Ann comes to quilting as a stained glass artist with the luxury of auditioning glass pieces throughout the design process before a piece is finished. By using a simple fusing technique that treats fabric patches as though they were glass, she shows how quilters can make an entire quilt without sewing until the three basted layers are quilted. Use her 7 patterns or create your own, try out fabrics on a forgiving fusible background, replace patches until you're satisfied, layer, and stitch. Her turned-edge technique gives an elegant look to any quilt. No more ripping out stitches because there's no sewing until you quilt!
No Sewing Until You Quilt It - 05/16/2013
Reviewer: Ann Holmes from Asheville, NC
I had to respond to the last review.
I use a cell phone and computer now instead of a rotary dial telephone and typewriter. Rotary cutting is very efficient for cutting fabric instead of using a scissors. "No Sewing Until you Quilt It" is a time saving and turned edge technique that is easy to do. It allows you to have fun playing with fabric, and "No Sewing Until You Quilt It" allows you to edit your work without ripping out seams. Some of my hand appliqué students have made their blocks the no sew way, then slip stitched around each piece.
The point is to do what you enjoy - but it is a good idea to be open to new possibilities. Even those who say they can't sew will be able to create a beautiful quilt top and then send it out to be quilted! Happy Quilting!
No Sewing Until you quilt it - 01/02/2013
Reviewer: Anonymous from Arizona f/k/a NY
I am an old school hand quilter. I've been quilting all my adult life 40 years. I am trying to keep the art of traditional quilting alive and I would never think of using her methods. My quilts have won 1,2,3 prizes in the biggest shows in the north east, I hand quilt an appliqué, I use a hoop to quilt, so that my work is portable, and I try to achieve the tiny even stitches the 19th century quilts were constructed with. I don't understand why women are turning away from the traditional methods, unless it's instant gratification. In any event, I will sew my quilts any way I want to, but it won't be with a gimmick, sewing machine, or a quilting machine.
No Sewing Until You Quilt It - 12/31/2012
Reviewer: pjmartin from Fair Oaks, CA
Ann Holmes does stained glass as well as quilting so has combined the techniques of these two arts in this no sewing method of quilting. This book has very detailed instructions, which allows anyone who has not tried quilting or appliqué before to try this method. A lot of helpful hints and notes are included in yellow boxes, even a full page on gluing, which is very important in this no sewing method. There are seven beautiful projects included in the book, starting with very simple projects for the beginner and going to much more complex projects. All patterns for these projects are included on a CD.
No Sewing Until You Quilt It by Ann R. Holmes - 10/17/2012
Reviewer: Patti Ives, TAS Newsletter from Sequim, WA, USA
Ann Holmes, stained glass artist and quilter, has been producing site-specific stained glass since 1976. In 1999, Ann became involved with the Asheville Quilt Guild and that fueled her desire to recreate some of her original glass designs into fabric without the lead line look of stained glass quilts. With this goal in mind, Ann developed her “No Sewing Until You Quilt It” appliqué technique. This turned-edge appliqué method uses a Tricot fusible interfacing as a foundation. You will not be doing any sewing until AFTER you make your quilt sandwich. At that time, you will stitch and quilt by machine with a free-motion or darning foot attached. Her two-step process starts with the printing of the pattern onto freezer paper. The pattern pieces are transferred to the background. The edges are turned under as you build. From here you can see what your appliqué piece will look like. This gives you an opportunity to change out a fabric or edit how you choose. The second step is to stitch and quilt the project. Finally, you are now ready to quilt/stitch-and-quilt at the same time. Even if you are uncomfortable with machine quilting, you may find this technique something you enjoy doing. The book contains a complete list of all the recommend supplies. Clear, color photos will help guide you through the process. The included CD contains 7 master patterns ranging from a simple just getting started wallhanging to a full-size quilt. --Patti Ives, TAS Newsletter, Sept/Oct 2012— Volume 16 - Number 1, page 15.
No Sewing Until You Quilt It - 07/16/2012
Reviewer: Kathie R Kerler from Portland, OR
Ann has developed a unique system to completely lay out a quilt top without sewing a stitch, using a foundation called French Fuse. When satisfied with the composition, you stitch and quilt simultaneously. Instructions are well laid out and easy to follow with excellent photo illustrations. There are small, simple quilts on which to try the technique as well as several lovely, complex designs for a greater challenge.
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