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October 2019 Program

Beth Helfter

Author, pattern designer, and national quilting instructor Beth Helfter has one rule about quilting – it’s supposed to be fun. With that in mind, along with her company motto of “Inspired Designs, Relaxed Attitude,” Beth brings visionary designs and
techniques to her patterns and exuberance and encouragement to the classroom. Looking for staid or typical? You won’t find it here.

As a mostly scrappy designer, Beth prefers to dig into her stash to create designs and patterns that appeal to her senses of color and value, using as many different fabrics as possible. Keeping to just a few color families in each quilt palette is one of her best tricks to keeping scrappy quilts from getting too out of hand but allowing them to sing with tone and movement. Her lecture “Give it a Scrap Slap” is a walk through the fun she had, and the befores and afters have to be seen to be believed. Beth has decided she will never solve
the mystery of why even scrap quilters can never use up their fabrics, and no longer even tries.

Her penchant for scraps and her need to use as many fabrics as possible in her quilts led her in 2017 to develop the Accordion Sewn HSTs™ method of creating half square triangles that don’t have a match and yet waste no fabric. Delving into the method further, she discovered “ordering” the accordions could lead to the creation of whole blocks and quilts from a single accordion. Since founding EvaPaige Quilt Designs in 2005, she has published over 40 patterns and her work has been featured in various quilting magazines and on well known quilting websites.

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