I recently had the chance to review Tara Rebman’s (aka Tinkerfrog) Quilt-As-You-Go Patchwork Bags class on Craftsy. I’ve signed up for a few Craftsy classes and this the first one I finished. Hooray!
Tara is a great teacher and I had serious Juki-envy while watching her sew, I need a Juki to come live in my sewing room. Tara’s class is filled with a lot of helpful tips about the quilt-as-you-go technique and some really, really cute patterns! and ideas for using the method. She guides you through making some simple potholders and then you move on to the big enchilada – the Tinker Tote:
I love that bag! I can see myself using it for a diaper bag. library tote. retreat bag. There are patterns for two size options included with the class.
I’m feeling kinda silly for not having taken any of my other Craftsy classes yet because their virtual classroom setup is pretty awesome. It’s interactive and easy to navigate. It’s also super convenient to go back and review a part of the pattern when you need a refresher or want to make the project again. Not having to keep track of a printed pattern is so nice!
I’ve done a few quilt-as-you-go projects over the years and Tara’s class inspired me to sew some of my scraps together. I played around with the log cabin style QAYG technique she details in class:
Considering how much quilting there is on that block, it was pretty fast to make. Not sure what I’m going to do with it though making it gave me another idea….
These are made with some scraps from my overflowing string basket. It’s going to be something for my son (but you’ll have to come back in August to find out what. Such a tease!)