Applique Away On Galveston Bay
Carrie attended art shows selling wool appliqué tote bags, purses, runners and stockings about 10 years ago. This lead to creating patterns of her own designs for others to sew. Nature is the main, but not only source of inspiration. Carrie enjoys adding embroidery stitches to her designs for added interest. She also designs rug hooking patterns and miniature punch needle embroidery patterns.
Kathy McNeil is an internationally award winning quilt artist, author, pattern designer, teacher and judge. Kathy offers workshops, trunk shows and lectures, On line classes through American Quilters Society and quilting cruises to great destinations with Quilt Seminars at Sea.
Hand appliqueing thousands of little scraps of fabric together, she creates quilts that look like paintings. These wall hangings are inherently and symbolically full of love and comfort. Often using over a hundred different fabrics in one composition, she revels in adding small details and surprises for the 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. Many of her quilts are in private collections.
Every creative act begins as a connection between the artist and their world. Exploration of that moment of inspiration fuels the process of telling a story and making art. Results are never predictable, as the discovery is different each time. A mastery of techniques and design will be noted and appreciated by others, but will the magic that inspired the artist, reach out and touch someone else? When it does.... something big is shared.
Kathy is a true southern belle, from Tallulah, Louisiana, who just happens to be “blooming where she has been planted in Rockwall, Texas! Never one to stray from her roots, her appliqué work blends “all things Baltimore "with the lush and rich fauna of the Deep South. Kathy began quilting in 1987, but discovered appliqué in 1993, with her first appliqué project – a year and a half long Baltimore Album class, which featured a book by Elly Sienkiewicz. As Kathy has been quoted, “I truly discovered the joy that was missing in my quilting when I discovered the album quilts.” She never hesitates to “embellish, enliven and embolden” her appliqué. Beads, trims, ribbons and “findings” all find their way home into her work. “Anything goes, if it makes your heart beat faster!” she excitedly proclaims. Kathy, has been involved since 1987 with fabrics, designing, teaching and the retail end of things, owning a hand-designed clothing boutique and then for many years, The Quilted Peach in Valdosta, Georgia. She was honored to have taught for five glorious years at The Elly Sienkiewicz Appliqué Academy. When Kathy gets a few minutes away from teaching, she loves working on her Southern “Baltimore "which features a stately plantation home center medallion, called “Brokenburn –a Tribute to Kate Stone”. Her latest joy to teach and share is a new way to succeed with timeless Broderie Perse. Her “no-fail” method is winning over applique enthusiasts everywhere! Kathy is a true “people person” that derives her satisfaction from teaching new to advanced students and considers every student a friend. Her classes are packed with interesting, time-tested methods with a twist: grand “shortcuts” such as “Kathy’s skinny stem technique” and “no mark appliqué”, to her clever way to weave those intricate Baltimore baskets, all while enjoying a festive atmosphere. “I love all things ‘Appliqué’ and I can’t wait to join you on your journey, as a beginning student or as an appliqué expert looking for something new.
Bella And Beaux
Tremont Belle Of The South