Welcome to England Design
Cynthia's new book Picture Piecing Traditional Quilts is now shipping!
Picture Piecing Traditional Quilts combines Cynthia's popular detailed Picture Pieced designs with traditional quilt blocks, so that you can get the look of applique while still using only straight-line piecing. Visit our Picture Piecing Traditional Quilts book page to learn more about it and be sure to check out these four pages of new products we've added related to the book: Rosebud Related Supplies, Maple Leaf Related Supplies, Violet Related Supplies, and Traditional Quilts Fabric Kits.
At recent quilt shows, we're finding that Picture Piecing Traditional Quilts is especially popular among beginners to the Picture Piecing Technique. They love the step-by-step instructions and the fact that the picture-pieced designs are combined with regular patchwork, so they can get a gentle introduction to the technique.
Welcome to England Design!
|England Design is the web home of Cynthia England, an internationally known quilting instructor and quilt pattern designer. Cynthia is most well-known for her Picture Pieced quilts. Cynthia's most recognized quilt, Piece and Quiet, was chosen as one of the "The Twentieth Century's Best American Quilts" in 2000.In addition to this award, Cynthia won Best of Show at the International Quilt Festival in Houston for Piece and Quiet in 1993 and for Open Season in 2000. |
Visit the Meet Cynthia and Cynthia's Resume pages to learn more about the recognition her quilts have received. The Contact Info page leads to more about Cynthia's Lectures and Workshops as well as her upcoming teaching schedule
England Design Demos at Upcoming Quilt Shows
Cynthia attends many regional quilt shows as a vendor and offers continuous demos throughout each show to teach her Picture Piecing technique. Here are the upcoming shows where you'll find Cynthia:
Other Recent Patterns from England Design
Cynthia introduced 2 new patterns at the Fall 2012 International Quilt Market and Festival.
Wine Country, shown below left, is a new addition to Cynthia's Small Landscape Series. This is a 19" x 17" picture pieced quilt. Sailing Away, below right, is the latest quilt in Cynthia's Scenic America Series. It is a 28" x 28" picture pieced quilt. Both quilt patterns are available now for online ordering.
What is Picture Piecing?
Many quilters assume that Picture Piecing is just another name for foundation piecing or paper piecing. But it is actually a unique technique that Cynthia developed in order to achieve detailed quilt imagery.
Picture Piecing is like paper piecing or foundation piecing in only two ways. First, it involves the use of paper. Second, it allows you to construct quilts using only straight seams.
However, there are many differences that allow quilters to achieve detailed imagery more efficiently and with less frustration and fabric waste.
|A few differences between Picture Piecing and foundation piecing are: |
|Now Available! YouTube Picture Piecing Demonstrations|
|We are proud to offer our Picture Piecing Techniques Demonstrations via 2 YouTube videos. Cynthia brings into your quilting studio the live demonstrations that are always so popular in her quilt show booths. (Even if you've watched our earlier videos, you might want to check these out because they are in a larger size now that makes it much easier to see the technique.) Just click the play button on the YouTube videos below to start watching as Cynthia demonstrates how to picture piece her free Ice Cream Cone block pattern available on this site.|
|Picture Piecing Technique Part 1 (YouTube) Video|
|Picture Piecing Technique Part 2 (YouTube) Video|
|See For Yourself - Picture Piecing Video Demonstrations|
|Our See For Yourself - Picture Piecing Video Demonstrations are also still available. These videos break the entire demonstration into very short segments that concentrate on one step or tip each. These videos are also a good option if you can't get view YouTube videos for some reason. Visit our See For Yourself - Picture Piecing Videos page to watch these videos which are presented in both QuickTime (.mov) and Windows movie (.wmv) formats.|
The Quilt Show
Cynthia appeared on Episode 610 of The Quilt Show. The Quilt Show is an online quilting show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. Alex and Ricky came to Cynthia's studio back in November to film the segment with Cynthia. You'll need to be a member to view the online show, so be sure to check out The Quilt Show website and look for the Join Now button. Once you have joined you can watch their monthly videos at any time (and as many times as you'd like). There are many benefits to being a member beyond watching their monthly quilting shows, so be sure to look into it.
But first, take a peek at this 30 second YouTube promotion for the show...
American Patchwork & Quilting Radio Guest
You can listen to the recorded show. Just click the American Patchwork & Quilting Radio button to the right to get started. This will take you to the show website www.allpeoplequilt.com/radio/index.html.
Once on their page, scroll just a bit down that page to the light gray box labeled "American Patchwork and Quilting Radio". Click the "2-20-12" listing and then click the play button. Be sure to turn the volume up on your computer. Cynthia's interview is the 3rd one in this episode after Shelly Ziegart and Allisa Haight Carlton.
The episodes are also available for free on iTunes. Just type "American Patchwork and Quilting" into the search bar in the iTunes store. Then either download the episode you want, or subscribe to the series. If you are having trouble, just look for the link to their convenient PDF instructions file.
Work with award-winning quilter Cynthia England for four days! Learn her sewing technique and the process of breaking up your own design.
If you'd like to receive information about the 2015 retreat, please click the Contact Form link at the top of the page and send us your email address with a note asking to receive future retreat information. We'll send out the details for our 2015 Retreat as soon as we have everything confirmed.
England Design News
Two of Cynthia's quilts were on display in the Texas Quiltmakers Exhibit at the 2011 International Quilt Festival in Houston. The exhibit celebrated the release of Lone Stars III: Texas Quilts Today by Karey Patterson Bresenhan and Nancy O'Bryant Puentes as well as the opening of the Texas Quilt Museum in La Grange, Texas. The two quilts of Cynthia's which were in the exhibit include: Open Season and One Fine Day. These two quilts, as well as Cynthia's Piece and Quiet and Power of Houston are included in the book. The Texas Quilt Museum officially opened on November 13, 2011.
Cynthia's quilt One Fine Day is also pictured in the October/November 2011 issue (no. 424) of Quilter's Newsletter Magazine in an article about the new museum entitled "Texas Quilt Museum to Open in November".
Original Floral and Bird Series Patterns now 1/2 Price!Our original pattern series included 15 on-point floral and bird blocks. These patterns, along with our web-exclusive Cherry Blossom pattern, are being discontinued and are now all half price - just $3.75- while quantities last. Visit our Floral and Bird Series page for details on these patterns.