Help!

On the eve of a new year, one does tend to look to the past and future at the same time. I realized that as far as this blog is concerned, I already offered a nice yearly wrap-up in my one-year anniversary post a couple months ago—no need to do more yet. But looking ahead, I do have a challenge for the new year that I think you can help me with.

I’ve often wished that everyone who wanted to take a class with me was able to.

But four factors—time, distance, cost, and accessibility—prevent many potential students from actually taking a class. I can’t control the first three factors. I can’t control how much time people have or how far away they live from the venues where I teach. I also can’t do much in terms of cost: I don’t control how much other venues charge, and I have carefully priced my own retreats to be as affordable as possible.

The last factor, accessibility—how many classes I teach—is the one I’ve been struggling with lately. As my husband says, I can’t clone myself—yet—so I can’t teach more classes than I already do.

Above: Can I take what I do in class and make it work online?

The solution, as with many problems these days, lies with technology. Not cloning technology—the internet. I’m currently developing an online course. There are limitations to online classes, of course. They will never truly replace the experience of attending workshops in person. However, the beauty of this solution is that, done right, an online course can address all four factors at once: it allows students to take the class at their convenience not mine, it can be done from anywhere, it can be relatively inexpensive (especially when you factor in travel), and it can be available to more students. I (and my husband, Tom) have been researching how it’s done. We’ve looked at various platforms and formats. But in order to do it right, I need your help.

If you have taken an online class in the past, especially a quilting class, I’d like to hear about your experience. Please use the comments section of this post to tell me anything you’d like to about the class you took.

Here are some questions to get you started:

  • Have you ever taken online courses?
  • What venue did you do it with (such as Craftsy or iquilt.com, etc.)? What was it like?
  • Were you satisfied? If not why not?
  • What were the best things about your class? What could have been improved upon?
  • Would you be interested in an online course from me? If so, what are you looking for? For example: Technique only. Short project. One-on-one video coaching.

Don’t feel like you have to answer every question. Whatever you can contribute is appreciated. Your comments will help to make the class as successful as possible.

Tom and I do have some ideas and the plan is to have an online class available to students by springtime. I know that’s a flexible deadline, but considering the size and complexity of the undertaking that’s as close as I can come.

As with any project, getting started is often the hardest part. So this week we jumped in. Tom set up the lights, put the camera on a tripod, and we planned the action, taking it down to the basic question: where do you start with fabric collage? Answer: with the fabric! The result is the video below—kinda like an audition tape—a short sample of what is possible.

Maybe it isn’t perfect, but we’ve been talking about adding an occasional video element to the blog anyway. This little test made me enthusiastic to see what we can do for an entire class. With your help I think it can be something special.

Oh, by the way, a safe and happy new year to you.

 

150 Comments

  • Hi Susan,
    I have never done an online course, but would be very interested doing one of your workshops online. My dream would be an online version of your 5 day workshop to take a photograph into a collage. After finishing that an option of one-on-one time with you to discuss the project worked on, or get questions answered. I guess I’ll read all about what’s going to happen in one of your blogs. Thanks Susan.
    Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy New Year from Auckland, New Zealand,
    Maria.

  • Have you ever taken online courses? Yes
    What venue did you do it with (such as Craftsy or iquilt.com, etc.)? What was it like? I have taken several classes on Craftsy. I love it. I also took classes from Sharon Shamburg, which were great too. She used an over the shoulder video.
    Were you satisfied? If not why not? Very satisfied. I can watch the videos when I need to over and over. Each step was shown overhead also so you could see what each step was like. And you can ask questions, which makes it very interactive.
    What were the best things about your class? What could have been improved upon? I did notice it is best to realize the student knows nothing. lol
    Would you be interested in an online course from me? If so, what are you looking for? For example: Technique only. Short project. One-on-one video coaching. I would love to take a class from you. I have been following you for years. Maybe divide the class into beginners with a small project like your goldfish. Then an intermediate class and then a harder project class = no not the alligator. Craftsy is very popular and I know you will get tons of students

  • Hi. I have several Crafsy courses saved & often refer to them for particular techniques. There is opportunity for people to post their projects once completed. I like the fact that once bought they are there life, like having a personal tutor on tap!
    Happy New Year to you too. Wish you success in this endeavour.

    • I have taken several on line courses with the military including FEMA, safety, and an assortment of training courses. But nothing quilt/hobby related. I like the ability to take courses at my convenience, but I miss having an instructor present to answer questions. I also miss the interactions with other students. However, I find I take copeous notes in case I don’t remember everything. I don’t like having.to re-watch if I miss something. Would love to have an outline while taking an on line course so I can focus on the speaker and content and know I already have the basics annotated. Have you considered publishing a book? I would consider an on line course but would love one of your classes! And a book! I love your work – thank you for sharing.

      • Nikki, I have published two books, one of which is available through my website. Thanks for your comments. We are glad to see that you and others are interested in having notes to accompany the video. Something we’d planned to do.

  • I have taken some Craftsy classes and enjoy the format. Being able to refer back at anytime is very helpful. I appreciate that it is a one time cost with no yearly membership fees. I compare it to buying a book. Good luck! I look forward to enrolling in your class.

  • The downside for online classes for me is limited Internet data access. Living in a rural area, Internet access through DISH is limited to 10 G. That is about 2 movies, so I only use Internet for email, facebook, Google etc. Videos sick up data quickly! DVD’s are a better option for me now, but I do miss the ability to ask questions as offered through online classes.

  • Morning Susan,
    And very Happy New Year to you. I am delighted to respond to your request.I would love to take a class with you, but as you say ‘there is only one of you’. And I live in the UK. And I would be first in the queue.
    As to online classes, I have taken many. From CRAFTSY, IQUILT, CRAFTONLINEUNIVERSITY, UDEMY ( DIGITAL PAINTING, PHOTOSHOP). And I am so thankful for all these classes as I have had access to the most amazing techniques from the most amazing teachers. And without the online access I would not have been able to.
    Of them all I would rate Craftsy as the best platform, with the rest coming a close second. I would want to be able to follow a complete project with you, which material is best as the base, choosing an image to picking the fabrics or whatever you do, then constructing the project, and possibly finishing, although that isn’t the most important. That can be picked anywhere, you can’t learn your technique just anywhere. It is clear that anyone who takes your class raves about it, and seems to grasp your technique completely, this is what I would love to learn.
    The unsuccessful classes I have taken have either been machine specific, like longarm machine without making that clear before purchase. Or have not focused on the real point of the class which is learning the technique successfully.
    I do hope this has helped, please don’t hesitate to contact me if I can help further. And I can’t wait to take your online class.
    Lily

  • I live on the opposite side of the earth to you in a small rural place so I have to take online courses as I am so isolated. I love them. Classes can be taken at my leisure, cost way less than travelling to …Maine…for example… I can sleep in my own bed!!, buy resources and materials online and can use the few downloads we are allocated out here at my pace – a few videos a month. I have taken both individual classes and Craftsy classes. Craftsy classes are cheaper. More advanced or alternative mixed media or textile art type classes are more expensive but great alternatives for inspiration. A class from you would be great, especially if it was challenging and bordering on the intermediate to advanced rather than beginner. One on one would would be a dream but how??? If one skyped, it would cost a lot for your time!!! Anything would be great. I have followed all your blog postings on your techniques but it is hard to actually “DO IT” – I have started… but yet to finish my bird. Sound quality in your video above was great, colour and presentation great as was the topic. Hopefully some of these comments will help in your decisions. Happy New Year to you too. S xx

  • I love online courses. I have bought a few of them on craftsy – the class with modern quilting, pictorial quilt and landscape quilting. I am happy that I can access them any time on pc or ipad, play just some part. of them , play the chapter higher speed to make review or find some interesting moments. I value that material list, patterns are included and possibility to make own notes and comments too; seeing gallery of students works inspires me. Iquilt.com is new for me and it looks great too :-).
    So wish you good luck going online and looking forward to your class.

  • Hi Susan, I am thrilled that you are thinking of an online class. I have taken some online classes from Craftsy and have been very satisfied with them. I would like a beginner short project first, like the fishes. I would be happy with any class really. I am looking forward to seeing what develops. Sonja

  • Susan,
    I have taken your class in Harpswell about 4 years ago . It was the Mother’s Day retreat and loved every minute of the time I spent with you. I have completed several pieces and have a few in the works.
    I also have purchased many many classes from Craftsy and use them on a regular basis. I love that I can watch then over and over and book mark something I want to reference again.
    I have used other platforms such as Creativebug,, QNNTV, and Iquilt. My favorite is Crafty. I also like that I can get help from the instructor and feed back from others taking the class.
    I hope this helps in your development of an online class. I am very interested and would like to someday come back to Harpswel.

  • I, like the others, have many Craftsy classes downloaded and I love them all. What I love the most is that they are relatively inexpensive, last forever, have materials downloads, and are fun and informative. A class from you would be fabulous, starting with a fish tutorial. Hope this helps!

  • Susan, what a treat to see you again. I was lucky enough to visit you in Maine but would be delighted to take your class online. You were a very helpful teacher and your warmth comes thru on this video. I’m looking forward to taking your class when available. Have an exciting 2017!

  • I just love the online class format and have taken quite a few with Craftsy and i quilt. The classes are like a book – you can refer back to them any time – and I often do and the class is there for ever. I have found that most of the instructors are really generous with their time and knowledge, and are happy to answer any questions. The Craftsy platform is fantastic in that you can post pictures, see what other folks are doing and gather ideas and exchange ideas.

    When Quilt University was up and running I took a class from them which was totally frustrating as it was all paper and reading downloads and the class was at a set time – being a tactile/visual learner I find that the video format works really well.

    The cost is certainly a big plus point for the online class as well a convenience – quite often I am at my sewing machine in my jammies

    I bought your book some years ago now and have made quite a few animal collage wall hangings which get a lot of very favourable comments but I would just love to take a class from you – that would be wonderful.

    Happy 2017

  • I’ve taken a few quilting classes on Craftsy. I like that I can view it whenever I choose. It saves your place when you stop halfway through. Go back & review when needed & submit questions to the instructor.

  • Have just looked at your video on fabric selection – you are a natural online class presenter.

    I have a question though – you did not mention hand dyed fabric which I am using more and more. As I get more experienced in hand dyeing I am finding that they work really well in my collage process.

    Can’t wait for your class.

