Welcome to England Design
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
|Work with Cynthia England for four days! Learn her sewing technique and the process of breaking up your own design. |
The retreat is for ALL levels. All you need to know is how to work your machine. ALL straight line sewing.
The retreat center is in the quiet countryside of the Piney Woods of Texas and offers excellent work spaces, good lighting and design walls.
4 days of instruction, 3 nights lodging and all your meals are included in this retreat. You'll enjoy great food, with wonderful desserts. Visit our April 2015 Retreat page for complete details and sign-up information.
Cruise with Cynthia!
Cynthia is excited to announce that she'll be teaching on the October 4-11, 2015 Fiber Arts Cruise for the Cure.
This 7-night Fall Foliage cruise leaves out of New York with stops in Boston, Portland, St. John and Halifax. The cruise is being coordinated by Scott Travel. For more information, visit the Fiber Arts Cruise for the Cure website.
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 Video 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.)
Visit our Picture Piecing Video Demos page to get started.
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:
Mr. Frosty Pattern
Our Mr. Frosty pattern, shown here, combines beginner level Picture Piecing and traditional piecing to create a whimsical 26" x 31" quilt. We also offer a Mr. Frosty Fabric Kit, a Mr. Frosty Backing Kit and a Snow Glitter Thread Kit on our Mr. Frosty page to help you get off to a speedy start on this fun project.
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Pattern Sample Quilts by Cynthia England - Now Available!Are there some of Cynthia's quilts that you'd love to make, but just haven't found the time? Now is your opportunity to own a Cynthia England pattern sample.
We are offering a limited number of sample quilts that traveled to quilt shows and quilt shops on our Sale Items page. Visit our Sale Items page to learn more.