It’s a brave new world and that’s why Sherri Lynn Wood, best-selling author of The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters: A Guide to Creating, Quilting & Living Courageously, started BravePatch.School, a courageous space for improv quilters. BravePatch is a conscious community of quilters, dedicated to becoming better improvisers through our patchwork, and in our lives.
Our motto in BravePatch is “Practice Makes Practice” and it’s so much more fun when you have a group to practice with!
BravePatch is unique in the quilting world because it is solely focused on the practice of improvisational quilting. In BravePatch we are working together to build a culture of inclusivity, equity and liberation.
Gain honest encouragement, insight and accountability inside the Groove, our space for member activity, as you enrich your improv practice and build your quiltmaking confidence with a vibrant, engaged community of improv quilters.
Some members come to improv quilting through art, and some come to improv through traditional quilting. Wherever your journey started, you’ll find companions to cheer your next steps!
Your BravePatch Groove experience includes:
Live monthly improv meetings with feedback from Sherri and the community
Exclusive content from Sherri with attention to building foundational improv skills around monthly themes
Quarterly scores/challenges that will stimulate your improv skills, plus the opportunity to share your own scores with others
Discounts and advance registration opportunities for Sherri's livestream workshops
Private community in a nurturing culture that’s not on Facebook—no ads, no tracking, no distractions—it’s just us!
Unique community: no other space, or guild, with a focus like this for improv quilters
Plus, the magic that comes from a community filled with improv quilters: inspiration, companionship, encouragement and so much more!
The opportunity to choose among several price options is an experiment in equitable pricing. We're confident that those who join us are committed to being part of a creative crew that is diverse, committed to economic justice, and ready to explore new models for supporting each other (because the old models are unsupportable).
When you make a Pay-It-Forward contribution you are providing access to those who truly need the gift of financial flexibility. Being honest with yourself and your financial situation when engaging with sliding scale practices grows strong and sustainable communities. It also respects the work of teachers and creators, like Sherri, who are sole providers, or have families to support and a mortgage or rent to pay. Additionally, when creators are paid fairly, they are able to invest more time and resources to free and lower cost offerings. The opportunity to choose among several price options is an experiment in equitable pricing.
See the Sliding Scale Guidelines below to determine which rate you should select: Standard, Equity or Pay It Forward.
are single and/or without dependents
are able to repay your student loans, are in repayment or have paid off your student loans
have daily reliable transportation
are able to miss work either for sickness or leisure, and are still able to pay next month’s bills
travel when needed for an unexpected occasion like a family funeral or emergency
are supporting children or have other dependents
have significant debt
have medical expenses not covered by insurance
are eligible for public assistance
have immigration-related expenses
are an elder with limited financial support
are an unpaid community organizer
are a returning citizen who has been denied work due to incarceration history
experience discrimination in hiring or pay level
are descended from enslaved people or Native American Indians
own the home you live in
have investments, retirement accounts or inherited money
travel for recreation
have access to family money and resources in times of need
work part-time or are unemployed by choice, including unemployment due to full-time school in a degree-earning program
have a relatively high degree of earning power due to level of education (or gender and racial privilege, class background, etc.)
After you've determined where you fit on the sliding scale, you'll select an annual plan for the best rate or a monthly plan with flexibility.
Q. Is there a difference in features available in the Standard, Equity or Pay It Forward plan?
A. There is no feature difference. All plans lead to the same content. The different plans allow for people to pay based on their financial situation.
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