Amazing Quilts by Grace

Quilts and Workshops by Grace Errea

April 2015 Newsletter

April 2015 Newsletter

Hello all!  April already??? Just came back from a wonderful visit to a few guilds in Iowa and Nebraska.  Lots of new friends, lots of teaching but not much time for quilting.  Maybe this month!Above you are seeing my recently finished tulip quilts.  One on the left is dark and dramatic with a low value action.  The orange on the right has a high value effect and the challenge in this quilt was depicting the clear vase with the stems moving into the water and the vase.

Solution:  layers of tulle to change the value of the stem and leaf and give the appearance of seeing them through water and glass.  As usual, it is “All About the Value!!!”

4-Block Peacock” quilt

Inspiration came from peacock feather pictures I took at the Omaha, Nebraska Zoo. A little more traditional than I usually would make, but I loved the challenge! Pattern will be available very soon.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Art classes in Costa Mesa continue, however April 9th and 23rd topics will be rescheduled.

April 9th and April 23rd will be rescheduled.  The Fabric manufacturer that I was planning to have all of you visit and see and learn fabric making, is totally swamped with the upcoming Quilt Market and has no available slots for us.  This will be rescheduled probably to June 2015.  More information will be forthcoming.

April 23rd has been cancelled.  However May we begin again.  May 7th and 21st sessions are on the calendar.  These classes will focus on techniques using fabrics.  I will introduce you to piecing and appliqué.  You will complete a small project in each technique that will tell you what is your favorite one.

There will be more classes after May and I will announce them shortly.


Walk-ins are also welcome but best is if you and I can plan them together to make the most of each class.  Each session if only $20.00, well worth the information you will get.

My calendar has links to class description and supply lists.

Use my contact page to reserve your spot and let me know you are coming.

Other upcoming workshops and classes

April 14th and 19th– Lecture and Workshop at the Sunshine Quilters of San Diego.  The workshop will be the “Exploring Value” workshop.

April 25th  _ Southern California Council of Quilt Guilds Meet the Teachers meeting in Carson, CA.  I will see you there.


May 13th and 16th– Glendale Quilt Guild Lecture and Workshop.  The workshop will be “Introduction to the Heat-Set Machine Appliqué.

Hawaii – here WE come!!!!

July 19-24th I will be teaching a 5-Day seminar in Kona, Hawaii at the Summer Quilting on the Beach Retreat.  There will be three classes and lost of fun.  More information on both my website and theirs.  See the July 2015 entry:’t forget to book your travel tickets now!

How to section: Ironing, pressing and irons in general

a) Temporary Pressing Surface/StationAll you need is a surface area that is covered with a layer of commercial felt table padding or even several terry towels.  Optionally you can cover the towels and/or the padding with commercial silver heat-reflective fabric, which is available in most quilt shops.  I got my last yards at Joann’s.


b) Press, do not Iron

When pressing seams or working with fusible areas, NEVER iron, PRESS instead.  Move the iron up and down, not side to side.  The latter pushes the fabric out of shape and distorts it.

Press as you go rather than wait until the end when there are hundreds of seams.  This is a great advice when you are creating a background using piecing including my “Randomly Pieced Background” technique.

c) Stuck on Freezer paper

Some piecing, machine appliqué and, some hand appliqué techniques use freezer paper as templates.  When applying the freezer paper use a dry iron and a setting on high side.  Press long enough so that the paper will adhere to the fabric.

If some of the paper get stuck and are hard to remove later, use an iron placed just about 1” above the fabric and hit it with a shot or two of steam.  This should free those bits easily while they are still a bit moist from the steam.  Help can also be obtained from a pair of sharp pointed tweezers or a stiletto. When all else fails, spray the area lightly with water.

d) How to clean your iron – advise from my quilting friend Lenore Crawford of Fabric Art by Lenore

I have talked about this before but it is always a great thing to be reminded of again. I use a lot of fusible web and it gets everywhere! Specks stay on your design even after you have finished stitching it and completely put it together. The best way I have found to clean your iron is if it has fresh fusible on it (like you laid the iron right on the fusible web – this does happen) use one of the Iron Clean sheets which I guess are fabric softener sheets. Rub your hot iron on the sheet. This will clean fresh fusible right off.

If it’s baked on and caked on, you will need a more aggressive technique to clean it. I use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser wet with my hot iron and scrub the iron on the eraser. If this doesn’t clean it, add a few drops of the Iron Off hot iron cleaner by Rowenta or Dritz right on top of your Magic Eraser and scrub your hot iron. This will clean practically everything off you can get on your iron. I’m sure there are exceptions to this!

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