Raymond Houston is largely self-taught. He took up sewing on a dare in high school and hand-stitched a black velvet buccaneer shirt as a first project. He sewed clothes for his family until he graduated and moved away, passing the tailoring torch to his father (who Raymond taught to sew).
During America’s Bicentennial, Raymond began his first quilt because he felt quilting was Americana. It was machine-pieced, hand-quilted, and took over four years to complete. Once Raymond learned to machine quilt on his domestic sewing machine, he never looked at hand quilting again.
Raymond learned the operations of symmetry and developed a method for generating patchwork patterns of interlocking shapes known as tessellations, which he has demonstrated on TV and taught online. For more than 20 years, he has made quilts using only one patch…yet the quilts don’t look alike.
His fascination with knotwork is more recent. He is working on original templates for square and hexagonal knotwork.
In June 2019, Raymond created a quilt titled “Love is Love,” using Celtic knots featuring the shape of a heart. “Love is Love” was juried into The Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum’s 2020 exhibit of quilts made by men, “The Boys are Back in Town!”
Raymond Houston has appeared in print and in person around the country, being featured in national quilt magazines and giving talks and workshops to quilt guilds from coast-to-coast. Raymond can be found online on Facebook, Instagram, and his website, NachoGrandmasQuilts.com.
TODAY on Meet the Author, we are chatting with Raymond K HoustonRaymond has written an incredible guide for anyone interested in Celtic Knot design and creation in a completely new way! Woven Celtic Knots shows how to weave simple Celtic knot bands, boxes, and crosses. Seventeen interchangeable knot templates are included so you can create original Celtic knots, or you can use Celtic knots from other sources such as coloring books.This is a very versatile method and works with either paper, fabric and a variety of applique techniques, such as raw edge fusible, freezer paper, or needle-turned applique. Use the knots to embellish table linens, quilts, or clothing.You can order Woven Celtic Knots at Raymond’s website at https://NachoGrandmasQuilts.com/He also has a fascinating blog full of tips, tricks and info on quilting and textile arts.You can follow Raymond at https://www.facebook.com/NachoGrandmasQuilts/And perhaps acquire one of his creations for yourself!Are you an author? Be like Raymond! Reach out to https://blue-dragon-publishing.com/
Posted by Blue Dragon Publishing, LLC on Monday, May 27, 2019