Dear Valued Student:
I deeply and sincerely apologize if you have sought out my quilting advice or asked for help in an online teaching platform and never received a response from me. Due to this being completely out of my control, I am just now discovering hundreds of comments, questions, and conversations addressed to me that I never received until now (March 10, 2020). Many of these unanswered replies have kept you waiting for 1-2 years or even longer.
As I wade through a mountain of unanswered queries, I ache for those of you who simply thought I wasn’t interested enough to answer, or took my silence to mean I didn’t care about you. Reading comments like “Seems like she doesn’t want to answer our question, it’s been aaaaages ago!!!!!” or “Is anyone there?????” truly breaks my heart!
Sadly, many of you may not even see this, as you probably gave up and unfollowed me long ago. Please know that I *do* care, and would NEVER intentionally treat any of my students this way.
Rest assured that I WILL personally respond to you although I’m not “contractually” obligated to do so. I pride myself on being the best teacher I can and giving help to anyone who asks, whether I’m paid for it or not.
You were counting on me when you viewed my class, and from your point of view, it seems as if I let you down. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that this reaches as many of my students as possible. I’m here for you now, and always! 🙂
Sincerely, Christa Watson
9 thoughts on “Open Letter to My Online Quilting Students…”
Please allow yourself some grace. Your classes on Bluprint are great. I took all three of your classes, and you taught me to quilt! It was so fun to learn and so easy with you “holding my hand” digitally while I learned. What a gift you gave me of new skills and a new, fun hobby. I’m sure anyone who has taken your classes really does realize these systems often have glitches. I never entered a comment on the platform, but I should have, saying thank you so much for teaching me how to quilt!
Craftsy was acquired, and then re-branded as Bluprint by NBCUniversal, so they could capture a database of crafters. Anyone notice that Bluprint is sponsoring the prizes on the current season of Project Runway on Bravo (part of the NBCUniversal “family”)?
This must be so stressful for you! You are so kind and wonderful – would never think that about you. 🙂
I am so sorry for this – totally not your fault and I know I would feel bad. Your platform failed you and that is unforgivable. IMHO all students who posted questions should be compensated by the platform (goodwill on the part of the company) to help defray any bad feelings and put the responsibility where it was … on the company.
That is so sad…what happened?
Catherine Purifoy (210) 857-5168 Sent from my iPhone 8+
CHRISTA Please don’t let this get you down. You have replied at 2 am. so I know this is not on you. There are still a lot of issues with Bluprint, including missing patterns, classes and projects the I should still own. And I am not the only person this happened too. There were a lot of Designers that left or not allowed to stay with Bluprint for whatever reason and it seems they did not allow Bluprint or those who bought their patterns to keep them. I miss Craftsy. And if your followers can do any thing to help you with your mountain of questions or letting them know you will help them let me and them know.
Keep your chin up.
I took one of your classes in person and have followed you ever since. I know that you would never do this intentionally. Please forgive yourself and continue being the person we love to follow.
I hope Bluprint can get their act together. I ordered some fabric on Monday, not sure if I got the discount. Today got an email with the same fabric at half price, less than I paid. Waiting for them to respond is like watching grass grow. I hope it works out.
Just finished my “Beaded Lanterns” quilt. I used my Japan fabrics. Great clear instruction. Thanks for being a email mentor AND don’t beat yourself up over something you had no control over.. As one person you have given so much, so much passion , to this fun we call “Quilting”.