and patchwork quilting in general.  Newer sewists often feel stuck wondering how much fabric to buy, how to use what's left over, and how to use unloved or inherited fabrics.  We want fabric economy - the joyful experience of not wasting and finding beautiful uses for what we have.  But we also want our sewing to be lively and fresh.   When you overcome these creative boundaries with scrap sewing, you'll be even more proud of what you've made and even more inspired to sew.  

Creative resourcefulness drives my sewing.  It energizes me and delivers delightful results.  In Patchwork from Scrap, I hope to help you discover healthy habits and fresh perspectives so you can flourish as a patchworker, making practical and beautiful things from bits and pieces.

{Class Content}

::Week One::  Caring for Fabric from the ground up.  Prewashing, Cutting, Organizing with an eye to eliminate waste and sewing inertia.  Including practical assignments to help you move forward.

Launching Score #2 {Improv Handbook}

::Week Two:: Scraps.  What's worth keeping, what's not and how to keep it all accessible and inviting.  You'll developed personal scrap saving, sorting and storage systems to support you.

rainbow scrap crumbs

::Week Three::  Small Projects.  Scrap Theory - Using Unloved Fabrics.  Then three small projects using scraps of various sizes and types.

Pixel project

::Week Four::  Quilts.  Scrap Theory - Harmonizing with Color.  Then three quilt patterns using scraps of various sizes and types.

Framed project

::Week Five::  Crumbs.  Scrap Theory - Raw Edge Applique.  Then three projects based on using tiny "crumb" scraps in efficient ways.

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Note:  With each project I discuss fabric choices, including general guidelines to keep in mind or tips for recreating my look.  The course also includes some videos, both technical and conversational.

{Class Details}

Patchwork from Scrap runs July 4th through August 4th.

The class includes a PDF eBook of the course (delivered at class conclusion) for $55 now through June 26th.  After early registration week, the regular price for this online course is $65.

I am also offering Camp, by popular request, for $85.  This smaller, more intimate version is for folks who want lots of interaction, with the give and take encouragement you'd experience in a real in-person class.  Camp 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 1 project from each sewing week of class within 30 days of the last lesson will receive a little something handmade by me as a souvenir.  I hope I get to make one for each of you!

Machine Cover for Patchwork from Scrap 
class

Patchwork from Scrap is delivered via a password protected blog.  I love this format because with a blog you have access to the class at any time and from anywhere, with an interactive format that allows me to publicly answer questions.  Blog posts go up regularly as the class progresses.  Students are also encouraged to use Flickr and/or Instagram to see what others are making, form friendships and ask questions of your fellow students in the discussion threads!

Your access to the class blog will remain open through August 28th, during which time I will continue answering questions live on the blog.  After that date, 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."  Remember though, you'll have an eBook for your continued reference, so you can still enjoy any projects you missed!

Rail Fence quilt {project}

{Please Join In}

When a sewist comes into scrap sewing for herself it's as if her world opens wider.  She sees her fabrics, however limited, in new ways.  She buys new fabrics with a keener eye for second-hand sewing opportunity.  I think this is when she becomes a patchworker.

I hope you'll join us or maybe invite someone else to join who would benefit from a solid foundation in patchwork sewing.   Thank you for the opportunity to teach from my passions!  I feel incredibly lucky to share this space with you all and to share my gifts too.

Register Here for Patchwork from Scrap!

p.s.  The first five registrants in U.S. or Canada who indicate they are short on scraps, will receive a free scrap pack handpicked from my scraps for making the Sprout Mini quilt.  After you register, add your comment to this post to request those scraps.  When all five are gone, I'll update this post! Scrap packs are all claimed!




35 comments:

  1. Hello! In an earlier blog post you mentioned also running this class in September. Is that still the plan? I hope to take the class, but September would be a much better month for me than July. This class looks like it has so much information that would really help me in my sewing!

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    1. Same question! I'm more available in September!

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    2. Yes, I still plan to run it in September as well =)

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    3. Yay! I was hoping so as well, since I'm on vacation for 10 days at the end of July and would miss too much! :) Here's hoping you do the camp again as well!

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  2. Oh boy! How fun! Would this be appropriate if you already LOVE scrap sewing? I have a tendency to be more creative and daring with my scraps as opposed to my stashouse and have a hard time cutting my "good" fabrics.

