Thursday, January 26, 2012

Worldwide Craftsy Meetup

Have you heard about Craftsy? It's awesome. It's like having a master in her craft come over to your house for some coffee and creating. I can't even remember how I found out about Craftsy in the fall, but I signed up for Quilting Quickly with Jenny Doan and was instantly hooked.

It is so much fun to sew along with an expert in your sewing room. I love how the classes are incredibly informative and you can rewind as often as you like. Even more, you can write questions to the instructor and she will reply. I love it!

Craftsy took it upon themselves to sponsor a worldwide Meetup today. Since I have left my day job in search of craftier pursuits, I offered to find a place where Craftsy's Austin fans could gather and socialize. Fortunately for me, April Kling Meyer recently opened Austin's newest fabric shop, Fabricker in a very central location. She generously offered up her space and the use of her fabric scrap stash, needles, and thread for all of our crafting desires. So many Austinites were excited to come out and craft that we made Craftsy's top ten list. They sent us some swag to win in a trivia game that was hysterical! We laughed a lot tonight.

A community Pinterest board was used to pick a project we could make in a group setting, and fabric flowers were the winner. I used some fabulous felt from Stitch Lab to craft up these lovelies.

I followed tutorials here and here.

I attempted this one as well. Alas, just like I was lamenting to Rachel Hauser with Stitched in Color yesterday, they can't all be winners.

If only I had the ultrasuede in my stash that the Martha Stewart tutorial uses, maybe it would have turned out better. Fun fact: I did speak to Martha Stewart on the phone once in my previous job. That was probably as close as it ever got to having anything to do with crafts. Well, except for one manager who really went out of his way to find outlets for my creativity. Kudos to him!

Do check out Craftsy. They're not sponsoring this free advertising. I just like to spread the word about good things. Amy Gibson with Sew Mama Sew actually partnered with Craftsy to do a free Block of the Month class that will run through the year. The class shows you how to quilt and bind as well, so you'll definitely have a finished quilt at the end of the year. Pretty great!

I hope everyone had an equally awesome and creative Thursday! I'm linking up with Somewhat Simple.


  1. Love your felt flowers, even the last one - no gain without pain :)

  2. Wow, sounds like such a fun time. I love hearing about modern crafters getting together in new fabric shops. Win, win, win!