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Workshop with Margaret Willingham
July 8, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 4:30 pm$75
Margaret Willingham, an accomplished quilter and inspiring instructor who specializes in hand applique and reverse needle-turn applique, will be teaching a workshop at Quilted Threads on her Trace, Baste, Snip & Stitch technique. “Slow Stitching” is an important trend right now, so learning this fun, easy, 4-step process as you work on her Autumn’s Promise Table Runner and Placemats will open up a world of creative possibilities as you embark on new quilting projects.
The founder and creative force of Eye of the Beholder Quilt Design, Margaret Brewster Willingham is a retired professional dancer, teacher and choreographer. “I used to choreograph dances. Now I choreograph quilts.” “Two things inspire me:” says Willingham, “creating things of beauty, and helping others to find their creative voice while gaining the skills to make beautiful things.”
A quilter who specializes in hand applique and reverse needle-turn applique and designing uniquely elegant patterns, Margaret fell in love with all things fabric and beautiful at home. She grew up with a legacy of family heirlooms, including the hand work of her ancestors, and remembers fondly going through the trunks of lovely linens and quilts hand-stitched with decorative threads to grace a table or a bed made by her great-great grandmothers.
Though she made her first quilts as a teenager and has been sewing and embroidering since she was 10, she began quilting in earnest in the mid-1990’s. Many of the designs Margaret creates for Eye of the Beholder Quilt Design were inspired by the craftsmen’s work of the Victorian Era, where the necessary functionality of a thing was imbued with a touch of elegance. “I love that touch of elegance,” says Willingham. “Quilting gives us the chance to decorate the lives of those we love with a touch of elegance. As I realize these designs in silks, batiks, cottons and wool, I play with pattern, color and texture, re-visioning the architectural motifs into quilted pieces.”
Margaret has been a pattern designer for Island Batiks and EBI Fabric since the spring of 2015, and for RJR Fabrics, Batik Textiles and Timeless Treasures since 2016.