Wednesday, October 8, 2008


The Fiber Arts Alliance has a very talented membership pool.  Our focus is education and sharing information provided mainly by our own members.  What I like about it is the informal, little to no business meeting approach....who has time to sit through long winded meetings?

Patsy Thompson shared her amazing quilts with us yesterday.  She's a natural teacher, providing the why's and how of her excellent machine quilting techniques.  Her website is a wealth of information where she generously offers freedownloads of quilting motifs from her DVD's.  Be sure to check out her gallery of fantastic quilts....where you'll notice how well she marries the quilts' design and the quilting.  Her DVD's, which are excellent can be purchased from her site.

This small piece is a journal page quilt......the quilting gives the impression of a flowing river.

Patsy revealed a helpful trick she uses to keep her quilts so flat, square, and pucker free, while still adding a lot of machine stitching texture.  Working on a section of her stablized quilt top (think large quilt block), she fuses a motif, satin stitches the edges, then with the tearaway stabilizer removed, she machine embroiders the motif.  The stitching becomes more managable by working just on the quilt top, rather than through the typical 3 quilt sandwich layers.

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