Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Hand Quilting 101 Workshop

HAND QUILTING 101 WORKSHOP with Barbara M. Burnham

Sat, Apr 22, 2017 at 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Visit Spring Water Designs for details: http://www.springwaterdesigns.com/
9691 Gerwig Lane Suite G, Columbia MD 21046

Have you wanted to learn to quilt by hand? Maybe you would like to improve your hand quilting stitches, or try a new technique?  Would you like to sit next to someone who can guide you step by step? Join us to learn the basics of hand quilting. Work on a practice quilt piece, a wall hanging or pillow, or bring your current hand quilting project. Try several methods of quilting by hand, with or without a hoop or frame, even if you have never quilted by hand before. 

Barbara uses a video projection system so everyone can see closeups, as well as one-on-one guidance with each student. She will bring her award winning quilts, and several antique quilts for your inspiration. A selection of quilting designs will be provided.

Topics covered:
How to choose fabrics, threads, and batting
Choose the best tools for hand quilting
Basting the quilt sandwich
Selecting a designs for your quilt
Marking tools, how to mark quilting designs and grids, no mark methods
Several ways to do hand quilting stitches
Lap Quilting, or By-the-Block
Begin and end threads with knots, or with no knots
Quilt straight lines, curves, and feathers
Hide colored threads to prevent shadowing
Handling a large quilt
Plans to make your own quilt frame (handout)
Tips and techniques to make your hand quilting easy and fun
New! Big Stitch Quilting techniques

Keep Stitching!
Barbara M. Burnham
www.barbaramburnham.com
(c) 2017 Barbara M. Burnham. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any kind is expressly prohibited without prior written authorization.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Baltimore on the Prairie 2017, Nebraska City, NE

Baltimore on the Prairie
*** Applique Conference ***
September 20-23, 2017
Lied Lodge and Conference Center
Nebraska City, NE



Once again, I am very excited to be teaching two workshops at Baltimore on the Prairie (September 20-23, 2017).

A well known teaching faculty has been assembled for 2017: Nancy Amidon, Barbara Burnham, Jeana Kimball, Lisa DeBee Schiller, and Cathy Van Bruggen. Classes cover all skill levels from the very beginning basics to advanced Baltimore techniqes.


For my workshops, we chose two applique blocks drawn directly from the antique quilt in Baltimore Garden Quilt, and updated them with new fabrics and  new techniques.
Here is a preview of some techniques I will offer:



Choose from layered or multilayered flowers with dimensional folded buds,

or try edge ruching method for dimensional flowers and buds.


Fussy cut fabrics or add broderie perse flowers. 

Sew perfectly round padded circles, French knots, fancy fringes, or criss-cross centers.


Choose from several methods to make stems and arrange them in graceful curves. Learn to applique bumpless curves, sharp points and V's, how to handle small appliqué pieces, and tips to make hand appliqué faster and neater. I use a video projection system so all students can watch techniques up close. I hope you can join us!

Keep Stitching!
Barbara M. Burnham
www.barbaramburnham.com
(c) 2017 Barbara M. Burnham. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any kind is expressly prohibited without prior written authorization.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Academy of Applique 2017 in Williamsburg, VA

Once again, I am very excited to be teaching a 3-day workshop at Academy of Applique in Williamsburg, VA 2017 (Feb. 27-March 1). 

Join us to applique this Baltimore Garden Woven Basket, and fill it with flowers inspired by antique applique quilts. Choose from a variety of applique techniques, including options for beginners and new techniques for advanced applique artists. Start with easy basket weavers to build your basket.




Learn to needleturn applique with freezer paper on top. Try my unique and sure-fire method for taming points, bumpless curves, and deep inner V’s without fray.



Sew Paisley Roses in hand on a foundation, and try your hand at “twisted” applique for added dimension.


Discover tricks to maneuver parts that overlap and underlap on a triple-loop bow. Add a bit of reverse applique and a perfect padded circle.


Sprinkle in a few edge-ruched flowers and embellish with fringe.



Design a multicolor spinning flower, or try your hand at inked embellishments on a simple one-piece white flower.

Students love my video projection system so everyone can watch closeups of my techniques right from their chair.  As of today 1/25/17, there are still 3 seats available, but it is only a month away, so don’t wait any longer to register! http://www.academyofapplique.com/




Keep Stitching!
Barbara M. Burnham
www.barbaramburnham.com
(c) 2017 Barbara M. Burnham. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any kind is expressly prohibited without prior written authorization.





















Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Trifold Applique Stems – Easy, Fast, and Skinny

Baltimore Applique Society invited me to teach a “Sit-and-Sew,” so I shared my favorite method  for applique stems: Trifold Applique Stems – Easy, Fast, and Skinny. BAS member, Kristy Poindexter writes for their newsletter, and she graciously allowed me to share part of her article here.

