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Show 2108: Surface Design Simplified & Vintage Quilt Bed Turning

Featuring: Deborah Boschert / Julie Silber

Posts On: October 8, 2017


Watch artist, author, and teacher Deborah Boschert as she explores the possibilities of creating surface design with commercial fabrics. Seeing a need to help students overcome the struggle of getting started, Deborah shares a practical and easy way to self-evaluate your composition throughout the entire design process. 

Then quilt historian, curator, and quilt broker Julie Silber takes us on a history lesson via the lives of ordinary women, using quilts from the 1820s to 1950. You don’t want to miss this fun and information packed show.

Show Information

Links to Artists:

Deborah Boschert

Julie Silber

From Chapter One:

Deborah began quilting with an Eleanor Burns books, but soon moved to appliqué. She loves working with simple shapes (i.e. bowl, house, chair) in her work. She is a list maker, which led her to develop the workbook, Head, Heart and Hands. The workbook helps quilters to think about and develop their work during the building process. Alex and Ricky look at her quilts.

From Chapter Two:

Deborah shares three techniques for easy to do surface design to make commercial fabric more unique and unusual.

From Chapter Three:

Deborah shows how to approach a quilt project using a design guideline. The design guide helps you get over the fear of the blank page. From selecting a fabric palette to composition choices along the way, Deborah breaks the process into manageable and easy questions as she builds a piece.

From Chapter Four:

Julie takes us on a history lesson with quilts from the 1820s to 1950. As a quilt historian who studied American History in college, she was drawn to learning about the lives of ordinary women. Julie shares quilts and interesting details from the time period.

After Set:

Ricky and Deborah are huge fans of the musical Hamilton. They share fun stories and discuss why the musical has had such a big impact on them.


#15 lulumoon 2018-01-14 12:28
I LOVE this episode SOOOO much! All of Deborah's design ideas, AND the quilts from Julie Silbert's collection - OMG!!! I am so inspired, and I plan on enticing my friends to join TQS, because look what they're missing out on!

Thank you so much for all the wonderful work you do bringing us these great shows!
#14 bjdawson354 2017-11-03 09:03
Best show ever!
#13 Jeanne Marklin 2017-10-18 15:09
I loved the segment on Deborah! She gave so much information and thoughtful directions. Her book is a must have for helping with composition and design. And I’m also a Hamilton fanatic so I loved that segment as well. It was fun to watch!
#12 cooksgrte 2017-10-13 14:58
Love Deborah's demo. How does she finish her quilts? Are the edges faced , bound or other?
#11 chiggins481 2017-10-11 10:02
Great show! I especially loved the historic quilts from Julie Silber. (I have an iPad Pro and don’t have any issues watching the show.)
#10 LadyRags 2017-10-10 16:23
ditto with the stuttering video ... had to re boot multiple times ... took 2 hours to watch the show

why would I be out of time when I go to comment when I am still trying to watch the show?
#9 StarkStudiosWest 2017-10-09 16:28
Thank you so much for the show featuring Deborah Boschert. She was very generous to share so much information about her design principles. Please bring her back. Can't wait to receive her collage book & workbook!
#8 trudysewist 2017-10-09 13:42
The waste made from sequins is called Punchenella and is wonderful to use on Christmas trees and wreaths.
#7 elonan 2017-10-08 22:58
As much as I appreciate the old textiles I really think you did Deborah a disservice making her go through her segment of the show so fast. You really could have filled the whole show with just her. You barely touched on how she chooses quilt designs and embellishments. It was a shame. You need to have her back and have a whole show on fabric collage.
#6 Pam_Gantz 2017-10-08 15:55
I really enjoyed this show. I plan to purchase Deborah’s book and appreciated seeing the antique quilts. Wonder if Ricky or Alex purchased one.
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