Monday, September 23, 2013

Daily Craft TV Review and Giveaway

Just prior to Labor Day weekend, I was contacted by the online media coordinator for Fons and Porter and asked if I'd like to review any class of my choice on Daily Craft TV.
He didn't have to ask twice. Of course, of course I'd love to take a class and write a review. Unfortunately due to our trip to visit my BFF and her family over that weekend and the start of school for the kids over the following week and a half, I didn't even get a chance then to look at the options. I finally got the time in recent days.

Let me first say that picking which class to take and review was hard. Really hard, not because I wasn't interested in the options, it was because I was interested in many of the options and actually choosing just one was difficult. I looked at the list of offerings not one, not two but four times before I finally committed to one. I chose this one.
This class is comprised of a number of topics:
  • Positive—Negative Appliqué
  • Machine Quilting with Variegated Threads
  • A Little Hanky Panky
  • Designs with Metals
  • Every Quilt Has Two Sides: Choosing an Iron that Fits Your Needs
  • Strippy Landscapes
  • Working with Monochromatic Fabrics
  • Add-Enough 
The total run time for these topics was just over 1 1/2 hours.
The 1st class, the one on Applique, was very informative and well done. Since I haven't ventured into that technique yet, I learned a great deal and now can't wait to try it myself. Quilting results was surprising based on the samples showcased in the Machine Quilting with Variegated Threads. Before taking this class, I had never heard of a Hanky Panky quilt nor would I have ever considered making a quilt from old handkerchiefs but I know how to do it now and and curious to see what types of antique hankies I can find at thrift stores and estate sales this fall. Designs with Metals was enlightening and though I'm not sure I would ever add metals to my quilts, it was cool to see the results. 

Every Quilt Has Two Sides was about the different choices two friends use in their types of irons, their methods of ironing and their use (or not) of various fusible products. Now I know how to create my own Strippy Landscape quilt thanks to the segment of the same name and I just might have to recreate my favorite beach scene one day. Working with Monochromatic Fabrics discussed exactly what the title states and the last topic, Add-Enough, is a product highlight .

All in all, I am happy with the presentation of the topics and the subject matter. Did I enjoy some of the topics more than others? Sure I did. But in choosing this class, I purposely picked one with a vast variety to get a good overall experience. I certainly learned a lot and definitely have interest to try some new things. If there is anything negative to say about my class is that with young kids, I wasn't able to watch the entire thing all in one sitting and had to come back to the class a couple of times. While each time I noted the time stamp when I logged out and attempted to scroll to that spot when I logged back in, doing so was tough. Being able to restart where I had left off in an easier manner would have been very helpful.

The Daily Craft TV classes are very reasonably priced, within everyone's budget and they don't just have classes on quilting. There are also classes on: other Sewing topics, Knitting, Crocheting, Scrapbooking and Papercraft. They have something of interest to everyone. I'm sure that you will find one and likely many more classes that you want to explore yourself.
The folks at Daily Craft TV are generously offering one of my readers the chance to take a free class of your choosing.

To be entered in the giveaway, hop over to Daily Craft TV and tell me which class you would pick if you win. You won't be held to that choice if you win. You can choose a different one if you so decide but I'm curious as to which one catches your interest.
My followers get a 2nd chance to enter, just tell me how you follow (and don't forget to also follow with Google Friend Connect if you don't already). 

That's it. 2 chances to win.
The entries will close at Midnight on Friday and the winner will be announced on Saturday.

23 of you added your own colorful comments:

  1. Wow! I had no idea this even existed! I can see how it took you several times to decide on a class. The price is very reasonable. After looking I would love to learn how to resize blocks. Math is not one of my quilting strong points. Thnk you for this chance and I follow you on Feedly.

  2. There really are quite a few classes to choose from and I see plenty that I would like to take. One that I would like to take is Hawaiian Style Quilt Design.

  3. it looks like craftsy, how neat, never tried any online classes. I'm picking dawn cavanugh how to make wearable items on your long arm, one time at a quilt store I saw a sweater jacket, but no pattern, I loved this thing, I did buy another quilted jacket pattern but haven't tried making it, but I should since it's getting colder! hmm

  4. I never knew about Daily Craft. I think I would take the same class that you took, plus maybe a couple others. I can see why it took you 4 times through to pick one! I like how affordable the classes are too. Very appealing!

  5. I never heard of Daily Craft TV. Thank you for telling us about it. I would choose either the class you took or String piecing 7 ways. They have several others I'm interested in and the price is right.

  6. I've heard of Craftsy, but not Daily Craft TV. I have been contemplating making a String Quilt, so String Quilt - 7 Ways is the class I would choose. What a great opportunity. swalker287 (at) gmail (dot) com.

  7. oh boy--good thing we don't have a computer at home--I'd be watching these ALL the time! I'd have to say the Unique Quilting Ideas class would be my first pick--the Joining Binding Edges is what really caught my eye--I need to work on that, but then I could take the Worry Free Binding class too....ufda--tough decisions! Thanks for sharing!

  8. I follow through Blovlovin'. Thanks!

  9. I follow through Bloglovin. Oh, and there is that whole Sister thing!

  10. I would love to take How to Make the Paper-Pieced Beauty: Times Square. I have fallen in love with paper piecing and am constantly looking for more designs.
    thelady at

  11. I follow by email.
    thelady at

  12. I would pick Learn To Paper Piece...there are a bunch of good ones! I love that their prices are so low! I'm hesitant to spend $30 on a class I don't know if I like or not. I don't mind spending $10 with instructors that I've watched before :) Thanks for the chance to win.

  13. I follow by email and have you on my Wordpress. I want to take the Binding class with Liz Porter and also the 7 blade fan. Thanks for the giveaway. Good luck everyone.

  14. I would take the creative ideas and fun techniques class. I see it includes wool applique and although I love the look of applique, turned edges are to tough. This might be to my liking.

  15. I follow thru bloglovin , but the last time I looked my Google readerstill works

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