November Sit-and-Sew with Barbara Burnham
by Kristy Poindexter
     Soft-spoken and congenial, Barbara Burnham gave a capacity crowd at November’s Sit-and-Sew the “skinny” on stems. As a charter member of BAS, author of Baltimore Garden Quilt, and veteran teacher, she knows many methods to make stems, but she demonstrated her favorite method—Trifold by Hand—for us. This is method #10 from her booklet, Appliqué Stems and Vines: So Many Methods! which includes more than a dozen other ways to fashion stems and vines.

Her Trifold by Hand method begins with a strip of fabric, either straight or bias cut, that is about three times the width of the finished stem. So, cut a 3/4” strip to finish at 1/4”.

Since the strip will be folded into thirds, Barbara showed us how to use a ruler and a hera marking tool to score the first fold line gently on the wrong side of the fabric 1/3 of the width of the strip.

Then, she folded the fabric into thirds (it was amazingly easy) and pressed the strip on a not-quite-cotton setting. Steam or spray mist can be used to reinforce the folds.

Barbara then shared an EXTRA TIP. If you have made your trifolded stem on the bias grain, you can “pre-curve” it at the ironing board. Place the folded strip with raw-edge-up. Gently bend the stem as you iron – bending the raw edge toward the outside curve – the raw edge is easier to bend outward. Applique the inside curve (folded edge) first.



In response to a question about estimating the total length of strips needed, Barbara held a bendable tape measure on its edge along the length of a stem, as we could do on a pattern. Simply add the various lengths to know how much to make.

Barbara also gave us the “super skinny” on making a 1/8” or 1/16” stems – method #9 in her booklet. To order Barbara’s books and patterns, visit her website www.barbaramburnham.com.

She is teaching a beautiful woven basket at the Academy of Applique in Williamsburg this February, so you might want to sign up for her class to learn more ways to make stems!



Keep Stitching!
Barbara M. Burnham
www.barbaramburnham.com




(c) 2016 Barbara M. Burnham. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any kind is expressly prohibited without prior written authorization.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Lap App Love!


Cherry Bird from Baltimore Garden Quilt
Having fun stitching applique on my new Lap App!

Thanks to my students at Baltimore on the Prairie for sharing their new Lap App with me.
Best invention ever! The Lap App is a new tool for stitchers of all kinds. Basically, it is a little work surface that you place on your lap and adjust to your own comfortable position for sewing.

I always encourage my hand applique students to brace their hands on a surface for stability
while stitching, rather than hold their sewing up in the air, and to practice good posture
for health and circulation.

So of course, I had to have one! I am so glad I made this investment - using the Lap App while sewing in my comfy armchair allows me to have much better posture. Now I can't wait to use it while sewing in the car, which is always a bit awkward!

The Lap App comes with a sewing themed cloth cover, an ironing cover, fine sandpaper for
tracing onto fabric for hand piecing or applique, and other features. Joyce Haskins, the co-inventor, explains more here: https://lapappstore.net/  

P.S. I have no affiliation, just a happy user.


Keep Stitching!
Barbara M. Burnham
www.barbaramburnham.com

(c) 2016 Barbara M. Burnham. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any kind is expressly prohibited without prior written authorization.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Bird's Eyes at Baltimore On The Prairie


We just returned home from teaching applique at Baltimore on the Prairie in Nebraska City, NE. The cherry bird block from my Baltimore Garden Quilt book was one of the workshops.






It is always fun to see the different fabrics students choose, especially for bird’s eyes.



Small flowers are a great choice for bird eyes.

Circles and polka dots are great choices, if they are not too small to sew.

Edie also used a polka dot.

This bird’s blue eye was cut from the same fabric as the wing, to match, and check out those fancy bird legs!

A red eye, cut from a flower print, and a carefully placed polka dot stripe gave this bird fancy legs!



And who would imagine that this fancy floral print would make fabulous bird eyes? Angela from Ireland, that’s who!


















For tips on sewing small bird’s eyes, visit this blog post: Applique a Tiny Bird's Eye.

Hope to see you all again in September 2017 at Baltimore on the Prairie.

Keep Stitching!
Barbara M. Burnham

www.barbaramburnham.com

(c) 2016 Barbara M. Burnham. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any kind is expressly prohibited without prior written authorization.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Baltimore On the Prairie 2016

I am really looking forward to teaching these two hand applique workshops, and there are still a few seats available. But they are filling quickly! Hope to see you there in September.

Baltimore on the Prairie
September 21-24, 2016
Lied Lodge and Conference Center
Nebraska City, Nebraska
 

Class Samples
Baltimore Garden Wild Cherry Birds is a block from the Baltimore Garden Quilt, inspired by an 1848 applique quilt in my collection.

Baltimore Garden Tulip Wreath is a new original design never published before, inspired by the antique quilt.

For more information, visit: Baltimore on the Prairie
Hope to see you there!


Keep Stitching!
Barbara M. Burnham

www.barbaramburnham.com

(c) 2015 Barbara M. Burnham. All rights reserved. Reproduction of any kind is expressly prohibited without prior written authorization.