Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Review: Susan Beal's Online Log Cabin Class

Hello, this is Secretary Kelly!  I had the pleasure of joining past PMQG President Susan Beal's Log Cabin Quilting class on Creative Bug recently. Susan is an expert of the log cabin block (she literally wrote the book on it!) and also a top-notch teacher, offering four log cabin quilting projects in an online video format.

Online learning, quilt style! 

I had never taken a class in this way before but it was just as good as being there in person —I could even pause and rewind if needed. Something that is necessary at my house when there's a four-year-old boy getting into mischief! Another great thing is that if you miss a class, it will be there later.  I was able to watch week one and make the log cabin pillow cover, but it took me a couple of weeks to have the time to watch the tote bag class, which is another item on the to-sew list. Also offered are classes for making a very sweet baby quilt and a pretty little table runner.

Each class is about an hour long; you can also view the weekly chats that Susan hosted. It is just so cool to see someone you know in real life in this online setting. It was beyond fun to watch the preview of Susan in her home and at local spots like Modern Domestic and Cool Cottons and with cameos of PMQG members!

Susan's tote bag pattern

Here's the pillow I made from the first week's class, Block Making Basics and Sewing a Pillow. I used blue solids and some Joel Dewberry Heirloom fabric to make this sweet and comfy pillow for my bed—on my husband's request if you can believe it!

Kelly's cute new pillow
A little bit about Creative Bug. It is an online craft class marketplace. There are hundreds of video tutorials for all sorts of crafts: sewing, drawing, quilting, paper crafts, yarn, etc...and all for a $9.95/month subscription. 

Thanks a bunch to Susan for sharing her class with us at the April meeting, and for giving away three Creative Bug 3-month memberships to PMQG members!

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