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The Bluprint Blues

Recently I had my first experience with Bluprint, the new Craftsy, after succumbing to a special three month subscription offer. My rationale was I could take the bias applique tape class by Latifah Saafir I had my eye on and I could get a coupon for one “forever” class.

I took the class and decided I liked it enough to own it “forever.” My troubles began when I tried to redeem my coupon, which expires at the end of June. I followed the instructions given but couldn’t find the class I wanted listed. So I emailed Bluprint and was told that they’d look into it.

Here’s the final response:

Anne (Bluprint)
May 28, 8:13 AM MDT
Thanks for your patience! That class is exclusive to your subscription and not available as an own forever class. We do have lots of really wonderful quilting classes available to own forever here – 
Quilt Own Forever Classes

I’ll be sure to let our team know that you’d love to see that class available in the future!

What the….? What does “exclusive to your subscription” mean? Nowhere did I see mentioned that only some classes were eligible as “own forever.” I scrutinized the perks of a Bluprint subscription, and came up only with ” Own-Forever Class Credits to add your favorite class(es) to your Library to access forever, even if you cancel your subscription in the future.” My response to Anne was “I think BluPrint needs to be clearer about what classes are NOT eligible as “own forever.” I certainly took all the verbiage I read to mean they all were. Nowhere did I find mention that some were not.” Anne responded that she’d pass my feedback “along to the management team.”

I recall reading about new arrangements with instructors, and can understand if an instructor elects not to have his/her class eligible for forever status. However, I think that information should be noted with the class material. Didn’t happen with my class.

Instead the Bluprint user gets lots of touchy-feely guff about how much you’ll love Bluprint, promotional emails, and nags to rate interactions with the help personnel. Initial responses begin, “Hi, my name is (fill in first name) and I’m here to help.” Totally fake, in my opinion. I know, it’s all scripted.

I intend to cancel my subscription as nothing’s been added that appeals to me. What I’ve watched aside from Saafir’s class seemed fluff. While I addressed the kerfluffle over emails to Bluprint teachers before, here’s Cheryl Arkison’s opinion on the matter. She was a Craftsy teacher.

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There’s A Reason I Don’t Do Crafts

At a really big Craftsy sale I signed up for Tara Rebman’s quilt as you go tote class for just $10.  Last week I finally got around to doing the class using some old wool shirts (yes, donated by my husband) and wool scraps.  After spending three times the amount of time I thought this project would take, all I can say is hand crafted purses are worth every penny their makers ask.

ToteThese are the lining and outer bag pieces after I fused Decor bond to the lining, and channel quilted the wool to batting and utility cloth. Tara suggests using some free motion quilting as well, but I thought the wool was too thick for that to be successful.

It took me about a half day to reach this point, as I had to cut out the pattern for four layers, the Decor bond kept refusing to stick to the lining material, and the thick wool required some ingenuity in getting it under my presser foot.  All told the tote has five layers- three for the outer part and two for the lining.

tote_layersTara shows a cool way to insert a zippered pocket, but I went with a simple open pocket, saving my energy for sewing bias binding around the edges.

And I needed every bit of energy for that wrestling match.  It was more awkward than difficult as I hauled the bag through the throat of my sewing machine.

tote_fronttote_backHere’s the front and back of the finished tote.  The bag bottom is Essex linen fused to (more) Decor bond, so it’s got a lot of body.  In fact, the whole thing is constructed along the lines of a brick outhouse.

If I don’t count my time, I figure it cost me about $20 to make this tote. I’m including the cost of the class, 1.5 yards each of Decor bond and utility cloth, and a magnetic snap.  Everything else came from my stash and batting scraps. Though I often exercise a bit of magical thinking in declaring my stash to be “free,” all the wool for this project was either recycled from clothing or given to me so it cost me nothing.

While I think the class is a good one, I don’t think I’ll be making more totes any time soon.  I’ll gladly pay someone else to make one.

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