Friday, March 16, 2012

Have you seen the Block of the Month on Craftsy?

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When Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock asked if I'd take a minute and mention the Block of the Month that she hosts on Craftsy I immediately said yes. 
 
 
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This is Amy. So. Stinkin'. Cute. I can't stand it.

My online quilting experience has been so deep and rich and I'm happy to see new avenues popping up that bring more crafters/quilters to the table.  I'm fairly well entrenched in the modern use of social media to share images, ideas, and inspiration for quilt design.  Living in a rural area like I do if I want to connect with others on the topic of quilting I pretty much have to rely on social media.  But, if you're brand new to the online quilting arena it can be an intimidatingly large nut to crack.  Meaning, where do you start?  How do you learn how to quilt via your computer and Internet connection??

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No doubt about it, Amy's Block of the Month is a great place to start.  There are (or will be, it is only March after all!) thirteen video installments that introduce and teach step-by-step instructions on different techniques, how to make different blocks, assembly of a quilt top, quilting and binding. 
 
Oh, and um . . . it's totally free!
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Once you've got those skill under your belt you are off to the races.  Shooting for the stars!  The sky is the limit as they say.
Honest to goodness it's a great place to start.  And I suspect you'll make a friend or two in the process.


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Of course no good review is complete without a giveaway, Fat Quarter Shop is donating a $25 gift certificate to one lucky winner.  Leave your comment and tell me a little bit about your online quilting experience for your chance to win.  One comment per person.  International entries welcome.  Comments accepted through March 19, 2012.  Winner announced Tuesday, March 20, 2012.  Winner will be selected by random draw.

-dana

160 comments:

brindy said...

Where would my quilting be without the online community?.... This is where I get my inspiration. Beautiful work.

hollymade said...

I don't belong to any in-person quilt groups, so most of my ideas and knowledge comes from online sources. It was blogs that got me interested in quilting in the first place!

Jacklynn said...

I spend time everyday looking at different quilter's blogs for ideas, patterns, and inspiration. There are so many different techniques and tips - someone out there has probably been in your shoes and can walk you through it.

Osage Bluff Quilter said...

Yesterday on Pinterest I found a new way to do a quilt binding, that is two colored. It's like how did we ever live w/o the internet?

Di~ said...

Yes, I've seen Amy, yes she is cute! and yes, I've watched her on craftsy, it is great. Online: Support, Support, Support and Inspiration! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

My online quilting started with your first Quilt Along and I haven't even slowed down since then!

tara said...

I have enjoyed online Quilting bees

TheaM said...

a gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop is always welcome! thanks for the chance to win 8-)

Erin Marie said...

I follow so many blogs and people on PInterest, Twitter, and Facebook... I get overwhelmed with inspiration. So many talented people out there.

Susan said...

I learned to quilt by checking out different quilting blogs and groups. I've become involved with several flickr groups and online quilting bess. This has helped me learn new techniques and to step out of my comfort zone and try something new all the time. I don't think I could survive without the online quilting community:)

Renee said...

my first online quilting experience was one of your quilt alongs, I made a queen size quilt about two years ago and haven't stopped since! I even started a quilting blog: SparrowLaneQuilts.blogspot.com

amber said...

I learned to quilt from the internet. I have never been part of a on line quilting bee though.

cherie godbey said...

I have truly learned how to quilt from watching on-line tutorials and videos! What would we do without it?!

Celia said...

I am also doing these blocks. Check out my blog...

Reader Owl said...

I love reading quilting blogs and getting ideas and tutorials.

tlcala4me said...

Online communities are where I get most of my support in sewing/fiber arts. The nearby community is scattered anymore, so online access [suppliers, classes, blogs] is an incredible blessing. I've been wanting to quilt for years and loving that there is this much support available online.

Ashley said...

I've done one online quilting class and do the whole blog pinterest thing

harleywife57 said...

Thanks for the chance to win ! I learned how to quilt online from a few different sites . I've gotten so much help online from facebook & flickr groups AND have met some wonderful quilters ! 1 I met in person last summer while on vacation !!!

Robin said...

