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