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Kevin Kosbab is a professional quilting and sewing pattern designer and author of TheQuilter’s Appliqué Workshop. He loves mid-century modern design styles and finding new ways to incorporate that aesthetic into his quilts.

This is how he describes his journey:  “I’ve been sewing since 2006, when my mom bought me a sewing machine so I could make real curtains for my apartment and stop relying on 1) fusible hem tape, or 2) her sewing skills/sweatshop labor. The curtains never got made, as it wasn’t long until the sewing machine was occupied full time with quilting projects. I started with a couple full-size quilts from patterns, and then I started designing my own quilts and finally found an outlet for a lifelong interest in graphic design.

“I’ve also had a lifelong interest in reading, writing, and all things bookish, which took me from an English literature degree from Oxford to a job in book publishing. In between working and quilting, I wrote for Quilter’s Home magazine on an assortment of topics. My partner took a job in California, so in 2007 I quit my job, moved out with him, and started freelancing full time. My first published quilt pattern appeared shortly after in American Patchwork & Quilting, and since then I’ve published patterns in magazines including Quilts & More, Quilter's World, and Stitch, which I continue to contribute to regularly.

“My line of Feed Dog Designs quilt patterns aims to offer modern patterns for creative quilters. I love to see the interesting ways quilters interpret my patterns, and I love inspiring them to take the patterns in new directions. Most of my patterns are directed at intermediate quilters itching to go beyond the basics, but I draw on my publishing background to develop instructions that won’t leave anyone behind.”

His talk on September 9 is “Fabric Outside the Lines.”  Designer lines of fabric make it easy to match fabric, but sticking within a collection makes for “matchy-matchy” quilts. Breathe new life into your quilts by looking at fabrics in new ways: not just as a fill-in-the-blanks paint palette, but as inspiring collage elements. He’ll show us how to put the fabric collector inside us all to good use to build our own custom “collections” of fabric.

Kevin Kosbab, September 9-10 Speaker and Workshop

Sadly, Kevin’s workshop has been canceled due to insufficient sign-ups.

Put a new spin on Dresden blocks by turning them into proud peacocks—great for bright florals, Asian prints, or other favorite fabrics.

Students will learn how to make Dresden Fan blocks in two different configurations and we’ll have fun choosing, fussy-cutting, and layering fabrics for the “eyes” on the peacock feathers.

Some appliqué experience is helpful; students may choose to use needle-turn or starch-turned methods. (Starch-turned appliqué may be sewn by hand or machine.)

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September 10 Workshop:  Peacocks on Parade

Kevin’s website: www.feeddog.net