Baltimore on the Prairie 2020
Five immensely talented teachers make up the 2020 faculty, two of them teaching as a team, encompassing a variety of techniques. Broderie perse, needleturn applique, prepared edge applique, wool applique, dimensional flowers, and embroidery are just a few of the Session's highlights.
This class will teach you English Paper Piecing using Missie’s unique method of basting EPP on day one, and the basics of Cotton and Wool Applique on day two. The project is the quilt English Wedding finishing at 65.5” square. The wedding ring block was the inspiration for this quilt. The block was adapted to an English Paper Piecing quilt in a primitive style with a mixture of layered woolens and cottons. The wedding ring quilt block is such a cherished design for quilters. This version is unique using the hexie shapes! Missie’s technique of basting English Paper Piecing with starch and special freezer paper makes the piecing a breeze! You will learn how Missie prefers to layer the wool with cotton and you will be presented with several options for fabric preparation, adhesion and several stitches to applique the pieces onto the background.
Barbara Robertson Carper is an accomplished quilter and professional educator. She began sewing as a child, happily making doll clothes by hand or on her mother's portable Singer sewing machine. Before she was 5 years old, Barbara learned to embroider and in first grade, she was asked to exhibit samples of her work on a class bulletin board. In high school, she made her first full-size quilt top, cross stitched on a stamped Paragon pattern.
A forty year career in education followed Barbara's college and graduate work. In addition to teaching on the high school and college levels, Barbara traveled extensively, often organizing and leading students on trips throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia. During those years Barbara dabbled in various forms of needlework--needlepoint, crochet, knitting, flag making, and quilting.
In 2006, she met and fell in love with Bill Carper, a retired businessman who lives in Charles City, VA. They married in 2008, and Barbara moved to an idyllic spot on the historic James River, not far from Williamsburg. While her husband refers to their location as nirvana, she calls it the boondocks, noting that there are few neighbors and that the closest grocery is 25 minutes away. The nearest quilt shop, well....
A friend who attended The Elly Sienkiewicz Applique Academy for many years suggested that Barbara enroll in the academy in order to meet local needlewomen. There, she was introduced to appliqué and Baltimore album quilts. Barbara describes her first days at the Academy as intimidating, but the teachers she met quickly put her at ease, and the friends she made welcomed her to their weekly Glory Bee. "If those ladies had been bank robbers, I would have been one too. Fortunately, they were appliquéers." Barbara continues to sew with them every Friday. In 2012 she returned to the Academy as a classroom helper. Teacher Evelyn Crovo-Hall became her mentor and friend, introducing her to prepared edge appliqué. In 2017, Barbara joined the faculty of Barbara Blanton's Academy of Appliqué in Historic Williamsburg. Barbara has been a member of the Richmond Quilters' Guild since 1998 and a member of the Embroiders' Guild of America since 2016.
Darla Jo Hanks started quilting in 1990 wanting to make quilts for her family. After a couple years of piecing quilts she stumbled upon the freedom of design in applique. She has been hand stitching and designing since then.
Focusing on the Baltimore Album style and the needle turn applique stitching method, her work has been juried into several national shows including Paducah, Houston, Pacific International and many Iowa shows. The last few years Darla has fallen for the Broderie Perse style of applique which she now calls her favorite. Darla favors making original works over patterns to release "all her bottled up creativity".
Darla lives on a small acreage outside Forest City, Iowa with her husband Darrell and two dogs. She also enjoys gardening and teaching her grandchildren to sew.
Teri Young and Kara Mason have been stitching partners for nearly 20 years. They feel honored to have had their original Baltimore Album-style quilt, A Fairy Tale Album, hanging in exhibits in Houston, Chicago, England, and Virginia.
Kara and Teri began teaching at local quilt shops in 2014, focusing on appliqué, embroidery, and ribbon work. They have
lectured at guilds internationally, taught a series of workshops for the Baltimore Appliqué Society, have been teaching at the Academy of Appliqué in Williamsburg, Virginia, for the
past three years, and are thrilled to add Baltimore on the Prairie to the list. Their most recent quilt designs include In the Garden, Lovely Botanicals, and their newest project, Woodland Reverie, which will be introduced soon. Their partnership adventures continue across two continents, as Kara is living in Germany for the next couple years. Technology is a great asset when designing together from across an ocean! Stories of their adventures are chronicled on their weekly blog, Telling Stories Through the Needle's Eye.