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pat pease & wendy hill : creativity duo

pat pease & wendy hill : creativity duo

By Patricia Belyea

Being a twin, I know all about sharing. Pat Pease and Wendy Hill, quilt designers, took sharing to a whole new level with their newly released book: Creative Quilt Challenges. The book’s subhead: Take the Challenge to Discover Your Style & Improve Your Design Skills invites readers to explore many different directions with their quilting projects.

Quilt Challenges

The important starting point of each challenge, Pat and Wendy explain, is to define a theme. A good theme needs to be open for personal interpretation yet guided by a set of rules. And they like to keep their projects secret from each other until the time of the Big Reveal.

Here are three of the seven challenges presented: Reimagine an old block with a new twist / Pass it back and forth and do not speak / Unlikely materials.

Creative Quilt Challenges by Pat Pease and Wendy Hill

Challenge # 5, titled The Collection, challenged both Pat and Wendy to make quilts using their stashes of modern Japanese fabrics. Pat’s quilt is made using long strips of the fabric, cut with a rotary cutter but no ruler:

Echino Yet Again by Pat Pease

Wendy sketched out her idea and played with the drawing to refine her circle composition before she proceeded to resolve color decisions:

Ripple Effect by Wendy Hill

Every step of the way, Pat and Wendy reveal their approaches, tips on techniques and construction, and final thoughts on their projects. The back of the book is stuffed with Specialty Techniques. Favs in this section are Reversible Double-Fold Binding, Inset Squares and Quilting-as-You-Sew to Batting.


Japanese Fabrics from Pat Pease

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98 comments to “pat pease & wendy hill : creativity duo”

  1. Susan Zakanycz says:

    This looks like a great book!

  2. Karen A says:

    I have not made a quilt starting with a theme.

  3. Karen M says:

    I have made a couple of quilts starting with a theme, my favorite being my sisters, mom and I and our annual trip to the beach.

  4. Robin Shilman says:

    I have not made a quilt based on a theme but I am game to try it.

  5. Linda Fleming says:

    This would be a new venture for me – sounds like an exciting adventure!

  6. betty says:

    I have designed a few quilts around a theme. My favorite was a wall hanging for our first granddaughter. The theme was owls.

  7. Shirley says:

    In the course of my quilting life of 40 years, have done several pieces dictated by ‘a theme’, the latest being “Healing”.

  8. Julie Hallquist says:

    I have made several quilts as part of challenges starting with a theme which then directed my design. I find some of my most creative pieces have been made as a r wilt of challenges.

  9. Janet Wright says:

    This sounds like a great book. I hope I win. Janet Wright

  10. Claudette says:

    I am from Canada, but I could pick up a win at your store. I will be there in April!!! Please?? The win is a “great” one. I would love it! Thx.

  11. Pamela F says:

    I made three quilts on one theme (my father who had recently passed away) and they were each very different – the tomato eater, the star gazer and the dragon “guardian” of our family. It’s a great way to think about my Dad and make beautiful memories of him..

  12. Mrs. Plum says:

    Yes, I have designed quilts using a theme before. Some themes have been inspired by specific poems, some by my own musings. It definitely gives creativity a focus.

  13. Tesi Vaara says:

    I’ve made several quilts based on photos of my life as the theme.
    This book looks great and I love the fabric stash! So many creative people out there in the world.

  14. Janet Wright says:

    I made a quilt based on the lives of the females in my husband’s family. Lots of insight and lots of surprises. Janet Wright

  15. Lyn says:

    My first wall quilt was one for my sister, with the theme of hearts/love.

  16. Shirley Whitcomb says:

    I made a quilt to help introduce my niece’s newly adopted little girl to her immediate family members before she met them in person. I made it soft and cuddly with photos of her grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins so she would be comfortable with them and how she fit in the family before she was joyfully bombarded by all of them. She was only 2 years old.

  17. peggy st. george says:

    Yes, I have participated in several challenges. They are fun, and, well, challenging!

  18. Lou says:

    It looks like a book to make you think. Excellent

  19. Allison CB says:

    Love themes in my quilt making! Am developing on based on a bouquet at the moment. Would love to read this book!

