I saw you at the Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild Meeting in Franklin last summer and was captivated by the incredible quilts you showed us. I bought your book, cd, iron and French fuse after the meeting. I looked for a project to use your method as I was so excited to try it. My pastor asked me to make a quilt to hang on the front of the pulpit in the sanctuary that would use the colors in the church's stained glass windows. Of course I agreed and went in search of stained glass liturgical patterns. A fellow guild member called me from the local used book store and told me to come meet her--she had found two books of stained glass cross patterns! So, off I went and got both books.
My pastor made some suggestions for modifying the design, and I enlisted the help of a church friend who sews a lot, had space for layout and assembly, plus a Bernina sewing machine that handled the monofilament thread and quilting tasks beautifully. Many many hours went into this labor of love, which I equate to birthing a baby! The quilt is now hanging in First Presbyterian Church in Franklin, NC and I showed it to the guild at our Christmas luncheon on Monday. Another guild member now wants to try your method! Thank you for sharing your creativity with us and inspiring us to try something new.
Judy Bentley Franklin, NC December 20, 2017
Dear Ann, I created a quilt with your technique from your book, "No Sewing Until You Quilt it", entitled "Courage of the Heart". I am a new full time quilter after retiring in March of this year and have been quilting non-stop! Some of my quilts will be exhibited at an exhibition along with paintings by my husband, Ira Kennedy, in Llano, Texas on October 27, 2017. Kathy Kennedy
Thank you for your book, videos, ideas, and fabulous work! I have to share with you the first piece I made using your technique. I took it to our county fair and won a purple Grand Champion ribbon for it! This way of quilting has opened the flood gates in my head and can't wait to create more designs. The possibilities are endless!
Thank you and keep sharing your beautiful art pieces!
I had this pattern for many years and had several ideas on how to make it work. After starting, and giving up several times I came across Ann's method. It worked beautifully. A lot of quilters suggested that I simplify the design but I liked the gemlike quality of the leaves and the details in the birds. I had to make a few modifications to Ann's method but it went together so much more easier than I thought. I would definitely recommend it as a solution to working a complex design.
Marti Cummins, Black Mountain, NC
“....I have watched your video so much that I feel like we are friends.
I wanted to send you a photo of my first quilt using your French Fuse technique and to thank you for taking the time to share what you have learned with others. Your technique is freeing me up to actually execute so many designs that have been in my head I feel like I CAN’T MOVE FAST ENOUGH TO GET THEM ALL DOWN!”
Gloria Cotton -March 10, 2015.
Ann has taught me so much about making quilts, working with her "No Sewing
Until You Quilt It" technique, that I have been able to make totally
original, turned-edge applique quilts without the frustration of traditional
methods. This makes quilt making FUN, and it didn't hurt that I won the blue
ribbon at the Asheville Quilt Show 2012, in my category, for the large
quilt, "Moloka'i Daydream" pictured here. This technique also enabled me to
make the little eggplant and scallions block for a friend who wanted food
blocks for her quilt. So, large or small, the possibilities are endless.
Several years ago I took Ann Holmes class on "No Sewing Until You Quilt It" and it changed how I make quilts. It opened up a new world where fabric became more like paint on canvas than little cut up pieces that had to match exactly. I use this method of quilt construction almost exclusively now, and I would recommend Ann's book to anyone who wants to expand their quilting horizons.
Gerry Largay- Norcross, GA
I took Ann’s class when she came to teach it to our Quilt Guild. I would consider myself an intermediate beginner—and this technique was completely new and exciting for me. It was fun to quilt by echo lines—and it was especially fun to learn the picture creative part of the process. I am proud to say that I created my own piece after I finished the angel—for our show Challenge. My effort won me one of the ribbons—“Best interpretation of quote.” (We had to illustrate one of our favorite quotes: “A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step” ). I am now working on an outhouse for our powder room door!
“AT (Appalachian Trail) Dreamer
"The convergence of the computer, digital camera and this No Sew Until You Quilt technique forever changed my quilting focus in 2008. I have been totally obsessed ever since!"
I've made nearly 30 pieces since I wrote you several years ago. I've attached a picture of one piece that received an honorable mention at Nancy Zieman's Quilt Expo in 2010. Mary Alice Hart Monroe, WI