I've really enjoyed looking at others' ideas on blogs, and also info on retailers' websites. The internet is sure a great place to search and find exactly what I'm looking for, too.

EG said...

I didn't start quilting because of quilt blogs - I just signed up for a local class. But then I discovered the rich and endless world of quilting blogs. So much inspiration out there!

Alisa said...

I learned to quilt before I knew about quilting blogs and sites. But now I regularly read blogs and love the inspiration but also the feeling of community. These people actually get me. I love it when I 'run into' other busy moms like me who also find time to quilt and sew.

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Selvage said...

I love to read blogs online and look at the lovely pictures for inspiration. I would love to write a blog, but just can't seem to get it going and keep it going. I do the majority of my fabric shopping online. Sometimes I can't pull myself away from the shopping & picture gawking to quilt enough myself!

Thanks for the giveaway!

Kritta22 said...

I started quilting on my own in Alaska after having my first baby. It was so hard for me to read the directions from a book. I would skip a sentence that would end up being VERY important or other messes!

So I started blogging also and found Flickr via rachel from PS I QUILT. There, started my first bee and Ive been in no less than 15 bees, quite a few swaps and love them all!
I would not have wonderful friends that I have, and even met a few, if not for the online flickr and blogging.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Cecilia said...

I started bloging a few years ago, , I visit the many beautiful blogs I admire how much dedication put into them and feel a little bit guilty of how much inspiration I get. I learn, I copy, I adapt and feel like I can also create. I will never be able to dedicate so much time to blogging and crafting but I can say that I feel fortunate to have internet.

Lee Ann L. said...

Craftsy is a wonderful site. And, I'm following the BOM videos; but, haven't started sewing yet. I will. Someday! :-)

I used to chat on mIRC when there was a quilt chat group. I did swaps and have a fun time! Then, mIRC gave way to other online venues and I went off to college and didn't have time. But, I've been back in the quilting world for a couple years now. :-)

Anyway, Thank you for a chance to win.

JGlock said...

Love love love Amy's Block of the Month on Craftsy! Also lovin' the opportunity to sell patterns there too!

aerialkabuki said...

I'm learning to quilt and sew crafty projects using free tutorials online. Maybe someday i'll do a virtual sewing bee.

Petit Design Co. said...

I have taken several online classes. I love being able to do them at my own pace and when I have time. With 2 kids and a baby it's really hard to get out to a class.

Carri said...

Between Pinterest and Craftsy thats what got me quilting, I get to feeling overwhelmed sometimes, but that's where great blogs like yours come in ... so many great tips, and experience help in so many ways. I love it.

Carri
simplydonewright.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

I am new to on line quilting this is interesting with the gas prices so high I save money buying on line and I have very little time to run into town for a class so I think I would enjoy on line quilting thank you for the info

Kim said...

For me it started by just looking at the pictures of others quilters work, then I got to thinking I should blog so I can document my quilts. Then I realized that bloggers answer questions and make suggestions..that was a real wow moment for me. I currently am doing about 4 BOM online. It's a real kick!

Not to mention the friends I've made!

Thanks for the chance at the giveaway :0)

Christie said...

I just got into following quilt blogs, but they give me so much inspiration and motivation! They make me want to join in on the fun! Thanks, Christie

pianomama said...

I've loved following BOMs on different blogs....I loved doing the Block-a-palooza last apring...one of my favorite quilts ever!

Bree said...

Social media has been huge in my quilting experience! I work full time and every single guild close by me meets during the week days. It's hard to get involved with the local community when I've got so much else going on. It's great to be able to share ideas, learn, and teach online - I can be online at three am if I need to!

Sharmond said...

Thanks for sharing about Craftsy! I am so glad this is available. The online quilting community has been a tremendous source of inspiration for me!

Debbie said...

I feel like my quilting has grown exponentially since I've joined the online community - so much inspiration! so much friendship! so much fun!

MG said...

I've used tutorials on blogs and on YouTube. I haven't joined any quilt-alongs or bees... yet.

Becky said...

I'm just getting started in the world of on-line quilting. So far, I just follow a few blogs. I'm looking forward to expanding my horizons. :D

Ashley said...

