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Shannon Brinkley

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Shannon Brinkley

Location: Austin | TX | US

Membership: Austin MQG

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I teach the following subjects:
Color, Design, Applique

I lecture the following subjects:
Design, Personal Journey, Inspiration, Trunk Show, Other, see quilter statement

I show quilters how to turn their hoarded fabric scraps into beautiful and easy applique quilts! I wrote the book, Scrappy Bits Applique, that was released last year through C&T Publishing (Stash Books). I design quilt patterns and have my first line of fabric releasing Fall 2015, along with a coordinating line of Aurifil thread! My quick and simple raw-edge applique techniques are perfect for beginners (or those who have been hesitant to try applique) because they are really easy to pick up and do (I promise-- any quilter can use this method!) but they are also a lot of fun for more experienced quilters because they allow for a lot of creative possibilities! Plus, what quilter doesn't have a ton of scraps laying around? In my lecture, I share about how I started quilting, developed my techniques, and went on to making it a full-time career. I also share an interactive (and fun!) overview of the process. I spill all my secrets about the technique because I really want quilters to be able to learn and have fun with this great method. I share about design and how I choose and put together color palettes. I also do a trunk show, sharing a bunch of quilts from my book as well as other Scrappy Applique quilts I've made, hopefully providing a lot of inspiration and options for all the ways this method can be used. I offer several different workshops, including a general Scrappy Applique workshop where students can choose whatever template they like, and we all go through the process of turning our scrap fabric into gorgeous applique quilts together. Another popular class I offer is my Around the World Quilt class-- in it we learn the Scrappy Applique techniques while making a beautiful world map quilt, (the pattern is from my book). I also love crafting classes to meet the needs and wants of individual guilds! Instead of making quilt tops, we can turn our Scrappy Applique project into a throw pillow, tote, etc! (I'm also currently developing a workshop where we utilize some reverse applique along with Scrappy Applique.) Check out my website for current classes I offer. I've been speaking and teaching around the country to a variety of quilt guilds and shops, and we always have a blast and learn a lot! I'd love to come spend time with yours!