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Show 2310: Lynn Carson Harris - Big Impact With Bits, Scraps, and Tiny Blocks

Featuring: Lynn Carson Harris

Posts On: November 4, 2018


Alex kicks off the show with a fast, fun, and cuddly quilt that can provide a warm hug for a loved one. Then, quilt teacher and author Lynn Carson Harris stops by the studio to share her love for using every last bit of fabric. Growing up on a farm, where nothing was wasted, fits perfectly with her style of quilting.

Spontaneously sewing small bits together for the sheer fun of it, resulted in stacks of small parts that later became the springboard for larger designs. Lynn says it’s about enjoying the process and not focusing on precision. And her tips for making small improv log cabin blocks will teach you not to toss your scraps aside. And, if that weren’t enough to get you thinking that small is good, wait till you see her teach Alex the cutest 2” finished Amish style basket block. We know you’ll be hooked on tiny. You won’t want to miss this show!

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Lynn Carson Harris

Alex Anderson (Alex Anderson Quilts)

From Chapter One:

Alex shares a fast, fun and cuddly quilt that can provide a warm hug and comfort for a loved one.

From Chapter Two:

Lynn Carson Harris sits down with Alex and Ricky and they take a look at her quilts and discuss her sewing background.

From Chapter Three:

Lynn shows you how she sets up her sewing area for those times when it's about spontaneity and not necessarily precision. With everything at hand, the system allows her to pull pieces, sew, cut, and press many blocks at one sitting. She shares how to build the improv log cabin block. We look at some quilts that feature this technique.

From Chapter Four:

Lynn shares her technique for stitching a 2” finished Amish style basket block.

After Set:

Lynn’s family enjoys going to camps/retreats to learn traditional crafts (i.e. making cloth, rope) on Drummond Island. She shares some of the items that she has made at these camping excursions.

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#8 JOHNANDERSON 2019-11-20 09:08
As a Basic member be sure to watch the Free shows (under the WATCH menu) to see what we are all about. Also, scan the newsletter for things that are new on the site. Each newsletter starts with a wonderful quilt for education and inspiration.
#7 lulumoon 2018-12-09 17:28
Aside from all the great techniques, I especially loved hearing about Lynn's domestic abuse series of quilts - moved me to tears.
#6 cmannconso 2018-11-16 14:33
And When I Die was written and sung by Laura Nyro who died at an early age of breast cancer. Have a listen. She has some other great song.
#5 Mickey Coppage 2018-11-13 11:13
I loved the show! I participated in a retreat at Lynn's studio in September. I learned so much about tiny piecing and was inspired by her collection of quilts. And yes, the baskets and tiny stars are addicting!
#4 Rosemary Bolton 2018-11-12 06:58
These are beautiful and very very touching designs. Thank you for sharing about Lynn. She is an angel
#3 inspireddreams 2018-11-05 19:38
I can't tell you how moving I found Lynn's" adjective" mini quilts. It's a reminder of how powerful a medium quilting is.
#2 Ferne 2018-11-04 09:58
What a wonderful show! I love basket quilts and might have to give this little block a try...little blocks don't scare me much, but her tips will help make it easier!
#1 CarrieG 2018-11-04 06:28
I just read about Lynn in the recent issue of Quilt Folk and her she is ! I drive by Chelsea every couple months. Does she have a store?
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