I started with your quilt along a few years ago and have learned everything I know online.

Lisa E said...

I love the online quilting community. I am inspired daily by various blogs and Flickr. Thanks for the chance to win.

Carole Kurth said...

I've been quilting about 25 years, and have made many friends; however, one of the most interesting, enjoyable things about the online experience is shrinking the entire globe down to the size of my computer screen! I've communicated with people all over, discovered new sites, fabrics, ideas, designers, and it's never ending.

So glad that new quilters are coming on board. New ideas, and new blood keep all of us learning, and the art moves forward!

Lynne S of Oz said...

I blame YOU, Dana, for getting me into quilting!
OK, I had been building a stash for years but the sorts of quilts I knew about were very traditional and Not My Thing. And then I stumbled across your blog and the ORBC quiltalong and I signed up... and the rest is history :-)
Social media is a wonderful thing - you can participate as much as you want to.

jlk said...

I have done lots of things from tutorials, but never videos. I need to give this a shot! I love the online quilting community. It's nice to show something and get wild praise instead of a cursory glance and a "nice" from those who just don't get it.

LauraC said...

I have been so inspired by the online quilting community. The online community is what led me to Craftsy and my local modern quilt guild which I just joined. The only downside is that I get caught up reading what everyone else is doing rather than doing my projects ;)

LauraC said...

I have been so inspired by the online quilting community. The online community is what led me to Craftsy and my local modern quilt guild which I just joined. The only downside is that I get caught up reading what everyone else is doing rather than doing my projects ;)

LizA. said...

I spend every morning drinking my coffee and browsing blogs and quilting sites. I get most of my inspiration from the Internet. I love seeing what other people are doing and what's the latest craze to sweep the quilting world.

HomespunHeidi said...

I learned to quilt via the online community and especially you Dana. Quilting has been a new outlet for me and I feel often that this community is filled with people I know even though we have never met. I love it!

Kristin said...

I would never have quilted without the online quilting community, specifically your first quilt along. That's what gave me the push and inspiration to make a quilt. Something I had wanted to try for a long time. Now I can't imagine making a quilt without first checking out the loads of inspiration and info available online. :)

Marian said...

I just found the online quilting community a few months ago and think it's the most fun ever! I love being able to see other people's work, and show mine to people that know what they're doing! Everyone is so nice, smart, and supportive of this art form. It's wonderful!

And thanks for mentioning the Block of the Month! I'm super excited to start these!

WendyLou said...

Everything I know about quilting I learned online. I made my first quilt top with the OhFransson quilt along, and my first completed quilt was with the ORB Flickr group - split rail. I've made a few dozen quilts since that one, and I always get my inspiration online. I am so very thankful for the online quilting community!!

Melissa said...

I don't have a LQS around me, so my only quilting experience has been online. And I think My experiences have been so much richer and varied for it. I'm learning so much!

Rebecca said...

I just joined an online charity quilt bee, so fun!

diane said...

The best part of the online quilting community, besides all the beautiful inspiration, are the wonderful, supportive people I have met.

VickiT said...

I have been learning the majority of how to quilt from all the wonderful bloggers online. We have a serious lack of quilting classes in my area that anyone who is disabled can attend. I found plenty of places to take classes locally but they are all either upstairs or downstairs with no accomodation for those who aren't able to navigate stairs. VERY frustrating but I did find one place and did take hers although I was not super pleased with the lack of instruction we were given so back to the online world I went. Without the online quilting community I am sure I'd have given up even trying.

Carla G said...

I haven't joined any online quilting bees or anything yet. But the online community has inspired me to start quilting. I just finished my first quilt top last weekend! Now I need to finish the rest of it... I love seeing what everyone is up to and the tutorials really help to figure out how to do it. As I have no one to quilt with or to ask questions to so I learn by seeing & reading online. This is an amazing group on quilters online! :)

MKK said...

So glad to have Vernon the blog tour. Opened me up to on line quitting bees. Last chance to win so keeping fingers and toes crosses.

thedodds said...