    Janey

  • Susan-I have attended 2 of your Harpswell retreats–your very first Mother’s Day event 5 plus years ago, and just recently the Leaf Peepers retreat this October 2016. I have taken many online courses on Craftsy –I love their platform and having them available to me any time night or day.
    When I was at the Leaf Peepers 4 day class, I especially liked how each day you presented a “lesson” of an hour or more in length. I remember thinking at that time that I wished I had a video of these lessons. I did take notes, but I also missed alot. The class members did ask superb questions, which would be missing in a video lesson. But students could ask you questions as Craftsy does.
    A video class would be INVALUABLE to me–I love your techniques and would buy it right now!!!!!!! Perhaps 2 different levels would be helpful–a beginner one for someone who has never tried fabric collage, and an intermediate/advanced for those of us who have attended your workshops.

  • Hi Susan, I would love to take a class with you but like many the travel to attend one of your sessions is cost prohibitive; I live in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. I was really looking forward to the Tancook Island retreat last September and was very disappointed when it was cancelled . I have your book and have made some small projects based on your technique but I struggle with fabric choices, especially to get the right values and the proper shading. I would definitely take an online class with you. I have only taken Craftsy classes and love, love, love them. I can view them over and over again, pause when I want. The price point on Craftsy is very good, especially when you get the classes on sale. They are available to me forever. I love that I can have my computer on my work table and refer back to a particular technique while I am trying to execute it.

  • I will add like many others that I love online classes. I love Craftsy classes where you can learn at your time table, the classes are yours and not for a limited time. I would love you take your class! Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

  • Hi Susan. I’ve been hoping you would consider this venue. I’ve taken many classes from Craftsy and a few from iQuilt. I find they are excellent and have learned many new skills. The interaction with the instructors has always been great with Craftsy. I probably have 20 plus classes I refer to over and over again. I would take any of your classes from either venue. I have your book Serendipity Quilts and have worked through the first lesson with some success. To watch you do it would add much more to the experience and give me confidence to move to the next project. Looking forward with you to 2017. Happy New Year.

  • I have never taken an online class but am interested in what you are offering as an out of the box experience for myself.

    I enjoy your blog and this fabric tut was good. My only criticism,and it might be my computer, was that the sound volume was not high enough for these old ears of mine even tho I had it turned up to 100%.

    I find your work amazing and would like to try on a small version at first.

    Happy New Year

  • I have only recently discovered your work and absolutely love it, I see it as possibly the next step in my own pictorial quilt making adventure. It’s what I’ve been searching for to free my work up. I have been eagerly absorbing your blog trying to figure out how you do it but I would LOVE to take an online class with you. I have done several Craftsy classes and find them really great, they really give good, clear closeups of what is happening, much better to learn watching someone do something than figuring it out from a book. As I live in Scotland an online class is my only way of taking a class with you. If your trial video is anything to go by, you are a natural in front of the camera and would make a great online teacher. Happy New Year to you and your family, and yes, please do an online course.

  • I’ve done several online classes. There are the video ones like those you purchase through Craftsy – I’ve taking some that are VERY GOOD… and some that aren’t (but that’s because of content and/or presenter… and that happens IRL – in real life – too!). I’ve also taking LIVE online courses – through platforms like Skype and Webex. You can ask questions and interact with the instructor through those.

    I’d love the opportunity to take one of your classes online or IRL!

  • Hi Susan, my first Art Quilt class was on Craftsy. It was wonderful and started me on my current journey. I think you are wise to be thinking this way. So many more people will be able to enjoy you and your fabric collage techniques. I am sorry to hear you aren’t able to clone yourself! Happy New Year!

  • I love Craftsy classes. This news made my day/new year!!! I have been wanting to take a class from you for so long, but just could never make it work in my schedule. Thank you!!!

  • This is such exciting news Susan ! I have been wanting to take a class from you……by the time I see where you are in Texas, classes are filled or still to far for me to travel too. I’ve taken lots of Craftsy classes and a few Iquilt and watch The Quilt Show . Always good, but…..I think it would be great to watch your process more like Bonnie Hunter does with her quilt cam format. Even though I seldom make a traditional quilt anymore, I still like to watch her…..Whatever you do I will sign up ! Hands on ART quilt classes available in my demographics are non existing. Can’t wait to hear what you wind up doing !

  • Dear Susan
    I have been following your progress since your book with the fish came out, would have liked to be in a class with you ever since, but it just hasn’t happened. An online class is very appealing because as you say, it eliminates a lot of the barriers for those of us who do wish to learn from you. I have taken a few classes online, and so far have been satisfied except in one area. Although Craftsy tries, it falls short in my opinion with the interaction with the students. Is there a better solution?
    There is one idea that I have to say comes the closest. I am currently signed up for an online course in which we are given a code each week with access to the teachers website with that weeks assignment, along with a video explaining all. We sign on to the teachers website and download that weeks lesson. It works quite well. We have to have the link, provided by the teacher, so that only those who have paid for the course have access. Then, we upload pictures of our assignment, and the teacher makes comments on some that he feels are relevant to that lesson. I have direct access to the teacher via a button “ask the teacher”, so I don’t feel to far removed from him or any question I may have. Can’t wait to hear what you come up with!

    • Nicole, is the class size limited? That also is a big concern of mine: making sure that people get their questions answered. Depending on the class size that could be a significant challenge.

      • In a way…there seem to be 80-100 participants. Anyone is allowed to sign up, but up to a certain date, then the sign ups are closed for the year.

  • Yes! Yes! Yes! I would love to take an online class from you, Susan! I have purchased many Craftsy classes. I like that I will always have access to my classes, and I can watch them anytime I like, as many times as I like. Each class is broken down into segments/lessons, and each lesson is broken down further to make it easier to go directly to a specific area of the class. I can enter notes at any point of the video. I’m able to communicate with the instructor if I have questions or need clarification. Students can post photos and offer additional information about their projects.

  • I have bought several online classes from Craftsy and another provider. I love the Craftsy classes because I can refer back to them-and I do so often. The other provider was several years back-can’t remember the platform but I only had access for a window of time. I would most definitely take a class with you-in person or online. I live in NC and don’t care to travel far. I’ve hoped to see your name on the list of teachers at the John C. Campbell Folk School one day. I’d love to learn more about your technique though you’ve shared much on the blog – more is better!

  • Susan,
    I love your idea about taking your teaching online… I have never taken an online course, but after seeing how difficult it is to get into one of your classes, I would certainly jump at the chance. Your discussing the fabrics your begin with is most helpful. I look forward to being able to learn from you online. A great beginning to a new year.

  • Susan, I am very excited on this online, I have taken, crafts you..like anytime access, but do sympathize with those with limited data(maybe CD for those, with cost and shipping option?), also enjoy Bonnie Hunter,”Quiltville” online live I studio(quilt cam), she sees, and tKes questions, via fb, text etc…; you can a few of us follow Quiltville….I missed seeing you at Mackinac Island, Mi; and that is how I found you looking for Bonjie Class and saw Harpswell, Me , where my family has Idle Hour, literally just down road from you….so very interested…..Thank you and yours for researching and reaching out to us! Stay blessed…Tammy Cruickshank, Les Cheneaux Islands, Cedarville,Michigan

  • Hi Susan – I have a ridiculous number of Craftsy and iQuilt classes. I’ve stuck with those because they are reasonably priced and you can watch them forever. I’ve never taken a limited-availability class because I’m worried that I won’t get around to using the information until after the class is over. I do wonder if those classes are more in-depth, but I’ve gotten enough out of the others so I haven’t explored that.

    I’ve liked most of the classes that I’ve taken. The ones that I haven’t liked have generally been too short with little or no information. Based on your sample video and all of your wonderful blog posts, that will definitely not be a problem with any online class you produce! I like being able to ask questions of the instructor, although I have very rarely used that. I like on the Craftsy platform that you can see the questions asked by others and the answers given. That has clarified some things for me and given me information I wouldn’t have thought about.

    I’d love to see a class that goes from photo through final quilt, but that might be too much for one online class. (Hopefully not!) Attending one of your retreats is definitely on my bucket list, but I’m not sure when the stars will align such that I have the time and money and you have an opening all at the same time! I plan on trying your technique using your book and blog posts, but keep procrastinating with other things to work on. Maybe an online class will be the impetus that I need!

    Thanks for all that you share with us!

  • Hi Susan……… Happy New Year!!………. I would love an online class with you.. I have taken a 2 day class with you in MD a few years ago, and I would love to explore more… I have taken online classes from several places, but I use Craftsy the most, but have some on IQuilt……. I like both of these as the classes are mine to watch whenever I want…. I read some of the other comments & agree with several of them….. Never assume the student knows what you are talking about when explaining a procedure.. that is very aggravating.. if it is a beginner class that is pretty much why they are taking.. learning everything.. while it may be repeatitive to some it isn’t to all.. and yes I think that you should have different levels of classes cause you have so much to share there is no way to get a simple design to a more advanced in one class……… I can’t wait to see what happens……… BUT remember you are only one person so don’t over do….

  • I have never taken an online class, most of them hold no appeal to me. I do look often though. I teach middle school so my time off is not up to me and I can’t travel to retreats and learning opportunities. I have been a fan of yours for years and live working with your collage ideas. I think an online class with a chance to ask you questions would be wonderful. The short video you have completed is a great start, but I would like to see more advanced techniques if I was to pay for it. I think focusing on the harder elements of design is something I would pay for. I personally have problems with the details, such as shading and textures. Thank you for thinking about your customers and creating another option for learning.

  • My online experience in learning has been limited to bread baking classes. I paid a fee and the classes are always available to me. I own a Bed and Breakfast in the Village of Gagetown, New Brunswick, Canada. Would a beginners’ class be available for participants to take over a weekend? Two nights? That way learners could be together and take steps at their own pace? Let me know what the licensing would be and if you have done such a thing before? I would appreciate any of your comments on how I could do this. One woman from my province requested a weekend with you. Please think about how this could be done. I would love to work this out with you if possible.

    Marian Langhus

  • Hi Susan. I’ve taken tons of online classes. These days, I almost exclusively use Craftsy, simply because the classes are delivered very well and you can access them forever (and the prices are reasonable!). I’ve taken classes in the past that “expired,” and it was so frustrating not to be able to access the information later when I needed a bit of information. I would LOVE to see you offer an online class that takes us from start to finish on a fabric collage project. I have your book and use it, but it would be nice to actually see how your mind works all the way through the process.

  • Oh happy day! Yes, please!

    Not sure I can add anything more to the great comments already posted, other than I too love most of the Craftsy classes I have taken – and for the reasons already stated by everyone.

    Your book and posts are so well done and easy to understand that I can only imagine how wonderful it will be to have this new format available to us. And, I would have all of my fabric scraps and stash right here. 🙂

    Thank you!

