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In today's world, we always look for ways to de-stress. I couldn't think of a better way to do that than with Nancy Chong's Stress-Free Celtic Knot table runner. I don't often have time to take classes online, but this class is one I made sure I did... mainly just to unwind a little but also to create a wonderful gift for my mother who now enjoys the table runner I made in class.
We all know, it is never too early to start thinking of Christmas, really? Realistically, we always think about all the things we want to do in preparation for this joyful time of the year way too late and always run out of time - well that's what happens to me anyway. So usually once we hit June, I start thinking about my Christmas projects and offering my Christmas workshops for those who want to prepare early. One of my favorites is my Christmas Holly Wreath, which is a pattern as well as an online workshop.
Who are the people you remember? A favorite teacher? A loved one? A sister, a brother, a spouse, a child? What are the places that stick in your memory and bring those people, those memories back to you? I love to recreate those memories in fabric and thread, fiber and paint, as a way of making those memories, those people and places, stay fresh and new and accessible to me and my family.
Have you ever wondered about abstract quilts? Exactly what are they? I know Elizabeth has the answer to this in her class "Abstract Art for Quiltmakers". This excerpt is taken from her class to get you started, but her class will take you beyond knowing what abstract quilts are.... you'll be making them too! You know you will want to know more...
I love the look of Baltimore Album quilts. I love the joyous use of color, the formality of the designs, the realistic depiction of nature, and the hand appliqué technique itself. I also love the red-and-green quilts that were made up and down the Eastern Seaboard of the US throughout the 1800’s, because of their limitation in color, their informality of designs, and that they were appliquéd. The more we learn about these quilts, the more we find out they were made using needleturn techniques and that is my specialty.
The Entwined Star block is a variation on an eight-pointed star made from a basic nine-patch block. I designed it for a sampler quilt when I was doing a Block of the Month through the quilt shop I was working for. I had decided to do a variation of each of the blocks that we made because I wanted a larger quilt.
If you've never dyed fabric before and want to learn how to do it in the most straightforward way, without having to dye a lot of colours you really don't want, then I really recommend "Basic Dyeing for Quiltmakers" with Elizabeth Barton. Elizabeth explains her dilemma and how she overcome it to create a fun-filled workshop with lots of easy steps in learning to dye any colour you need...
What better way to brighten up a child's room than with a quilt full of colour and cute little animals. Zoo Friends is the perfect quilt for this - lots of bright colours and 13 wonderful animals to put a smile on any child's face.
I had nothing to do one day, so I spent it at the Pasadena (CA) Library. They have an awesome section, or did at the time, of old magazines. When I am talking old, I am being literal. This padded hexagonal box was illustrated in an 1867 Godey’s Lady’s Book; which was a lady's magazine of that day. There was no pattern, so I used the illustration to make my own. The pictures all show lace, but if you don't like lace and ruffles, you can just use cording. Cording is used on three of the lids, so the lace can be dispensed with on the other three. I like the lace, because, first of all, it is pretty and it helps hide the gap between the lids.