Amazing Quilts by Grace

Quilts and Workshops by Grace Errea

November 2014 Newsletter

Newest quilt, hot out of the oven:

“A Blue Butterfly just Landed”

“A Blue Butterfly just Landed” is (27” wide x 41” high). The design is a simple flower with a butterfly. The Karner Butterflies intrigued me when I researched them for a previous quilt: “Cerulean Butterfly” so I decided to use that butterfly again.
Karner blue adults are nectar-feeders, aiding in the pollination of a variety of wildflowers. The larvae, however, are highly specialized, feeding exclusively on the wild blue lupine leaves. Without blue lupine, the Karner blue would not survive. These Butterflies are more common on the East Coast but I have found that, due to urbanization, much of the lupine fields have been destroyed and this beautiful butterfly is on the endangered list. Time to grow some lupines?
This is a very simple pattern, it was created for Hoffman fabrics so it is not only “valuelized” as I usually do, but it also has all the Hoffman fabrics identified for easy identification.Pattern is available right now at:

New venue for classes in the Costa Mesa, CA area



For those interested in learning and practicing any and all aspects of textile art, AND local to the Costa Mesa, California area, I will start ongoing ½ day classes about 2 times monthly at the Art Studios in Costa Mesa, CA on Harbor Blvd. This will be early next year (date to be determined but it should be March – April 2015).

These will be ongoing, and designed to take you from beginning to end covering as many techniques as I can teach, and even some that I cannot. The latter is by bringing guest teachers. The plan at this time is to have two half-day classes/month. Perhaps every other week. Will keep you posted, as I know the schedule better.

So here is YOUR chance to tell me what you want to learn and what classes you were looking for. Please let me know your ideas and thoughts. Send you comments, requests and suggestions to:

All the classes and workshops I have on my workshop page and other suggestions are fair game.

New planned classes in the making



One class that I announced last month, and will debut in February is the “Portrait Class” am putting together three new classes/workshops. All will focus on a specific process or technique.One is a landscape design class. There is so much to learn and enjoy in making landscapes correctly that is so very different from any other design, that this will be a tremendous class. This one will be done using my “Heat-Set” Machine Appliqué technique and will focus on landscapes. My designed patterns and/or photos that you will bring.

A second class will focus on my “free edge” machine appliqué so popular for bird feathers, tree bark, etc.

And finally the third one will be my Negative-Appliqué” or Stained Glass effect class done with the “Heat-Set” product and technique.

I am very excited about making quilts for all three and developing easy and foolproof directions that you can learn in all three.

Workshops and Exhibits:



My 2014 Calendar is complete! No more classes, no more books, no more students querying looks! Will start up again in February 2015 but, for now, I will be concentrating on quilting, designing both quilts and classes and writing articles and another book. And, of course enjoying the holidays with family and friends.
Last week I had workshops in Manchester, NH. What a wonderful venue and what wonderful students. The classes very full and I had no time to think about pictures no less, take them. So unfortunately I have no class pictures, just very fond memories.Here is a picture from the Quilt Show, which was part of the venue at the hotel. This is the “Amazing Flamingo” completed by one of my students from the area. This quilt was started in a previous class in Phoenix, AZ!!! Thank you Nancy Wasserman for entering the quilt AND winning a ribbon!

How to section-Learn and Share



In my last newsletter I had a section on “storing your quilts”. Many or you sent rave reviews! So, I will have a “learning/sharing” section in every newsletter. Keep an eye as you might find something new and interesting for you. AND, in this section you may have an opportunity to share something YOU discovered. So send me an email with your goodie and I will be super happy to publish. Attach pictures as well.Today: How to Block your quilts before the final edging.

Two important steps: Pressing and Blocking the just quilted Quilt

1) Pressing

Press from the back of the quilt. Press, do not iron! without steam. I usually use a dry iron and spritz lightly with a little water if it is necessary to “steam” out a pucker.

2) Blocking

This is an extremely important step in ensuring that your art quilt will hang straight without buckling, puckering, and pulling.

For this step you need a foam-core board the size of the quilt or larger, to pin your quilt to. If you have two of these foam core boards, you can optionally layer them together for more height. What I would suggest you cover the board with a sheet of plastic, so that the board does not get wet as the water deforms it.

1) Starting at the top center edge of your quilt and using T-pins, pin the top edge of your quilt to the board. As you pin, stretch sideways. Pin every 1-2” going back and forth – left side, right side. Ensure that the quilt is taut and lies flat against the board.Note: In the pictures below, I used the colored flower pins so that they stand out in the photo and you can see them easily.
2) Once the top edge is completely pinned, repeat the process for the bottom edge stretching the quilt down as you go. Again, start in the middle and fan out, stretching down and out towards the sides, getting the quilt as taut as you can.
3) When the bottom is completed, pin one side of the quilt starting from the middle going up to the top edge. Repeat on the same side from the middle to the bottom edge. Pull and gently stretch the side as you work.
4) Repeat the process on the opposite side.5) Fix and re-stretch and re-pin any areas that do not seem taut enough.

6) With cool water in a spray bottle, spray the quilt until you feel the top, batting and backing are moist all the way through.
7) Let the quilt dry thoroughly before removing it from the board. It may take 1-3 days depending on the size of the quilt, the heat and humidity. So let it dry well and get it ready for next month’s Hoe To Section:The next step- Proper squaring of the perfectly blocked quilt. This will be something to look for in December.Want more? There are currently 2 CD’s I have that will show you step by step how to do:CD1: Randomly pieced backgrounds

Cd2: A trio of edge-ings such as the 2 ways to do Bordings (border and binding in one), and a Free-edge binding

Thank you so much for your support, your friendship and for listening. With Thanksgiving coming, I want to wish you:

Happy Thanksgiving for you and your family!!!

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