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Show 1801 - Piecing Perfection from the BOM Designer

Featuring: Lessa Siegele

Posts On: December 31, 2015


As the designer of the TQS BOM quilt for 2016, Lessa Siegele knows a lot about accurate piecing, and she shares many of her tips for piecing perfection.  Lessa grew up in Australia and has always loved historic quilts. She was presented the Order of Australia Medal by Queen Elizabeth II for her work promoting quilting. She shares the story of The Rajah quilt, made by women convicts while on a boat journey in the 1840s, which is the basis for the BOM quilt. Lessa then offers many tips for accurate piecing, using her Rajah Quilt Revisited as a sample. She also has suggestions on how to personalize the BOM quilt to make it your own. TQS then visits The Virginia Quilt Museum, which houses some magnificent quilts. Set in an 1856 historic home, it had been a hospital during the Civil War but now houses an enormous quilt collection.

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Links to Artists:

Lessa Siegele (Lessa Siegele Patterns)

From Chapter One:

Lessa Siegele shares her quilt journey as well as the Australian Rajah quilt's history, the inspiration for the 2016 BOM.

From Chapter Two:

Lessa teaches how to start the Rajah quilt with a personalized center along with accurate piecing and appliqué tips.

From Chapter Three:

Lessa teaches five tips to achieve piecing excellence.

From Chapter Four:

#21 PamL. 2017-08-03 08:11
I would like to buy the pattern for the mini spinning bargello that leesa used to demonstrate skinny borders. Its brilliant.
#20 sewingrose 2016-03-09 00:20
Very interesting show. Do you have the measurements for the tip on making 1/2 square triangle blocks. How far apart do you need to make the diagonal lines. This is such a nice method so you don't have bias edges.
#19 dahlialady 2016-01-15 10:36
Loved the show. Looking forward to getting started on the quilt. Her tips were fantastic!
#18 sue 2016-01-14 01:55
The pattern is available at Widebacks in South Australia for $15 AUD. You can order online.
#17 sugarmuffin57 2016-01-13 07:26
Quoting bjjiminy:
Please post where Lessa's patterns can be purchased. (her friend's website)

The website is 2SewTextiles. Click on the link at the bottom right of the home page.
#16 bjjiminy 2016-01-12 15:19
Please post where Lessa's patterns can be purchased. (her friend's website)
#15 Pinsandgiggles 2016-01-11 11:24
Hello, Loved this episode. Beautiful quilts and lots of wonderful tips! Have you received the measurement sheet for the flying geese and half square triangles? Wonderful programs!
#14 Nancy 2016-01-10 16:52
Would love the flying geese instructions. Did Leesa allow you to post them?
#13 Le Rowell 2016-01-10 14:59
Loved the show and most especially the visit to the Virginia Quilt Museum. This is a jewel in the Shenandoah Valley and a must to see for all quiltmakers and lovers. Thanks for the special feature! :lol:
#12 4RSWY 2016-01-08 07:36
I am so excited about the BOM project for this quilt. I took your advice and raided my stash. I am ready to start. Thanks for this great venue.
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