  • Good morning Susan,
    As I’ve recently discovered you and your quilting, I’m very excited to learn more from you with regards to concepts and techniques. Your work is most intriguing to me.

    Craftsy and iquilt are the venues I’ve used in the past and I actually prefer craftsy out of the 2. Having lived in the Canadian Arctic, and travelling to very remote communities, I understand accessibility challenges and greatly value the concept of “offline” availability. Revisiting a new and challenging concept several times over is most important to me as I’m all about getting it right. Therefore, downloading a class once and saving to a platform such as craftsy for future viewing is paramount. I hope you will consider this when putting together your options.

    Technique, with clear concise instruction on how you work through your creative process is what I enjoy watching and learning. Humour and a little lightheartedness is also appreciated while viewing an online class, something similar to your clip on this post would be great. Student sharing and information exchange is also encouraging and valuable to offer on a platform. I also agree with other posts on here, that cost especially sales, helps keep learning new techniques very accessible for all new and seasoned students.

    I’m so curious, excited and anxious to see what you and your husband Tom put together for us, your followers, to learn and begin creating. Looking forward to the “spring”!
    Happy New Year,
    Arctic Apple

  • Ive done several online classes. My favorite are the ones that really show a technique and how to do it. My favorite the teacher had a student she worked with (someone that had never done it before} and walked her through it. I know from teaching some things become so automatic for us we forget others don’t have the same experiances. I also won’t sign up for a class that is only for a short amount of time, I do the ones we can go back to like in a video. I also prefer downloads, so I don’t have to waste time taking notes, I can just jump in and play.
    I would love to take an online class from you.

    • I like the idea of having a student in the video especially when you’re discussing an image and choices of fabric. I know you do this in a live class and it might be helpful on a video.

  • I have taken a number of courses through Craftsy, iQuilt, & the Quilt Show & have been very satisfied. It’s great to stop & start the video as you’re working, go back & review techniques. I think showing the technique then showing examples of what works as well as what didn’t is especially helpful. I love seeing your projects move from the messy, scary phase into a beautiful piece of art! I think a project like your fish would make an online class that would appeal to many, then consider a more advanced class that might follow a variety of projects through the process.

    It’s also a great way to decide if I want to commit to travel for a five day course with the instructor. Your blog, your style of writing & wonderful slideshows have given me a great introduction as to what to expect in your classes. I hope to see you in Mackinac as well as online!

  • I have taken online Classes and I love them! Leah Mcconas, Portrait Quilts, by far has been my favorite! I am the type of person that read the directions but would prefer to be shown “how to”! I love the option of being able to view the class over and over till it sinks in!I love reading your blogs and have your book Serendipity Quilts. On my bucket list is to take a class from you. Since some of your factors listed on why many cannot attend , those are my factors as well. Techniques and a quilt project would be a great online class that I would definitely sign up for!

  • Hello and Happy New Year.
    I have taken a number of online courses and also classes like those you offer when you travel. I have experienced a number of classes on Craftsy and have never been disappointed. One of the main reasons this platform is pleasing is the fact that I have permanent access to the course. This allows me to use techniques from the class when I need them. These classes are well organized also and this is important. Your blog information that you give to the students to prepare them for your class are a great example of organizational elements that make a class great. (Should I give a full disclosure now that I developed and taught online college science courses for years?)
    No course is all things to all people. Some may not like the blocks, colors, etc. but there is always something that we will learn, but maybe not the first time we view it.
    Best things:
    Topics are well organized and labeled well (especially if someone wants to go back to a technique)
    Name of the ‘chapters’ should reflect what is happening
    Permanent access
    The teacher who likes what they are doing and is excited by content (your blog indicates that this is going to show through very nicely)
    Video and voice quality
    Examples of student work
    Good for many but I don’t use it much:
    Questions from students. I avoid this because many of the questions are novice questions and/or may be questions that are clearly in the videos that were missed by the person. These are important to those who ask certainly but may be more about how to find things on the site. You get better at working with online learning when you take more classes and as a teacher, you get to know the glitches the novice has and will add a note or two – like helpful hints.
    Improved upon:
    Introductory information about the screen and what the symbols mean should be discussed briefly using the symbols. So if the information about supplies has a symbol, have the video click on it to show it.
    I would love to take your class in person and know that this may not be possible – this is a great option for me and my group too. Each of us have purchased your book and used your techniques but have recently been talking about pulling them out again and doing another one. I don’t think it is a surprise that I would say that you have all possible levels you could do.
    I suspect that in your face to face class, one on one coaching is critical. It is very hard online unless you have a small select group. A friend of mine took Katie Pasquini Masopust’s class and from her comments, I think this was really difficult for the student and teacher. Excellent, but lots of work, and timing was hard for critiques when students didn’t have the project completed. Maybe if this is one of your options you might want students to have taken ‘prerequisites’ first and critiques occur only at a period when a percentage of the work has been accomplished.
    I always like a project oriented course but am most pleased when there are more than one project. In our little group, using your book, one of us did the sun/moon, one did her dog, one I can’t remember but it might have been a start of a landscape, and one (me) did her grandson. We still have lots to learn!
    As an online teacher, I have to say that it is hard work answering a lot of questions especially over time when students enter the class at varying intervals.
    While I have not used other platforms, I may do so in the future to work with other instructors.
    Best wishes!

  • I love this idea. I have taken many Craftsy classes. I love that I can rewatch them as often as I like or go back when I need to see something again. I like that I can take the class on my own schedule. I’d love to take your class, time and distance have always gotten in the way. Also, your classes are always sold out when I go to register. Thanks for thinking about this idea! The potential makes me happy. I can’t wait.

  • I am pleased to read you are jumping in the water with an online class. I have taken several in different fiber related areas, including quilting. I think they are excellent venues to learn new techniques. I always, always learn little tricks and techniques along the way. As others have said, I like the idea of having a library I can go to and I like the idea of pausing, rewinding and looking again. They are only as good as the teacher, but so far I have had excellent teachers. I think that you and your husband will come up with an excellent format and I think it will be a fun experience for all. I personally am not one to interact much with others, but I do love to see what others in the class are doing. Usually the questions asked are questions I have too.

  • I have take quite a few Crafsty classes and just one Iquilt. The thing I like about Craftsy is the class itself seems like it can be longer and more in depth. Its easy to ask questions and take notes and you have access to it forever. I really like their format. I like that i have access forever since life sometimes gets in the way and you have to put a few things on the back burner. I have taken more Crafty classes because of their format and lenght of class, class notes, etc. I would LOVE to take an online class from you. That would be awesome. I vote for Craftsy.

  • Susan,
    I’m sure you’ve done your homework on this and it sounds like a great idea. Have you spoken with fellow artists who have their classes on crafty? What were their pros and cons?
    My idea for you would be a virtual class such as FB live where students could ask questions of you as you present your instructions. Allowing the students to show you their projects for feedback is an important part of the process of instruction.

    I personally am very excited to be taking your class in March at Asilomar. The process of hands on instruction and feedback is what I’m looking for. An online class used as a reference would be valuable too.

  • Hi Susan,
    Your sample video is great. My only suggestion would be that I would have liked to have a closer look at the batik fabric you show us – just a camera roll over the group would have been nice, so I could see more of the display. I have taken many online classes…Craftsy does it the best, although IQuilt comes in second. I like how you get right to the point of the video. The classes I have disliked online are those where the teacher is so busy talking (sometimes about herself) that she forgets she is teaching. Someone mentioned Bonnie Hunter, and while she is a dear person, I have watched her webcams and it is all I can do to stay watching, she talks so much. I am taking an online class to learn methods and techniques that I can apply to my own work. I do not want to be ‘chatty’ or make a new friend….The one class I would like my money back from that I have taken on Craftsy, was one where the instructor free associated throughout…one comment brought her to another thought, and it went on and on…. Your short video was perfect…you presented the information clearly and I now have a better idea of how to choose fabrics for collage. I like to be able to have a class ‘forever’, once I purchase it. Time limited does not work for me. I would like technique with a small project on which to try it out, in the beginning, and then be able to advance to a more challenging project or two. I think three projects is a good number to include in a class. Pictures of student projects would also be nice. I think a place where questions could be answered would be nice…but from my experience as an online college instructor, it is sometimes very difficult to respond to individual comments…an FAQ section has been extremely helpful to me for my classes to cover the basic questions that students always ask. That cuts down on the individual common questions. I would not recommend one-on-one video coaching…that would be crazy-making. Some suggestions and examples regarding finishing a collage quilt would be nice, at the end, but actual ‘how-to’s’ with binding is something we can get anywhere, unless your techniques are unique. I am excited to take a class from you, and so happy you are planning this! Your presentation is great…would not change it at all. You seem friendly and personable, but you do not lose sight of your purpose, which is to teach us something. An added bonus might be a Facebook page where those of us who take your class can post pics of our work and comment on each others’. Craftsy does not do this, but some other quilt teachers who have their own online block-of-the month projects, like Esther Aliu, Sue Spargo, and Sarah Fielke, have private Facebook pages for people doing their block-of-the month projects and it creates a nice feeling of community and support for the teacher. You could also just set up a Facebook page for yourself and people can ‘like it’ and see postings from you about your work, your workshops, online class, etc., and also post things, themselves. I would suggest having a person in charge of monitoring comments, though…sometimes people can get carried away with comments and can be reactionary. Again – I am so looking forward to taking a class from you! So glad you are planning this! And maybe you could offer a separate CD for purchase, for those people who live in the outskirts and have limited internet access. Again, so excited!!!

    • Yes, Facebook seems like a good way to create a place for students to congregate. I have my own Facebook page already. Search Susan Carlson Quilts.

  • I have been following you for a long time. I got your Serendipity book years ago. I subscribed to The Quilt Show and have watched your segment numerous times (while stationary cycling) :). You have outdone yourself with your blog however. I would LOVE to take a class from you; however I can get it. I have never taken an online one but love the idea of having it forever! I am sure whatever you and Tom come up with will surpass anything that has been done. The very Merriest of New Years to you and your wonderful family. Namaste!

  • One other thing to think about. You could have a separate closed Facebook group that only your students would have access to. It would enable us to share with each other, get ideas, answer questions etc. I am in several of these for books I have read and found them to be very supportive.