  20. Jennifer says:

    Would love an opportunity to win this book as I partake in challenge quilts at least twice a year.
    I also have an available US address.

  21. Margaret Rehnstrom says:

    I am new to quilting and have not made a quilt by starting with a theme to direct the design. This idea has my mind spinning with theme ideas and I want to sketch some of them out to see where this will lead me.

  22. Veronica says:

    I made a series of quilts with the star theme. Another time I used Amish solid colors tor a basis of a series. It is a good way to work in that it gives you boundaries to challenge creativity to stay in the bounds yet be creative within them. I would love to read the book and try the themes.

  23. Kae Eagling says:

    Yes, many times. Challenges are one of my favorite things to do with quilts. It is where I learn my most important lessons.

  24. Kim Cotcher says:

    I have never made a theme quilt. Your book sounds interesting!

  25. Jamie S says:

    I did a small wall quilt with a bicycling theme, an interest my husband and I share.

  26. Elana goldberg says:

    Omg what an inspiring book! I woul love to win this giveaway!

  27. Elana says:

    Oh and I haven’t quilted with a theme but the concept does intrigue me!!

  28. Deb Woolley says:

    Our art quilt group did theme quilts based on two words each month for a year. It was great fun and it stretched our skills and imagination.

  29. Lana Higginbotham says:

    I have made quilts from my father’s shirts,(very rewarding) and a quilt using neutrals (very challenging). This book looks exciting and full of ideas.

  30. Janet says:

    My quilting friend and I have challenges frequently. Some of the latest themes have been Chagall, winter and currently we are working on “Happy Villages”. I don’t often buy books anymore but this one looked so inspiring that I couldn’t resist ordering it. If I win I’ll give the book to my friend.

  31. Trudi Rammelkamp says:

    All of my baby and children’s quilts have some sort of theme.

  32. Rhoda says:

    I have never started a project starting with a theme. I am excited o try this!

  33. Carolyn Burton says:

    I have a theme quilt slowly simmering on the back burner. I’m excited as it comes closer to the boil.

  34. Edna Warkentine says:

    I have not done this but it sounds like a fun thing to do.

  35. babs ratner says:

    About 50% of my quilts are based on a theme. Usually personally related to the person I am giving it to in the end. I love the process of progressing the theme as the quilt is being created.

  36. Debra Callaway says:

    not sure if the use of fabrics containing a sewing “theme” qualifies or not and I made a really big project bag rather than a quilt but it is the only “challenge” I have ever participated in, and this book and the fabric would be perfect for my birthday which is the day of the drawing, March 15.

  37. Cheri Searles says:

    Yes, but I don’t think I thought it through enough…what a horrible sentence! I love the book!

  38. Meriul E. says:

    Yes, I have made a small quilt starting with a theme. The challenge was to have a log cabin block somewhere in the quilt. I made a center 12″ block “confetti style” of an old log cabin in the woods and surrounded it with strips to make a larger log cabin block. It turned out great!

  39. K Jill Varnell says:

    And putting sewing skills into learning quilting techniques is my “new life” challenge. It’s never too late to learn……

  40. Donna DeShazo says:

    Yes! I have made a series of small quilts, each based on a different theme selected from a list of unusual holidays….a quilt per month for several months!

  41. Sue Smith says:

    Yes I have made several art quilts based on a theme. Elements – fire; Ocean. I love to make challenge quilts, they make you really think & be creative as your doing them. It looks like a fabulous book. Love to win it and take the challenge.

  42. Jerie Clark says:

    No quilts on a theme——-yet! Book looks wonderful tho.

  43. Dot says:

    I’ve made a few quilts based on themes for quilt challenges. They’re a good way to stretch you’re thinking.

  44. Joanne says:

    The themes I’ve started with have been broad and far-ranging, such as a college graduation gift for a young woman. My partner has done a couple of the challenge quilts for QA, and while the themes seem to be fairly focused, the quilts that are generated always take the themes in far-ranging territories.

  45. jodi gradinger-wes says:

    I planned and executed quilts for our boys, highlighting their water polo careers. it was tons of work and very satisfying!! these women look amazing!!
    thank-you for the post!

