304: Ellen Anne Eddy

Ellen Anne Eddy - The Magical World of Longarm Quilting Artist Ellen Anne Eddy

Week 1

The longarm machine was invented for quilting quilts, or so we thought. Leave it to the imagination of gifted artists like Ellen Anne Eddy to take the longarm to places that astound us. The longarm machine and threads become her pen and ink and her hand painted fabrics are the paper as she quilts, bringing her magical world of colorful creatures to life before our eyes.


 

Week 2

Ellen Anne Eddy works her quilt magic with hand dyed fabrics and lots and lots of thread. Many of her exquisite creatures and flora are stitched separately using bobbin work and then later attached to the quilt. Adding thread after thread gives a great raised quality to the design. She uses the same bobbin work with thinner batting to construct lovely jackets. She often chooses a print for the backing and uses the design as a guide for her high speed stitching creating a one of a kind exotic fabric.

  • Superior Threads – superiorthreads.com – available at your local quilt shop
  • Quilt Halo Hoop by Sharon Schamber – available from on-line retailers/li>
  • Books by Ellen Anne Eddy available at her website – ellenanneeddy.com
    • Thread Magic
    • Thread Magic Garden

Short Takes on Longarm Quilting with Vicki Hoth
Vicki shows us some gadgets sit-down longarm quilters should have in their bag to simplify their quilting time.

  • Machingers Quilting Gloves – rubber tipped gloves used to stabilize the quilt – available at your local quilt shop
  • Chenille needles from DMC have a large eye and sharp point – available at your local quilt shop
  • LoRan needle threader – available at your local quilt shop
  • Spiral eye needle threader – spiraleyeneedles.com

 

Week 3

In this segment Jodie and Ellen Anne Eddy have a blast going through a trunk show of Ellen’s quilts. She points out special techniques used on different quilts. A case in point is “globbing” a magical way to use up all those piles of shiny thread ends. What’s involved in getting a motif stitched and onto the quilt? Ellen Anne shows us and explains how she designs with various shapes. Her hand dyed threads and fabrics and lots and lots of shiny threads are the special ingredients used to create her fantasy world.

  • Steam-a-seam 2 – warmcompany.com – available at your local quilt shop
  • Superior Threads – superiorthreads.com – available at your local quilt shop
  • Books by Ellen Anne Eddy available at her website – ellenanneeddy.com
    • Dye Day Workbook
    • The Town of Torper and a Very Vulgar Daylily
    • A Ladybug’s Garden