Chemical Attraction: Art in Everything

Chemical Attractions began as an accident of sorts. Way back in early 2016, I was asked to demo my applique method for a local group here in Arizona. The Valley Quilters Guild in Green Valley, AZ had asked me to join their Quilt Academy and to focus my lecture time on applique. In the interests of time allowances and sticking to a specific framework for the lecture, I wanted to design a block to demo that would emphasize making clean curves and neat points with layering and the need for the occasional lining fabric, while still having a simple repetitive structure. The resulting design was the block you see here. This block fit all my parameters. Simple points, lots of curves, light fab

Divide and Conquer Quilting

Hooray! Your latest masterpiece quilt top is finished and you are ready to baste and quilt! This is the stage at which so many of us (even the most active quilters) say “Now what?” Often the hardest part of determining how to quilt a project is creating a plan that allows us to move easily through the quilt with the least resistance. With these simple organizational techniques, this process can be made not only easier, but infinitely more rewarding. Let’s start with an applique project, though Divide and Conquer Quilting techniques can easily apply to any quilt. The quilt top has been pin basted and the thread choice is underway. Step 1: With an applique project, it’s best to begin by d

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