|new project on my "to do" list--"Pushin' Up Spring"|
Our guest speaker was Connie Sue Haidle of Apple Blossom Quilts. She's an applique quilting expert, and we were treated to a delightful trunk show. We saw projects from her individual patterns, as well as BOM finished quilts.
I felt the stars of the show were her Christmas quilts. Her Baltimore Christmas quilt with 25 - 16" blocks was stunning! Quilters around the world get her monthly newsletter, and seeing the precision of her work and listening to her speak, I understand why.
With my limited applique skills, I bought only one pattern. I like the combination of piecing and large-scale applique in her "Pushin' Up Spring" quilt and brought the pattern home. Her patterns are all full size and are printed on only one side of the paper.
|8 quilts, newly folded, in a 24 x 27 x 12" space|
Fold quilts on the bias--that's her suggestion. She recommends they not be folded on the straight of grain. I'd never heard of that. I helped hold up quilts during the trunk show, and each one had been neatly folded on the bias. I googled the topic and found several websites with the same suggestion (photos in all 4 links below, with slight variations on the instructions for folding quilts on the bias). The articles do not tell how to get fold lines out. They suggest how to avoid fold lines.
From "Ann Fahl’s Color and Quilts"
(This link has the earliest reference date -- 2006). Ann first heard of this folding method from a Virginia quilter, and she then wrote a short article about folding for the January 2006 issue of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine. Ann wrote in her blog: "This little article has gotten more comments, feedback and requests to reprint in local newsletters, than anything I have ever written. So if you are tired of having heavy creases down the middle of your quilts, this is what you should do" -- and she goes on to describe the simple steps.
From Piece o’ Cake Designs, the same suggestion: http://pieceocakeblog.blogspot.com/2009/06/folding-quilt.html
From Valerie Smith, Pumpkin Patch Quilter, the same suggestion: http://www.pumpkinpatchquilter.com/2013/06/how-to-fold-quilt-tutorial.html
From Maria’s Quilt Scraps (who references Ann Fahl's article and advice), the same suggestion:
My quilts were past due for being refolded, and I like this on-the-bias method. My larger quilts are now neatly sitting on the shelves, all folded the "new way."