By Kathleen Barkley
by Edyta Sitar for
Laundry Basket Quilts
Edyta Sitar, founder and owner of Laundry Basket Quilts (www.laundrybasketquilts.com) credits her mother-in-law and grandmother-in-law for inspiring her love of quilting. Edyta has been constructing amazing patterns and quilts for Laundry Basket Quilts plus designing beautiful traditional and batik fabrics for Moda for over 10 years and also for Andover Fabrics. She has published numerous books to date and has been featured in many magazines. Edyta's quilts have been put on display around the world.
Her book, Seasonal Silhouettes, showcases twelve quilt blocks featuring raw edge appliqué. Edyta gives the reader step-by-step techniques to complete these projects. The full-size patterns celebrate each month of the year. Every month comes with a full-size diagram, which I found to be very helpful for placing the appliqué pieces I cut out. The color palette for each month features vibrant colors and batiks. Edyta recommends batiks for raw edge appliqué projects because of the fabric’s tight weave, the fact that there is no wrong or right side, and there is less fraying with batik fabric.
For those who haven’t tried raw-edge appliqué, her technique is quick and in Seasonal Silhouettes Edyta makes recommendations as to colors, fabric, fusible web, needles, thread, background quilting, and binding. Don't care to cut out fabrics for the blocks, Appliqué Silhouettes are available for the twelve blocks in the book at laundrybasketquilts.com These silhouettes are laser cut with the fusible webbing adhered to the fabric. I have ordered from Appliqué Silhouettes before and found their products and service to be spot-on.