Friday, February 17, 2017

Class Schedule has Changed

 The 2017 Class Schedule has Changed. So, if you are "waiting" on a class registration, please check ou the new dates. Here is the link:
2017 Class Schedule
At present I'm working on the BCQC-2 Course and the writing is coming along, but not as fast as I'd like. My head is full of ideas and I'm spending hours each day at the computer drawing and typing...but still life is calling me to other things.  
Winter "head colds" seems to have all of us down; and I'm glad to see the daffodils popping their heads up in the front yard. The down side to all the beauty of yellow and white however is that the pollen count is going up that means doctor's visits for Mom. I'm doing okay myself so far; but time must be taken to take care of my "driver duties".

This weekend is a long one for school children as we celebrate President's Day on the 20th (no school). The state also has a teachers in-service day on the 21st, where students don't have to attend school but the teachers have special work that has to be attended too. So, it's a wonderful weekend for the grand-daughter to come and spend some time with Nana. I'm all smiles about that! She arrives tonight...and will not be heading home until Tuesday.

So, between the visit and the winter work on the new courses has not gone as fast as I would have liked. But, I have been successful in getting the "ideas" down on paper...just need to finish expanding them and drawing the diagrams, etc. So, I'm pushing the new BCQC course back a couple of weeks. Also, since I've been working to get the writing done...there have been things added that were not first envisioned. The major item is that I'm re-doing the Color Theory of the intermediate course retired last year, and pulling that into this Basic module. So many folks ask about "picking colors".
 This has changed my idea of having it as an alternative to the existing BCQC-1 course. Instead it is an optional "follow-on" course and the original BCQC will continue to be the required course.
The extra work for the BCQC-2 has pushed my work on the ICQC-105 course back some. But, at the same time, my brain is working and more new ideas for it keep jumping in as well. So, expanding my thinking...which also means more writing. Therefore, I've pushed the date for that new course back by about a month and even then it will take constant effort to keep it on track...but I'm going to try.
So, anyway...the dates are please print out the new schedule if you are interested in registering for courses this year. So far, it goes through May.


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Free Basic CQ Course - Open for Registration -

Basic Crazy Quilting Course (BCQC) - February 2017 - is open for registration...

 REGISTRATION will remain open until midnight on Saturday, 4 February (Central Standard Time)
NOTE: I do not accept late registrations for need to register within the dates of the open registration period. I'm sorry, but I just have too much going on to keep up with early or deal with late registrations.
The FREE class is self-paced, and expected to take 4-8 weeks, depending on the time you have available to complete the 12 assigned Tasks.

These 12-Tasks include:
1 - How to Use the Class Blog
2 - Selecting Supplies
3- Design Principles of CQ
4 - Sewing the Block
5 - Surface Beading Techniques
6 - Template Seams
7 - Shape Seams
8 - 11 Various Silk Ribbon Flowers
12 - Finishing (lace, charms, etc.)
The class is FREE, you will not be charged anything for the instructions. You will need to obtain your own supplies as I do not sale kits.
Link to the Basic Supply List 
Basic CQ supplies include silk ribbon, pearl cotton threads, tiny beads, etc. as the photo above indicates. None of these are in large quantity for a single block that measures about the size of a sheet of print paper.
You will be required to use a quilting hoop (Q-snap is fine).
You WILL be required to access the private class blog (upon an invitation sent to you) and post photos of your work as you progress through the class. This is an ON-LINE course, so basic computer skills are needed (printing documents, uploading photos, etc.).

  If you are interested in taking this course, please email me at and provide me this information:
Your first name
Your last name
You country of residence
Your state of residence IF you live in the USA
The email address you wish me to send class instructional handouts to.
After you register, I will send you a Welcome Email AND Google/Blogger will send you (at my request) an Invitation to join the Class Blog where the class will be held. Watch for BOTH of these emails, check your spam folder. If you do not receive by Friday morning, 14 October...then please email me to let me know. I don't want you go get "behind" in class right at the start. :)
Because this is an ON-LINE internet class:
You will need to follow some simple instructions to register and gain access to the private class blog. Your name and email will need to be entered; but NO social security or credit card information is required. Just basic information to "recognize" you as a class participant.
You will need to be able to take a photo of your work, and upload it to the class blog. You will get instructions on "blogging" so don't worry if you don't currently do that now; you will learn.
But, you DO NEED to have an operating camera and be able to take photos.
You do need a basic understanding of how to save these photos and then retrieve those picture files. IF you use an IPad to take will need to email them to yourself, download them to your computer, and then upload to the class blog. If you use a phone or camera...follow the instructions for that specific camera to upload photos to your computer.
NOTE: You will be given class handouts/instruction in the form of emails and pdf documents.
 The pdf files can be opened with Adobe Reader (free software on the site)

 You need to be able to open these handouts/instructions and save them.
You can also print as you desire. In total, the course contains over 200 pages of paper/printer will be required if you want to retain a hard copy of this information.
Hugs, and I hope to see you in the class! 
This Basic CQ Class (BCQC) is a REQUIRED course...before you can sign up to any of the Intermediate (ICQC) crazy quilt courses offered throughout the year.