Thursday, April 27, 2017

Basting and Quilting in an Old Fashioned Frame


Joe Cunningham is a professional quiltmaker with a flair for improvisation and quilting “freehand” designs without marking. “Joe the Quilter” lives in San Francisco, California, a long drive from Baltimore, Maryland. But thanks to technology, I just spent an hour and a half with Joe and his “Zen attitude,” via his DVD, Basting and Quilting in an Old Fashioned Frame.” (found on amazon.com)

As a teacher myself, of hand applique and hand quilting, I always enjoy learning how other people work on their quilts.

On the video, Joe shows step-by-step how to make the simple, inexpensive 4-board frame he uses. While visiting a local quilting group, the Dorcas Quilters, Joe points out similar setup options that they use. This kind of frame can easily be disassembled and stored away when not in use; convenient for a quilt guild, shop, or at home.

He also shows how to use the frame to thread baste the 3 layers of a quilt (backing, batting, and top) in preparation for machine quilting or hand quilting in a hoop.

From his studio, Joe talks about how he likes to work while actually quilting in the frame, how he decides what to quilt, and the tools he prefers. 

Zooming in to view both hands above and below the quilt, Joe maneuvers the needle to demonstrate how to do the actual hand quilting stitch, tie off, and “waddle” from one place to another.

The most useful thing I learned from Joe today is how to quilt away from myself. I look forward to trying his methods, and I can watch over and over until I accomplish the Zen attitude of quilting "without looking." Meanwhile, I can enjoy the music on the DVD from “Music for Squares” by Joe Cunningham and Erik Walker.
 
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, 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.