Monday, February 10, 2014

Craftsy Review: Pattern-Free Quiltmaking

Super excited to review the craftsy classes I've bought or have in my profile. You can see the summary of classes I've reviewed here, Craftsy Class Review

In this post, I'll review Pattern-Free Quiltmaking
with Joe Cunningham from Joe the Quilter

What I learned - The quilting world is not only for women.  There are some great guys out there making their mark as well. 
Teacher - Joe the Quilter is a funny guy.  There are a few moments that I could tell that he presents way better in person instead of a virtual classes. Joe is a bit older, around my parents age, and very much a man from his generation.  Joe did not keep me very engaged. I felt he is very knowledgeable with this topic. And if I'm in the right mood, he is entertaining to watch.

Class Content - Joe shows different way to approach an improvisation quilting for a quilt top. The techniques Joe presented are the different approaches you can use for a quilt top as long as you follow your own formula.  The class ideas are clearly presented but sometimes I feel as if Joe forgets his train of thought. 
Rating - Blah - So So - Like - Love 

It's hard to rate something when I know that many people love them.  This is a 'blah' rating for me although Joe is so fun to watch.

I would recommend this for someone who knows Joe and enjoys his class. I'm a 'modern' quilter and some of the fabrics and the pace of this class is just not my style.  But it might be yours :)

This class is for any level quilter to find the ideas to play with fabrics, especially in your stash.  The quality for the price, I got this on super sale, is alright.  I would not buy this again. But since I have it, I do re-watch this class when I have something that may work.  It's a tool for my toolbox that I may not use but not regularly but am happy to have there.


To see more of the classes I have reviewed visit the reference page I've created, Craftsy Class Review.

As a reminder of the fine print: these are affiliate links but the opinions are all my own.


  1. I do like how you give a balanced review of all these classes. I have to say I saw something earlier on a famous site and thought 'yikes', then felt the urge to slit my wrists in depression, then got a grip and figured it was something I could use as a learning experience and everyone deserves their own tastes, even if they're not mine. Waaaaaayyyy not mine... ;o)

  2. It is interesting, I have so much respect for Joe Cunningham as a quilter, he has been quilting for a long time doing very modern and innovative quilts. But I too was not thrilled with his class. I expect that he has had years of trying to teach improv to traditional quilters who were totally resistant to it and that explains his style for me. I love some of his quilts, if you have not seen them you should check them out.

  3. It's a shame you didn't like Joe's class. I'm always looking for new ways to create and I found his techniques liberating. Also his quilts are amazing works of art which transcend modern quilting.


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