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Show 2012 - Modern Scrappy Quilts

Featuring: Gyleen Fitzgerald

Posts On: June 4, 2017


Sometimes the catalyst for a totally new direction in quilting simply comes down to vacation photos. Building a design using the fundamental shape of a square became the inspiration for Gyleen’s venture into the Modern world. But Gyleen, as always, has made the process more streamlined and completely her own. She shows a grid system that allows you, the quilter, to design anything you like using basic building blocks that play well together. But wait, there’s more. Gyleen even shares a fast and calculating way for you to make an interesting and unique quilt back using your stash. That leaves money for new fun fabrics. She’s a gal after any quilter’s heart.

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Gyleen Fitzgerald

From Chapter One:

Gyleen Fitzgerald was a previous guest, featured in Show 909: Techniques, Tips...and Turning "Trash into "Treasure" and Show 1403: Build Beautiful Quilts with Butterfly Seams, and is back to share what she's been doing lately, including how her concept for a book grew from photos she took while on a vacation in Europe. We take a look at some of Gyleen's latest quilts.

From Chapter Two:

Gyleen explains the block system, where everything is based on a 9”. The three base elements (brick, cobblestone, pebble) can be sub joined but still play well together. She then shares a technique for sewing a pieced triangle using fabric squares. This method avoids the need for making triangles and is faster, easier, and more accurate.

From Chapter Three:

Gyleen shows you how easy it is to build a perfect pinwheel (with spinning seams) using only three pins.

From Chapter Four:

Gyleen talks about quilt backs. She pieces her backs to have more fun on both sides and creates an unexpected surprise for the viewer. It also helps you use up your stash. Her method for creating interesting and easy designs using a fat quarter and a 15" square ruler will astound you.

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#19 Melanus 2020-10-24 09:01
Were the pinwheels sewn, then the strip cut into triangles or cut first, then sewn one by one?

Great show! So much inspiration!
#18 Deb Anderson 2017-08-13 21:27
I love Gyleen ! she is so inspirational. I watched her show this morning and sewed most of the day. How creative and intelligent she is. I am going to order her book now. Seriously love her backing ideas. Is the formula written down somewhere? Can I find it somewhere?
#17 Myrna A Todd 2017-06-13 09:55
I enjoyed it Gyleen. Wonderful, you always make it looks easy. Very creative! Thank you for letting it watch in your website.
#16 nhquilts 2017-06-11 11:42
Gyleen spoke at my guild on Thursday and told us we could watch her show on piecing the back and get a free pattern today (Sunday the 11th of June). I am unable to get this.
#15 speedy.gonzales 2017-06-09 08:54
Great show. She is such a good teacher.
#14 goodwitch 2017-06-06 14:59
Hi..........I can retrieve the trailer but not the actual show. Please help. I love scrappy quilts.
#13 goodwitch 2017-06-06 14:59
Hi............. I can retrieve your trailer but not the actual show. Please help.
#12 sagrif3 2017-06-06 09:01
Where are the instructions for the math to make the
back of the quilt. She mentioned it would be on the website. Thanks.
#11 retta 2017-06-04 18:10
I have one of Gyleen's books and enjoy it. I found her free pattern. But where is the free information on her pieced backing that she mentioned during her show. I thought it looked very nice.
#10 quiltsalot 2017-06-04 17:18
Loved Gyleen! Learned so much. Where are the instructions for the math to make the
back of the quilt. She mentioned it would be on the website. Thanks.
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