Quilt Dierdre Bond Abel 1

 

Dierdre Bond Abel Quilt Designer

 

Quilt Dierdre Bond Abel 2

 

Quilt Dierdre Bond Abel 3

 Quitl Dierdre Bond Abel 4

Colebrook - quilt design for AQC Class by Dierdre Bond Abel

 

 

Woven Wool Quilt Journey

 

DEIRDRE BOND-ABEL HAS BEEN QUILTING AND DESIGNING HER OWN QUILTS FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES. HER DESIGNS FEATURE APPLIQUÉ WORKED IN WOVEN WOOL COMBINING PIECED BLOCKS AND BACKGROUNDS USING COTTON REPRODUCTION PRINTS. HER BUSINESS, HAT CREEK QUILTS IS ON HER FARM IN THE BEAUTIFUL COAL RIVER VALLEY IN TASMANIA, WHERE SHE TRADES IN PATCHWORK COMMODITIES, PROVIDES WORKSHOP FACILITIES AND B&B ACCOMMODATION AND PATTERN WHOLESALE DISTRIBUTION.

 

by Mindy Cook

 

Between April 16 – 19, Deirdre will be tutoring three classes at the Australasian Quilt Convention in Melbourne, and lucky for you – there are still some spots left, but class numbers are limited!

 

Here’s a little insight into Deirdre’s creative technique, and what to expect from her classes…

 

If our readers were looking for a different technique in quilting, why would wool appliqué on a cotton pieced background make an irresistible option?

 

 

Wool appliqué is simply raw edge appliqué. The wool doesn’t fray so there’s no need to use fusible web to prevent fraying. This also means that there’s no seam allowance to turn under. Stems are super easy as the wool bends beautifully and you can cut them out on the straight of grain – no need for bias cuts. Simply use glue stick on the back of the wool to position onto the background and then hold it in place with paper staples while you stitch. There are no pins to fall out or prick yourself with and no messy fusible to make fabric stiff and difficult to sew.

 

 

How does your environment and colour influence your designs?

 

“I think of myself as being a lover of dark muddy colours. But when I step back and look at my work there are a lot of brighter colours in there as well.”

I normally start any design by selecting my cotton prints then I commence matching my wool colours with those. I do live with a small collection of antique quilts, and in those I can see that the makers have used all sorts of colour options, as they worked with the fabric that was available to them at the time. I am of the opinion that if it was good enough for them in the 1800s it’s good enough for me, so I like to use similar colour schemes.

 

Is your style quite unique to you or is it part of a worldwide trend?

 

I don’t think I am at all unique in this regard but people do say that I have a fairly distinct way of using colour.

 

 

Are your AQC classes primarily focused on antique reproduction designs or is there something in there for those who prefer different design persuasions?

 

My three designs have an influence from antiques but could look more modern with different colour choices.

 

 

 

We think Deirdre’s classes will be fascinating learning, with the flexibility to discover and engage your own creativity. It’s easy to book online as part of the AQC delegate package. See the options and book your place now. Deirdre would love to have you!

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Woven Wool Quilt Journey”

  1. Wow, Deirdre’s work is stunning. She has wonderful design style,colour direction and her quilts are generally so inviting. Their are several of her designs that I would like to reproduce for myself. So I will be doing a google search for “Hat creek Quilts” and taking a good look.

    Unfortunately, I will not be able to travel to see her at any of your fabulous shows this year due to budget constraints. I only wished we had more shows come to Adelaide! Thanks for sharing I love learning about our fabulous aussie quilters. Happy crafting/quilting Julie Adelaide South Australia.

    1. Hi Julie, thanks for taking the time to comment on my designs and I am glad that you like them. At the moment I have a website under construction and hope to have it operating by the end of February. You can follow me on Facebook, just look for my name Deirdre Bond-Abel.

    2. Dear Julie, I thought you might be interested to know that we have added another Adelaide show to the schedule. The Stitches & Craft Show will be coming to Adelaide on May 7 to 9, 2015. The show will be held at the Adelaide Event & Exhibition Centre, Wayville Showground. Tell all your crafty friends to be there so it keeps coming back!

  2. Having been taught by Deirdre in her wool appliqué method, I can assure anyone taking her class you will enjoy them. But be warned…you will become addicted to wool appliqué. It is easy and beautiful and Deirdre is such a friendly and generous teacher.

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