April 2019 – Kathy McNeil

About the Workshop


The language of flowers, is a means of communication through the use of flowers. Meanings have been attributed to individual lowers for thousands of years. My Tussie Mussie blocks, each convey a special sentiment. Start with the "New Beginnings' Block for this project.

I will be teaching the APLIQUICK method of turning your edges to create each flower and ribbon unit. Unit appliqué is a versatile appliqué technique very usual in creating complex blocks or appliquéd wallhangings. Tools for this technique will be available to try in class or you can pre-order them from my web site. Needle turning will work, but I will not be teaching that method, so you must be comfortable with that technique. Learn basic hand embroidery stitches and how to make dimensional cherry blossom’s to enhance the visual impact of your block. You will be delighted with the shading possibilities of fabric paint crayons too! Although we will just be working on the floral units in class, Kathy will cover the assembly of this beautiful Victorian block. Watch a free video of the Apliquick method on my web site if you are curious about this technique before class.

New Beginning Supply List - Kathy McNeil (202 downloads)

About Kathy McNeil

Kathy McNeil

Kathy McNeil is an internationally award winning quilt artist, author, pattern designer, teacher and judge.  Kathy offers workshops, trunk shows and lectures, On line classes through American Quilters Society and quilting cruises to great destinations with Quilt Seminars at Sea. 

 Hand appliqueing thousands of little scraps of fabric together, she creates quilts that look like paintings.  These wall hangings are inherently and symbolically full of love and comfort. Often using over a hundred different fabrics in one composition, she revels in adding small details and surprises for the viewer to find. The quilting itself adds an additional element of texture to her work. Her quilts are frequently featured in museums, magazines, calendars, and international shows. Many of her quilts are in private collections.

 Artist Statement

Every creative act begins as a connection between the artist and their world. Exploration of that moment of inspiration fuels the process of telling a story and making art. Results are never predictable, as the discovery is different each time. A mastery of techniques and design will be noted and appreciated by others, but will the magic that inspired the artist, reach out and touch someone else?  When it does.... something big is shared.