Martha Nordstrand is my hero. When I was in a near panic to finish my 2008 Hoffman Challenge I sought out her advice on how to quilt the background of my entry and she very generously sat down with me at the end of her class and gave me some tips that wiped away my fears of finishing in just one week. I will always have a soft spot where Martha is concerned.
This is Martha’s website www.morequiltsplease.com showing her work and applique patterns for sale. I took her borders class here in Phoenix at Quilt Camp in the Desert and thought about how creative borders could be. I also purchased her Christmas Florals Pattern and made two turned edge bouquets of poinsettias in opposite hand for the top header on a group quilt of gift blocks from my APQS Chat friends back in 2007. I am nearing the point where I can actually quilt it. Yea!
You will note the Avery Clear Sheet Labels 8.5″x11″ are used to print out the applique pattern. The label sections are cut out of your fabric by first placing the clear label piece over the fabric and allowing for a turned edge or a flange depending on whether there is overlap or not. Then the edges are glued in place. Once the cluster is done, just move it to where you want to locate the flowers and applique stitch them into place. Martha’s tips on stitch technique make the thread invisible. This is by far my favorite technique for turned edge applique since it is so accurate and intricate designs are possible.
My reservation for Long Beach Quilt Show in July includes a purchase of five tickets for the 2012 IQA Raffle Quilt, “Yellow Rose of Texas and More (81″x91”). Martha Nordstrand and Stevii Graves designed and executed the appliques and it was quilted by Meredyth Gretzinger Rotlisberger. I took this photo at Road to California Show and thought how great it would be to have this gorgeous quilt.
Below is Hedge Rose honored in a collection of Martha’s quilts, Road to California 2010. You can see her creative borders that make this collection of roses so interesting. Click on any photo to enlarge for a better view.