I happened upon Camille Roskelley's bog 'Simplify' one day and was absolutely smitten by her designs. I've encouraged a few friends to start quilting, too - I hosted a bee before Christmas - and am so excited to see their daughters become interested. I've now joined a couple of Flickr groups (am part of the big Swoon-along)... to sum up, I'm addicted!! x

Kathie said...

I am amazed by all the young stay-at-home mommies who have begun their own businesses via internet. What a wonderful way to be able to stay home and still do what you love. I, too, was a stay at home mom many years ago and would have loved to be able to start a quilting business. Of course, quilting was by hand then :-).

Robin noteverstill said...

I'm working on my very first quilt right now. I don't have any IRL mentor but between tutorials like these and Pinterest and Youtube videos and all the great bloggers I now read who describe their processes, my confidence is pretty high.

Suzanne said...

The online community is where my inspiration comes from! I love that if I'm stuck or need an idea I can just browse around until I get an answer.
Thanks for the giveaway Fat Quarter shop!

Janet said...

I learned about the online sewing community last fall at the Sewing Summit (your class was GREAT!) and have been hooked ever since. I love all of the QALs and BOMs that are offered because I can do them on my own timeline. And I am using my stash! Thanks for the giveaway!

Mary said...

Online quilting blogs have completely changed how I quilt. Now I try new techniques with every quilt and there's so much inspiration out there!

I've done a few quilt-a-longs, and there great for me since I'm likely to start a quilt and put it on a shelf halfway through.

beth lehman said...

my first quilt was the first ORB quiltalong - the rail fence! i just looked back - that was spring 2009! almost seems longer ago than that! i went through each step and LOVED it! that got me started and since then i've done several online bees through flickr and started blogging. of course the inspiration is out there - but so is the hand-holding when you don't know what you are doing!

Fiona @ Poppy Makes said...

Before I discovered the online community, quilting was a pretty lonely hobby. Now I have so much inspiration and can enjoy a laugh and an obsessive fabric discussion with the online pals I have made :)

Tracey said...

I'm currently in my second flickr bee and I've enjoyed them both. I've also done a few quiltalongs and swaps and I love to find tutorials. I don't think I would be doing as much quilting as I am without the online world!

Tricia said...

The online community is the reason why I am still quilting today. When I made my first quilt 3 years ago, I had no idea that there were so many online resources available. I love all the Flickr groups I've joined, blogs I've stumbled upon (and now follow), and have found so much inspiration from the Old Red Barn Co. Quilt Along Group.

Artfulife said...

I started quilting because of awesome quilty boggers like you Dana. This looks like it's going to be a lot of fun! Can't wait to follow along!

Anne-Marie said...

I love to get pattern ideas online. People have such beautiful patterns in their heads!

Emily {Creative Chicks} said...

The online quilting world has been so great to me! I love that I can google a certain block and get directions AND ideas in half a second. My only complaint is that I now have TOO many ideas!

Donna @ Snowbound said...

I have learned a lot from reading blogs and taking online workshops, I just stared quilting last year. I'm amazed at the information out there.

Kelly O. said...

I learned how to quilt mainly from you, Dana. That quilt along began an obsession for me that few of my irl friends understand.
When I saw that craftsy was offering this for free they were speaking my language. I'm eating up all the new techniques and ideas. No I don't love every block but all in all it's going to be a great technique builder!

Molly said...

Well ... I guess YOU know my quilting story as I started with your very first quilt a long. One day I was just wondering how I could learn about making a quilt and the next I stumbled upon your blog. What a bit of serendipity! Everything I've learned is from on-line groups, tutorials and videos. Now this block of the month from Craftsy looks like more learning ahead .....

Laura said...

I have quilted off and on for years but the internet is a great place to ask those silly questions that you feel you should already know. I never dreamed I'd find so much inspiration.

Kristen said...

Thanks to the online community, it has helped fuel my desire to learn quilting. Oh has it ever. lol

The places I lurk, learn, giggle with glee and save are so helpful to this old wolf learning new things.

As an introvert, sometimes it's hard to reply, join a conversation but always do I learn something from reading the replies.

So many communities and blogs to follow and learn. That makes me smile.

