Beth Ferrier's grandmother taught her to embroider when Beth was
just four, setting her on a lifelong path of needlework. From then
on, Beth's hands were always busy - knitting, sewing, weaving,
making garments, first for her baby dolls and then for herself. She
can't remember a time when fiber hasn't been a central part of her
She describes her style as "rebellious traditional." A quilter since 1975, she is forever in search of easy and simply elegant solutions to quilting challenges. Everything she designs is geared toward teaching skill-expanding tips and techniques.
Beth lives in Saginaw, Michigan, with her husband, Kent, in a farmhouse built before 1860. They have four grown sons, two daughters-in-law, and two grandchildren. You've seen her on Simply Quilts, Kaye's Quilting Friends, and The Quilt Show with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson. She's written several books.
There have been some exciting innovations in the materials available to quilters these days. Of interest to appliquers comes "Wash-Away Applique Sheets" from C&T Publishing. These sheets are printable, watersoluble, single-sided fusible and eco-friendly. They are sized to 8 ?" x 11" and are sturdy enough to be run through your printer. Use these with your ink-jet printer for applique templates or foundation piecing. If you are hesitant to use these in your printer, they are also transparent enough that you could also hand trace your applique design to the sheet. When your project is finished you have the option of washing the sheet for a softer feeling piece or leaving it in and it will soften over time. Fans of paper piecing can fuse the first piece of fabric to the sheet thus avoiding ripping paper off and risking damaging your stitches. The end result is that you will find you have a crisp clean edge for your applique stitching plus save time in drawing multiple templates for certain block patterns.* Applique Society, The *