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Show 108 - Memories and Memorials; Quilts Tell a Story

Featuring: Mary Fisher

Posts On: August 13, 2007

Mary Fisher, quilt artist, author and AIDS activist, demonstrates unique ways of creating original fabric by stamping and block printing, and shows how she used the technique in African-themed quilts from her book, ABATAKA. An ambassador for the United Nations AIDS program, Mary discusses how she uses her art to raise awareness about AIDS' impact, especially on women. She recently taught HIV-affected women in Africa to make bead bracelets brought to the U.S. market by Fair Winds Trading, Inc., through partnerships with O, The Oprah Magazine, and Also, Ricky and Alex both demonstrate how to make a memory block.

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From Chapter One:

Signature Blocks – Cutting Measurements

Alex´s Baby Crackers – 5” finished

From Baby Quilts with Love by Alex Anderson

  • Cut three rectangles 1 3/4” x 4 1/4 “ (2 dark / 1 light)

  • Cut two squares 3 ½” (1 dark / 1 light) – cut diagonally corner to corner once.

Follow steps in video to complete the block.

Ricky´s Signature block – 5” finished

  • Cut 5” strips (dark), then cut into 5” squares, cut diagonally corner to corner once.

  • Cut 2” light strips

Cut from freezer paper 5” square, draw a line that is 3/4 inch on each side of the diagonal center creating a 1 1/2 wide diagonal center.

The light strip is ironed to the freezer paper as indicated in the video. Follow steps on video to complete.

Mountain Valley Quilt Shop, La Veta CO

From Chapter Two:

Mary Fisher
Norton Museum of Art
Judith Baker Montano
Elly Sienkiewicz

Product used in Mary’s demonstration:

  • Blick Erasers
  • Lino Cutters
  • Lino Sticky back
  • Wonder under
  • Speedball acrylic paint
  • Commercial light weight fusible

From Chapter Three:


From The Afterset:

Lynda Milligan: Great American Quilt Factory
O Magazine

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