Ricky opens the show by sharing tips for constructing a Snowball block, which is used in his quilt, Sir Lancelot, the second in his Arthurian Legend Quilt Series. His method produces a bonus block to be utilized elsewhere.
Charlotte Hickman is a storyteller and quilter, with a long career in school administration, and a creative background in knitting, spinning, and playing the organ. She took up quilting after retirement and has been going non-stop ever since. Her charming personality is always present as she shares stories about her life and her work. Charlotte incorporates her roving yarns (fuzzy-textured wool fibers) into many of her quilts, and she demonstrates how she creates tree trunks using the needle punch attachment on her BERNINA. She also shares her method for thread painting leaves, which she creates in units, using a wooden hoop and a water-soluble stabilizer.
Charlotte Hickman (Nature Quilts)
Ricky shares tips on how to make a Snowball Block, which he features in his Sir Lancelot pattern.
Charlotte Hickman is a storyteller and quilter, with a long career in school administration, and a creative background in knitting, spinning, and playing the organ. Charlotte took up her love for quilting after her retirement. She shares how she would knock on people’s doors to ask if she could take a photo of the beautiful flowers, as she loves to work from photographs to put her quilts together.
Charlotte demonstrates how she takes her wool yarn and prepares it for either hand or machine felting. Her preferred fabric to use for this process is felt fabric. Charlotte demonstrates with her BERNINA felting foot to show the audience how to work the needle-felted wool fibers into your fabric and see your design come to life.
Charlotte Hickman shares how she combines her felting with thread painting. Charlotte uses her Three Tulips pattern to share with the audience how she goes from tracing the design to filling in the design with free-motion zigzag stitches. She then cuts out the designs when finished and stitches them together with a free-motion stitch. Once she has all the leaves attached, she simply applies machine stitching to her stems.