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Class Reviews > Pictorial Quilting with Wendy Butler Berns

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Posted on: 11/22/11 1:31 PM
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Craftsy has a special and I got this class for $29.99. For that price, it was an excellent class. For it's actual price of $59.99 it would be overpriced.

The pictorial quilting class first focuses on creating a wall hanging of a coneflower using Wendy's technique. She takes you step by step, explaining color choices (use 10 fabrics when you think you only need 1!), and then how to use freezer paper and a glue stick to make the picture. When you have completed her picture, she then talks about how to take your own pictures and make them into patterns. There is a section on making human forms (avoid faces...) but it wasn't really that helpful.

Honestly, I think most people in the class expected more on transforming our own pictures into patterns (I know I did), but that was almost an after thought. The main focus on the class is learning the technique to put together what is basically a collage of fabrics.

The craftsy platform is excellent- it is set up so that you can make private notes at any point in the class. The video pauses allowing you time to type, and the note is time stamped so when you go back to it, you can see what part of the class you were refering to.

You can also ask questions about the video, which is also time stamped. The instructor was quick to answer all questions. There was not a lot of interaction among the students, but some also chimed in on these discussion threads.

The only other negative was that the instructor talked A LOT. It got a little rambly at times. (To the point that someone rudely commented that she needed to stop talking! The videos aren't live, so it was pointless to say that.) However, she has interesting things to say about her philosophy on quilting, so as long as you know you are in for a story, it really isn't that bad. There was just a lot of unnecessary story telling, but that often takes place in an in person class, so maybe she felt it was necessary.

If you can't get this for a sale price- honestly, I think you would do just as well off youtube and blog tutorials.

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Mufffet said... (4/21/13 4:37 PM) Reply
This is one of the classes I am signed up for, but am working my way up to it. :) I just love Wendy and her attitude and her classes are fine!
terrilee said... (12/22/11 7:46 PM) Reply
Glad I read this review. I've been thinking about this class because I wanted to use my own pictures for the quilts. I took another class by same instructor and kept thinking she should be more concise. Thanks for reviewing
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