  • Hello! How exciting to have a possibility of working with you!!!! This made my day. I have taken extensive video/online courses on Craftsy, Clickin Moms, the old Joggles platform, Creative Bug, in wide-ranging topics from quilting to photography. There are definite “rules” that make an online platform work… 1) Lifetime access, so the student can view at any time. Otherwise you will constantly be addressing life events for each person. With your popularity and genius, I can’t imagine dealing with “I didn’t have childcare, I got the flu, etc.” would add to your day! 2) Video content broken down into lessons/chapters. The success of Craftsy’s platform is easily explained by the ease of taking notes online with time markers, reviewing a specific “chapter” of the lesson, clear lighting and close-ups in the videos, and ability to ask questions of the instructor. Offering “lower
    resolution” video streaming helps tremendously for those with slower internet. A “speed” feature allows for faster searching. If the videos are too long without chapters, “life” makes it difficult to sit through an hour at a time.
    3) Posting questions, images of work, etc: Online environments require extra steps to feel connected in a class…and many students take classes for the interaction and enjoyment of a “group”. I would suggest defining a format, otherwise you will quickly become frustrated with a student that won’t read instructions, practice, or follow a materials list, etc. I have been an alumni helper for dozens of photography classes, and this drives every single instructor crazy…”I haven’t read the lesson or watched the videos yet, but I want your feedback and critique on this image”. You are a very kind person, and I would hate to see anyone taking advantage of you!!!!
    4). Time limits of active participation…yours. Many courses have an active vs. archived type of instructor participation…for example, a 6 week course with weekly lessons/videos, assignments to post for critique, with 3 live “Google chats” or webinars (recorded for later), with active instructor for $$$ price, with a week or so grace-period for final questions, then having the same class available for less money without any instructor input. This will leverage your time and effort, and bring in passive income. Students have the option of “waiting” for a live-run, or can save some money and still access the information, but without your availability. Often classes are offered in the photography world with “active vs. study-along silent” seats….an average active class is 4-5 weeks, $300 active vs. $150 for study along. Assignments are posted weekly for written/video critique for active participants, by the lead instructor and one TA. A thread for questions is provided, and an off-topic chat thread to keep it clean. At the end of class, that’s it for instructor participation.
    Many of the photography classes are limited to 4 weeks of active instruction, a one-month period to copy your threads, then the class disappears. This is super frustrating, and apparently cuts down on copyright violations, but also creates resentment for students. Craftsy and other sites that offer lifetime access have avoided this, but at the same time have constant comments about questions going without answers from the teacher.
    Just some thoughts for you and your husband…I look forward to signing up for your class!

    • Wow! What a lot of GREAT information. I especially like the idea of “silent” vs. “active” participants that could really save a lot of effort and potential frustration. THANK YOU!

      • You are very welcome, Susan! One other aspect of silent vs. active participation in a class is some type of format for the eventual (guaranteed, really!) updating of your class materials…some sites give automatic access as a “study along silent” seat for alumni, others charge $25-75 for an alumni seat, half or a third of price for an alumni active seat. Just another bit to consider for the future. I think this all really comes down to setting up boundaries that are healthy for you!

  • The best online classes I have taken are the ones that had a start and end date and weekly assignments that are posted to a secure site . This way progress can be tracked, you can see what other students are doing and you can see questions and answers posted. Craftsy classes are fine but I tend not to finish them and really use them more for references if that makes sense since you can take them anytime. The online courses with visuals of your work as well as how you create – your decision process and showing your work space would be successful. You could start with a small pilot group to get feed back before the full blown course is announced . It will be a fun and interesting year!

  • Hi Susan,
    I have never taken an online course, but have thought about moving in that direction. We have a good source of quilt instructors in Albuquerque, NM. However, I am always looking for ways to continue to think outside the “box.” I learned about your technique through Rod Daniel who is an acquaintance in our modern quilt guild and does work similar to yours. Your work is lovely and inspiring, and I hope to be able to learn from you one day.

  • Maybe consider a beginner small project where you designate the design- like your fish or turtles then an advanced course where you would need to approve student designs .

  • My quilting wish for 2017 – answered on New Year’s Eve! Wonderful!
    I’ve been paying rapt attention to the blog – a gift. Still have not worked up the courage to begin a project.
    I’ve taken a good number of classes from QU days through Craftsy’s current offering and always manage to at least add a refined technique to my skill bank.
    While the Craftsy classes remain available ‘forever’ I can not imagine that instructors will always be available
    to answer questions and that function on the site is rather clunky. If it were possible to edit your classes to add answers to the ones of most general interest (even if were in print at the end of each class) that might be very helpful. I’d sure consider how far into the future I’d be willing to commit to answering questions. How interactive would you like the classes to be – receiving photos from students, making suggestions…… Camera work is so important – being sure that close-up is close enough and clear enough (Craftsy provides a repeat function so that students might go over some particular portion again (and again!) very useful.
    Might it be possible to lead a very small group (2-3) through a beginner project? Bet there would be a raft of
    volunteers! Might be tougher on your cameraman, but would (I think) add to the depth of each class and movement to the video. The ‘behind the desk’ static placement is just that… Thanks so much for asking for comment. Can’t wait to see how this plan develops!

  • I would love to take a class, but being able to do online is a great idea. I have taken a few classses on line and my favorite is craftsy. I wish you the very best for the new year!!!

  • So lovely to hear your voice on the video. I imagine a person’s voice when I read their blog, I had given you a Boston accent in my mind, now I know that was incorrect.

    I have taken 3-4 Craftsy quilting classes, but have not completed any of the projects. I also watch MSQC, Man Sewing, Crafty Gemini and other quilting videos on YouTube. I have taken a variety of in person classes an workshops, sewing, quilting, cooking etc.

    This may seem strange, but I follow you blog, because I am in awe of your talent, not because I plan to make a collage quilt. I do not have the artistic ability to create one. But if you did a Craftsy course, that was priced around $50.00, I would probably purchase it, to watch you in action. If it was more expensive, I would wait for a sale to purchase it.

    In one of your blog posts you did a time lapse of Stevie, I loved that post.

    I think the main benefit of taking a class in person is having direct feedback from the instructor and other classmates. It may be my way of learning, I learn best by watching, questioning and lots of feedback.

    Good Luck in your new venture and Happy New Year to you, Tom and your pets.

  • Hi Susan. An online class would be a dream come true! I would love to learn from you. I took one online class from Jane Lafazio. It was a watercolour journal class. I learned a lot and Jane had us post each weeks project. She would critique each one and give advice online. I loved it. This year I have been doing Sue Spargo’s block of the month. This has been a bit different but also easy to learn. Detailed coloured instructions for each block are sent each month with the kit. There is also a monthly newsletter with further information. As many have commented, there are numerous online videos and tutorials that are very helpful. I often refer to them for knitting techniques I’m. It familiar with or don’t use very often. Good luck with your project!

  • Susan, wonderful idea! I just watched your color selection video and look forward to your online classes. I took your 2 day class last June at the QU Show and want to continue with your techniques. I haven’t taken any online classes, I’ve looked at several but didn’t choose any. I love your weekly posts too. How fun! Thx

  • A quick P.S. i would probably not take a class if it required specific time-limited viewing and instruction with assignment deadlines….i need to have it available to me whenever, and want to work on it ‘whenever’…

  • I have taken the iQuilt & Craftsy classes, too. I have enjoyed the Craftsy classes more & still refer to them as needed. Having the ability to “take a class” on my own schedule and at my own pace is invaluable. Sometimes travel costs and schedules just don’t jibe with my life responsibilities, so on-line classes and DVDs are great. Your short video about fabric selection was great and has helped me understand and appreciate the flexibility of large scale prints (prints I usually steer clear of).

    I tend to purchase classes on topics like completing a pattern that has a new technique twist to it. I also like to view online classes that are a “start-to-finish” sort of class. Having the ability to purchase a separate DVD of an online class is nice, too, because sometimes it’s nice to watch a class on a 50″ TV rather than a 5×7 mini iPad. 😄

    Now that being said …

    I dearly love in-person classes. The one-on-one experience is what truly seems to help me along with new techniques. I am signed up for 2017’s Art Quilt Tahoe retreat & have been nattering on to everyone I know abt how excited I am to be going and to meet you! I’m lucky to live close to the venue, and also to have enough advance notice to schedule time off work and to save for the cost. Generally, internationally known quilters such as yourself usually teach at larger cities that I usually don’t go to (I dislike congestion and the “hustle and bustle” of city living) so I look at this as a special gift to myself.

    To supplement an in person class or retreat with online classes and DVDs would be fabulous!

  • I have taken many online classes with Quilt University and Academy of Quilting. Some I enjoyed and some not so much. The deadlines in the format didn’t always work and you had to work just from written instructions.
    Craftsy is a better option for me as I like to see the technique actually demonstrated. And of course that you have them to refer to whenever you want is great.
    I would be delighted to take a course with you. I am a great admirer of your work. I have both of your books but a video and the chance to ask you questions would be fantastic.
    A very Happy New Year to you too.

  • I would love to take an online class from you. I have taken Craftsy classes and have been very happy. I love a project which shows the instructors personal technique with their patterns. I really hope you find your venue.
    Happy New Year!
    🎊🍾🥂🎉

  • One other note:

    There are still a few of us “rebels” who want NOTHING to do with Facebook, so if special content to a class is only available on FB, that could cause me to reconsider purchasing an online class. If that would be the case, including that information in the description of the class prior to purchase would be nice. 😊

  • At the risk of being redundant, I too have taken a number of online courses–fabric/quilting-related and art-related, and on a variety of platforms including Craftsy, iQuilt, and blog-based. I think the advice that Sally MB and Rain Klepper offered previously is comprehensive and spot on. I have only one other thing to add, and that’s around the needs of the beginner for an all inclusive ‘project’ to complete versus those students who desire a more advanced approach.

    I would think it is difficult to be all things to all students in a given class. Building out one online class is a huge undertaking, so taking on more may be a challenge. But for those students who have previously created fabric collage works after having taken one of your classes or after reading your book, also offering shorter, ‘mini’ classes focusing on specific topics–like how to work with fabric motifs or designs to blend one area to the next, or how to create eyes that bring life to a project–could be beneficial. I’m sure the type of questions and issues you get from more advanced students are very different than those you get from a newbie–so bucketing those questions and building out a mini course(s) around them would be ideal. Those mini courses theoretically would be easier for you to produce–and potentially less expensive for the aspiring student than the full blown project-based class.

    Whatever you decide to do–I’m very much looking forward to your online offering!

  • Like many others I love online classes. I have taken 3 from Elizabeth Barton, 3 from Deanne Fitzpatrick, 1 from Susan Purney Mark and 1 from Craftsy. For me the only disadvantage is the social aspect but an open discussion format works quite well. I have 2 of your books and would love to be able to take a class with you. The other bonus from your point of view will be that you do not have to worry about class size.

