Mile-a-Minute Mini Quilt Talk by Sally Miller
Join Sally Miller as she details a nearly 20-year long joy ride in using up her scraps as efficiently and quickly as possible. Starting with an innocent article in the Winter 2000 American Quilter Magazine, she embarked on an endless project resulting in many quilts, a tidier studio, and an empty waste basket. Better than that, enjoy crazy, dynamic and unexpected compositions that will free your needle and then free your mind. Sally will share the basic instructions for Mile-a-Minute along with her personal tips and tricks and quilts in her collection. In fact, it is a little like making a pot of soup with ingredients that you already have at home. See you there!
I'm often asked how I got into teaching and writing about color for quilters. Like almost every other quilter, I began sewing when I was very young. (One of my more "memorable" projects was a doll quilt filled with cotton balls, because when I asked my grandmother what was inside a quilt, she said, "cotton.") Degrees in Textile & Costume Design and Magazine Journalism segued into a career writing books on color, decorating, remodeling, and soft furnishings for Sunset Books, as well as four quilt-making books, and tech editing many more. I've been published in a number of quilt magazines (Modern Patchwork, American Quilter, McCall's Quilting and American Patchwork and Quilting, QNM, Love of Quilting, Threads, and Fabrications, a British quilting magazine) and have appeared on "Simply Quilts." I live in Grass Valley, the heart of Northern California's Gold Country, in a house with a light-filled sewing room where I am always happy.
Laurel Anderson is the owner of Whisper Color and an award-winning gifted textile artist. Born and raised on the West Coast, Laurel is well known in the San Francisco Bay area as an accomplished applique quilt designer.
Her quilt designs are inspired by her love of nature as seen in her flower and natural lanscape designs which include trees and mountains. She uses a mix of color, pattern, and textures.
The name Whisper Color describes the technique Laurel uses to dye silk scarves. Laurel loves dyeing fabrics including silk scarves, wool, and bamboo batting.
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. They made the mistake of complimenting her on her use of color. With that encouragement she thought she could try making quilts for her family. It took three to get her hooked.