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Fresh Quilting Episode 108: Quilt Building

In this episode of Fresh Quilting, fabric designer Luana Rubin takes us on a tour of her most recent fabric collection inspired by a trip to Cuba. Then, Allison Evans and Heather Grant brainstorm fresh approaches to charity quilting. And finally, Rossie Hutchinson shows how reverse appliqué is the perfect technique to create organic shapes.

Fresh Quilting segments: Season 1, Episode 8

      

Luana Rubin is the co-owner of eQuilter.com, and has worked as a designer in the quilt, textile and garment industries since 1980. She is a licensed designer for Robert Kaufman Fabrics, and a Bernina Ambassador. She is also a chairholder in the Color Marketing Group, an international color forecasting association. eQuilter donates 2% of sales to charity, and they have raised $1.4 million for a variety of organizations. Over 12,000 donated comfort quilts have been received at eQuilter from customers, and these are distributed around the world for disaster relief, orphans, and medical patients.

Allison Evans was an art historian with a background in charity work in a previous life, and now she's a mom to two little girls by day and a quilter by night. Working with different charity sewing groups has allowed Allison to blend her past volunteer work with her love of quilting. She writes a series on sewing blog Sew Mama Sew called Sew Good, which highlights various charity sewing and quilting projects, and am always looking for suggestions. Originally from New York City, Allison calls Ohio home now.

Rossie Hutchinson is an award-winning modern quilter. Perhaps best known for founding and moderating the Flickr group Fresh Modern Quilts, she also writes a popular quilting blog and regularly contributes her quilt patterns to books and magazines. Her quilts have appeared in American Quilter, Quilting with a Modern Slant, Best Modern Quilts, 101 Patchwork Projects, and Modern Quilts Unlimited. Rossie lives in Michigan with her husband, dogs, and enormous library of crafts books.