Friday, March 25, 2016

Quilting and Free Classes - Creative Quilt Backs Class Review

Greetings Fellow Quilters ~ Welcome!

Continuing with my Quilting Classes -- Class Review Series
I recently finished this Free Online Class
"Creative Quilt Backs"
with Elizabeth Hartman
Image w/ revisions Courtesy Craftsy
Oh My! 
Elizabeth is a girl after my own heart.
Her approach to preparing a Creative Quilt Back not only feeds the artful side of my brain it also feeds the process oriented side.
I've spent the last 35 years as a programmer so logic is meaningful to me.
Elizabeth is very logical...
You should SEE the creations that come out of this logical designer's brain!
Beautiful and Creative
Quilt Backs 
Image Creative Quilt Backs - Craftsy
Awe Inspiring Quilt Fronts too!

Elizabeth's pattern, Clementine, is included as a Free Pattern Download
Isn't this awesome?
Look at all that Negative Space to Quilt!
Design Elizabeth Hartman - Image Creative Quilt Backs - Craftsy

Ok - on with the Lessons and my feedback for each one.

Lesson 1:  Welcome 
This lesson shares information about how to use your Craftsy Class and the Craftsy Class Guarantee...
Good information to know.

Lesson 2:  Introduction
Here's where you get to know Elizabeth Hartman, learn about her amazing designs and her latest adventure designing fabric for Robert Kaufman - talented woman, beautiful fabric!
Rhoda Ruth by Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman

 Lesson 3: Quilt Back Math
This is the amazing part for me... It's all process oriented.

Elizabeth takes you through laying-out and calculating how much fabric you'll need for your quilt back.  She discusses different width fabrics and different backing layouts.
She also discusses sizes of quilt batting & backing compared to the quilt top size.

This information is very useful for a domestic machine quilter.

Elizabeth shares the "why" -- love that !

Her lessons take the guesswork out of preparing your quilt back -- it's so straight forward!

Great information to bookmark for the future!

Lesson 4: Using Large-Scale Prints
HERE is where the creative side of the brain kicks in...

Elizabeth talks about integrating large scale prints into the quilt back -- you know those prints you don't want to cut to pieces... a fantastic way to use them to pop a quilt back.

Love this lesson!
Rhoda Ruth by Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman

Lesson 5: Adding a Pieced Strip
Running just short of fabric for your quilt back?

Elizabeth will help you add a little flair to your quilt back and avoid having to purchase more fabric!   
She helps with design decisions and calculations.  
Great information and approach for any quilter.

Lesson 6: Back Block
Leftover blocks from your quilt top?

Elizabeth will show you how to integrate your extras into the quilt back.  She discusses layout and calculations to take advantage of those complementary quilt blocks...  

Lesson 7: Super Scrappy
OK - This lesson gives you amazing insight into the eye of a master designer.

Elizabeth shares her thought process as she works through a super scrappy quilt back.
I just LOVED this lesson too!

Image w/ revisions Courtesy Craftsy

I can't believe this class is Free...  Really!

I can't wait to watch this class again - it's full of information and inspiration!
With the Craftsy platform you can watch it as many times as you like.
The images she shares are amazing!
The class is inspirational.
The piecing tips and tricks are fantastic for quilters of all skill levels.
Don't miss out on the chance to be inspried.
Thank you Craftsy and Elizabeth Hartman.

Click here for the Free Class - Creative Quilt Backs
Also, in honor of
National Craft & Quilting Month
Craftsy has discounted 100's of
paid classes to $19.99 or less
through end of day 3/28/16.
Craftsy Online Classes are all on Sale...
100's for $19.99 or less through 3/28/16
If you're interested, click here to peruse all Craftsy classes.
My list of completed classes grows longer each week!

Paid Craftsy Classes come with a 100% Money Back Guarantee

If you take Elizabeth's class I would love to hear your feedback - I was really impressed!

More Info:
I'm booking Redbird Quilt Co. Lectures, Trunk Shows and Workshops for 2017.
If your Shop, Group or Guild is looking for programs or workshops I would love to hear from you.
Domestic Machine Quilting,  Wool & Needle turn Applique - Technique or Project oriented workshops are available.

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  1. Thanks for the notice on the class! Signed up!

  2. Wow, Karen! Thanks for the heads up and for the great review! XO

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