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    1. Stash fabrics not stashouse. Silly autocorrect.

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    2. If you already love scrap sewing, you may still enjoy the class if you want to make the projects I've been showing and/or if you could use some help finding an ideal scrap sorting/storing system. Also, the class may help you find ways to use scraps that aren't your favorite. I hope that helps you decide!

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    3. Obviously, it may vary, but how long do you expect the time "commitment" to be? I know with handstitched you gave estimates. I want to join but just wondering if I have the time.

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  3. Looking forward to your class, so need to find new ways to use what I have.
    Thank you

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  4. Scraps are my thing!! I am always looking for new ways to use them up so my children do not have to deal with buckets of 'junk' (to them).

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  5. I have been sewing for 7 years but never know what to do with all my scraps! Hoping this class will help me out! I have a bunch of scraps but if there's a grab bag still available I won't say no to it!

    Looking forward to the class!

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  6. I always love scrap projects but never know where to start. I'm excited for this class!

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  7. I've just registered for your class via PayPal. As a new sewist who started only six weeks ago, I would be grateful for a bag of scraps. If I qualify, please let me know what are the next steps

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    1. Scrap pack #2 going to you, Stephanie, if we can get in touch! Please contact me using the dark teal "Contact" button above my Pinterest pins in the sidebar. Or, leave another comment with your email address so I can reach out to you. Welcome to class!

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  8. Just registered--very excited! I've been looking forward to this class since you first posted on it. :) I'm a relatively new sewer with just about one year of stash-building and beginner quilting under my belt, and I'm feeling at just the right point to hone in on some fundamental patchworking skills. I'd love to put my hat in for a scrap bag, if I can! Many thanks and looking forward to the class.

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  9. I'm in!! I already enjoy scraps, but I love finding new ideas for maximizing their use. Can't wait!

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  10. Just registered- so excited to get started! Would love to be the recipient of a scrap pack if there are any left. Definitely short on scraps :)

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  11. I am that rare creature that doesn't save her scraps! (eeeee gads!) But I signed up anyway, I sure have enough fabric I can create scraps if necessary! What a great, sylabus!

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    1. Well, you need one then! Scrap pack #4 for Denise!

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  12. Hi Rachel,
    I am registered and very excited to take your course. My stash is (relatively) tiny. Could I please have one of the scrap packs you offered?
    Than you!
    Patty

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  13. I sent you an email, but would love a scrap pack too if still available! Signed up and paid. thanks Denise

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  14. This looks wonderful Rachel! Can't wait to read all your thoughts about scrap taming! And your photos are delicious!

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  15. September might be something I could seriously consider.
    Right now, ....I do not want to go into that :o)
    I love these ideas, I am feeling motivated, I just ....
    yeah, Seeeee yooooooo in Septemmmmm-berrrrrrr
    I loves you Rachel

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  16. Rachel, this class sounds wonderful!!! I'd be thrilled to take it, but the timing is not going to work for me personally. If you'd like to post a link to this offering on our community (FB) page, I am certain folks would be grateful. Again, sad to miss out. But I know this is going to be amazing for those who join you. Here's the link to the FB: https://www.facebook.com/groups/808104456000105/requests/?notif_t=group_r2j&notif_id=1466387165029431

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  17. It sounds and looks wonderful Rachel and I hope you get lots of participants! It's coming at a time that won't work out for me, otherwise I'd register in a heartbeat.

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  18. I just registered! So excited for it to begin!

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  19. I would love to register for this class, but I'm tied up with other commitments until after August. At that point, I hope to get into sewing a lot of patchwork and finishing many projects that are already underway.
    Maybe you can run it again sometime?

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    1. Yes, I will be running it again in September! That will be the only encore for a few years, most likely.

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  20. Is your camp full? I didn't see that option in your shop. I bet it's going to be a great class!

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  21. I'll be better prepared for the encore in September and sign up earlier!

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  22. I will have to wait until you offer it in a few years as my September is already booked as well! But I would love ideas on what to do with over 20+ years of scraps as I have not worked with a lot of them. They are color co-ordinated as much as possible but if they are smaller than 2" into the bucket they go and they are going to be turned into dog beds for the local shelter. I would love to learn more about using the smaller scraps, but the money is tight at the moment.

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