  • I have taken several Craftsy classes and one iQuilt class. What I like most is being able to go back and review a section which means the course needs to be broken into segments.

    I did not care for the iQuilt class because too much time was spent in repetitive work and not enough on the difficult parts. A review by some potential students might prevent this timing problem.

    I applaud you for moving in this direction. It will be a wonderful service for many of use.

  • Happy New Year Susan!
    I am so happy to hear that you are considering an on-line class! I have taking a class in person with you on my bucket list, but would absolutely take an on-line class with you.
    I have taken several classes through Craftsy and I really like their platform. I love that I can go back as often as necessary to refresh on a part of the class, or all of it, as I prefer.
    There was are suggestion by someone one to have a three part class, first for beginners, 2nd project intermediate and a third project for advanced work.
    Having a private Facebook group for project sharing is also a great asset for students and instructors and would be a lovely extra.
    I know that however you do this it will be worth every penny and I will be looking forward to this class!
    All the best for 2017!

  • Hi Susan, I think it is great that you are exploring possibilities with an on-line course. I only have experience with Craftsy classes – and some were good and some were not but they are inexpensive enough that I was okay with “wasting” money on those that were not – but not so okay with the time I wasted on those. As others said in their comments, the ones that were good were excellent as you can go back and reference or rewatch as needed. I did not do much of teacher feedback or interaction with those classes. I am thinking that with a class from you, I would prefer a strong committment of time and money as needed for a class similar to those with project assignments and deadlines. I have friends who have done some of those and felt that they provided much stronger learning and growth. Having been in a class with you, I know that your one on one feedback, suggestions, and critique were excellent. Whichever way you go, I will definitely be interested in signing up for an on-line class.

  • Hi , Susan
    I,m Ines from Brazil.
    As I live so far I,m used to Craftsy on line classes,
    It’s wonderful and very useful.
    I like it too much because I can see it at any time I want,
    I think that you have a grat idea.
    Thank you for your sharing
    Ines

  • Hi, Susan. I’ve taken online classes for years, a few of them quilting and fiber related. As they have gotten more popular and more people take them it seems I have participated less in discussions, feedback, etc., just because of the sheer volume of emails, postings, etc. However, I think they can be a great way to teach. I’ve taken Craftsy classes and classes through various venues that different artists have. It seems that ruzuku is also a good one. I would be very interested in taking a class from you but advise you to be determine from the outset how available you are willing to be. I think my best experiences have been when the teacher is actively involved. I wish you the best and would love to take a class with you. I’m not that skilled as a quilter so there maybe some prerequisite skills you’d want to require….good luck!

  • I have taken many online courses. I like the ones that give you forever access. That way you can refer back to them whenever you get stuck. It is nice to have a small project to work on. I hate to call your turtle a small project, but compared to your crocodile……
    Craftsy courses are professionally done, conscise, cover a technique or two, give you written instructions and usually a project. They have gone from giving you several hours of classroom to at most two. IQuilt is a newer venue and they don’t run as smoothly as Craftsy. There are some irritating things about their format, like having to back up and start over with each section of class instead of continuing, refusing to use paypal as a payment source, etc. I think my favorite class was one on craftU by Marsha McCloskey on feathered stars. She carried you through drafting, fabric selection, all her techniques, construction, many tips and even the quilting. A kit was offered on her website as well as rulers and specialty items. When the class first comes out, it is offered over many weeks, presumably so you can keep up with her. Later you can see it all together. The classes are more expensive, but are much more in depth. I’m still not sure if you have forever access. If not, that is a “big” negative for me! Not very one can stop what they are doing and start a new project… I hope this helps. I would love to take one of your classes. Hopefully, one day you will come south (I’m in Texas), or at least the Midwest, and I will find out about it before it is full!!!

  • I had put a deposit on a week-long class with you while I was still working last year. I have since retired and when it came time to pay the balance due, I found that, now that I have the time, I don’t have the money! An on-line course is the next best thing and I will be happy to sign up when it’s available. I have Craftsy and iQuilt classes in my library and, even if I’m not ‘doing’ the class at the same time, I’m watching and listening to learn everything I can. I enjoy being able to start/stop/replay and know that the class I bought is permanently in my library. Looking forward to it! Thanks for all you do.

  • I would sign up for your class in a heart beat!!! I’ve wanted to take one of your classes for several years at the Empty Spools Seminars but they are always filled up so fast. I recently heard you were going to be teaching a workshop in San Diego next Fall so I tried to sign up. Again the class was already full, but I got on the waiting list. Hopefully someone will cancel out!!! 🙂 I have several Craftsy classes and really like them. There format is really good in that they are in chapters which you can refer back to easily. I like that there is a possibility for feed back from the teacher and other student and also they can post their projects. I’m sure your class would start with choosing a subject and then the enlarging process. I really liked your short intro on fabrics in this blog. I can see that you are an excellent teacher. I look forward to seeing your class offered on Craftsy!!!!

  • I have taken online courses through Quilt University and Craftsy. Have video classes through iquilt. Have thoroughly enjoyed them all. Like being able to go back and review. Like to see your process begin to end in a little more detail like why chose a fabric. How you see value. Tips and tricks

  • I am a fabric/fiber artist and have taken many, many online courses through the years, some I was able to keep and review any time I wanted and others were a one time only thing. I really like Craftsy courses but haven’t found too many classes that teach similar to your techniques. I absolutely love your work and have you in my “favorites” so I can peek every so often and see what you are creating. When I read this blog I got excited because I have wanted to come to one of your workshops but as you have stated sometimes distance, cost, or schedule has not allowed me to participate.

    The best things I like about online classes is the option to replay areas or refer back to certain areas of the class. What I don’t necessarily like about online classes is that it isn’t the same as being at a workshop or class in person and interacting with the artist and fellow students.

    I would LOVE to see you do online classes. Your work is amazing!! I would definitely sign up!

  • I have taken a couple of Craftsy classes online. I liked them because I could go at my own pace and also repeat sections for information I needed to see again. It is helpful when they are presented in “chapters”. I would love to take an online class from you. I’ve wanted to try one of the collages for a long time (I have your books). Maybe after I take one of your online classes, I’ll have the courage to take one of your Portsmouth Fabric Company classes lol.

  • Hello, Susan. I am thrilled that you are considering doing online classes. All the factors you listed have stymied me in being able to take a class with you. I love your work and would like to learn how to do collage. I have taken classes with Craftsy and am very happy with them. Personally, I’d like to take all three types you mentioned. I am a long time seamstress and quilter. I have found taking even beginner classes I still learn something new. I love that I can see it again, ask questions and share with other students in the class. My first class was a bit of a trial, not because of the class, but my DSL line could not handle the streaming, so I can see that offering it also as a DVD would be helpful for those with internet problems. I upgraded mine and now have no problem. Put me on your waiting list to take your first online class. Did I say I love your work?!

  • Sounds great. I have always lived in remote places–roadless area of Arctic Alaska and now an island off the coast of NW Washington state…so I have taken LOTS of online classes…some quilting, many drawing, some surface design, a few writing classes, one fabric dying, even a furnature building class. I love online classes–for all the reasons you mention–time, money, convenience. I’ve taken classes from community colleges, Craftsy, Sketchbook Skool, and several “lone ranger” productions. By far and away Craftsy’s classes are the best. They have a stable platform, so a year later it is still possible access the class content–not the case with other “lifetime access” courses I’ve taken. Craftsy camera people know what they are doing so you get the best visuals possible. They are geared for volume, so their website doesn’t continually crash, and I think they must coach their teachers on content and organization, because their teachers have a lot less blather, and a lot more content presented in a very organized way with printable handouts. And finally, Craftsy classes are quite reasonably priced. You asked about content–project or technique? I say, do a series…beginner project, intermediate technique, advanced techniques, and finishing techniques. What the heck? If you’re going to do it, go big!

  • A great idea! I hadn’t even heard of Craftsy before, but took a look this morning. I would suggest you also check out ArtTutor.com (deals with painting and drawing) for a different model. Not sure how ArtTutor or Craftsy pay their artists, but with Art Tutor, the member pays one fee per year and then you have access to all the Courses/Classes all the time; I like the idea of that more than paying for an individual class and then finding it or the instructor wasn’t what I wanted. Besides, if you take very many classes, it starts to really add up! I’m not suggesting you get on Art Tutor because it isn’t really about fabric arts, but I really like the model.

    Providing instruction on CD is also a good idea, especially for those with minimal internet or slow download speed. I’ve bought quite a few from Creative Catalyst over the years – most very good. I started out with the Bob Davies’ set “Watercolor Secrets” and found that the multiple lessons starting from the beginning really gave me a good foundation.

    I like the idea of different tracks – for example, one for basic technique showing the materials and basic how to, then others getting more advanced. Please make sure you include how to FINISH the project. Start with something small and get people all the way through it.

    I think you might want to offer some one-on-one coaching (payable by the hour) for people who need some specific guidance on a specific project. You could Skype or Facetime with them maybe just for 15 minutes to look at their project and help steer them in the right direction or get someone unstuck. I’ll bet people would gladly pay for that! You could even record them (with permission) and maybe that’s a video class too – fixing things that aren’t working, things that have gone wrong. Maybe it’s even live! I learn so much from seeing what other people are doing an hearing an instructor offer comments/criticism about how to improve the work.

    I also follow Shari Replogle on YouTube. Her posts “Wax on Wednesdays” are free short videos on encaustics. I have taken classes from her and I like the way she explains a technique and then speeds up the action so you can watch her doing something repetitive, but not in real time – this makes the total video length more manageable. Of course, this requires editing (sorry, Tom). Also, you can’t be talking while the fast action is happening, but you play some nice music and it works.

    Keep doing what you’re doing. Each time I see a new post from you in my email, my heart does a little skip. “Oh boy!” You are a joy!

  • Happy New Year Susan. I have taken Watercolor painting on line courses through Craftsy and privately. What I love about Craftsy, is I never have to store the lesson on my own computer. Once purchased it stays in your library on their site. The other one that I purchased, due to life’s interferences, I ended up losing 3/4 of the paid for lessons and no way to retrieve once the course was completed.

    But, having said that, I would love to take a course from you. I have your Serendipity Quilts book and have studied it and have drawn out my first design. Now to start playing with the fabrics! And there I sit!