Heather Rae said...

My learning experience has occurred entirely online and through books. I love Amy's class.

Jenny said...

the inspiration is amazing online...jsut wish i didnt get sucked so deep down the rabbit hole and get back to my sewing machine!

Monica said...

I started to quilt 2 years ago. Wihtout all the great on line resources like blogs, which keep things real, and youtube, I don;t think I'd be as far along as I am now. In fact i decided to contribute to the growing knowledge base with my own blog:
http://quiltingclimber.blogspot.com/

Moni

Melissa said...

I really want to actually DO a block of the month- maybe this will be the one!

Sallie said...

I get ideas from other blog posts. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Lara said...

Love this online community! It's taught me everything I know :) looking forward to learning some more with blocks of the month!

Trudi said...

Between blog reading,facebook, and find Flikr and YOU, online has revolutionised my own quilting in the last 3 years! I was prolific before I made so many new friends, now I'm lost for words at just how much I can achieve with online friends :)

StarSpry said...

I've seen so many beautiful quilts online. It's such an inspiration!!

Annie said...

I've just started quilting, so I've been looking at quite a few web sites for quilting ideas, inspiration, tutorials, etc. I've "taken" two of Amy Gibson's lessons so far, and hope to start sewing my blocks for them in the next few days!

Kim said...

Hmmm...my online quilting experience? Read, bookmark, click a link...follow that blog, read, bookmark, see an interesting tutorial, click that link, read, bookmark..etc. Look at the clock, oh my the day is gone and I haven't sewn a stitch! LOL

Seriously, I am a relatively new quilter--only two quilt tops to my name, haven't yet figured out the quilting part. However, I find at least five new projects a day I want to start. And just as many blogs that inspire me and my bookmarked list grows! I am trying to figure out a system for checking them all and still having time to actually paly with fabric again!

I am signed up for Amy's class, and about five QALs--I also just found those this year....So I am behind on everything--oh and the house is a mess now too! I mean, how can housecleaning interfere with creative inspiration?

CJ said...

The online quilting community is what spurred me into action to even start quilting again and it inspires me EVERY day!

Marcia W. said...

Though do not have a blog, I use the internet for reading all about quilting, tips, and fabrics. I've joined craftsy for the BOM though haven't worked through using it over dialup. Right now I'm following along with Pat Sloan's posts on the quilt gallery. I thoroughly enjoy reading quilty blogs including yours (including the painting post as we are faced with painting our porch furniture).

bee said...

i signed up for the BOM with Amy, have done a QAL online and have many more projects marked 'to-do' from all the great resources out in blog -land.
thanks!

Jennie P. said...

I have loved learning about quilting online and I really enjoy this Craftsy class. I even sent it to my Aunt who also wants to learn to quilt!

grapes and hearts said...

I took part in an online quilting bee for the first time last year and I'm hooked ever since! Thanks for the chance to win!

Gwen said...

I love the internet! I've made so many wonderful friends, learned a lot, joined in on many block-of-the-months, charm swaps, blocks swaps, and quilt alongs... The world is such a bigger place because of the ability to connect with people in this way-- I think it's wonderful! Oh, and of course, there's all the wonderful blog giveaways as well!! :-) Thank you so much for this blog hop-- it has been fantastic fun! :-)

Jeanne Gwin said...

How did any of us or our elders get anything done without the WWW? I love my computer as much as my sewing machine that is why they set side by side in the studio. I am doing the block of the month with Amy but have fallen a bit behind. Hoping to catch up this week. Nice giveaway, thanks.

Emily said...

When I found this BOM on Craftsy, I immediately signed up! I have been following Stitchery Dickory Dock for a while now and I love her creations.

capitolaquilter said...

I've enjoyed so many swaps, bees, quilt alongs some times it makes my head spin! Life just keeps getting more and more inspiring and my quilting expanding to levels I would never have imagined. Today I started my own blog and started following yours :)

The Thompsons said...

It's really through the online community that I've learned new skills, been inspired, made wonderful bloggy friends and made my hobby so much more enjoyable. I love being able to share what I enjoy and get feedback and just learn from the whole process.

