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Posts Tagged ‘Applique Quilting’

Quilt Applique To Make You Smile: Hissyfitz Designs

Thursday, June 7th, 2018

Did you visit the “Happy Booth” at Road 2018?

Sandy and Joe Fitzpatrick, owners of Hissyfitz Designs of North Carolina, says what sets them apart is that their unique applique designs are “so happy,” “whimsical,” and easy to do.quilt applique The first question many customers ask Sandy and Joe is, “How did you come up with your company name?”  Sandy shares that she grew up the youngest of five girls and had a lot of “hissy fits” growing up. Combine that with their last name, and that is how HIssyfitz was born. A quilter for over 20 years, when Sandy began creating her own quilt applique designs, they were quickly noticed – and requested – by members of her quilt guild. Her patterns became so popular that she began selling them at quilt shows. Sandy says that her goal today “is to get as many of the quirky designs, that are spinning around in her head, down on paper” to as many people as possible to enjoy. The Fitzpatrick’s have been married 41 years. A former Air Force soldier, Joe became the CEO (Carry Everything Out) of Hissyfitz when Sandy began selling her patterns at quilt shows.quilt applique Road to California 2018 was Hissyfitz’s first time at the show. It was also the first time they had ever flown to a quilt show. Because they didn’t want them out of their sight, Sandy and Joe hand carried all of the quilts on display in their booth on the airplane. The quilts took up space in two carry-on luggage pieces and two back packs. The rest of their booth items (the business stuff) was packed in to four checked bags.quilt applique Both Sandy and Joe had a terrific time at Road 2018. “The sunshine was great, the crowds were good, and the people were friendly.”  One of their customers, Mackenna, remarked how because Hissyfitz had previously only been on the East Coast, she liked being introduced to their cute quilt applique patterns at Road.quilt applique Road 2019 attendees will not only have the chance to visit the show’s “happiest booth “again but can look forward to taking a class from Sandy too. Her class schedule will be announced – along with all the other Road 2019 quilt show teachers – in mid-June, 2018.  ]]>

Egyptian Ancient Craft Is Returning To Road

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Stitch Like An Egyptian. Guests were fascinated at watching the men demonstrate their version of appliqueing – a dying art form that has survived centuries of Egyptian history, being found in Pharaohs’ tombs. Originally, this type of artwork used to line tents or screens covered in appliqué that could decorate a whole street. The brilliantly colored appliqué are still used today for ceremonial purposes at weddings, funerals, henna parties, or Ramadan celebrations.

Egyptian Exhibit

Hosam is a tentmaker through and through. An attorney by profession, Tarek is not practicing currently so that he can focus entirely on his tentmaker work. They will be in Ontario, California for the full week during Road 2017. In addition to their show duties, Tarek and Malik enjoy shopping at the Ontario Mills shopping mall and visiting a local Egyptian market and mosque. Most of all, they love interacting with Road’s guests.

Photo courtesy AQS

Photo courtesy AQS

At Road 2017, Hosam and Tarek will not only be demonstrating their ancient craft and culture on the vendor floor at the front of the main hall, but will also be assisting their good friend, interpreter and Road faculty member Jenny Bowker.  Students  will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to learn along side Tarek and Hosam  during Jenny’s three separate Tentmaker Appliqué classes that she is teaching on Monday        (1001R), Tuesday (2001R), and Wednesday (3002R).

And exclusive to Road 2017 attendees, Hosam and Tarek will have available close to 100 pieces of their ancient artwork to purchase, ranging from $100 to $1,500.

Having these tentmakers at Road 2017 is one way to help preserve their ancient art and culture. This intricate craft has been facing struggles, as machines try to replace hand-made items and unscrupulous businesses copy and sell their unique designs. Road hopes to bring attention to the beautiful yet shrinking art of the few remaining tentmakers who continue to practice their trade.


Road 2016 Vendor: Meet A P L I Q U I C K ®™

Friday, November 27th, 2015

A P L I Q U I C K ®™ comes to Road to California from Spain. A P L I Q U I C K ®™ features innovative appliqué tools for turned-edge appliqué.download (4)

A P L I Q U I C K ®™ had always been fascinated by appliqué. They worked long and hard to find the perfect technology and tools to help ease the workload of quilters and provide an easy and fun way to appliqué. Little by little, A P L I Q U I C K ®™ continues to perfect their product. It has been very gratifying to A P L I Q U I C K ®™ to hear how quilters have appreciated their innovation.   When using A P L I Q U I C K ®™ tools, an appliqué shape is traced onto light-weight fusible interfacing, cut out, and ironed onto the wrong side of the fabric. A P L I Q U I C K ®™rods and glue stick are then used to easily and precisely turn under the seam allowance before hand or machine stitching. Former Road faculty member, Kathy McNeil gives an overview of A P L I Q U I C K ®™  [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1B4kh1L_dbg[/youtube] Road to California 2016 will be the first visit of A P L I Q U I C K ®™ to California. They are looking forward to visiting the area, especially local quilt stores because they expect them to be very different from stores in Spain. Most of all, they are excited for the opportunity to teach their new technology and everything their products have to offer to Road’s guests. In their booth, A P L I Q U I C K ®™ will be demonstrating all of  their various products and techniques on different shapes and sizes of quilts.  They welcome Road’s guests to come and try out their tools.   images Join us in saying Bienvenida (Welcome) to A P L I Q U I C K ®™