  • Hi Susan,
    This is fabulous. I had signed up for a class in person and when I realized how difficult it was to make flight arrangements from where I live, I cancelled. 😩 So, the idea of a video class really appeals to me even though someday I’d love to take a class somewhere in the western US. I would take every one of your video classes! It would also hopefully be a class I could save and view often? I’d like to see classes that go step by step through the process and coordinate with a book that we could refer to also.
    I think the downside would be that you aren’t there to advise us on out individual projects.

  • I thought your test video was great. I’ve taken classes on Craftsy and the Academy of Quilting and have mixed thoughts about both platforms. I have also taken online classes directly from several artists. The most important elements to me in terms of a successful class are access to the instructor and meaningful feedback on work completed. However, those are the hardest to accomplish in an online format and are usually done more successfully in in-person classes. I also want to always have access to materials needed, patterns, graphs, charts, sketches and teacher handouts, not for a limited time, but always have that access – either in easy to download format or an always accessible online archive. With a number of the courses that have the private facebook pages, specific time periods for feedback or direct email access to the instructor – it seems that you as an artist would have to give up a significant amount of time to monitor and answer the ways that students could find you, decreasing your own studio time and after awhile creating a constant and almost overwhelming communications headache. I’m not trying to sound like such a negative Nellie, simply going through some of the reasons that I guess the “perfect” platform hasn’t arisen yet. Maybe a good way to continue to test the waters is with these videos (on your website, linked on FB, linked on your blog, or on your own youtube page, etc.), see what kind of feedback you get while trying different parts of the creative process as some would work better on video than others. Those are my “two cents” on this subject. I really enjoyed seeing your exhibit in Houston and having the chance to speak with you there.

  • I appreciate your question since I tried to find an open class of yours to travel to and found no availability! I have also taken many Craftsy classes and agree with the positive comments. I would appreciate a class geared toward an experienced level with tips and techniques, but the flexibility to create our own designs. Thanks for inquiring!

  • Good comments from others. I wonder if the option of purchasing a kit from you would help us beginners with fabric selection. Then we would have a reference and example of what fabrics work well on a particular project (human, dog, seascape, etc). Looking forward to your class.

  • I like the idea of online courses since I have found that I can get overwhelmed in a classroom. An online course lets you complete each stage at your own pace and will end up with fewer UFOs. I have taken several courses online. And actually they have all been good. I like the “chapter” approach where a different aspect is addressed in each chapter which includes an outline & supply list needed for each chapter and where to locate/purchase more obscure supplies. Concentrate on one project. Create a list of frequently asked questions since a lot of us don’t hear what is said and therefore ask questions that have already been answered. Test market the course on a group level you are aiming at: beginner, intermediate, advanced. Include the level in the course description. Make the course available online so that it can be accessed either indefinitely or a prolonged length of time. The courses online have mainly been very inexpensive. I do not think a savings on travel should be considered as much since like with a guild the members already worked on travel costs with the guild quilt show, so many are not used to more expensive classes. There are some online classes I still have not taken due to the cost. But you get to decide what group you target. I think it is an excellent idea and wish you much success. I love your work,…and the walls on which you create.

  • Susan,
    This is such an exciting idea and I’m interested in how your class options will evolve. I have taken online courses through Quilt University and have found the concept a very satisfying experience from a number of standpoints:

    *The teachers’s lessons were laid out in a weekly format with clear instructions on how we could take pictures of our work and upload it to the “classroom” so that only those enrolled could see each other’s work and we could individually learn from each other’s experiences and interpretations of the lesson. It was okay to be behind in our work and not stay up with the class. 🙂

    *There was also a way to post questions to the teacher, questions that we could all see and respond to as desired.

    *Etiquette was established by the teacher as to how we should phrase any comments or criticisms in a positive manner with an eye on each other’s growth and the expectation that the “classroom” was a safe place to take risks.

    *It was interesting to receive comments from classmates but, most helpful of all, were comments from the teacher, directed to each individual at the completion of each phase of our work that we posted.

    I would be interested in a class with you, a short project, with teaching and critique available for 6 weeks or so, allowing the full-time worker the opportunity to create on the weekends and occasional evenings after likely spending the first week culling/purchasing fabrics that might be suitable for the particular piece.

    Good luck!
    Leslie 🙂

  • LOVE the idea of an online class! Because I’m confidend to a wheelchair and dealing w/ arthritic hands traveling to a class is prohibitive in most cases and would also necessitate 2 slots which is cost prohibitive.
    Have you ever taken online courses? Yes, Craftsy is my favorite, especially for details
    What venue did you do it with (such as Craftsy or iquilt.com, etc.)? What was it like? Appreciate being able to rewind and review. Ability to be on own schedule is priceless. Miss interaction, but this is better than the alternative of no class. Were you satisfied? YES . What were the best things about your class? Step by step, broken down into specific segments. That could be revisited. Would you be interested in an online course from me? YES. If so, what are you looking for? Technique & Short project (s) Having one for beginners and another for advanced … the Facebook group for interactions is perfect… The Splendid Sampler by Pat Sloan & Jane Davidson this year via website & Facebook group has been wonderful.
    Can’t wait to see what you come up with! The on the shoulder camera 🎥 suggestion is great.

  • Susan – I just recently “discovered” you online and love your work! That being said, as a mixed media artist, I haven’t yet made a quilt – but LOVE both collage and fabric and incorporate both in my art journals. I too have taken a wonderful Craftsy class (Carol Nelson’s “New Approaches To Mixed Media Materials”) that gave me a lot of inspiration….and that is primarily what I’m looking for. I’d love for you to create a “beginning” fabric collage class with tips and techniques so I can learn how you create wonderful animals, people, landscapes and/or abstract designs (and then I would incorporate that into my journals). I also love being in a closed Facebook group where students can share their work and we could get feedback from you.

  • Just a thought … I have taken classes online but I also have purchased classes that came to me on a DVD. For those of us that live remote and cannot travel to classes and may not have the best Internet connection a DVD has proven worth it’s weight in gold. I can set up my laptop anywhere to do parts and pieces of classes . It was very helpful to be able to take my laptop into the kitchen for dying fabrics. Materials and patterns were on the DVD and I was able to enlarge them right on my printer. I was also able to repeat horses or sections as many times as I wanted to and sometimes I was doing the course at one or 2 o’clock in the morning because I couldn’t sleep . I am not a technological wizard so I am wondering if we are going to thumb drives in the future . I would love to have you consider delivering lessons in this way either through a DVD or thumb drive. Thank you.

  • Susan,
    I’ve been following your blog since you started it. I bought your book a couple of years ago after seeing you on The Quilt Show. I made a fish quilt, which is the first quilt I’ve ever done. I have wanted to take a class from you ever since then, and couldn’t believe my eyes this morning when I read your post about an online class. YEA!!!!! I have taken a class from Craftsy and loved it, as I can see up close exactly what is being done in the video, and can replay everything over and over. My biggest challenge like some others who have written is picking out my fabric for color and value. Your tutorial is very helpful. Another challenge for me is getting the picture onto the muslin as I’m not an artist and don’t know how to make things larger, so would like some of those basics too. I’m so excited and can’t wait to get started.

  • Can hardly wait!

    Have you ever taken online courses? Yes, many since I live in a remote area but have good internet access.
    What venue did you do it with? What was it like? I love online classes although I do not often actively or consistently participate in a visible fashion. I have taken several classes on Craftsy and other places. However, my favorites are the classes where my access does not ever run out and are sponsored by Carla Sonheim. https://carlasonheim.wordpress.com/. Carla’s class(es) info is shared on a protected WordPress site and participation by students with instructor feedback is shared on Facebook. Questions can be asked and responded to in the class Facebook feed. This works very well. Carla’s husband/ photographer is the videographer and a sometimes teacher.
    Were you satisfied? If not why not? Very satisfied. I can watch the videos when I need to over and over. Steps and details are shown overhead as well as from the front. I find the setup on Craftsy a little cumbersome for navigating. I do appreciate being able to download videos for my personal use although I don’t often do it if I know my access will continue. I do find it annoying to pay for a class where time runs out and you can’t save the video material. PDF’s are useful for some items but you do already have your books published.
    What were the best things about your class? What could have been improved upon? Assume the student knows nothing. Access that does not run out. Moderate cost. Clear demonstrations, supply lists and personal feedback. Videos that run longer than 15 – 20 minute segments are annoying and make me delay watching them. It is much easier to fit in short spots of time for video watching.
    Would you be interested in an online course from me? Absolutely!
    If so, what are you looking for? Technique and thought process, short project, and personal feedback. Please do a project that is not in your books already. The video you created with this post is very well done. You speak and explain the info clearly and at a nice pace. You look relaxed also. I am very excited to see that you will be teaching online.

  • Yay!!! I am excited to see anything you do! I have done lots of online classes, Craftsy, Iquilt, and fabric design classes as well. I think you present really really well on the video I just watched and would take your classes. Love downloadable instructions and paperwork. I too have limited data usage and prefer to buy dvd’s but would also like a permanently downloadable format that I could keep that would not use up my data every time I view it. I have your books and have just found you online. I do live in Maine, Bangor area and would travel to take a class as well. Your work is inspirational and amazing. Exciting to hear this news!!! Yay!!! Happy New Year!

  • I just love on-line classes. I have taken from Quilt University before it shut down and also from Craftsy. Both places fit my budget as I was/am a stay at home mom of a child with very profound special needs and only my husband worked so the price had to fit my budget. I love the on-line classes as I can work on them at my own speed and whenever I want to. Teachers have always been great about answering questions. I love the fact that at Craftsy, the classes are available to me forever after being purchased. When they expire after 4-6 weeks or a year that is not good if I need to go back and review something.

    I went to Houston this year and saw your exhibit. It was just wonderful and I was very inspired to find a class that you were teaching and attend it. It seems that these classes are filled for the next two or three years. I didn’t even have to worry about whether I could afford to go to the class at all. Although I would love to come to your class up in the New England area. I was in Providence just before I went to Houston – loved it! So I will be looking forward to doing a class on line with you. Many Blessings for the New Year!

    • I have taken online classes before. I think it would be a great idea if you would do an online course, as I could not afford to get to you for classes.

  • I would love an online class with you. I have taken several craftsy classes, I love that I can watch them over and over. I have wanted to take a class from you at Aslimar for several years but never seem to have the time or I am late in registering, someday. But a online class would be great.