Lynz said...

I'm like Molly, I was looking for how to make my first proper quilt and found YOUR first quiltalong! I was already blogging but Flickr really exploded my limits and within 5 months had 3 finished quilts and had joined my first swap! Vive le Interweb!

Michelle Olsen said...

I've had a wonderful online quilting experience so far. I actually learned how to quilt from Chasing Cottons' Quilt Class 101 last fall. It broke quilting down into simple terms and manageable tasks, and gave me the courage to try something I'd always been intimidated by, and it turns out I'm pretty decent at quilting, and I really enjoy it!

dolores said...

ORBC....what more can I say?!:)xooxoox

Janet said...

Wow- there is so much out there. I've loved this tour of the blogs- could spend all day every day reading! Love looking up how-to's or solutions to problems, or patterns, etc. So inspiring!

SewCal Gal said...

I just feel the online quilting community has expanded my world of quilting significantly. I have learned so much and made so many wonderful friends. There are amazing quilters out there and it is way cool to be able to connect with them, anyplace in the world!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

stacke1 said...

Loving this nonlinear community...learning so much ....and inspired.

stacke1 said...

Ugh autocorrect. Online

kbzelazny said...

Every single idea for fabric,color,pattern-everything, comes from the online community. Thanks!!!

Mama Said Sew said...

Honestly, I probably wouldn't be quilting now if it weren't for the online community and social media. I've met so many wonderful, talented, inspiring people (including you!). And there is so much inspiration online that I've got projects to keep me busy for a very long time. :)

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Everything I needed to know about quilting I learnt from Bloggers :) The online quilting folks are the best!!

michelle said...

the internet made me do it :) honestly your blog and several others plus all the great tutorials, books, and quilt alongs are what got me started. i'm still very much a beginner, but what fun!

Nichol said...

Well Dana....the ORBC is the reason I started quilting in the first place! I think I joined the ORBC in 2009 just after your first round. I started on the second and here I am three years later unable to STOP! I even started Longarm quilting to boot! I sincerely want to thank you for all you've done for me! I tell everyone they can learn too because I learned ONLINE! :) love your guts!

Michele said...

I couldn't exist quilting wise without the online resources...from the tuts to the free patterns, the online stores for all the fabrics and other necessities that my LQS doesn't have...I could go on and on and on. But best of all is the inspiration and the online friendships that I am developing with quilters all around the world.

SoSarahSews said...

So far so good here! Nothing but love from people online. It's been fun talking with people who have the same addiction!

Tracy said...

Thanks for being a part of the tour!! I'm kind of new to this and am having a lot of fun.
Tracy
tracy@nwctv.com

scottylover said...

I love using the internet to find block patterns to try and to get inspiration. Just looking at all the creative people out there is inspiring! (Including YOU!)

Sandy A

Tamie said...

Blogs are so full of inspiration, tips, etc... Thanks for being part of the tour.

Em said...

My ONLY quilting experience is online. Someday, I think, I shall even finish a bed sized quilt. It's a process, yes?

Cloud 9 said...

When I first decided to try quilting I took a paper piecing class at a quilt shop and loved it. The internet is a great place to find inspiration. I love looking at what color combinations and patterns other quilters have done. The internet has opened a whole new world with bloggers and on-line classes.

biggirllittlegirl said...

I actually made my very first quilt using your rail fence quilt-along and get most of instructions and inspiration from the online quilt community.

JessiBerry said...

I haven't had too much of an online quilting experience aside from this BOM. I did follow (as a spectator) Quiltville's Orca Bay Mystery quilt, and thought that it would be fun to follow one like that. But I am a beginning quilter and hope to get better! :) I am excited about this blog tour as I have learned new things and ways to get involved with quilting. Now to find the time and money... ;)

jeri said...

The online community is awesome. Somany talented people. So much inspiration.

Jennyroo said...

Love Amy and love Craftsy and love the FQS! Oh, I think that the internet has taught me a few techniques and certainly fuels my desire to try new and more complicated projects based on some of the tutorials I see others attempting! Oh, and it teaches me to love (or LUST) so many new lines of fabric that move onto my 'must have' list!

