Lecture Description: Let’s explore the world of quilts that were made with what I call ‘Not Cottons’. When quilters don’t have access to a stash of quilter’s cotton, what do they turn to? This one hour lecture, trunk show and Q & A session shows quilts – antique and modern – made of wool, silk, polyester and more. The trunk show of my own work shows what you can create with neckties, saris, kimonos and other unusual, ‘not cotton’ textiles.
About Julia: Julia is an international award-winning quilt maker living and working in Northern California near San Francisco. Born and raised in England, she worked as a textile designer in the woolen and worsted mills of Yorkshire and Scotland before taking a job with a luxury tailoring company on London’s Savile Row. A design position at a menswear company in New York City brought her to the US, and she's been here ever since. Julia discovered quilt making on travels through the small Amish towns of Pennsylvania. Since 2016 she has specialized in making silk quilts, sourcing her fabrics from neckties, clothing and furnishing fabrics. Julia says she has a passion for reuse and recycling, which leads her to rescue vintage blocks and textiles. These reclaimed fabrics become the starting point for her quilt designs. Julia is featured on TheQuiltShow.com‘s episode #2902. She is on the teaching faculty of Mancuso Show Management’s Quilt Fest and Quilt Festival Houston . She blogs regularly on a collaborative sewing blog, See How We Sew. Her on-demand class ‘How to Use Silks in Your Quilt Making’ is available at Creative Spark. Julia's quilt Viva la Vida showed in art galleries and museums around the US, and Dreaming of Margilan is featured in issue 152 of Quiltmania magazine. Julia is an active member of San Francisco Quilters Guild and East Bay Heritage Quilters.