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Laurel loves hand and machine appliqué. She collects appliqué methods both raw and turned edge. She also collects interesting color schemes and unusual ways to create new ones. Her favorite pastime is designing new patterns.

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Upcoming Events & Workshops

  • Jan
    9

    Foothill Quilters Guild

    The History of Applique

    A brief journey through the world of applique from the egyptians to today. The lecture starts with a PowerPoint slideshow and ends with a show of the latest of Laurel Anderson’s quilts.

    Somewhere in the middle is the soap opera of the invention of the sewing machine.

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  • Jan
    10

    Foothill Quilters Guild

    Blackberries

    This quilt design has many hidden opportunities to show off your skill. Simple machine applique makes a scalloped background. There are bias tape branches to stitch. The leaves and blossoms are cut in class with a Silhouette Cameo and ready to machine stitch. Optional: look at the sample quilts and decide if you will bead your berries or birds. You may wish to make cherries and blossoms instead of blackberries.

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  • Feb
    26

    Asilomar: Machine Appliqué Adventures

    I have taught at Quilt Festival in Houston and for AQS in Lancaster but the Empty Spools experience beats them all. You stay in the historic women’s college, built over 100 years ago by architect Julia Morgan. The setting is one of the most beautiful parts of the world on the beach at Monterey Bay. Pebble Beach golf and 17 Mile Drive are very close. My 5 day workshop explores the world of machine appliqué. We will play with tools and shortcuts, time savers and applique design options for mock hand applique (turned edge), raw edge applique and fusible web applique. The cafeteria provides food, the evenings include entertainment and the whole experience is worth the money.

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  • Jun
    8

    San Joaquin Valley Quilt Guild

    The History of Appliqué

    A brief journey through the world of applique from the egyptians to today. The lecture starts with a PowerPoint slideshow and ends with a show of the latest of Laurel Anderson’s quilts.

    Somewhere in the middle is the soap opera of the invention of the sewing machine.

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  • Jun
    9

    San Joaquin Valley Quilt Guild

    3D Applique: Geraniums

    This is one of the most fun quilt patterns to teach. We cover a variety of techniques in a stunning quilt presentation. It looks challenging but each step is simplified. The lace and flowers are cut in class by an electronic cutter.

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    Easy Applique with Laurel and Louisa

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    Geraniums

    Sometimes my quilt ideas evolve and include the latest amazing fabrics. The interesting fabrics used in these 2 quilts come from Northcott. Which colorway do you like best? My favorite is the one with the copper bowl. The deep orange to lemon yellow fabric is an ombre as well as the fabric that made all the […]

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    Church Quilt Banners

    My church asked me to make banners for their 40th anniversary. I quilt, that is what I do. They shrugged and said that quilts would be fine. The quilts are 3′ x 10′!  I cut out the words with my Silhouette CAMEO using Heat and Bond Feather Lite fusible web. The quilting was done by my […]

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    Lava Lamp

    Some quilts have a long and twisted story. This Lava Lamp quilt I completed yesterday on 6-24-14. It started over a year ago at Spring Market in Portland when Northcott Fabrics showed me their upcoming line of Shimmer Fabrics. The fabrics are a collection of colors with 9 shades per color way, all with gold […]

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    Favorite Notion

    Turn ordinary paper quilt drawings into quilt templates using Scotch Restickable Glue.

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  • April

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    Good news for Whisper Color quilt patterns!

    I am happy to announce that a selection of my patterns are now available from E. E. Schenck. This makes it easier for quilt shops to order patterns while they order their fabric and notions. The patterns carried by E. E. Schenck are:

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Meet Laurel!

Her work has been seen at West Coast quilt and guild shows. When her sons started school she joined a local quilting group that made quilts for the Richmond Rescue Mission.

Check the Projects section for more about her quilting projects. Laurel loves hand and machine appliqué, and prefers flowers and natural landscapes that include trees and mountains. She is best known for her complimentary mix of color, pattern and texture. She loves dyeing fabrics including silk scarves, wool and bamboo batting.

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