MoeWest said...

I've learned lots from reading blogs and tutorials, but I haven't taken any quilting classes online.

ciccia74 said...

I learned to quilting online. Thanks for the chance!

b.zanninelli@gmail.com

JudyQT said...

I love stumbling onto great quilting blogs! Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win! Love the aft quarter shop!

Beth said...

Because our Internet connection is very slow, I don't watch videos online, but I still get a lot of inspiration from blogs and for seeing beautiful, vibrant fabric.

wordygirl at EarthLink dot net

Jo said...

My first online experience of quilting was with Old Red Barn Quilt along (Wonky log) and since then I have joined may of a the flickr groups and gained inspiration for quilting and my computer skills have improved.

Adri H. said...

My online quilting experience is all my quilting experience. I've learned a lot via the internet especially via Craftsy's video courses and YouTube! On Craftsy, I am signed up for three different courses tackling different aspects of quilting: free-motion quilting, quilting quick blocks, and quilting on a small machine. The Free Motion Quilting Project blog is another great site that helped me gain confidence.

Judy said...

Since I've put myself out there in a little blog and flickr I've received the encouragement I need to keep trying even if it isn't perfect. I'm learning as I go and the online community gives you the skills to learn at your own pace and have fun. Thanks for the chance! Love the Craftsy BOM - having fun with them!

Jamie @Terrabyte Farm said...

I have had a great online experience! I would love to be able to say I learned to quilt from a family member, but in truth it was from all the guys and gals out their on the world wide web. What a great community!

trillium said...

I'm just a beginner and have gotten much helpful info from online picture tutorials on expert quilters' blogs. I have not yet watched a video, but plan to do so soon.

Pink Lemonade Bags said...

I learned to quilt online, with your infamous first quilt along!

Shelly said...

I can't even begin to express how much the online quilting community means to me. I live in a very rural area, too, and it's really been a blessing to get to connect daily with other like-minded folks. I also now belong to several online quilting groups, and we do wonderful projects together!

qltmom9 said...

I love getting online inspiration. The only problem is that it is time consuming...just so addictive and fun.

Lisa Marie said...

Recently I've participated in Project Quilting which has challenges where they give you some subject to use as inspiration and you have 1 week to make a quilted project. It's been fun and has helped me to try new things. Also, given the short time frame to complete the projects it's helped me learn to make a plan and run with it without over-thinking.

Elsa said...

I've gotten so much wonderful experience from the blogs I read! There are so many bloggers that are willing to share their talent with the public and I'm really grateful. I'm doing a few blocks of the month and it's been really fun!

KJ Heaverlo said...

the internet has made fabric shopping so easy!

Diann said...

I love the online quilting community. I shop for supplies online and keep up with the new fabrics, patterns and notions out there. I have made on line friends and some became in-person friends.

Sdd1997 said...

I love Amy's BOM class. This will be my first quilt and I am so pleased with the class.

ladmquilter said...

My first online quilting experience was the rail fence quilt from the Old Red Barn Quilt Along...That quilt is currently on my bed thanks to you that was the first quilt I ever machine quilted. Thank you so much I love all of my online quilting friends.

Thanks for all of the wonderful inspiration you have provided, and thanks for the chance to win.

Kristin said...

I know the internet quilting community has played a huge part in my growing as a quilter, but what I use it the most for is inspiration. It's so awesome to be able to look at similar quilts made up with so many different colors and fabrics. I have a hard time visualizing how things will turn out, so it is a huge help!

Dena said...

My online quilting started with Flickr groups like mini quilt and old red barn co quilt along. I learned all the basics through you, so thanks muchly woman:)

Jeanie said...

I'm doing the Craftsy BOM with my daughters. We're all enjoying it!

Anonymous said...

Dana - Thank you to Amy and all the blogger who have made this experience SO MUCH FUN. I don't wan this to be over--when is the next blog hop? I was fortunate to win at Sew Paint Create, but as a non-blogger I have really enjoyed visiting so many sites and learning so much. That's quite an accomplishment for this retired Home Ec teacher. Learning never stops, it's an ongoing process. When you stop learning or being excited about sewing/creating, then you need to worry! Thanks again for all you have given us.
Rosemary@nellieduclos@yahoo.com

Ellen Ban said...

