Yes, we know it is the heat of the summer, but winter will be here before you know it, and we will once again be up to our eyes in snow. This past winter in California was unbelievably snowy, so let’s put on our winter coats and think SNOW!
When Rose Hughes introduced me to her Fast-Piece Applique™ technique, I first thought it was another way to applique, but I was wrong. This is the easiest way I have ever seen to piece curves and circles, even spirals! If you're like me and not fond of piecing curves then you are definitely missing out if you haven't tried this. I tried Rose's method and couldn't believe how easy it was.
I’ve been designing and making my own Hawaiian quilts since March 1978; when, with a tiny bit of help from my teacher, Luika Kamaka, I designed a king-size Hawaiian Plumeria Quilt.
As a teacher, I am frequently asked about how one can develop one's own style. We can clearly see that the Big Names all have it, but how is it done? Does it just happen over time? Or can you jump start it?
Quilting has come a long way since I became an dedicated quilted back in 1982. I wanted to make the hundreds of quilts that were swimming through my head when I learned how to quilt. I went from hand piecing to machine piecing. Starting with Half Square Triangles, sewing squares instead along that bias cut edge of the triangle, I stepped outside the box and did a lot of "what ifs?"
Is perspective puzzling you? ....you find that sometimes something is just “off” in one of your art quilts and you can’t quite put your finger on the problem. It may be a perspective issue.
Do you choose your fabric after you've decided on your design or do you dye to design? Elizabeth Barton's technique of Dyeing To Design is the latter approach and here is an excerpt taken from the beginning of her online workshop. Wow, I learned something in the first few paragraphs, there's no telling how much more I can learn by enrolling in her workshop!
Broderie Perse quilts are so elegant and beautiful. Broderie Perse is an applique technique that has been around for centuries.... have you ever wondered how to make one? You will be surprised how easy and fun these quilts are to make.
I don't know about you, but I've always enjoyed hand applique. It's easy to learn, fun and most of all relaxing. We all need a little of that in our busy lives!
What's your preference? Cool colors, warm colors or a mix of colors? Check out these three quilts all made from the same pattern - a Jennifer Houlden design.