Free quilting videos with Kelly Bowser
Sometimes you find a quilt pattern that you want to reproduce to a T — same layout, some colors, maybe even the exact same fabric collections. But sometimes, you’d rather change a few things and make the design your own.
If you’ve never strayed too far from an original quilt pattern, doing so can be a bit intimidating. But, there is a new FREE quilting video series on our sister site, QNNtv.com, that is here to inspire you and offer guidance. Quilt Remix: Vintage Pattern, Modern Twist focuses on the many different ways you can make a quilt uniquely yours.
The premise of Quilt Remix is simple: the series takes a different vintage or traditional quilt pattern each month and makes it modern.
Host Kelly Bowser will present her modern twist on the original pattern, and her featured guest for that month will also present his or her modern twist. Through weekly episodes, both Kelly and her guest will demonstrate new techniques that helped them in making their quilt variations, and in the fourth segment of each month, longarm quilter Lynn Bell will demonstrate ways to complete your quilt with modern quilting (and sometimes traditional or contemporary quilting)!
The focus quilt for January was Saluting You, a quilt designed by Candy Hargrove and featured in Scrap Quilts Fall 2016. Kelly saw arrows within the blocks and simplified them to make a modern rainbow of arrows in her quilt. She shows you how to make her simplified arrow blocks and discusses how they come together to form her variation.
Guest Emily Smith saw mountains within the blocks and added several of her own original blocks to create a landscape of mountains and houses. The construction of Emily’s version is easy because it’s all built on either 4″ square patches or 2″ square patches. Emily shows you how to make an improvisational house block and piece it into the quilt.
The focus quilt for February is Folk Dance designed by Diane Tomlinson and included in Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting January/February 2017 issue. Kelly saw this traditional pickle dish quilt and loved the pattern. She updated the fabrics, decided not to do the last row of blocks so her quilt would be square, and used low volume prints in the background spaces. She shows you how to use Fons & Porter’s Pickle Dish Template Set in order to easily create the blocks. Curved piecing is made easier with the large size of the blocks and the accuracy of the quilt templates.
Guest Lori Baker, our Quiltmaker acquisitions editor, saw the pickle dish as an element to play with and used its shape with improvisational scrappy foundation strip piecing to make her new quilt, Lemon Pickles, patterned in Quiltmaker‘s March/April 2017 issue.
The first six episodes of Quilt Remix are available to watch now; click here to see all the episodes. New episodes will be released weekly on Thursdays. In the coming months, the series will remix more great quilt patterns from some of your favorite designers, including Kate Colleran, Nancy Mahoney and more. Check out the series preview here:
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