Monday, September 24, 2012

Meet Our Cover Girl! {and a giveaway!}

Joan Shay designed this fall-themed wall hanging for Quilt Trends magazine using her Appli-Bond© technique and our Marblehead fabrics.

Don't you love the dark brown marble fabric creates such a rich background for the quilt?
Harvest Home by Joan Shay, 36" square

About the quilt:
''Since the quilt was for a fall issue, I started thinking about what was representative of the season: leaves, corn husks, pumpkins," Joan says. "The pieces are all attached with some sort of embroidery stitch. For machine quilting, I basically outlined the sashing strips."
''My favorite part is the cornstalk—a real challenge. I wanted to make it look round and dimensional, and I think I was able to achieve that with layering."

About the fabric:
''The Marblehead fabric worked perfectly for it all. I never use solids, because the objects I'm making are not one solid color in nature. There were wonderful variations in the colors, from dulls to brights."

About the technique:
To create these 3-D results, Joan fuses two pieces of fabric together using HeatnBond® Ultra Hold Iron-On Adhesive. Then she traces and cuts out her shape, and stitches it to the background fabric. The adhesive prevents fraying because all the fibers will be glued together, and it also allows pieces to be curled and shaped. ''It's a great segue for people who are afraid of appliqué,'' Joan says. ''And you can shape the pieces so that they're very dimensional, by reheating them and holding in them in place until they cool."

About the designer:
Joan came up with this idea after a dream one night, back in 1997. Her first quilt using this technique was a Nantucket basket filled with blue hydrangeas. She just finished writing her fourth book with AQS, and the technique she developed for flowers and leaves has expanded to birds, dragonflies, fish, and even mermaids. Visit her website, Petal Play.

And…great news for fans of Joan's work. She'll have a winter-themed wall hanging made from Marblehead in the next issue of Quilt Trends!

Order the Fall 2012 issue of QuiltTrends here.
Order a kit for Joan's Harvest Home quilt here.

The giveaway is now closed.
In celebration of our cover quilt, we are offering a kit to make Joan's project, including the issue of Quilt Trends containing the pattern. To enter to win this kit, leave a comment on this post telling us how you are a follower (Google Friend Connect or via email), and then tell us your favorite Fabri-Quilt fabric collection. The giveaway will be open through Thursday, September 27 at 11:59 pm EST. Check the blog on Friday to see if you won!
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  1. I follow by GFC and my favorite Fabri-Quilt fabric collection is Blue Skies, followed closely by Radiance and Astral Summer. Joan's quilt is lovely; I noticed it in the magazine just the other day.

  2. I'm a follower for sure. I love all fabric but Calypso has gotten my attention lately but the Farmer's fabric sure makes me hungry. I'd love to fill some "jars" and just hug the quilt.

  3. I am definitely a follower, both through Google and email. I love all of the Marblehead fabric lines, especially the latest one Marblehead Global Brights. I also love the Focus fabrics as I work with tone-on-tone fabrics a lot. Joan's quilt is truly inspirational.

  4. I am a follower by email. I'm glad I found your blog because I love this quilt with lots of texture.My favorite Fabric-Quilt collection is Radiance. This will be a good excuse to use my new longarm machine!