Craftsy Sweetens Up My Life Blog Hop

Today is my turn on the Craftsy Sweetens Up My Life blog hop and I have a great class to share with you. I also have a discount code to share, a free class giveaway, and information on a giveaway hosted by Craftsy so stay tuned!

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This fun Valentine’s Day inspired hop is hosted by Sandra over at Musings of a Menopausal Melon, mmm! Quilts and Julie over at Pink Doxies. The hop is about all things Craftsy – fabrics, supplies, classes, just all sorts of yummy stuff! Today I am going to review for you a class I am currently taking. I have several I am enrolled in (because I seriously love the Craftsy platform), but this is the one that I am working on now.

I have wanted to learn how to applique for a couple of years, but always felt overwhelmed by all the techniques that can be used. After taking several FMQ classes through Craftsy (which I loved and where I  learned so much), I decided to add an applique class to my list. The class I chose was 20 Fresh Applique Techniques with Amanda Murphy.


What I really like about this class is Amanda’s calm and confident teaching style. She explains everything well and shows the viewer exactly what she is talking about. Having never appliqued before (well, there was a raw edge dresden flower once, that might or might not have worked out) I am now pretty confident in my own ability to make something that would look good after watching Amanda.

There are instructions and course materials for four projects included – a wallhanging, table topper or pillow, table runner, and quilt.  I have started on the table runner and I like the way it is looking. I definitely have some mistakes, but I know I will get better with each project. The good news is that I don’t have to turn away from a quilt or project that has applique in it because now I know I can do it. Yay! 🙂


In addition to applique basics, Amanda discusses the many decorative stitch options that can be used and provides helpful suggestions on quilting the final project. I’m still working my way through those lessons, but I’m excited to experiment on my own projects.

I can definitely recommend this course if you are interested in learning more about applique. And to help you get started on your own applique projects, Craftsy is offering this class to all my readers for 50% off! Just click this link — 20 Fresh Applique Techniques — and you can access the class for half price thru February 21, 2016. If you don’t have time to take the class right now, that’s okay! Once you purchase a Craftsy class it is available to you forever. So get it now and watch it later when you have time.  I just love getting a bargain, don’t you?

Now for some more fun stuff!

Craftsy is offering 3 great prizes!

Two lucky people will win a FREE craftsy class and the Grand Prize winner will receive these great items – quilt kit, precut strips, and 10″ squares! Make sure you enter this giveaway!!!

Color Theory Squares

Amy Gibson Crown Jewels Kit — Color Theory 6″ Strips — Color Theory 10″ Squares


Click Here to Enter the Giveaway!

In addition to the giveaway prizes above, I am offering a FREE Craftsy class of your choice to one lucky winner. Any class you want! All you have to do to enter is comment on this post. Easy peasy! The free class giveaway is open until February 21 and I will announce the winner on the Feb. 22nd MCM post. Good luck everyone!

Below are links to the other bloggers participating in this hop. Please note that all of the classes reviewed will be offered at 50% off for one week following the post. So  if something interests you, be sure to click the link on that blogger’s post to access the discount.

Wednesday, Feb. 10
Judy at Quilt Paradigm: Review of classes “Design It Quilt It” and “Machine Quilting Wholecloth Quilts” both with Cindy Needham
Helen at Midget Gem Quilts: Review of class “Creative Quilting With Your Walking Foot” with Jacquie Gering
Thursday, Feb. 11
Cindy at Stitchin At Home: Review of class “Quilting With Rulers on a Home Machine” with Amy Johnson
Vicki at Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting: Review of fabric purchases:  Stonehenge Strips and Christmas Fat Quarter Bundle
Friday, Feb. 12
Zenia at A Quilted Passion: Review of classes “Start FMQ” with Elizabeth Dackson; “Secrets of FMQ” with Christina Cameli; “Help! How Do I Quilt It?” with Angela Walters
Jayne at Twiggy and Opal:  Review of quilting supplies: Pressing/cutting mat and mini iron
Saturday, Feb. 13
Tish at Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland: Review of classes “Dot to Dot Quilting” with Angela Walters; “Shoot It! A Product Photography Primer” with Caro Sheridan
Anja at Anja Quilts: Review of patterns  Postcard from Sweden; 1 Hour Basket; Star Bright; Reusable Handwarmers
Sunday, Feb. 14
Beth at Cooking Up Quilts: Review of Amanda Murphy’s class “20 Fresh Appliqué Techniques” (This is me!!)
Preeti at Sew Preeti Quilts: Review of fabric purchases:  Kaffe Fassett Classics Design Strip
Monday Feb. 15
Julie at Pink Doxies: Review of class: “Color Play for Quilters” with Joen Wolfrom
Sandra at Musings of a Menopausal Melon – mmm! quilts: Review of Classes “Machine Quilting: Small Changes, Big Variety” and “Free Motion Quilting With Feathers” with Angela Walters; review of fabric purchases: 10-yard bundle and fat quarter bundles; review of patterns: Sea Glass and Snowflake


