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A new online class

It’s been a  long time since I’ve offered any online classes but that changed as of today because registration for my online exploring the altered surface class opens today!
 

 

Click here to get all the details and to register for this class.

it takes a village

I have been working on this new quilt for weeks and I’m glad to finally have it finished…

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“it takes a village”

48″x 47″hand dyed fabric,machine quilted

I took a different approach on this quilt than I have on my previous ones.  Instead of using a single piece of fabric for each building I used strips of hand dyed fabrics fused together by overlapping the edges to create a tone on tone effect and then cut the buildings from the resulting fabric.  I am pleased with the results!

A close up:

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Dinner at 8

I am just thrilled to bits that my quilt Tutti Frutti City Street will be a part of the Dinner@8  Affinity exhibit premiering this October at the International Quilt Festival in Houston this year.  This year’s theme was Affinity and the size requirement was 40″x 40″.  The theme was an easy one to work with for me as I have an affinity for all things bright and wonky…

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hand dyed cotton,machine quilted

A close up of the billboard:(click for a larger view)

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and of the blimp:

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Congratulations to all the all the artists whose quilts were accepted –I can’t wait to see the exhibit in Houston this year!

2 Quilting Arts Articles

I have two articles in the June/July 2015 issue of Quilting Arts!

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Turn to page 35 and you’ll find an excerpt from my book:

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and then on page 74 you’ll find my article “write on! adding text to fabric three ways”:

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and the winner is…

There were a total of 664 comments left on all the blogs that were a part of the blog hop to celebrate my new book!

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That’s a lot of comments!  Thank you to everyone who participated in the hop and stopped to leave a comment on one (or more!) of the blogs.  After I tallied the number of combined comments I used a random number generator to generate a number:

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And tracked that number to Deborah Boschert’s blog post which led me to the winner who name is…

Vickie!  Vickie’s blog is More Stars in Comanche

Thanks to all of you who left comments and for those of you who didn’t win you can purchase my book at Amazon here or from Interweave here.

Solo exhibit

I’m so excited about the opening of my solo exhibit this week!  The exibit opens with an artist reception on  Saturday May 9 from noon to 2:00 pm at the Lawrence Library located at 15 Main Street (rt 113) in Pepperell MA.

affinityTutti Frutti Neighborhood 40″x 39″hand dyed cotton,machine quilted

I hope I see you there!

Colorful Fabric Collage Blog hop!

It’s time to celebrate the release of my book with a blog hop and a giveaway!

indexColorful Fabric Collage walks the reader through the techniques that awarding winning renowned quilter Sue Bleiweiss uses to create her colorful,vibrant art quilts. Readers will learn easy fusing techniques that serve as the basis for her design,along with ideas for keeping and using a sketchbook,hand-dyeing fabric,and adding further embellishments. Offering techniques and projects,Colorful Fabric Collage leads readers through the steps to successfully design,fuse,and quilt 14 projects based on Sue’s signature style.

The book is  now shipping and is available on Amazon here and the Interweave Website here. If you’ve already purchased it I would love to hear what you think about it so leave me a comment here or better yet,post a review of it on amazon.com.

Okay now for the fun stuff –the blog hop giveaway details!

giveawaypack1 giveaway package includes:A copy of Colorful Fabric Collage (please note that international winners will receive an e-copy and not a hard copy),a 2 1/2 yard package of Mistyfuse,a sampling of Aurifil threads and a stack of 10″squares of my own hand dyed fabric!  To be eligible for the giveaway just leave a comment on either this post or any of the other blog posts in the hop.  You can increase your chances of winning by leaving a comment on each of the blog hop posts but please,leave only one comment per blog hop post!

And here is the blog hop lineup,featuring the spotlight artists in the book:

May 4:Sue Bleiweiss:you are here!

I will announce the winner of the giveaway on Monday May 18th –good luck!

Thermofax 101 DVD by Lyric Kinard blog hop!

I’m so happy to be a part of the blog hop and giveaway to celebrate the release of Lyric Kinards newest DVD “Thermofax 101 –screen printing made easy

Thermofax_cover_square_web800pxh-650x650DVD running time:approximately 65 minutes

click here to order or watch a preview of the DVD

Screen printing is my favorite go to method for altering the surface of cloth and this DVD by Lyric covers everything you need to know about it.  She opens with an overview of what a thermofax screen is and how it’s made and then walks  through how to create and prepare the image that you want to create a screen with.  And those of you who don’t want to make your own screens ,she provides a comprehensive resource list of websites where you can buy ready made screens.

Now that you’ve got your screen you’ll need to know how to use it and that’s what she covers in the 3rd and 4th chapters of the DVD.   Starting with an overview of squeegies,paint and printable surfaces,Lyric then very clearly demonstrates exactly how to use your thermofax screens to add imagery to your cloth as well as some great techniques for layering your imagery,using your screens to discharge fabrics and how to use them to add foiling to the surface of the cloth.   Also included on the DVD is a 5 page printable PDF file that includes a general screen printing supply list,footnotes for each chapter detailing where to purchase the supplies that she references in the DVD,additional reading and online tutorial resources,and an extensive list of suppliers of custom and ready made screens.

The DVD is well lit and the sound is crisp and clear.  If you want to learn how to screen print then you definitely want to order this DVD!

Lyric is very generously giving away a DVD at each stop along the blog hop!  Just leave  a comment on this post between now and May 16th and you’ll be eligible to win. 

