Saturday, October 24, 2015

New Class Calendar

The Class Schedule has been updated to reflect the Courses offered next year (the ones for the remainder of this year have not changed)
Next year will bring many changes. 
After much thought...I've decided to work much harder next year at publishing the two books already underway...AND convert many of the existing courses into self-paced training manuals.
There will still be some CQ Classes offered as well. The Basics Class will be for beginners or those folks that may have even never tried crazy quilting. I'll be editing it somewhat...but no big changes. Promoting CQ is a big part of my own teaching journey; and is very important to me. This will always remain a free class.
There will also be a book created that combines the Design Principles, Block Construction, Color Theory, and more. It will also include a Basic Block pattern and Templates. The block will not be the same as the BCQC uses...but will cover those piecing guidelines.
The Dying/Painting/Etc. course (ICQC-102) will also still be available free to everyone. It is the a class about mixing colors and is good for crafters, painters, and CQ folks. Because it covers so much more than just will not be made into a book. Some elements may contribute to the color theory portion of the Basic Book...but not the same as for the ICQC-102.

The Intermediate Required Course (ICQC-101)
The last offering of the ICQC-101 course will be 26-28 October. This is a required course for any of the other ICQC Courses (other than #102 mentioned above). These other courses will be offered at least ONE MORE TIME. So, if you have been on the fence about signing up for the ICQC-101 only have one more chance.

And, if you are dragging your feet about finishing the ICQC-101...having signed up for it need to "get the lead out" so you can sign up for the other courses as they are offered next year (or the end of this year). Because, once their registration window closes..they will not be offered again.

Here's the quick run-down of the upcoming class dates, after you have finished BCQC and ICQC-101:

ICQC-103 will be open for registration 2-4 November and next year 27-29 January.

ICQC-104 will be open for registration 12-14 November and next year 13-15 April.

All of the classes, except the ICQC-102 will be rewritten this winter and made available as books on my Etsy and Craftsy sites next year.
A few things have been learned by me over these past two years...regarding offering these free classes:
1) The modules are so detailed that most participants can follow the instructions without a lot of clarification from me. So, offering a similarly written book should be successful.
2) Not everyone can keep up with a class that requires interaction. Some prefer to just work along as they can, and don't want to have to "check in" between tasks.
3) Some folks like working in private and not showing their results.
4) The class interaction is a great thing for those that participate...and will be missed.
5) Tracking class progress, handling registrations and overlapping classes, and writing/editing new classes takes much more time than I first thought it would.
This past year has been a really hard year for me. This summer especially. These classes have been a great joy and have kept me going so many days when I just didn't feel like even getting out of bed. But, they have also taken so much time writing, editing, and stitching samples...that I actually developed a chronic muscle injury in my shoulder. There was very little stitching accomplished this year that did not relate to the classes. I'd like to change that next year.
So, I'm stepping back from so much "tracking" and "posting about classes"...and will be spending more time on finishing my books and the dozens of UFO's I have been pushing back for so many months.
I hope you will continue to follow my my own crazy quilting journey continues. wrap up...For those of you that have finished the Basic Class...and want to get into the intermediate level classes before they are gone...MAKE SURE to sign up and complete the ICQC-101 before next year. The last offering opens this Monday! Can't say I didn't give you a heads-up.

Change is on the way!

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