  • I’ve taken quite a few online classes. I’ve taken several on Academy of Quilting (formerly known as Quilt University) and Craftsy. I like Craftsy better because I’m more of a visual learner and the videos are of high quality and well produced. Academy of Quilting offers some interesting classes but there are no videos only handouts from the instructor. I like being able to see the instructor!
    The best thing about Craftsy is being able to go back and revisit the class at any time. Academy of Quilting classes are “open” for a limited time. Of course you can download the handouts but you do not have access to the teacher or classmates after the class is over.
    Craftsy produces high quality, polished, professional videos. They have set a high standard for online classes.
    YES, I would be interested in an online course from you!! I’ve been dreaming about taking a workshop with you for years. I would be more interested in doing a short project (perhaps something like you featured on Quilting Arts) — learning about your process and techniques. One on one video coaching would not be of interest to me at this time.
    Thanks for asking for our opinions. If you need a “tester” or proof-reader I’m available.
    Happy New Years.

  • I have taken some Craftsy classes & like others, I find them covenient & worth my time & money. They are very affordable & professionally produced. I have not tried any of the others, such as iquilt. I don’t have time to look at all the offerings–the internet already sucks up too much of my time! Your sample video was terrific, so I’m sure that whatever you choose will be great. Too bad cloning isn’t an option–I might have a clean house, lots of completed projects, and a cleaned-out inbox for my email! And gourmet meals every night!

  • I’ve taken several classes on Craftsy, and I found them very informational and helpful. I’ve got one class on iquilt, but haven’t watched it yet. I liked being able to do it at my own pace, and the ability to ask questions of the teacher. They replied via email and I’ve kept them in a folder on my computer.
    I fell in love with your work when I went to Festival in 2011, and saw your Dixie Dingo Dreaming quilt. I still have the postcard over my desk!
    I’d love to take a class with you, that’s why I started following your blog. If your technique can be directed toward beginning, intermediate and advanced all in one class, that would be great. Otherwise, it could be broken down into different classes for different levels.

  • Hi Susan,
    I have enjoyed several online classes taught by Ellen Lindner (adventurequilter.com), who uses a Yahoo group as the platform. The class lasts for a specific period of several weeks, during which the student works at her own pace. Instructional materials are posted on the Yahoo group page, and each student has a photo album where she can upload photos of her work in progress. Students can ask questions through the classroom page, and the teacher can give suggestions/advice about the students’ work. I particularly enjoyed the teacher’s feedback and being able to see the other students’ work.
    Best of luck with your new endeavor! I hope to take your online class.
    Christine Frank

  • Hi Susan from Val in Sth Australia,I’ve also been a fan since your first book and would love
    to take an online course with you.Like many of the others I have purchased a few Craftsy
    courses & have been extremely pleased with them all.I really enjoyed your fabric selection
    video you are a natural .Happy New Year to you & your Family.

  • Susan…obviously offering an on-line class will be received well by a HUGE bunch of us. I looked at your 2017 schedule and saw everything filled up already. So this will be a super alternative–can’t wait to sign up.

  • Hi Susan, what a great idea. I’ve taken Craftsy, iquilt, and DVD classes. Craftsy is far better than the others. With a DVD there’s no ability to ask questions, and I feel like the instructors on iquilt are lecturing me on what the did, not how to do a technique. I know it’s a subtle difference in style, but with craftsy classes, I feel I can, and have, go off in my own direction….not so much with iquilt.

  • Happy New Year’s Eve! What a great idea and something I really would love to do. I’ve taken may Craftsy classes and for the most part I like them. I like to hear what other students are doing and I like to hear back from the teacher in a timely manner.
    I would love to do an animal collage class with you. I have your first book and I made the fish. It was fun but I would love to do something while learning from you.
    Your work is an inspiration and I hope the class will happen! I think you should do what works best for you.
    I enjoyed your fabric video and look forward to your class.

  • Susan, I searched all over when I first discovered your web site to see if you had created a DVD of your techniques. Being retired and a limited income your retreats sound wonderful but out of my price range.
    I have taken many classes on line. I would have to say that Craftsy are my favorite for several reasons, price, production quality ability to ask questions, access anytime and the gallery of student work.
    I would like to see you offer different levels of instructions. I already make portrait and landscape quilts and used your technique on my last quilt. I’m looking for ways to get better and better by learning new approaches.
    I watched your video and the content was excellent but the production wasn’t of the highest quality. The lighting was too harsh casting shadows behind you. The sound was too low and I could not turn it up any louder.
    Hope that your new adventure is successful and fulfilling.

  • I think this concept would suit your style very well. I have taken several quilt classes from Craftsy.
    Things I like: the accessibility at any time, the ability to bookmark the time line on the video so you can return to a specific point.
    2. The question and answer area where students and teachers can interact.
    3. Ability to post photos
    4. That in addition to the teacher giving a basic lesson (like the fabric selection video) and one project is featured.
    I think starting with a basic class like the Sun face, then expanding to more complex classes would be great. Also updating techniques or new things on a page would be helpful.
    Best wishes for the new year. I loved being at the Leaf Peepers retreat and being inspired by your work.

  • I have taken online quilt classes.
    Craftsy mainly.
    I like having infinite access to the glass info.
    I like feedback.
    I like to see what others are doing.
    I find a few teachers are independent Online classes that are costly.
    $100 is my tipping point.

  • I, too, would be very interested in you online class. I have bought several Craftsy classes and have been pleased with them. Perhaps a class for beginners, intermediates, then more advanced? I would take every one of them. I have found when we have educators come to our Guild that I always learn something new, even if it’s a subject or technique I’m familiar with. I enjoyed the video you posted with this – makes me look at my stash with a new appreciation!

  • Hi Susan,
    Happiest of New Years to you!
    I would absolutely love if you offered an online class! I have purchased several Craftsy quilt classes and been very pleased with them. I look forward to whatever you offer! Thank you !

  • Happy New Year! This is so exciting — I would love to take your online class(es). Like many who have already replied, I have taken Craftsy classes and was very satisfied. I like being able to go back and re-watch lessons and it’s fun to see the projects other students have completed. I look forward to seeing what you decide to do.

  • Thanks for listening and asking for input. I’ve taken lots classes from Craftsy and a few from iQuilt. Both are great but Craftsy by far thee best for all reasons others have given. One unique feature that I like is Craftsy video segments continue to the next one without the viewer having to do anything. Also you can download the videos for play later when you don’t have internet access. Love Craftsy.

    You may be the first person who MUST do a series of classes. fabric selection and how to use various parts of fabric for specific details – eyes, fur, scales etc. I would suggest you put together a charm pack kit that students can purchase and look at while you teach. I think you need to do a beginner class I.e fish but also more advanced class. I think it will be a challenge but everyone will do same collage but using different fabric. Again fabric selection is so important. You have so many other “techniques” to teach like placement for best effect.

    I have always wanted to take a class in person. Having a series on Craftsy may be the most convenient way. I still want to see you in person but I will take an online class with you anytime. Happy New Year!

  • Dear Susan, I was diagnosed with severe fragrance chemical sensitivity in 2005, told to stay home as there was no treatment. Rebelled for a year and got sicker and sicker. In 2006, decided I had to stay home and, with many a tear and sigh, gave up my quilt guild, attending quilt shows and classes and retreats. So, I am a huge fan of online classes and workshops, how-to YouTube videos, etc. While I have learned many techniques from books, I find I learn more readily in a hands-on situation with advice/encouragement from the expert. Sign me up now! Kathleen Johnson

  • Oh, what a wonderful idea! I do and have taken classes from Craftsy. I too am busy and not always able to travel. Which travel gets pricey. Yes, I most definately would sign up for your classes. While watching from the comfort of my home with coffee, pups and being in PJ’s always is a plus. Sometimes in a workshop things details can be missed because we are working on our project, yet having a video…we can replay and replay until we get it!
    So yes! go for it….would love to have you on my screen, and right there in my home.

  • Yes I have taken online classes.
    They are with Craftsy and it was great.
    I was definitely satisfied and inspired and encouraged.
    The best part of doing an online class was fitting it into my own time frame, being able to replay and check if I had something right or not. Also if I had a big time break I could pick up where I left off or even redo the whole class. Often I noticed something extra the second time around.
    I would love to take an online class with you, I have your Serendipity book, I live in Western Australia and would have loved to go to AQC last April, but it was far too expensive, so I certainly look forward to the possibility of your online class. I would love all you have to offer in a class, especially as you mention Batiks I just love working with them, and I love colour. I look forward to more news about it.

      • Thank you, that is really exciting and something I really look forward to. I live 400 kilometres from Perth but love having a reason to go to Perth and to see my grand children, so two good times in one visit. Now I am trying to figure out if your visit is to the craft fair in May or to Handcrafters House? I have a friend who is new to quilting and she would love your work.

  • Yes! I would be interested in taking an online class with you. I have wanted to take your workshop for years, but every time an opportunity presented itself, I was not in a position that I could attend. I have signed up for many craftsy classes in art and quilting. I like them because they are self paced and I can ask the instructor questions and get a direct reply. I have also signed up for online classes that “met” in an online forum at an appointed time each week. I did not like these type of classes so much because I was not always ready to move on to the next phase but had to keep up and it seemed less personal somehow. The down side of self paced is that it’s easy to procrastinate; at least in the online forum type of class, you have to be accountable.

  • Many have spoken about the positive attributes of Craftsy, I would like to address the positive aspects of Quilt University developed by Carol Miller (now changed into Academy of Quilting) which was more of a home grown early precursor—before video was easy to achieve.
    1. The courses were time limited usually with a week for each lesson in the course. I found that I usually did the lesson and came close to completing the content or project in this time. Most classes were 4 to 6 weeks. With Craftsy, because they are always there, there is no urgency or priority and most of them are only partially watched, none actually done with the project. By the time I get to them the teacher has disappeared from the discussions.

    The time limitation for Quilt U was very important in providing the extra push to really participate.
    2. There were substantive and active conversations between the majority of students and instructors throughout the course which were enormously helpful. As I recall, the number of students was limited (40? 50?)
    3. Your work, especially as it related to the weeks lesson not just finished projects, could be easily shared in a provided Gallery.
    4. The lessons were written with substantive detail and included reference material as well. These were downloadable during the timeframe of the course, so all information could be saved.
    5.The website offered a lot of technical support as well.
    6.All of this was carried forward to Academy of Quilting. Classes now include video.
    http://academyofquilting.com. I just wish they had more instructors and topics. Many are the same from Quilt U.

    You may want to try to contact Dena Crain, my favorite instructor from Quilt U. She went on to develop her own online quilt courses, which she closed down in 2016 after two years. http://www.denadalecrain.com There is a Contact Me in pink on the left side.

    So in sum, the more active time limited approach is probably the better instructional approach. However, the pre-recorded video, Craftsy, approach will probably earn you more money since anyone can sign up over time.

