Scraps and Pieces with Shannon Brinkley, Fresh Quilting 109

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In this episode of Fresh Quilting, Shannon Brinkley collages fabric scraps to create a technique called scrappy appliqué. Then, Jacquie Gering and Heather Grant discuss guild scholarship programs. Finally, pattern designer Elizabeth Dackson reveals her tried-and-true techniques for foundation paper piecing.

Fresh Quilting segments: Season 1, Episode 9


Shannon Brinkley is a quilt/fabric designer, author, and national speaker and teacher based in Austin, TX. Shannon has always been drawn to any craft involving textiles. As a young girl, she explored weaving, embroidery, knitting, garment sewing, among others, and began quilting in college, where she fell completely in love with the craft. Inspired by her love of fabric and the texture, Shannon wrote the book Scrappy Bits Applique, where she teaches how to turn scraps of fabric into gorgeous, modern art quilts by collaging a variety of fabrics, vintage and new, with different colors, tones, and patterns to create really interesting and unique textures. A former elementary teacher, teaching remains a huge passion of Shannon’s, and she speaks about and teaches her modern quilting techniques all across the US.

Jacquie Gering is a passionate modern quilt maker and designer known for her innovative “out of the box” designs, striking message quilts and unique style. Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts is her first book. Jacquie is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Modern Quilt Guild and she blogs and shares her quilting knowledge on her popular blog, Tallgrass Prairie Studio. She lives in Kansas City with her husband and black lab.

Elizabeth Dackson is a self-proclaimed fabric addict and quilter. She fell in love with quilting as her son entered the terrible twos, and found her sanity again in making quilts. Her first quilting book, Becoming a Confident Quilter, was released in the fall of 2013, chock full of tips, exercises, and skill-building quilt patterns. Her second book, The Quilter’s Paper Piecing Workbook, was released in May 2016. She designs quilt patterns found both on her blog, Don’t Call Me Betsy (, as well as in various quilting publications, including Quilty, Modern Quilts Unlimited, Quiltmaker, International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene, and Fat Quarterly. She is the founding president of the Tampa Modern Quilt Guild. Elizabeth lives in Florida with her patient husband, eight year old son, baby girl and two dogs.