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Craftsy Quilter Gill Dickinson Dishes on Winning Free Classes for Life

I’m Ashley, the Quilting Editor at Craftsy, and I’ve adored quilting since I was young -- I literally grew up in the Great American Quilt Factory! After spending 16 years in the business, I’m thrilled to now be at Craftsy, where we’ve built a crafting community that never fails to inspire, excite, and, best of all, keep growing!

I’m excited to present Gill Dickinson, an avid quilter from North Yorkshire, England, who’s taken 24 Craftsy classes and just won an incredible prize thanks to our 2 Million Members Giveaway -- free Craftsy classes for life!

Photo of Gill Dickinson

How did you feel when you found out you won free online Craftsy classes for life?

Absolutely ecstatic! I couldn’t stop smiling and thinking "WOW!!! Free classes for life!" I still can’t believe it and even logged back in this morning just to see if the classes were still free!

How did you find out about Craftsy?

I am a member of a few online machine embroidery and quilting groups/forums, and some ladies from the USA were discussing quilting classes on Craftsy, so I visited the site to take a look and see what it was all about.

What made you decide to try your first online class?

I watched the trailer videos for some of the classes and saw the Craftsy Block of the Month 2012 class, which was free, so I decided to enroll in that and see how the classroom teaching platform worked. I think I was hooked from that moment.

I see you've taken quite a few of our quilting classes! When did you first begin quilting? Who was your first teacher?

I only started quilting about two years ago and still have so much to learn. That’s why I have taken so many Craftsy classes! Initially, I was looking for a way to incorporate the designs I had stitched out on my embroidery machine, but soon became interested in both traditional and modern quilts along with free-motion quilting.

I have not had a "teacher" as such. I just pick up information and techniques by watching Craftsy, following blogs, magazines, books, etc. I also belong to a local quilting group.

What are some of your favorite Craftsy classes you've taken so far?

I have a passion for pre-cuts so Quilting Quickly, Magical Jelly Roll Quilts, Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simple and Simple Fresh Quilts have been some of my favorites.

3 Triangular-Designed Quilt Blocks
The Lollipop Quilt from Simple Fresh Quilts, in progress

I bet you've made quite a few quilts! What is your favorite project you've made so far?

I’m not sure I have a favorite individual project, but I have enjoyed making baby and children’s quilts, most of which have been given away. I am currently working on The Lollipop Quilt from Joanna Figueroa’s class Simple Fresh Quilts and am loving the method she teaches for sewing the blades of the Dresden block (seen above).

What do you love most about online learning with Craftsy?

I love being able to watch in my own time and at my own pace. You can watch again to clarify points or just refresh your memory as many times as you want. You can also ask questions and get answers from the instructor and other members. I remember asking a question in Leah Day’s class Free Motion Quilting a Sampler and received a reply very quickly.

White Quilt with Colorful Pinwheel Theme
A finished quilt made by Gill.

What classes are you most excited to sign up for now that you've won unlimited access?

I’ve already signed up for Machine Quilting Beautiful Borders and the new class Continuous Line Quilting. Apart from stitching in the ditch, my previous quilts have lacked the finishing touches of machine quilting, so this is an area I wish to learn and improve.

Do you think you'll try a new craft, like knitting or cake decorating, now that you have access to all our classes?

Definitely! I don’t know how to crochet and I am also interested in food and cooking, so I will be signing up for some classes in those topics. I just need to find a way of making a 24-hour day longer!

If you could give advice to a new member of the Craftsy community, what would it be?

That’s a tough one! I think I would encourage new members not to be afraid to join in and ask questions, upload photos of their projects, and just be a part of the Craftsy community.

Congrats Gill! To celebrate Craftsy's 2 million members, we're offering up to 75% off online classes and supplies all week long! Sign up for a class and stock up on supplies today!

At Craftsy, there’s nothing we love more than helping you pursue your favorite creative passion -- keep crafting, and maybe you’ll be the next big winner!


christine rodriguez

Congratulations Gill! That’s quite a prize. I’m sure you’ll be very busy!


congrats Gill.
I have enrolled and finished over 30 classes & still keep learning & referring back to most of them. More still coming too, such an easy way to learn whenever I have time.
Regards Tris

Linda Armenti

Sounds like a lovely person won this amazing prize! Thanks for sharing Gill’s info.


Congratulations and happy quilting/crafting. How does she fit all these classes into 24 hours? When does this crafty lady sleep? LOL!

Gill Dickinson

Thank you ladies for the lovely comments. I am just thrilled about winning free classes for life and hopefully will find time to put them all into practice!

Sharon Hladky

I’m so happy for you, enjoy!


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