Ok, now I'm sure you want to know all about the instructor for our Eagle class, Grace Errea.
Her website is Amazing Quilts by Grace and it's a site you should definitely visit. Every once in a while you come across someone who teaches the way you learn. Know what I mean? I got it when she said it and that doesn't always happen for me. I'm a visual learner so I usually have to see it before it makes sense. Of course, we had gorgeous visuals in this class...her beautiful quilts were there in all their glory. And, they are quite stunning close up! Anyway, she just clicked with me and as complicated as this eagle looks, it was easy once she explained what to do. Remember, in our one class, she was teaching four different quilt designs. You have to be pretty good at teaching to do that!
If you are thinking about quilt artists to suggest to your guild, I highly recommend Grace. She's a lovely person...easy to get to know, great to work with and lots of fun! I don't believe she's published, but I could be wrong.
Now to answer a couple of questions you posed regarding the Eagle quilt. Yes, it's raw-edges, and no, it's not fused. It's pinned to a special base netting as you go along. I believe the reason for this is that it roughs up and frays just a tiny bit as it's being worked on and quilted and thus, looks more realistic than if it was stuck down with fusible. It's more work obviously, but so worth it in this case. I'm sure Grace has other reasons for this and she probably told us, but can I remember? No...lol
I bought the pattern for the Swan quilt and I'm hoping to attempt it sometime soon. I fell in love with this method and surprised myself. Isn't that great?
Hope you've enjoyed my journey. I'll try to post the quilts as I'm able to see each of them in their finished state.