Be sure to stop by all the other blogs in the hop for more chances to win:

April 24 Cheryl Rezendez  http://www.cherylrezendes.com

April 25  Leslie Tucker Jenison  http://leslietuckerjenison.blogspot.com  

April 28  Sue Bleiweiss  http://www.suebleiweiss.com/blog/

April 30  Judy Gula  http://www.artisticartifacts.com/about_us/contactus.htm

May 1  Sue &Elizabeth Gibson  http://pgfiber2art.blogspot.com/

May 2  Judy Coates Perez :http://www.judycoatesperez.com

May 4  Linda Stokes  www.lindastokes-textileartist.com

May 6  Jane Davila  http://janedavila.blogspot.com

May 6 Melanie Testa http://melanietesta.com/blog/

May 7  Liz Kettle  http://www.textileevolution.com/index.php/our-journey

May 8  Carol Sloan  http://carolbsloan.blogspot.com

May 9  Kathy York  http://aquamoonartquilts.blogspot.com

May 11  Susan Brubaker Knapp  http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com

May 12  Desiree Habicht  http://myclothesline.blogspot.com

May 13  Jamie Fingal  http://JamieFingalDesigns.blogspot.com/

May 14  Deborah Boschert  http://deborahsjournal.blogspot.com

May 15  Sarah Ann Smith  sarahannsmith.com/weblog

 

The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims

Last fall I had the pleasure of flying out to Colorado to tape an episode of The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims.

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It was definitely one of the highlights of my year.  I have been a fan of Alex and Ricky for a long time and in fact it was watching Alex on Simply Quilts years ago that inspired me to start quilting.

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The show is taped in front of a live studio audience:

2014-11-16 09.20.35and the entire production crew is really good at making the whole process easy and fun.  Here’s a few more image from the day of the taping:

2014-11-16 10.27.21me and Alex on the set getting ready to tape a segment

2014-11-16 09.54.17me and Ricky on the set getting ready to tape a segment

 

2014-11-16 10.31.18the set was very impressive with so many cameras and lights!

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me,Alex and Ricky (see that quilt folded up on the table?  that was the very first (and last!) traditional quilt I ever made)

I had such a good time and now the day for the airing of the show has finally arrived!  Episode 1608 is available for members of The Quilt Show to watch here.    and if you’re not a member you can click here to watch it for free for this week only (expires 4/27/2015)

Sizzix blog hop!

I’m so excited to be a part of the Sizzix Spring Fling blog hop!  I’ve been a Sizzix machine user for quite a few years now,I started out with a Big Shot machine and I also have the larger Big Shot Pro Machine.  I used the Big Shot machine for this project that I’m going to share with you today:

finished22This 12″x 12″quilt is mounted on a 2″deep purchased stretch canvas.

Here’s the step by step directions how I made it:

First I started out by cutting a piece of blue background fabric 17″x 17″and I fused a layer of Mistyfuse fusible web to the wrong side. I cut a piece of wool felt (national non wovens wool felt 65/35 wool rayon blend) and fused it to the center of the wrong side of the blue fabric:

hop11Then I turned the piece over and used a chalk marker to mark of the 12″square:

hop12I quilted the background using a wavy line:

hop13Then I cut some wonky vase shapes out of fabric that I had put a layer of Mistyfuse on the back of and fused them in place within that 12″square that I marked on the blue background and quilted the vases using the shape of the vases to guide my stitching line:

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I outlined the vase shapes using strips of black fabric that I fused a layer of Mistyfuse to the back of:

hop17I set the quilt aside and cut some flower shapes using my Big Shot and the Sizzix Flower Layers #5 die:

hop15I stacked them up to create a dimensional flower and set them aside while I made the leaves

hop16To make the leaves,I used Sizzix die Leaves #2.  I wanted my leaves to have a black outline so I put a piece of black fabric with fused with Mistyfuse on the back on the die and ran it through my Big Shot machine.  I discarded the black leaves and used the outlines instead.  I fused the black outlines to a piece of green fabric and then cut out the leaf shapes leaving a thin black border around the shape:

hop18I made some stems and then fused the stems and the leaves in place on the quilt:

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I used the Tim Holtz Alterations Word Play die to cut out the letters for the word bloom and then fused them in place on the quilt.  I didn’t sew the flowers in place just yet.

Before sewing the flowers in place I fused the quilt to the stretched canvas.  I turned the quilt over and fused a layer of Mistyfuse to the back side and then placed the canvas in the center of the quilt over the layer of wool felt.

hop111I had just enough room to get my iron in the space to give it a little bit of a press to hold the quilt in place before I flipped it over and pressed it well from the front.

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hop112I just pressed the top of the quilt to the canvas,I haven’t done the sides yet

I flipped the canvas back over and then turned up two opposite sides and fused them in place:

hop114Then I neatly folded and turned up the other two sides and fused them in place:

hop116Once that was done I used a hot glue gun to fuse a layer of grograin ribbon over the raw edges of the fabric.  This creates a nice neat finish:

hop118Then I used some embroidery floss and stitched the flowers in place on the quilt:

hop120you might find it helpful to use an awl to prepunch the holes through the layers of flowers and the quilt and canvas.

The finished quilt:

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Visit the other artists participating in the Sizzix spring fling hop for some other project ideas.  Here’s the complete hop lineup:
Mon,April 6 –Jamie Fingal
Tues,April 7 –Nicole Daksiewicz
Wed,April 8 –Leslie Tucker Jenison
Thurs,April 9 –Cindy Cooksey
Fri,April 10 –Victoria Findlay Wolfe
Sat,April 11 –Sue Bleiweiss
Sun,April 12 –Jessee Maloney
Mon,April 13 -Karin Jordan