About Beth

I’m a wife, mother of two, and lover of all things crafty. I love to cook up new things in the kitchen and in my craft room, and sometimes get “licking the spoon” mixed up with “licking the fabric”!!

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28 Responses to Craftsy Sweetens Up My Life Blog Hop

  1. Zenia Rene says:

    When I’m really ready to venture into to applique…I shall try this class. Thanks for the review!

  2. churcae says:

    Craftsy courses are like potato chips…you can’t eat just one! I have so many of them on my wish list! Thanks for the chance!!! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

  3. karen says:

    I’m so glad you’re on this hop. I found your blog and now I’m a big fan! You’re on my bookmark list.

  4. Jen B says:

    I want to win, but I have no idea how I’ll pick if I do win.

  5. Dortha says:

    I would love to win a craftsy class. Thank you for the chance.

  6. Mara says:

    I have a very large list of Craftsy classes I would like to take!

  7. Hi Beth . I’m one of your fellow hoppers , this is a great review . Hand appliqué is something I would like to master . I lose a bit at the points . And not just my mind !!

  8. Claire Ross says:

    Love Craftsy classes. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  10. Sarah J. says:

    Oh there are so many on my “want” list– thanks for the chance to win one!!

  11. dezertsuz says:

    Thanks for the review of Amanda’s class. This sounds like machine applique techniques? I will have to check to see. Thanks for all the interesting things you post. =)

  12. Tish says:

    Beth, this class sounds perfect! I 100% need help in the area of applique. I always sigh heavily when I project calls for it, but I know it’s because I haven’t properly learned how to do it. Thanks for the tip on this class.

  13. Kathleen D says:

    This looks like another great Craftsy class! I’ve enjoyed watching several Craftsy classes and really appreciate how I can go back and re-watch something again to remind of / refresh myself on particular techniques which I don’t use regularly.

  14. Lynne Stucke says:

    What a great opportunity to take a class! I’ve often wanted to do so . . . (lynnstck(at)

  15. Donna W says:

    Looks like a fantastic class. Craftsy classes are great!

  16. Jennie says:

    That looks like a wonderful applique class, it’s going on my wish list.

  17. Mary D says:

    There are so many different techniques to do applique and it can be daunting. I certainly can upgrade my quilting skills in this area.

  18. Kathy h says:

    I am always looking for new ways to applique. Glad you recommended the class. Always nice to know someone else liked a class.

  19. Karen in Breezy Point says:

    I love Craftsy classes–thanks for the chance to win one!

  20. Julie Stocker says:

    Like you, applique has a little bit of a scary edge for me. I have tried several techniques, but none have been very successful. This I may have to try.

    Thanks for sharing in this hop with us, Beth. Hope it’s been fun.

    Julie @ Pink Doxies

  21. Lara B. says:

    That looks like a great class Beth! I like that you come away with projects after taking it.

  22. Jayne says:

    Great review Beth! I’ve done very little applique, simple stuff really. It’s good to know there is a great class available and it’s always nice to learn something new!!

  23. Vicki in MN says:

    I love their classes since you get access for a lifetime, unlike taking one in person! I forget to quickly and need to refresh!! Looking forward to seeing your table runner.

  24. Sandra says:

    Appliqué for me is a bit of a love/hate tug-of-war; right now I am doing a hand blanket-stitch wool appliqué lap quilt and really enjoying it. Anytime I can learn a new technique for appliqué, I’m interested. Wow do I love the quilt pattern in this class!! Will be watching for your tablerunner! Thanks so much for jumping in with us on our hop, Beth!

  25. Cindy says:

    Sounds like another great class from Craftsy. My wish list continues to grow.

  26. Susan G says:

    Craftsy classes are great. I would love to win an appliqué class,definitely need help.

  27. Laura says:

    I love the Craftsy platform. I especially like being able to go back and watch anytime I want. Applique has always intrigued me, but I never have felt comfortable with my results. This class sounds like it might be what I need.

  28. Lee says:

    I have been wanted to take a crafty class! there are so many that look great!

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