Friday, November 4, 2016
How would you like your Penny Sampler?
Three years ago I created the Penny Sampler quilt and class. This intermediate online class centered around the making of an epic quilt with 30+ Scandinavian-inspired sampler blocks. Students learned how to use machine applique, precise piecing and machine paper piecing to create tricky traditional geometric piecework and picture-motif blocks.
I'm proud of this particular design. 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 smorgasbord 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 was a wildly successful class and has often been requested... yet I've never encored that particular class. It's quite a commitment as a teacher, since the course was delivered over 3 month's time. There is so much content in the class that the compiled pdf course book is 400 pages long! As mentioned, the class and quilt are designed to teach three intermediate quilter's skills: machine applique, precise geometric piecing and machine paper piecing.
Well, I'm thinking 2017 is the year to bring back Penny Sampler. What do you think? Is it time? Is there enough interest? I'm actually thinking I want to make the quilt again! Here are some posts from the original class release that provide more information:
**Penny Sampler Prelude
**Penny Sampler FAQ
**Why Applique? (with block samples)
**The Key to Precise Piecing (with block samples)
**The Joy of Paper Piecing (with block samples)
**Registration for 2013 version
You still here? Great! Than I'm guessing you might be interested in taking the class, which means you are just the person I want to ask, "How would you like your Penny Sampler?"
I could deliver the course exactly as I did last time: content delivered on a private class blog several times per week, over a period of 3+ months. Under this model you'd be making an average of 3 blocks per week to keep up with the course! It's a bit of a whirlwind, but the good news is you'll receive a compiled pdf course book at the end of our journey, so the pattern and all instruction is yours forever. You can finish the quilt at your leisure.
Or, would it be even more fun to set up the Penny Sampler as a year-long adventure? Sort of a block-of-the-month sampler... but we'd actually do more than one block a month. We have so many special blocks to explore! We would begin in January to cultivate a vision for your quilt, discussing color choices and gathering supplies, plus getting started with some simpler blocks. As the year progresses I'd deliver a pdf Penny Sampler chapter on the first of each month, including all instruction, photos, videos and patterns for that month's work. The last installment in December would include assembly and finishing instructions. Plus, you'd still receive the 400 pg compiled course book at the end of the year for a convenient final reference.
In both of these Penny Sampler versions you'd receive the same content, which teaches machine applique, precise piecing and machine paper piecing in detail, along with a few additional simple quilts and small projects that allow you to practice these new skills before working on your sampler, if desired. Both versions would cost $55, which is my typical class fee, even though Penny Sampler has more than twice the content of my typical course.
The difference is how the content is delivered. Do you like the idea of a three-month long class blog at a fairly focused pace OR do you prefer a year-long epic sampler, delivered in monthly pdf chapters?
Oh, look! I've made a poll:
I'm counting on your feedback to help me to decide, firstly, whether to encore the course at all and, secondly, how to format it. Thank you, thank you for helping a girl out!