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I have taken online classes at Quilt University a few times; they do classes that "meet" once a week for several weeks depending on the class.
The good: the instruction has been very good on the classes I have taken. A new post with instructions and pictures goes up once a week with a step to carry out at home, and there is a discussion forum for chatting about your work. You send in photos of your progress; they are posted in a class webpage open to all the students. The teacher comments on your photos, answers questions and works with you on problems you're having. The weekly posts can be saved to your computer; they stay up on the website for a while after the class ends. I very much enjoyed the class on designing Hawaiian applique and treasure the quilt I made for it.
The bad: I signed up for a couple of classes (you sign up and pay in advance) and when they started I was just in a bad time or headspace for doing the class. There's no penalty for just reading along without participating, but I felt I'd wasted my money.
I'd sign up with them again if it was a class I really wanted to learn, scheduled at a time when I knew I'd be free to participate fully and get maximum value out of it. They also have a forum for student chat which is open to everyone, though it's a bit kludgy (threaded posts in one huge forum last time I looked.)
p.s. Ghostrider: great minds think alike, and post at the same time, too!
Last edited by catlinye_maker; 12-27-2011 at 06:45 AM. Reason: added p.s.
I signed up for one on FMQ and love it. Lots of tips to help me out.
Quilting is my therapy
I too would recommend Quilt University.
I took a quick look. They have a money back guarantee. I'd give it a shot especially since you can get for less right now. The only problem I've had with online classes is that you have to stress to family members that this is CLASS TIME that you have PAID FOR. In fact, I may sign up for Judy Martin's class on quick strip paper piecing since I am paper piecing deficient.
My primary disadvantage for this class is that my computer is on a different floor. Fortunately, I do have a Netbook and home Wi Fi. An advantage is that the Craftsy class appears to be better geared towards 'work at your own pace' rather than completely something week by week (which, I know, is hard for some people - life gets in the way).
Last edited by IAmCatOwned; 12-27-2011 at 10:00 AM.
Current piecing: Zig Zag quilt & LOTL (HSTs done, assembling units)
Hand piecing project: Apple core (TOP IS DONE!!!! Yay!)
Thanks for this thread. I was looking at them too.
I signed up for paperpiecing with Craftsy a couple of weeks ago.(Of course not for the 19.99 special they have now).
I only looked at the first lesson, but it seems quite good. This is my first on line class and as a matter of fact, I don't take many classes at quiltshops either. I took this one, because it does not expire, you can go on your own pace and I love to paperpiece, so hopefully I learn something new again. I noticed also that you can ask questions and read other students' comments as well. Also you can use your scrap material, if you don't know if you like the pattern in a particular lesson.
I've taken the several of the classes and was able to purchase them on sale for $19.99. I especially like the Stupendous Stitching class. The best part of the classes are that you can watch them at your on pace 24/7 and if you not satisfied you can get your money back. The instructors are great.
I bought three of the classes, Quilting Quickly I & II and Maching Quilting w/ Wendy Butler Burns. I have watched Quilting Quickly I and in the middle of Machine Quilting. Love them both, Jenny and Wendy are great teachers and I am getting a lot out of the Machine Quilting video. The best part you can watch it any time you, all or certain parts FOREVER!
here's another yea-sayer for QuiltUniversity.com I have taken many classes and have found the ones I've actually done the work for great.