January 14, 2008

Yesterday I took a workshop with Julie Hirota, an amazing appliqué artist and author of Art Glass Quilts. The last time she came to our guild, she taught her art glass, or “subtractive appliqué” technique.

Now Julie’s in a mosaic phase, and today we learned how to go about creating these gorgeous art quilts. Here are some highlights from the day.





We all made up our own designs. Here’s my improvisational mosaic flower.

Janet was sitting next to me. Here’s her project in progress.

And here’s Janet herself. She shared fabric with me. What a good workshop neighbor.

Julie Hirota, with her beautiful Queen of Hearts mosaic quilt.

Julie’s website is www.jhiro.com. If you’re in the mood for some eye candy, be sure to visit. Her work doesn’t look quite like anybody else’s, and it’s stunning.

Julie’s also into handbags lately (you can see some of them peeking out from behind her on the table.) They’re available at Julie’s Etsy shop.

Thanks Julie! I had a great time!

Until next time,
Quilt Puppy Publications & Designs


3 Responses to “Julie Hirota’s mosaic appliqué”

  1. Judith Tetley on February 6th, 2008 7:46 pm

    Hi Kay, I was thrilled to see these stunning photo’s as I am currently experimenting with Mosaic Applique. I have gone about it pretty well the same way. How did you stitch your pieces down, I am still contemplating this?
    Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed those photo’s. Julie is a talented lady.
    Kind regards

  2. admin on February 7th, 2008 9:44 am

    Hi Judith! Well, the project is still in my stack of UFOs :) but when it’s finished I’ll probably stitch the edges of all the shapes as part of the quilting process.

    Julie is indeed very talented, with a lot of get-up-and-go. If you get a chance to take a class or hear her speak, go for it!


  3. Barney on February 11th, 2008 1:53 am

    Hi there, great pics. The quilts look very beautiful. The vibrant colors are always very attractive. Thanks for sharing the wonderful pics.