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.

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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! 🙂

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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

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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