My first online experience was the 3x6 Flickr bee. I've enjoyed getting to know lots of flickr friends and all the inspiration and support! Now I'm having so much fun as a member of the Ab Fab Free Bees in your latest quilt along!

Beth said...

The online quilting blogs have opened a whole new world of quilting to me! I am really enjoying the Craftsy block of the month, the instructions are wonderful.

jemfl said...

Love Amy's instructions-so clear!
All my block adventures are on blogs-so much good info online.

Karen Linton said...

Doing quilt-a-longs online, boms online, etc. have gotten me to where I am as a quilter. The support and encouragement of the online quilting community is not only amazing, it's nearly the only thing that ramps me up enough to keep me going.

Liz said...

I can't get enough of quilters who showcase their talents on blogs! It is where I get 99% of my inspiration :)

Phone Home Designs by ET said...

I started reading all the wonderful quilt blogs for inspiration about 2 years ago. Now I have my own little blog to update my quilty friends :) Thanks for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

After a lull of several years I am finally back to quilting again and completed 7 quilts in the month of feb. A lot of pent up creativity spilling out me right now. So happy to find the online community and the fat quarter store. Grannyo

charlotte said...

I get inspiration from the on line community. I have also done a couple of quilt-alongs. That really makes you feel part of a group

Ashley said...

Honestly I have never made a quilt! I was gathering information to make my first one and stumbled upon your website:) Thankyou for the motivation to get started!!

sallgood said...

This would be so fun to win! I was recently telling my husband how much fun I had doing the quilt along with you back at the beginning-the three quilts I made for my grandgirls! (Oh,and the circle quilt I did with the leftovers that started my whole blogging life!!)Love all the inspiration online, just wish I had more time to actually SEW!!

Amy T said...

In all honesty you are the reason I have become a diehard quilty person. I saw your first quiltalong a few years ago and made a quilt from that (after the quiltalong was over) and I have been hooked ever since. I have several quilt blogs I follow and get lots of inspiration and ideas from that. I love the Moda Bake Shop and Moda Designers blogs. Even my twelve year old daughter is along for the ride making a pinwheel quilt (her second quilt)for 4-H Competition. We live in an area that doesn't have many shops, so I shop online and get great ideas for easy quilts. I also learned Knitting this way. It's funny that technology can be such an aid it keeping old crafts and arts alive!!

Megan said...

Great class so far, I'm happy to see it being promoted so widely!

Colleen said...

I don't live really close to a quilt shop so my online experience has been invaluable. I have done a few of your quilt alongs and gained a lot of great information and a sense of accomplishment. Thanks for the giveaway!!

Lucille said...

The on-line quilting community allows me to be in contact with people with refreshing ideas, while remaining at home.

Lynne said...

I love all the visual inspiration I get from visiting quilting blogs from all over the world.
Thanks for the giveaway.

Ann said...

I got back into sewing by stalking the ORB Quilt Along group and then jumped in. Having people to bounce ideas off that are excited and care about fabric and design (rather than my husband) has been wonderful.

2lovebirds said...

I love craftsy and online quilting community. I follow few blogs to get some inspiration... and rest just comes. I wish I had MORE time....

prsd4tim2 said...

One of my goals this year was to play along in a QAL and KEEP UP! This 2-block a month deal is a great forum for that. And, even as an experienced quilter, I generally pick up a useful tip or two from each segment. Thanks for the feature. And, even though I'm not always able to keep up on your Flickr QALs, I always follow along. So fun. I'm determined to play along with the granny squares, though. So thanks again.

KylieC said...

I love reading blogs for all of the inspiration out there. I joined Craftsy last month and look forward to their tutorials.

Kimmer said...

My list of blog inspiration is a mile long! Here online I find lots of new techniques to challenge me, great color inspiration, patterns and ideas that are "out of the box" for me... I love blogland!

Thanks for the chance to win!
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