Whether novice beginner to professional… those of us that share a passion for patchwork and quilting have a desire to create beautiful quilted art. Whether functional quilts that warm our beds, or abstract pieces of art that adorn the walls of our homes, we all bring our lives, our experiences, techniques and passion to this craft of patchwork quilting.
While I have grown very comfortable with my online name of MaggieB, which I have had almost as long as I have been quilting, most of you, if you do know me in the real world know me as Marge Burkell.
In the 30+ years that I have been involved in patchwork quilting I have come full circle. I started out all those years ago wanting to make a quilt for the new baby on the way… that baby, my daughter Allison, will turn 30 years old this Saturday! Just last year I went full circle, back to “basics” as I started a fun and wonderful quilt for my new baby granddaughter, Alexis!
You can see evidence of this in the quilt I submitted to the Blogger Online Quilt Festival last week, in my original Fairfield Fashion Show Finale stopping garment, as well as in my quilt patterns, if you are familiar with them.
Since I have a number of people emailing me asking various questions concerning the Japanese influence in patchwork quilting I thought I would share with you some resource terms that might be a jumping off point for you… they were for me.
So flip over to page 2 if you are looking for inspiration… Read the rest of this entry »
I have always loved and treasured my time spent at the AQS Quilt Show and Patchwork Quilting Seminar held each spring in Lancaster, PA and Paducah, KY. If you have never gone, to these or their other in Knoxville and Des Moines, you need to! I promise you, you will never regret it!
Now, if you are a patchwork quilting teacher, is the time to apply to teach at any of their shows scheduled for next year. I have put some of the details below, but be sure to check out the AQS blog for all the particulars! Read the rest of this entry »
Hawaiian patchwork quilting designs aren’t really patchwork quilting in the truest sense. They are beautiful appliqué quilts. Done in a very symmetrical pattern the whole piece appliqués are usually handed down through generations of tradition. But here is an opportunity to make your own and design the pattern itself!
Corinne Shibley of Quilting Suite 101 gives a very concise and thorough explanation of how to do just that. What was missing are pictures of what the finished product would look like but don’t worry, I’ve got you covered on that too, along with a VIDEO, and an idea of how to use even just one block if that’s all you care to complete! Just flip over to “page 2″ for MORE! Read the rest of this entry »
I would like to take the time this evening to introduce to you a true star in the world of patchwork quilting; Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart. I have known Mary Helen more years than I care to think about. So far back that I cannot remember if I first met her at QSDS (Quilt Surface Design Symposium) or as members of the exclusive Art Quilt Network, way back when it was still Nancy Crow’s group. The when and where is not important, it is the why.
For some reason Mary Helen, Susan Shie and myself, along with our spouses just all hit it off something BIG and our friendships were easy and simple, and long standing. I haven’t had the opportunity to speak with Mary Helen in years but this week she joined Facebook, and reading her blog it was like the years simply melted away. We are in different times of our lives than the last time we met but, like good friends, it didn’t matter, and we could take up simply where we left off!
For those of you that are not yet familiar with Mary Helen you really need to read up on her and her work! The pictures I have included here are of her work, Merinda’s Creation Quilt, is currently hanging in the FAVA Show in Oberlin Ohio that we “visited” earlier this week in this blog. Measuring 39″ x 61″ it is a wonderful work; with layer upon layer of stitching, piecing,
and embellishments, that invites the viewer to return over and over again to see what they may have missed the last time! All of Mary Helen’s work is done like this, with airbrushing, sketching, etc. incorporated as the piece calls for it… and you are NEVER disappointed! No wonder she has been invited to have a one woman showing at the Works Gallery! Read the rest of this entry »
“Ryoko No Seishen Tori”©
In case you missed the banner on the sidebar, all of Patchwork Quilting is lucky enough to have a WONDERFUL event available to us this week! It’s the 3rd Annual Blogger’s Quilt Festival! Produced by Amy’s Creative Side (of the same URL as the Festival) and sponsored by many generous patchwork quilting companies, it promises to be a literal treat for the eyes! Thank you Amy!
My submission into this wonderful festival is “Ryoko No Seishen Tori” which roughly translates to “Journey of the Spirit Birds”.
This piece, which measures 53″ x 78″, was made while doing a lot of collaborative work with companies and quilters in Japan. It seemed that at that time a lot of my work was being shown internationally, and while it traveled the world I traveled the United States teaching quilting, or in my studio producing commission work. Read the rest of this entry »
Back in March we talked about binding your quilts. Well I just stumbled upon a great tutorial by Amy’s Creative Side that really shows the final hand stitching very well so I thought I would share it with you.
Sashiko (刺し子, literally “little stabs”) is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching from Japan. Originally used to reinforce multiple layers of traditionally indigo blue fabric used for various functions.
Dating to ancient times warriors wore garments reinforced with sashiko beneath their armor in war to not only protect them from harm from combatants but from chafing.
“Firemen” in Japan in ancient times had uniforms made of sashiko. The many layers of cloth, held together by the decorative stitches, would help in a most astounding way… the men that fought the fire would be literally doused with water so that their sashiko covered uniform was soaking wet, and then these men would run into the building and just knock down the walls and the fire with it. Put the fire out? No way! The buildings were just made of paper, and they just wanted to get the fire down and out as soon as they could so that it did not spread to nearby structures. The sashiko uniform helped save the “fireman” from burns.
The white cotton thread on the traditional indigo blue cloth gives sashiko its distinctive appearance, though decorative items sometimes use red thread.
There are many beautiful designs made for stitching sashiko patterns into the cloth. They are traditionally patterns that are in repetitions and can be stitched continuously, so make for very good machine sewn sashiko quilting too.
One of my own copyrighted patterns featured sashiko and I will be offering that pattern free to my readers in upcoming weeks so be sure to watch for that giveaway!
This video shows some wonderful examples, and the recommended reading will give you even MORE! Read the rest of this entry »
Today was one of those days that while I was unable to leave home I left home… there are so many wonderful avenues that a patchwork quilting fan can stroll down nowadays without ever having to leave the comfort of their own home!
One of the great things about the internet, besides our getting to see all the wonderful quilts, is the ability of quilt artists to promote their work. With this in mind I present Mary Jo Bowers…
We take our inspirations from everything around us, and everything we can bring to us… I hope you enjoy her beautiful abstract contemporary patchwork quilting! Read the rest of this entry »