Monday, February 7, 2011

Sarah Vedeler Designs

Sarah Vedeler is one of those amazingly talented quilt artists with a fascinating background. She holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Brighton in the U.K., and her first successful career was as a software engineer and project manager. Now, Sarah has embarked on her second successful career as a designer, author, and teacher of machine appliqued embroidery. Here's a visually arresting quilt not just for the Valentine's month of February, but a lovely way to brighten your home all year round.

Silk Hearts Quilt, 48 x 48, by Sarah Vedeler

For the Silk Hearts Quilt, Sarah chose the perfect colors of silk dupioni, the perfect colors of Aurifil 50 weight cotton thread, and the perfect combination of hearts and squares. The results is one of the most gorgeous heart-themed quilts in existence. The hearts are appliqued onto each block, decorated with embroidery thread, then the individual borders are added to each block. These contemporary pure, high-chroma colors really cause the hearts to "pop" so that you can clearly see both the warm and cool hues of the design. For this joyous, radiant quilt, Sarah sells the fabric pack of 16 fat quarters of silk dupioni, the thread pack of 12 large spools of cotton thread, and a CD of instructions.

Go ! Be Dazzled, by Sarah Vedeler

We can easily see why Go ! Be Dazzled won First Place in the Computer Aided Machine Embroidery category in 2010 in Houston , TX,  at the International Quilt Association's World of Beauty Show. It's a truly scintillating three-dimensional design, expertly rendered in standout shades of orchid, lavender, and apricot. The shapes are cut from an AccuQuilt Machine, embroidered onto the block, then embellished with decorative stitchery. There are 4 different diamond blocks and 4 different square blocks, plus borders and corner, so Sarah has designed this quilt as a year-long Block-of-the-Month project. However, if you cannot wait a year to finish this stunning quilt, you can work as fast as you wish, as Sarah has written a complete Go ! Be Dazzled CD and comprehensive instructions for the entire project. This is one of those quilts that is elegant and sophisticated, and fun at the same time.

Sarah Vedeler is based in Scottsdale, Arizona where she designs products featuring embroidered applique; she also teaches workshops around the country. For more information, please visit Sarah's comprehensive website, Sarah Vedeler Designs, where you can learn about her schedule of classes, seminars, and personal appearances. 


  1. Great post. And I agree with you 100% Sarah is very talented and I too love her GO! Be Dazzled designs, as well as her others. I am eager to see what she creates next.


  2. Two more lovely quilts, I just love the embroidery on the Hearts quilt, reminds me of an Indian sari.

  3. These are really awe inspiring quilts. Although I am often turned off by machine quilting, this is aomething to look at twice.

  4. Silk dupioni! Oh my, I bet that quilt just glows in real life. Lovely!

  5. Gorgeous! If I had either of those quilts, I would never take them down. Man, she is one talented lady.

  6. Thank you so much for a wonderful class today! I learned so are a wonderful teacher.


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