From Beth: Angela from The Artists’ House shows you how to create an easy, turned-edge appliqué pillow in our next tutorial. First enjoy her introduction and take some time to look at Angela’s various links below (she has some really beautiful examples of her appliqué work in her Etsy shop).

From Angela: When I was young, many creative women surrounded me. I remember wearing extravagant handmade dresses and sleeping under blankets made by loving hands. Yet, while I was surrounded by the art of sewing as a young girl, I myself didn’t start sewing until I bought a nest of my own. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I signed up for my first class as a means to make my daughter the perfect quilt, based off a design I had in my head. A short time later, as a new mother with one quilt and pattern under my belt, I found myself sketching quilt ideas constantly. When my daughter would nap, I would sew. One quilt turned into two, two into three, and soon I realized that not only did I have a gift for design, I also had found something I was passionate about. Now I get to sew everyday, using both my hands and my heart.

You can check out my Etsy shop and my pattern shop. Along with that, I also make one-of-a-kind custom quilts and I run a blog where I talk about quilting, sewing, and the art of making a house a home. You can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and you can see pictures of my work on Flickr.