Back in the mid 1990s, one of my brothers asked if I would
make a stained glass–style quilt for his church's meeting room. I said, "Sure!" I was game to try a new genre in quilting.
Then he said, "It needs to be 12' x 17'." (Yes, feet.)
I agreed anyways, and that was my introduction to stained glass
Here is the quilt in place.
It was made to cover some acoustical tile because the meeting room was
Luckily, the floor in our basement was large enough so that
I could lay out on the quilt on the floor.
As you can imagine, I learned a LOT.
Then my other brother asked if I could make an angel quilt
for his office. He is a general surgeon
in a small town and thought it would be a nice thing for his patients in his
Little did he know that it would be 60" x 68"! (I
was used to working big by then.) But he
has said over the years that some of his patients have taken great comfort from
this quilt, which makes me very happy.
Then crazy quilting burst into my life. I spent fifteen years immersed in crazy quilting and wrote two
books on the subject for C&T:
Allie Aller's Crazy Quilting and Quilting…Just
a Little Bit Crazy
(this one with my co-author, Valerie Bothell).
But I always knew I would return to stained glass quilting
and longed to discover more techniques and innovative ways to interpret
it. The result is my new book,
Aller's Stained Glass Quilts Reimagined: Fresh Techniques and Design
How I loved creating the quilts for this book and sharing
the many simple and yet highly versatile techniques I have developed along the
way. I also include in-depth information on sourcing, developing, sizing, and
transferring your own designs for stained glass quilting. My hope is that the
book will be a useful reference for all quilters.
The book has a gallery that illustrates the techniques in
several quilts, and six projects that readers can make to apply what they've
learned in their own work. Some of the
projects are decorative, but even more of them are functional.
This detail from the gallery quilt The Parish
shows a traditional take on stained glass quilting.
The quilt below, Leaf
, is one of the projects that is for a twin-sized bed. It has a much
more modern feel.
I really loved making this one, inspired as I was by the
treetop view out my sewing room window.
The cover quilt, Tiffany's Peacock, has a full-sized pull-out pattern included with the book, which I am very proud of, so
peacock lovers will find it very convenient to make this project.
Recently, all the quilts from the book were on display at
Road to California in Ontario, CA.
I was so happy to share these quilts with conference
attendees. But for those who missed it,
The Quilt Show made a very nice two-minute video showing each quilt individually.
They posted it on their blog for everyone to see. Thanks TQS!
Have a look! And I
hope you will give these simple yet versatile techniques a try.
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