What is Craftsy?
Craftsy is a worldwide craft community offering online classes. It also has a patterns marketplace where independent designers can sell their patterns; a supplies shop with great deals on yarn, fabric, and class kits; and a projects section where members share pictures of their latest craft successes. With over two million members and counting, Craftsy has something for just about everyone, in categories ranging from quilting, sewing, knitting, painting, photography, cooking, and more.
Behind the Scenes: The Making of a Craftsy Class
Before filming even begins, hours and hours are spent determining what content will be covered in each class, and how to best teach specific techniques to the camera. Instructors work with an instructional designer to create an in-depth outline of each lesson, and decide how to best prepare props or “step-outs” that show what your project should like at different steps. Instead of a scripted class, instructors follow their outlines on camera to create an authentic and engaging teaching experience.
Most Craftsy classes are filmed in one of five Craftsy studios in Denver, CO, assuring that every part of the production process goes off without a hitch. They fly in instructors from all over the world to spend several days filming, then spend several weeks turning hours of footage into a two to three hour class experience that has been watched, rewatched, and reviewed by industry experts. The final result is an HD-quality video that takes you in-depth into specific topics in any given craft category- from cooking and fine art to sewing and knitting.
What IS the Craftsy experience?
Craftsy classes are designed to have all the benefits of an in-person class, with none of the drawbacks. Available online and on-demand, you always have world-class instructors at the tip of your fingers. You can retake the class as many times as you want, and the 30-second repeat feature allows you to watch the same section over and over again until you get every technique just right.
Watching a Craftsy class is like having a first-row seat with some of the best instructors in the world. Even better, classes have a 100% money-back guarantee.
Try online learning today with a free mini-class from Craftsy! Choose from 23 Free Craftsy Classes ranging from drawing and painting to sewing and quilting, from knitting to cake decorating and more.
What classes have I personally taken at Craftsy?
Currently, I have purchased and completely loved the following quilting classes from Craftsy! They are high quality, enjoyable to watch, easy to navigate and I have learned so, so much from these talented ladies! If you love Moda fabrics from Bonnie & Camille or Fig Tree Quilts and/or want to learn how these talented quilters make such amazing quilts, I highly, highly recommend these classes!!!
- Craftsy Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simple Class with Camille Roskelley
- Simple Fresh Quilts - Joanna Figueroa
- Playful Piecing Techniques, Camille Roskelley
Want to see a sneaks of a couple of blocks I've made from a two of these classes? It's only blocks at this point but I will be sewing many, many more block and will be sharing my quilts when I'm done! Follow me on Instagram where I post photos of my quilting endeavors!
First up, here's a block I made using the Swoon Pattern included with Craftsy Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simple Class with Camille Roskelley. I'm thinking this maybe will be a quilt for the master bedroom. ;) I'm in love with this pattern. And as you can see, the blocks are BIG. (24 1/2" square unfinished). Love it!
Next, I started this Halloween inspired Spools Quilt from Simple Fresh Quilts - Joanna Figueroa but didn't get it done in time for this Halloween but it should be all ready to go by next year or the year after. ha! I love the colors and the spools design. This quilt would be amazing with any color scheme or theme! I love making seasonal themed quilts to throw on the back of the couch and to snuggle up in any time of the year!
Finally, ages and ages ago, okay so it was over a year ago... I shared sneaks of this next quilt HERE and although I finished it a few months back I hadn't gotten around to photographing or sharing the finished thing. I adore it. The colors. The design. I used the Skipping Squares pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew. I love it and I will use it again and again! It's really fun to sew.
The majority of the fabrics are from Lotta Jansdotter's Bella collection. I'm also using the great text fabric (Concrete Sewing Guide) from Sweetwater's Mama Said Sew collection for Moda. I bought a bit of this to have on hand. Great text fabrics make me happy. The orange and gray polka dots and orange and gray leaves are some from my "favorites" stash, Half Moon by Moda. I wish it was still available. The colors are so super yummy. The white is Moda's Bella Solids Snow.
Here's the back. I had one extra block so I worked it into the backing and I love the fun touch it adds!
I chose to go with straight line quilting. Basic. Easy and looks great with the more modern fabrics/prints in this quilt
What are your weekend plans?
I'm hoping to work on my daughter's bedroom (new quilt and bedding that I'm sewing myself....eek!)
Have a GREAT weekend everyone!