  46. Cynthia reed says:

    Yes I have. It may be as simple as using only greys and blacks.

  47. Patricia sherman says:

    Yes, I have used themes to start a quilt. Love these fabrics

  48. Lori Kay says:

    I have participated in challenges with my quilt guild. I enjoy daydreaming about the challenge and trying to come up with something clever and achievable given my skill set.

  49. Georgia says:

    Wow! Why have I never considered a theme before? I have ideas but don’t push beyond that.

  50. Linda McLaughlin says:

    Great concept for a book, I would love to win it.

  51. JJ says:

    I have worked from a theme. The first time was a bit difficult, but I learned a lot. I’m working on one now for a specialty exhibit. Fun stuff!

  52. Barb in MI says:

    Hm, no not really – I usually start with fabrics and a theme for a quilt. What an interesting approach – Thanks so much!

  53. Laura Gottlieb says:

    I have made a series of portrait quilts…perhaps that’s a theme? I love the challenges described in this post!

  54. Martha Isbister says:

    No, and it shows!

  55. Barbaraben says:

    I’ve never made a quilt based on a theme. I’m very traditional but this book would provide a new direction for my quilting projects.

  56. Daisy Rae says:

    Yes – several group challenges – this year I am doing one for a group’s 30th anniversary and the group challenge is ‘birthday’ so am thinking and designing using trial & error!! so the book would be very helpful.

  57. Kim Mast says:

    Oh boy! What a great idea, can’t wait to get my hands on this book.
    I have made a quilt with a theme, usually beginning with hand me down fabrics and stash. Then, I pull it all together with a hidden theme.

  58. Susan Mayer says:

    A theme to me is to do non traditional designs. I pick out bright fabrics and throw in some black and whites. I put everything onto my design wall and let the fabrics be my inspiration.

  59. Marsha Burdick says:

    Yes. I am working now on a piece for the Jazz Impressions show at the San Jose Quilt Museum during the San Jose Jazz Festival in August. My piece is based on Matisse’s book, Jazz, which has images he did by cutting paper painted with his paint to make the pictures, when he could no longer paint with a brush. He never gave up!

  60. Kelly Wilbur says:

    I have begun my design with theme fabric and a theme style, such as paisleys or flying geese. It’s fun to start with an idea and see where it takes you!

  61. Heidi says:

    Most often, I’ve let fabric inspire a design. Beginning with a theme puts so much more meaning in to the project and adds to the creativity. I’ll put some thought into this for future projects!
    I am looking forward to the book. Ladies of such style – just look at those scarves!

  62. Michelle says:

    I have not “made” a quilt based on a theme, but have a notebook with many theme ideas – states or cities I’ve lived in, a special vacation, special birthday year, a poem I love, a quote I love….

  63. Susie Wolcott says:

    I don’t believe I have. Challenged myself many ways but not with a theme.

  64. Julie says:

    Yes, I have done a theme related challenge. It is not easy.

  65. Lee Schulstad says:

    Yes, I do this all the time. Most of my quilts start with a piece of fabric I really love, and then I build a quilt around it.

  66. Wanda says:

    I have done a couple pieces on a theme but am mostly inspired by the fabric itself. I work on a design wall and let the piece tell me what it needs next.

  67. Dale says:

    What an interesting book. These two sound like they have a fun life!

  68. Margaret Witt says:

    Yes. I have made a few patriotic quilts and that always seems to direct my thoughts.

  69. Drew Betz says:

    I have designed with theme as the start and the process is organic and sometimes messy as it evolves.

  70. marty thompson says:

    A few quilts designed around a theme.

  71. Lynn Haia says:

    Yes, I am currently working on such a quilt. It started with Japanese women panels and some indigo prints. It is the first improv and themed quilt I have ever created. I have it ready for quilting which I plan to do in an improv free motion way.

  72. Ray Burke says:

    I am new at this and often find terms I am not sure of so if you mean developing my own theme, no I haven’t. I am working on quilts from a pattern and design. Thanks.

  73. Vivian Roop says:

    I love the challenges our guild presents for our shows. They always lead me in a new direction. It stretches me.

