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Buffalo-chex patchwork

Trompe l'oeil buffalo-chex patchwork
This buffalo-chex pattern in black, teal-blue, and gray is created by using a cross-weave printed fabric along with black and a coordinating color. I learned how to do this on Shay Henderson's Empty Bobbin Sewing School weblog post titled "Buffalo Check Quilt Pattern". I love this, and think it's like magic to watch the fabrics transform into the buffalo-chex pattern.

The secret is in using a "weave" printed fabric as the foundation of your design. The teal-blue "weave" print pictured below makes the "gray" blocks in the teal colored, buffalo-chex, patchwork I demonstrate here.

Moda Rustic Weave -- teal color, purchased from Missouri Star Quilt Co.
This "Rustic Weave" fabric looks like it is course woven, but it is actually printed to look like a woven fabric of a teal color with a black background. Other blended fabrics of this type include: "Essex linens", "chambrays" a…

Report from GAAQG quilt-day May 21, 2016

Jan Frank's adaptation of a bird motif in the Kantha style of India
Jan Frank shares stitch expertise on GAAQG quilt day
Ann Arbor stitcher and fiber artist Jan Frank offers a free embroidery mini-toot at each Greater Ann Arbor Quilters' Guild quilt-day meeting. She said, "I have been doing every kind of stitchery under the sun since I was five-years-old -- that's 70 years!"

At last Saturday's GAAQG quilt-day Frank displayed her adaptation of motifs in the Indian Kantha style that prominently features chain-stitchery. Her favorite stitch guide is Marion Nichol's Encyclopedia of Embroidery Stitches Including Crewell, published by Dover and available in Kindle and paperback from Amazon. Frank may be contacted by email: janfrank at sbcglobal dot net.

Pat Wagner's fabric box
Fabric boxes
GAAQG member Pat Wagner was also on hand at May quilt day demonstrating how to make a clever fabric box that she discovered online at: Laura Coia's YouTube video "How …