Saturday, December 31, 2016

2017- Year of the Quilt

As we begin 2017, I am working overtime to try to expand my quilting business and my sales.  I have several ideas in the works, but I want to be sure there is a market for all the things I am thinking of.  I need your help, faithful followers.

Would you please place the items below in order from your most likely to purchase to your least likely to purchase with 1 being the best and 5 being the worst.  You can reply in the comments below, or complete the survey on the Sweet T's Quilting Facebook page.  Here is a link to the survey.

Here are the items I am considering adding to inventory:

A. Custom dyed, custom quilted fabric squares (36x36) that you can use in any project.     1-2-3-4-5
B. Custom dyed fabric squares, unquilted, that you can use in any project                            1-2-3-4-5
C. Custom dyed, custom quilted purses and tote bags                                                            1-2-3-4-5
D. Traditional color custom quilted purses and tote bags                                                        1-2-3-4-5
E. One of a kind custom dyed mandala panels- premarked for you to quilt                            1-2-3-4-5
F.  One of a kind custom dyed mandala panels with instructions on how to create your
      own custom quilting designs (for you to quilt at home)                                                    1-2-3-4-5
G. Traditional quilt kits with step by step instructions                                                             1-2-3-4-5
H. Modern style quilt kits  with step by step instructions                                                         1-2-3-4-5

Thanks for the help.  Don't forget to enter the New Years contest on Facebook before midnight tonight.

Keep quilting!
Hugs,
Teresa



Friday, February 12, 2016

Online Quilting Classes- An honest review

I recently enrolled in and completed Judi Madsen's class "Quilting Makes a Difference" from iQuilt.com   This was the first iQuilt class I had taken, although I have done many classes through
Craftsy   Here is an honest review of the class. Please keep in mind that these are my opinions only, and others might not agree.  

Ease of use

The website iQuilt.com is very easy to use. After registering for a password, I was able to log in and see which classes were available. The class lists are sorted in several ways. For example, you can search by technique, by instructor, or by class title. I knew I wanted the class by Judi Madsen, so I searched by instructor. After selecting the class, I was shown a preview video that summarized what would be taught in the class. I then selected ADD TO CART and the class went into my account. I went to checkout and got another wonderful surprise. Because I am an American Quilter's Society member, I got a discount on my class. The checkout process was very easy as well.

Quality of video lessons

If I had to criticize this class in any way, it would be the quality of the videos.  Unlike other online quilting classes I have taken, the videos for this class are substandard.  There was a great deal of time spent watching her do the same steps over and over.  This seemed tedious to me.  It was also very hard to clearly see the marks Judi was making, and the order of the stitching when she put the quilts on the longarm.  I feel there could have been more of a close up of the marking lines, and perhaps she could have gone one step at a time while stitching the continuous curve boxes.  The lighting also did not flatter her. Anybody who has ever met Judi knows she is incredibly beautiful, and this video made her seem plain and boring.


Strengths of the class

The things I liked most about this class are the patterns, the detailed supply list, and the ability to pause the video to complete the step.

There is one pattern provided with the class, but you stitch out two very different quilts from that pattern.  The instructions are clearly written, the measurements provided are accurate, and the quilt you make actually looks like the one in the video.



The supply list is wonderful. It gives exact amounts and sizes of specific products.  Best of all, you can order those products right from iQuilt.com if you choose to.  I had everything I needed on hand in my quilting studio.

The best part of the class is the ability to pause the video to complete each step, then press play when you are ready to move forward.  Also, if you didn't understand something or yours does not look like hers, you can go back and watch that part in detail to correct your mistake.

Overall score

On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give this video class an 8.  If the quality of the video had been better, I would have given it a 10.  Following the instructions in the class, I completed two very pretty small wall hangings.  Mine might not look exactly like Judi Madsen's, but I am very happy with what I created.