Ann Fahl’s secret to amazing applique

Applique Ann's Way

Ann Fahl recently sent me her latest booklet, Applique Ann’s Way”.  I couldn wait to . get it out of the bubble wrap and packing.

I predict this will be welcomed with enthusiasm.

When the subject of applique arises many quilters feel intimidated, it seems so difficult. It can be like the old monster in the closet that we feared as a child. BOOO, scary. But in reality, there is nothing to fear. It is an imagined monster.

If the subject of applique` arises many quilters feel intimidated, it seems so difficult. It can seem like that old monster in the closet that we feared as a child. BOOO , scary but there is nothing to fear, it simply isn’t a real. Applique-phobia is an imagined monster as well. What you need is a really good teacher to shine some light on the subject. The right instruction can make all the difference.

Ann Fahl has done just that, provided excellent instruction for doing applique.  You’ll find it is much easier than you imagined. It contains clear, easy to follow instructions which simplify the process.

She’s included 6 of her favorite methods, 3 with feed dogs up [“Feed dogs up? You may say, How is this possible? “ Yes, those dogs are up. Doesn’t it sound easier already? She includes  3 other methods with the feed dogs down. You’ll find a method that works for you. She gives detailed help with problems that can arise on occasion and the solution, several pages worth.

Ann is a recognized master at her craft, with many years of experience and skill, who wouldn’t benefit from anything she has to say on the subject?
Banish that monster, clean out that closet and have some fun with applique’  x+


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Barbara Harms Fiber Art

About Myself & My Approach
Art has always played a role in my life, in one form or another. My family is filled with many artist's, so my love of art came naturally.
By my teens, I had narrowed my focus to painting. I decided I was going to become a serious painter. I joined the Las Vegas Artist's Guild at 15, the youngest member at that time.
I've continued to paint throughout my life. On occasion I've sold my work, but I had more important priorities, I was raising my children, part of that time as a single parent.
My circumstances have changed, the kids are grown and I have more time for Art. Art is a form of therapy for me.
I was introduced to quilting & fell in love.
In time I missed the creative freedom painting made possible.

Then I discovered mixed media fiber art, I was home.
It's the creative process that holds the greatest attraction for me. Starting with a tiny seed of an idea; vague and blurred around the edges, I follow where that leads.
My approach is an instinctual one. Generally, I do little pre-planning. I make creative decisions, choices, directions to take as they present themselves.
This approach can lead to quite a few changes in the direction the quilt takes. The outcome can come as a surprise. I love that element of surprise!
Sometimes everything just comes together & I think to myself, "this is one of my better ones". when that happens, I can’t wait to show someone. I feel like a six year old, running home from school, a drawing in hand, excited to show Mom. At those times. I'm smiling like the Cheshire cat.

I’ve had work published in several magazines., which is gratifingvl. But the most gratifying thing is having clients be really happy with their purchased quilt.

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    • Ann is such a great quilt artist, with a body of beautiful work to her name. [FYI, I have a nice interview with her in my archive of interviews]. But she is also generous in sharing her wealth of knowledge. Her booklets in particular, are jam packed with so much useful information. I was thrilled to be asked to review some of these, from an artist I have so much respect for.
      I think my favorite is the booklet on working with metallic threads, the bane of many an art quilter. When I received it, I assumed it would be aimed at a beginning level, those just starting to experiment. WRONG! Was I ever wrong. I’ve used them a lot in my quilts and thought I had a pretty good handle on their use. But I have to say, there were some real gems I found in her booklet. These booklets are useful to art quilters on any level. Practical inormation that even experienced quilters can benefit from.


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