  74. Amy L says:

    Yes, I’ve participated in guild challenges that set themes. Some are inspiring, and others, not so much. But all involve a good learning experience and growth.

  75. Peggy S says:

    I have done challenges in my local guild. Looks like an interesting book

  76. Jennifer says:

    I would love to learn more about inspiring more creativity from inside of me. This book is one I have now added to my reading list.

  77. jane rosenfeld says:

    many of my quilts for the Grands (and others) have begun with a theme. E.g. the neighborhood, bee and flower, spring arrival, hive, in a primordial garden, and some “birthday cake” small quilts. This book looks fantastic—eager to try

  78. June says:

    Funny you should ask, because now that I have three machine-pieced, hand-quilted quilts under my belt based on someone else’s designs, I am eager to try new methods of creating my very own, and using a specific theme as a springboard will be just the ticket! I am considering using favorite places I have been or lived. Avignon springs to mind, and farmhouse in Burgundy, along with the tucked-away temple, Honen-in, or the Philosopher’s Path in Kyoto

  79. Sharon Coker says:

    yes. Chose colors and a theme that reminded me of the ocean

  80. Nancy says:

    What an exciting book and beautiful collection. I’ll be excited to see it on the book shelves. It’s sure to become a classic!

  81. Some of the themes I’ve used are “red”, “snow” and my favorite, make a quilt top using only my stash using and as many of the vintage hand sewn, four patch blocks I purchased at an antiques shop. Your book looks beautiful and inspiring!

  82. Jeanne says:

    My theme was a geisha’s wardrobe. Difference kimonos using my stash of Asian fabric and fans with a darker selection of Asian fabric.

  83. april zemke says:

    Yes I did make a wedding quilt without a pattern for my daughter. It was quite traditional looking but included photos, machine embroidery, and fabric from dresses I made for the wedding.
    The featured book looks very interesting.

  84. Dorothy Brown says:

    Yes, my favorite quilt started with the theme of the four seasons

  85. Donna smith says:

    Not yet, but sounds interesting.

  86. Shannon Fradette says:

    I don’t generally have a “theme”, but I often have one or two main focus fabrics that I love and work out from them to find other fabrics to add. I like the idea of having a set of guidelines to follow, but to improvise as much as possible. So much to do, so little time! Thanks for your great newsletter.

  87. melissa says:

    That book looks very interesting! Would love the chance to enjoy and learn from it.

  88. Kathy Weyenberg says:

    Yes. We have done this in our quilt group also. It is exciting to see the different interpretations and styles.

  89. Allison CB says:

    This book looks so awesome – I’ve been waiting for it to come out!!!!

  90. Janie says:

    I have used a theme sailboats and the quilt turned out pretty nice. Thank you for the inspiration. I would love this book.

  91. Sharon Kisel says:

    Almost always I have an idea sketched out in my head. However, one particular wall hanging art quilt was done as an anniversary gift that was a milky way type design with the constellations corresponding to the birth dates astrologically. A LOT of beading but it was nice in the end.

  92. Shasta says:

    I have done a couple of challenges based on themes – for Project Quilting and others. My personal challenge to only use what is in my stash – sometimes only one box in my stash, shows up quite often in my work.

  93. Betsy Cooksey says:

    I love to make challenging quilts. I learn so much when I making the quilt.

  94. Laura Marston says:

    A new way of thinking is a great way to break out of a quilting slump. A wonderful book and gorgeous fabric = wow!

  95. Mary Burger says:

    Yes I have. I came across a collection of African animals prints and designed a quilt features both appliqué and one large square of fabric printed with elephants. I ended up using several non traditional fabrics (including some voil) I call it “In and out of the Zoo” as some of the animals are free roaming and some are “caged” in slashed and flipped half square triangle blocks.

  96. Claire says:

    Hello! I stumbled on to your page and was so mesmerized! One of my nieces married a Japanese man and lived in Japan for several years. She sent two squares of fabric to me. They are so beautiful and I’ve not known what to do with them, as they are not very large to work with and I don’t want to ruin the scenes on this fabric. I’ve gathered some ideas from scrolling across websites and blog pages. Thank you for being so helpful! Appreciative, Claire

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