Who is Melody Crust?
Nationally celebrated fabric artist, Melody Crust, is renowned for her quilting talent and use of creative embellishments. She proudly states that 'she loves all things shiny'. Her award winning work has been shown in many juried shows and exhibitions, and is coveted by private collectors from around the world.
Melody is a highly sought after quilter, author and teacher. In travelling to virtually every part of the country, she brings her natural teaching ability and contagious enthusiasm to quilters everywhere. Her extremely popular lectures and workshops are always well received. Students often return again and again for another helping of her expertise! Her books plus her quilts and writings have been featured in dozens of books, magazines and other publications, including Quilter's Newsletter Magazine , Quilting Arts, Quilters World , Belle Amour and Patchwork Quilts. Melody has also appeared many times on both television and radio.
Melody's newest book, Stitching Through the Layers, The Art and Elegance of Straight Line Stitching, helps quilters move their quilts one big step toward stardom! This book will help you decide how to maximize the 'wow' factor by using the right stitching in the right way and in the right places!
Eye Candy Quilts: Super-fast Fun with Beads, Baubles, Buttons and More was developed with the need for instant beauty in mind. These gorgeous mini-quilts are so much fun to make, they should be declared illegal! The wonderful variety of embellishments, from beads, buttons, and bows, to silk flowers, trims and countless other little fancies will win your work instant admiration.
Her book, Quilt Toppings; Fun and Fancy Embellishment Techniques, taps into the strong emerging trend toward the embellishment of quilt surfaces. Paint, foil, thread, crayons, oil paintstiks, buttons, ribbons and beads are all readily available, fun, easy and non-messy ways to add final design elements to traditional and non-traditional quilts for that extra punch that some quilters crave.
A Fine Line: Techniques and Inspirations for Creating the Quilting Design, co-written with Heather Waldron, is the first and only book completely devoted to designing the quilting stitch.
As an active promoter of every facet of the quilting world, she co-founded QuiltFest, and has judged/curated regional and national exhibitions. Melody and her husband, professional photographer Charles Crust, live in Kent, Washington.