CSQ Spotlight: Martha Thompson Posted by: Angela Buraglia on September 18, 2015 at 10:00PM

Martha ThompsonMeet Martha Thompson, author, designer, and teacher -- a teacher who truly enjoys creating curvy quilts and sharing her skills with those willing to learn. Martha's teaching schedule includes 3 of her latest designs, Wind Catchers, The Perpetual Bubble Machine, and Nesting Apple Cores.

Martha's patterns are available where her classes are taught; see Martha Thompson's Upcoming Classes below. If you have questions about her patterns or would like to purchase one directly from her, you can email her at:  martha@txthompson.com.

Martha Thompson's Upcoming Classes

Honey Bee Quilt Store in Austin, Texas
Wind Catcher
September 19, 2015

Holly’s Quilt Cabin in Centennial, Colorado
The Perpetual Bubble Machine
September 24, 2015

Honey Bee Quilt Store in Austin, Texas
Nesting Apple Cores
October 3, 2015

Valli & Kim in Dripping Springs, Texas
Nesting Apple Cores
October 4, 2015

Valli & Kim in Dripping Springs, Texas
The Perpetual Bubble Machine
November 8, 2015

Martha's Patterns/Class Descriptions

The Perpetual Bubble Machine
by Martha Thompson

This quilt just bubbles happily to the delight of any child. Sew four apple cores together; then cut out a circle which you will then set in to a square; which you will finally set back in to the four apple cores! It’s way easier than you might be thinking because Martha’s instruction takes you through it step by tiny step.

Nesting Apple Cores
by Martha Thompson

This is an amazing new adaptation of the old familiar Apple Core! Follow the pattern, to set in the funky medium and small apple cores. Martha’s tips on successful curved piecing and easy instructions for set-ins make it easy even for beginners. This quilt is 47" x 57" and about 1/4 of the queen-size quilt, also included in the pattern. Wouldn’t 3-5 of these interesting blocks make a great table runner for any time of the year! Looks fabulous in batiks. Curves are cool!

Wind Catchers
by Martha Thompson

Use the  10" Apple Core & More Template by Cut Sew Quick to quickly cut out apple core blocks from assorted fabrics. Here you see a collection of white-on-black and black-on-white prints. The windmill blades appear to grow organically from the curved seams, but guess what, they are actually just appliquéd on top before blocks are sewn together. Martha’s new techniques for curved seam piecing make this an easy quilt to sew. All that motion demands second and third looks, so it’s a good choice for the next quilt show.