Learn how to give a "retro feel" to your quilt as Alex demonstrates how you can bind a quilt with a Zigzag edge without using bias-cut fabric. Our featured artist Barbara Beasley, was introduced to quilting with a stack of quilt tops she inherited from her mother. Her quilting career might have ended with finishing the quilts, but a friend sent her to an animal portrait class and she was hooked. A lifelong lover of animals, Barbara says, "it is all about capturing the expression of the animal and finding its soul, that makes a photograph or a quilt look realistic." She demonstrates how to create a pattern from a photograph with clear plastic film and a Sharpie. Using a muslin base and silk fabrics for the eyes, she adds shadows and sparkle with other threads and fuses fabric pieces into place, to create her animal portraits.
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Alex shares with the audience how you can bind a Zig Zag edge without using bias-cut fabric. Watch as Alex shares her Zig Zag binding technique with us from her book, All Things Quilting.
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Barbara Yates Beasley talks about how she became a hand quilter, and what happened after she said that she would “never” quilt. Barbara’s inspiration comes from portraits that she has taken of her dogs, cats, bunnies and even cows.
Barbara takes us through the process of how she starts her animal portrait quilts by tracing the photograph and using Photoshop to fine tune the portrait. Watch her technique to see how she prints her final copy and cuts the appliquè pieces to add dimension to her quilt.
Barbara adds the finishing touches with details on her animal’s eyes using Gelly Roll and Sharpie pens. Watch the eyes come to life!
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