Online Classes

Would you like to learn some new skills?  My sewing classes meet online through private blogs.  Your lessons are delivered with picture-packed tutorials and videos as blog posts that you can access anywhere in the world.  Students say an online class allows them to work at their pace and on their time with the benefit of a fun, supportive community.  I'm available during class to answer your questions!  Plus, premium class versions include a pdf eBook of your class for your permanent reference when class has closed.

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Color Intensive:  A 5-week course suitable for all levels of sewing experience, coming February 2014.  Details here and more hereRegistration now OPEN!

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The Penny Sampler:  A 3-month journey developing your skills in machine-washable Applique; precise Traditional Piecing on a medium and small-scale; and Machine Paper Piecing of detailed picture blocks.  See the Prelude and FAQ for more details.

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. 

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.

Penny Sampler class was originally released last summer 2013.

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Curves Class:  A 5-week course which caters to both the beginner and intermediate curves sewist.  Weeks 1-4 cover Basic Curves, Improv Curves, Precise Curves and Advanced Improv Curves with full, detailed photo tutorials and many downloadable templates. Each week you can choose from 3 very different projects for one that really fits your experience and interests.  Week 5 we'll celebrate with full on quilts.

"In the past you may have been intimidated by tight little curved seams, even downright petrified by curvy quilt blocks and more than a little skeptical that a curvy outlook could be in your stitchy future.   That all ends now.  No longer shall ye be limited to the straight edge.  No longer shall ye look with fear upon that which inspires you..."

Curves Class was originally released February of 2012 and was offered again January 2013.

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Handstitched:  A 9-week course - 5 weeks of instruction alternating with 4 weeks of "space", allowing you room to enjoy each stitch.  Handstitched, which caters to both beginner and intermediate sewists, starts at the very beginning discussing needles, knots and threads.  Each week we'll focus on one category of handwork moving from Reverse Applique through Embroidery, English Paper Piecing, Applique and Hand Quilting with full, detailed photo tutorials and many downloadable templates. Each week you can choose from 3 very different projects for one that really fits your experience and interests.  Quilters will love that each week one of those projects is an installment in a handstitched masterpiece, the Modern Medallion quilt.

We are modern sewists, and we do so love that sewing machine.  But, actually, there are still beautiful effects that are best realized needle in hand.  There's also something simply delicious and inexplicably relaxing about the slow, steady pace of handwork.  I hope you'll consider joining me for some slow stitching this summer, making beauty stitch by stitch, and developing new skills piece by beautiful piece.

Handstitched was originally released June of 2012 and was offered again January 2013. 

22 comments:

  1. Can you please let me know when the Handstitched course will be on again? I procrastinated too long and missed it and I'm really sorry I did. So I really want to know when you are going to be running again.

    One very sorry Patti xxx

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    1. I'm not sure yet about when I'll do Handstitched again! I'll be sure to announce in advance here on the blog. Thanks for asking!

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    2. I was just introduced to your blog by Mollie of WildOlive, and I sincerely hope you teach handstitched again! I would LOVE to learn!

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  2. I missed the registration for Handstitched. If you ever decide to offer it again, I'd love to take it.

    Please consider teaching this again.

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  3. Are you still considering doing the Handstitched again in Jan/Feb of 2013? If so, can you please add me to your email list? I'd love love love to take it! I'm only a few hours away from ATL and I'm dying to get to Whipstitch! I loved your post on it!

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  4. I sure hope I get the class this time it comes around! I got closed out within moments of it coming online LOL! Save me a spot!! :) Love your blog!

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  5. Hi Rachel!
    I'd love to take both!!! I can't decide on one... so I'll sign up for both and decide when the time comes... :)

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  6. I would love to take a class on triangles! If you ever decide to offer a class on that topic, please contact me at cher0427@yahoo.com thanks!

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  7. i can't wait for the Jan 2013 curves class --- seriously CAN.NOT.WAIT! :)

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  8. What is the cost of the Curves class? I have registered for notifications for the class but am on a tight budget so would like to know the cost ASAP. Thanks!

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    1. Both classes share the same cost structure. The basic level (no video or pdf eBook) is $35, the premium level (with video and eBook) is $55, the Camp level (weekly chats and handmade gifts for those who complete 5 projects) is $85. Let me know if you have any questions!

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  9. Thanks for your help Rachel. I do like the tiered level of clases - that's such a good idea.

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  10. Will you be offering another curves class anytime soon thank you

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    1. No, I don't have plans to offer the Curves Class again for some time. Sorry!

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    2. Bummer! I definitely want to take it when you offer it again! Is there any way to buy the scallop quilt pattern from you? I love it so much.

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    3. Sorry, it's my policy not to sell most patterns separately in order to preserve the value of my classes. I am strongly considering offering both Curves Class and Handstitched as stand-alone eBooks as of January of 2014, a full year after last running them. But, if I decide to re-run the classes, that could change. To be determined!

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  11. I hope you offer this class again!!!

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  12. Would totally be interested in the Handstitched class, I hope you teach it again!

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  13. Will you be running Penny Sampler again I would love to take the premium class I have just discovered your wonderful site and patchwork and quilting and would so love to make the sampler. Please please please.

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    1. Thanks, Shauna, for your interested in taking Penny Sampler! I do plan to do 1-2 class encores in 2015. I have not yet determined which classes they shall be, as I will probably base that decision on reader input closer to the time. Maybe Penny Sampler will be then!

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  14. Would love the "Handstitched" class (so please consider offering it again)! Thank you!

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  15. I am very much interested in the Handstitched class. I'm really pretty bad at hand stitching. Please offer it again.

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