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  • I have taken several classes with Craftsy and Interweave and have enjoyed them all. Every artist is different and they are all very interesting. You can revisit the classes over and over, go at your own pace. Highly recommend and wish you good luck in going forward with the idea.

  • I have taken many Craftsy and iquilt classes. My favorite parts of them are the ability to learn on my schedule, the clarity of the videos, the instruction sheets, the ability to have access to my classes anytime or place which allows for pleasant experiences while waiting for appointments etc, the ability to contact the instructors and finally the cost. I’ve asked questions and have always gotten an answer within 72 hours.

    The missing pieces for me is class companionship, new friendship opportunities lost, and just the overall quilter milieu.

    You have such a soothing voice and appealing appearance on your video. I can’t wait to be part of your classes!

  • I have taken on-line classes. I prefer the ones that I may watch…AT MY OWN PACE. That means it might be something I purchase that I am able to go to on-line whenever I want. I do not like on-line classes that you MUST be on your computer at certain times, or you miss it. I also like DVD classes, as you may watch when you want….stop them….go back….watch something over and over until you get it, etc. I think the most important way an on-line class is created and appreciated, is by going along in short segments of explanation. You can’t put five (5) things in a segment, and expect people to remember. It has to be broken down piece by piece. YOU NEED A VERY DETAILED TABLE OF CONTENTS. Just my humble opinion…..thank you for asking!!!!!!!

  • I’ve taken many online classes, particularly in portrait drawing, and have found them to be very useful. The latest have been year-long classes where different instructors teach their techniques each week through a pre-recorded video, and a Facebook group is established so that students can upload their work to get feedback from fellow students or the instructors. I think it’s important to limit the number of participants in your online class if you want to give individual feedback. For instance, one group I belong to has over 900 participants. Even though only a fraction of the students will complete the exercises or post them, the sheer number of participants, I think, puts a heavy burden on the instructor and limits the feedback they can give. In fact, rarely does the instructor give feedback in these large classes.

    The latest online course that I’m taking, which I think has a good model for teaching, limits the number of participants to 100 students. The instructor then gives valuable, detailed feedback about students’ exercises, if they request feedback. I have learned more in this 12-week class than I have learned in the larger groups, simply because of the individualized feedback.

    I would love to enroll in one of your online classes, especially since it appears that your classes fill up quickly. One of my goals for 2017 is to learn how to create art similar to yours, especially since I have no sewing skills.

  • Hi Susan, I have taken quite a few online classes on Craftsy and elsewhere and I use YouTube a lot to learn new things but my favourite lesson style is watching a demonstration (such as The Quilt Show with Alex and Ricky.) I get bored if the lesson is too repetitive as often online classes can be. When I watch a demonstration, especially when there is a real student involved the tutor moves along at a normal pace and the lesson flows. I can always replay if I’m not sure about something. I’d love to learn some of your techniques.

  • Susan, I would love to take one of your classes online. I live near Seattle and will probably never get a chance to take one of your classes in person. I love your work, and purchased your book Serendipity Quilts , and it is very helpful, but it’s still not like taking a class. I started taking classes at Quilt University in 2003, it is the best thing I’ve ever done. The classes were wonderful, over the years I took almost all the classes that were offered.
    I agree with the previous remarks about QU classes, the feedback in the online discussion was invaluable. Because of these classes Art quilts have become the focus of my life, everywhere I go, buildings, scenery, gardens I see a quilt in my mind.
    I’m taking classes at Academy of Quilting on line Marilyn Belford and Elizabeth Barton are my two favorite teachers. I’ve taken classes at Craftsy and they are ok, different format for both classes.
    Having a class with you would be wonderful.

  • Yes, I am VERY interested in an on-line class with you. I have followed you for years and think your blog is one of the most informative and enjoyable I have seen.

    I have taken a couple of on-line classes with Craftsy and am currently taking a 26 week class with Ricky Tims (photography). The Craftsy class contained both excellent videos and downloads (PDF) and was very well organized.

    Ricky Tims’ class just started January 1; however, he started sending us videos and downloads several weeks ahead to get us ready for class. He even inserted a quick challenge the week before the class actually started to help us get used to the software (Lightroom and Photoshop). This class appears to be extremely well organized and is covering some very technical areas (he has taught this for several years). I am overjoyed with his approach and feedback to the students so far. He always has a video, downloads for the assignment, and a method for uploading our work for evaluation. He also provides a gallery to see what other students submitted for each assignment (one assignment per week for 26 weeks). He would be a great contact for suggestions on building an on-line class.

    I would be looking for similar information: videos; downloads with tips, reference material, etc.; method for uploading our work for evaluation; brief feedback on each assignment; and the ability to see the progress of other students.

    Thank you for considering this method Susan. I would definitely be interested in your courses on-line!

  • I would love to be notified of any online courses you are teaching. Living in a remote area of Hawaii it would be a great option! Mahalo!

  • This is very exciting news! I don’t have much to offer, as I haven’t taken many online courses. As Jan said, above, I miss the interaction with the instructor and with the other students (what can I say? I”m a social butterfly! Also, I often learn a great deal from other people’s questions and the resulting answers). I like the idea of an online forum with specified times for those who want to participate.

    I have taken a couple of classes through Craftsy. I enjoy the format, the ability to do the course when I want, to stop, pause, and repeat. Being able to refer back to the videos down the road is priceless. Perhaps some sort of combination of live/recorded could be worked out. The idea of releasing each lesson a week apart, with time for students to get the homework done in between is appealing.

    I look forward to the development of this idea and really like the addition of video to the blog!
    Leah

  • Have you ever taken online courses? A: No, but I would if you had a class available to take using Craftsy, iquilt, etc. I would take a class that is available to me on my schedule. I hear “live” classes are popular, but not everyone has the same availability.
    Would you be interested in an online course from me? A: YES!! You are on my bucket list of classes to take, but just haven’t been able to for various reasons (I’m on the west coast).
    If so, what are you looking for? For example: Technique only. Short project. One-on-one video coaching.
    A: I have made a quilt using the technique taught in your books Serendipity Quilts and Free Style Quilts, both of which I have and still reread and enjoy. I would look for anything to move me beyond where I am now creatively. Although I would take classes on technique or a short project to fill in any blanks I have, I would truly appreciate one-on-one video coaching that could help better myself at my pace or level. Having an opportunity to ask you questions about a particular project would be optimal. Maybe sending a short questionnaire that the student completes could help you understand the level a student is at. Having a DVD available would be helpful to refer back to time and again.

    I enjoyed your “sample” video. You are truly a sincere person and it shows in your video and interviews. So long as the sound and lighting are of professional quality, I don’t think you could go wrong. Thank you for asking for input, and I look forward to hearing when you will have classes available to take. Sign me up!

  • Yes, I have taken online courses before, but only for college, not for crafting.
    I would LOVE to take an online course with you!
    My finances are incredibly limited, as I can no longer work outside the home, but this would be something worth saving up for.

    Where I live, there are NO fabric stores, NO sewing shops, NO sewing groups, nada, zip, nuthin’ honey.
    I don’t have any friends who sew or quilt either. My only hope to learn more is via online videos and/or classes or by reading books, which is never quite the same. I have several books, but when it comes to actually DOING the selecting of fabrics, the process of design layout and most importantly, the quilting of your project, I’d love to SEE it being done and explained! It’s new ground for me, but all my other crafting over the years seems to have converged into art quilting being my perfect medium. I just know I have a lot to learn. I’d be proud to take a class from you online – I wouldn’t be able to attend in person anyway (mobility issues), so online is right up my proverbial alley!

    I surely hope you decide to offer classes. Perhaps keeping budgets in mind, break them into affordable sections, so those of us on very limited income can still access them.
    Thanks in advance – it is fabulous that you share your talents with everyone – not just the results, but being willing to teach HOW as well.

    • Beth, do get on Facebook to find new friends. Quilter’s Classifieds is where you can buy/sell and you will be routed to other possible quilting groups. It really helps to make up for not having shops close or friends that share your passion.

  • Hello Susan,

    Not much more to be said, all those before me have pretty much covered it. Seeing your students work at AQC in Melbourne last year and “Stevie”of course certainly showed me which direction I would like to take now. Please, please, please continue with this project. As you can see by the number of replies you will have no trouble marketing such a wonderful course. go Susan.

  • OMG! I’ve been waiting for you to have online courses! Have signed up for many Craftsy classes and some from QNN-TV and iquilt. I have your 2 books and love your blog! A 4-5 day workshop would be fabulous. I’m not on FB for personal reasons so not crazy about that idea. All of the thoughtful comments above are great! Count me in, Susan!

  • Susan, I have been a fan for a long time. Have both books and have even done a fish. Have been wanting to come take your workshop, but I would need to fly and how would I ever get enough or the right fabrics to work with?
    I have purchased many Craftsy classes and like the format and ease of use. I also like that I have access to all of my goodies while I’m following along. I would love it if you did video classes. I would sign up immediately.
    Facebook I do, but don’t really like. It’s like visual spam most of the time, but I can deal with it.
    I think I would want to also use your video conference if I got into a more complex portrait and benefit from your critique.
    I had no issues with the sound on your “Choosing fabrics” video. The lighting didn’t bother me either, though I’m sure it will be improved with your new lights.
    I love your blog and appreciate your generosity in sharing your expertise with all of us.

  • I agree with the Craftsy class platform as well and would definitely sign up for one. Right now, my favorite Craftsy class is Sue Spargo. I refer back to it over and over and while I really love a workshop experience, this is still a great jumping off point! I will sign up immediately if you offer a class. I wish more quilt instructors would do a craftsy class. Although you would probably have to structure it towards a single pattern design to get the idea as in your blog posts, it’s clear that your workshops are very hands on in the design and fabric selection process for an individual photograph. I will be anxious to see further posts and your final decision on this.

  • Susan, a late reply but I wanted to put my 2cents in. I am just getting into my 2nd year of collage. I longarm
    for clients so I only get to make a few quilts for myself. I purchased your 2 books and have become familiar with your method: glue-as i use interfacing now. I want to try your design method on my next project. I would love an online course. I own a statler long arm and for years I attended classes around the US…problem was that I always forgot most of the detail by the time I returned home. Since the advent of u tube videos about the same techniques taught in the classroom, I find that I always need to go back and review the video step by step so I can perform the technique on my machine. Bottomline the online course would be great to be able to review and follow. I like the videos that are simple and DETAILED…don’t assume that your audience knows all of the little things-it is better to repeat than to leave out.

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