Winter Quiltfest 2017 Featured Teacher
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Winter Quiltfest. We are working hard to make this our best quilting retreat ever. We are so excited to announce our featured national teacher this coming January 2017 will be Helen Robinson of Sew Kind of Wonderful.
Helen Robinson - Sew Kind of Wonderful
Helen Robinson has been sewing since 1973 when she made a pair of pale green polyester pants in 4-H club! Helen began quilting in 1997 and fell in love with the entire process of design, fabric shopping, piecing, and quilting! Six years ago, Helen bought a long-arm Gammill classic and fell in love with quilting all over again because she could put the finishing flourish on her piles and piles of quilt tops that were waiting for that last layer of love.
Three years ago she began working with her sister Jenny Pedigo and Sew Kind of Wonderful creating fresh new contemporary quilts using the Quick Curve Ruler. The curved piecing and contemporary designs in their work has made quilting fun, quick, and easy. They have over 40 patterns which use the Quick Curve Ruler and their first book, Contemporary Curved Quilts, was published in May 2014.
Helen admits to a little craziness when it comes to things she loves! Some of her loves include 51 recipe books, 64 pairs of shoes (and counting), 5 kids, 1 adorable grandchild, 7 sewing machines, bolts and bolts of fabric, 100's of fat quarters, and 1 very supportive husband! Helen lives in Everett, WA.
The Creators of the Quick Curve Ruler
The Quick Curve Ruler was the brain-child of Helen's sister Jenny when she wanted to find an easier way to consistently cut curves that would be easy to sew. The first Quick Curve Ruler and pattern Urban Escape were sold in 2011. Since then thousands of Quick Curve Rulers and QCR patterns have been sold worldwide to quilters who have fallen in love with curved piecing using the easy techniques of the Quick Curve Ruler. There are over 35 patterns which all use just one ruler - the Quick Curve Ruler! Spring 2013 was significant with the release of the easy double wedding ring best selling quilt pattern–Metro Rings–and in 2014 the release of SKW's first book, Contemporary Curved Quilts, published by Landauer Publishing.
These sisters love combining curved piecing with straight line piecing to give variety and beauty to projects. They developed the Quick Curve Ruler (QCR) to make cutting curves fast, easy, and consistent. The QCR techniques of Cut-Sew-Square-Up allow for working with the bias, and the square-up step ensures blocks are consistent for piecing the final product.