Kathy McNeil is an internationally award winning quilt artist, author, pattern designer, teacher and judge. Hand appliqueing thousands of little scraps of fabric together, she creates quilts that look like paintings. Often using over a hundred different fabrics in one composition, she revels in adding small details and surprises for t he viewer to find. The quilting itself adds an additional element of texture to her work. Her quilts are frequently featured in museums, magazines, calendars, and international shows as well as in private collections.
Let’s make one of these beautiful Herons together. Learn the EASY, new Apliquick method of turned edges. This method is sweeping the appliqué world. Small, complex pieces are easy to turn with these tools from Spain. We will use special interfacing for our template material. Edges will be swept over the interfacing and left in place, unlike freezer paper that has to be removed. You will love the extra loft and dimension this adds to each feather.
Your beautiful birds will be made as free objects, ready to place on the background scene or a focal block of your new quilt. Kathy will demonstrate shading with her optional fabric paint crayons. Expect to get a good portion of your Heron body completed.
Finished quilt size: 22 x 29 for the full scene shown in the pattern.
$12.00 pattern fee. pre-order from my website.
$55.00 Apliquick Kit fee. Students may purchase the Apliquick kit in class, order it from my website or bring their own Apliquick tools. www.kathymcneilquilts.com
The kit includes:
$38.00 two stainless steel turning rods.
$8.00 1 yard of Apliquick interfacing/template material
$9.00 Glue pen
Preview a video of this technique:
22” x 29” full finished scene, but we will just be making the Heron in class.
Feather Fabrics 4-5 different 1/4 yd, small scale tone on tone prints. Include lights, and mediums. Remember to take artistic license with these birds. They are whimsical in purple, elegant in Asian prints and more realistic in grays.
Basic Body shape-1/3 yard. This is the darkest and bottom layer of the body feathers.
Middle layer of body shape-1/4 yd. lighter than the base body shape.
Head and Neck-1/3 yd of white Do not use sheer whites, they will shadow through. 3” x 8” shaded white for inner neck shape.
Bills and feet-gold/browns or color used in your feathers.
4” X 12” black for face.
Optional: White fluffy yarn for embellishment
208. Razzle Dazzle Those Borders – All Levels – 3 Hour, Lecture/Demonstration
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Learn to add dynamic visual interest and excitement to your borders. What inspires border designs? How can you be more original? Multiple examples will be shown along with a discussion about basic construction options. Let’s do more than frame or enlarge those quilt tops. Let’s put some pizzazz into that final piece!
Note taking pen and paper
Quilt top that you may want to share with the class for border ideas after the presentation. We will take as many of these as time allows.
216. Language of Flowers (Apliquick Method)- Confident Beginners and Intermediate Appliqué Students. – 6 Hours
Saturday: 2 to 5 p.m. + Sunday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Pattern must be pre-ordered from my web site, so students will have the instructions for preparing their background oval.
The language of flowers, is a means of communication through the use of flowers. Meanings have been attributed to individual lowers for thousands of years. My Tussie Mussie blocks, each convey a special sentiment. Start with the “New Beginnings’ Block for this project.
I will be teaching the APLIQUICK method of turning your edges to create each flower and ribbon unit. Unit appliqué is a versatile appliqué technique very usual in creating complex blocks or appliquéd wallhangings. Tools for this technique will be available to try in class or you can pre-order them from my web site. Needle turning will work, but I will not be teaching that method, so you must be comfortable with that technique.
Learn basic hand embroidery stitches and how to make dimensional cherry blossoms to enhance the visual impact of your block. You will be delighted with the shading possibilities of fabric paint crayons too! Although we will just be working on the floral units in class, Kathy will cover the assembly of this beautiful Victorian block. Watch a free video of the Apliquick method on my web site if you are curious about this technique before class.
12” x 16” black background fabric.
6” x 9” scrap in all three shades of yellow for Daffodils and butterfly.
9” x 9” scrap for pink cherry blossoms. (Optional, use two shades of pink.)
2” x 2” scrap of red blender fabric and red small scale print for butterfly.
4” x 9” scrap medium dark purple for ribbon.
6” x 10” light purple for ribbon.
4” x 6” apple green for leaves.
6” x 6” each dark green, medium green, and light green for leaf blades. DMC embroidery floss – Hot pink, medium pink, orange, russet brown.
Background Black Oval