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Posts Tagged ‘Simply Quilts’

Road's Fall Cruise Faculty: Meet Anita Grossman Solomon

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Full time quilter and author, Anita Grossman Solomon, has the least distance  to travel to get on board Road’s New England Fall Foliage Cruise September 27-October 4, 2015.   

A New Yorker, living in Manhatten, it only takes 30 minutes to fly from Anita’s home to Boston where the cruise embarks.Solomon

Anita was part of our faculty on Road’s maiden cruise through the Panama Canal last year. This trip she will be joining four other teachers —Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Shelly Pagliai, Stevii Graves and Margie Ullery — on this quilting cruise off the New England coast at the height of the Fall Foliage Season.Fall colors

With a degree in art and experience as an art curator, Anita has developed an in-depth knowledge of and appreciation for quilting’s history as well as its more modern trajectory. While passionate about the look of some of the most complex traditional blocks, the daunting amount of cutting and sewing involved (and high seam-ripper potential) got Anita’s brain working overtime to figure out an easier way. Her Make It Simpler technique makes quiltmaking faster and easier. Anita has shared her method in her three books, as a Craftsy instructor and as a guest on HGTV’s Simply Quilts (twice), The Quilt Show,  and Quilt Out Loud on Since 2003, Anita’s books and the blocks she chooses to “revolutionize” keep all quilters in mind, offering techniques that will quickly deliver perfectly pieced blocks every time. Solomon_Anita'sAngle

Anita will be teaching two classes on Road’s New England Fall Foliage Cruise: Anita’s Angle and No Waste Windmill.  Both classes incorporate  Anita’s simpler way of making elegantly proportioned blocks, perfect for using souvenir fabric from the trip. solomon You can learn more about Anita from this fun video or on her blog, Make It Simpler



How far will you be traveling from to join our cruise? 


Road 2014 Faculty Spotlight: Meet Julie Herman

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Julie will be teaching #1002 Tiny Dancer on Monday and  #2002 Snack Time on Tuesday

“One girl on a mission to make life better with fabric.”Julie Herman

Julie Herman is the most energetic quilter you will ever meet. Julie brought her Jaybird Quilts for the first time to the vendor floor last year. She is back again this year and will also be teaching.vendors__i4c5956

Julie was introduced to sewing by her mom. At first, Julie was “not even vaguely interested” in sewing. She was very crafty but sewing just wasn’t on her list of things to do. When her mom’s old machine was in need of replacing, she got a new machine that was much higher tech than she was used to and it made her nervous. She asked if Julie could go with her to take classes on how to use it. Julie soon realized how easy it was to use a sewing machine and how quickly you could create something. After those classes, Julie ended up “borrowing” her mom’s machine to make some decor for her dorm room. She often had the TV on while studying and fell in love with the show, Simply Quilts, on HGTV. From there, she bought a book on quilting and just took off. That was 11 years ago and she never did give back her mom’s machine.

Julie’s mom, Sandy, considers it was a small price to pay, particularly after all the quilting and designing Julie has gotten in to.  She loves how her daughter has taken her interests in math, science, and art and turned it in to a quilting passion. In just a short period of time, Julie has become a quilt-maker, designed over 30 quilt patterns, invented an innovative quilt ruler (Hex N More Ruler), written a book (Skip the Borders), and now travels on both coasts, teaching her quilt techniques.   

Jaybird Quilts was started as a means to sell Julie’s wares directly to distributors and quilt shops. While Julie “does everything” in the company (design, graphics, photos, patterns, full color pattern books), her family is right there by her side cheering her on. At Road 2013, Julie’s mom and brother were right there, helping out in Julie’s booth.Jaybird logo

How does Julie spend a typical day? Designing, creating and blogging. Her Hex N More Ruler cuts four shapes in four different sizes and is a featured tool in her classes.Hex N More Ruler

Newer fabrics that are solid colors and have architectural shapes, are the key to Julie’s modern quilt designs. Many of Julie’s patterns come with these fabrics precut and are beginner friendly. It is important to her to encourage younger, new quilters. She never wants to see quilting go away. There is no way that is ever going to happen. Not if Julie Herman has anything to do about it.

You can visit Julie at http://www.jaybirdquilts.com