Mary & Garry Olson are a quilting couple. Garry designs the quilts (he majored in art) and Mary sews them. Many of Garry’s designs are based on a combination of Jacobean, Persian and Celtic influences. He demos how a design takes shape, from an initial sketch to a finalized drawing. Mary takes Garry’s designs and makes a pattern, often adding appliqué elements. She shares how she uses trapunto to increase interest. Mary claims she sews at the speed of a turtle, but she and Garry are winning top prizes with their quilts. Mary uses blue painter’s tape to create her crosshatch designs.
Next, sister team Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson of Me and My Sister Designs have quilter cred: they have owned a quilt shop together, written books and patterns, and designed fabric lines for Moda. They share a clever four-patch technique that will impress you!
Mary & Garry show us how they work together from Mary deciding which design she would like to quilt to Garry for drawing the designs and back to Mary for the longarm stitching process.
Garry’s favorite design to work up in a drawing is the Jacobean design and he states that his inspiration came from the book More William Morris Appliqué by Michelle Hill. Garry explains how he listens to his boss (Mary) first tell him what she wants and then he gets to the drawing board to start sketching. Mary then takes the sketch to fabric, cuts her pieces for machine appliqué out and digs right in to appliqué her quilt (with only raw edge finish buttonhole stitches).
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Mary discusses how she loves to work with organic elements and how she puts her INNOVA to the test. Mary talks about how she went from her very first longarm to what made her decide to purchase an INNOVA longarm machine. Mary is known as a turtle from her fellow quilters because she stitches very, very slowly to ensure the perfect stitches.
Barbara & Mary (sisters) explain to the audience how they became fabric designers for MODA as they love nothing but bright, bright colors. Barbara used to be an X-Ray technician for 25 years before she found her love of quilting. Barbara and Mary talk about how they love what they do and why designing each fabric in the brightest colors has meaning for them.