Month: October 2007

QA TV

We’re mid-way through taping Quilting Arts TV so I thought it would be fun to share my journey with you thus far. Let the pictures do the talking…

I had to chuckle when I boarded my flight to the taping and saw this on the back of the seat in front of me. We’ve all seen this critical, life-saving tip a million times before, but it’s one I never really considered until now. Having never hosted a TV show, never seen the set before, met the crew, etc., I think subconciously I was hoping for some sort of life line.

The first hurdle: The Set

Kathie Stull (owner/producer of the show) invited me to be a part of the design process for the set and I was honored to be asked. She and I consulted with my friend Bette Troy who is a world-renowned photo stylist and has styled TV commercials as well as some of the fashion catalogs we all love. Since Bette knows me well and she’s also a fiber artist, she came up with a clean, invigorating look that she presented to Kathie and me. Fabrics, paint colors, accent pieces, furniture…we all wanted them be fresh, fun, artful––something that would be indicative of Quilting Arts and also my dream studio. However, when you talk about concepts and colors over the phone, you don’t have that visual sense for how things will come together on the set. And I’ll admit, I didn’t get much sleep the end of August before I left for the taping because it was so important to me how the set looked.  Imagine my delight when Kathie created this set…

The walls are apple green, one of my favorite colors. And there’s bead board!

And a hutch!

And a window accented with nine-patch blocks my editorial staff made (thanks Cate, Barb, and Helen).

This is my studio with my design wall before I clutter it with all the things that inspire me. I was so overjoyed when I saw the set, I started to tear up. It was exactly what I’d want for my own quilting studio. (John, you’d better be taking notes…)

Day Two

I’ve just completed taping all 13 openers. (I’m smiling because it was my first task and I lived to tell about it.) I love this jacket (lots of hand stitching on in). The morning after I purchased it, I saw Meredith Vieira wearing it on “The Today Show.” Hey…if it’s good enough for Meredith, it’s good enough for me!

The next day the fun began because I have guests/friends with me. Every single one of them did a bang-up job on camera and we created quite a raucous in the green room.

Here my friend from St. Paul Wendy Richardson (Quilt Tapestry Studio) and Michelle Muska from Wrights realize they have a connection  from the past (this pin cushion has quite the story behind it). When it dawned on them they knew each other, they screamed so loudly, we heard them in the sound-proof studio. Leave it to quilters to make so much noise…

Laura Cater-Woods, Pam RuBert, and Wendy Richardson glamming up for the camera. They all did so well in their segments, these are smiles of jobs well done!

Laura Cater-Woods and I after the end of a hard day’s work.

From left to right: Me (obviously having a bad hair moment), Judy Coates Perez, Frances Holliday Alford, and Lesley Riley.

Here’s Frances and me getting ready for her segment. Check out all of the bead/found object mixes Frances has on set. You will NOT believe what she’ll put on a quilt. (I’d tell you, but then I’d have to kill you. It’s top secret until the episode airs.)

Here Lesley Riley is talking to herself as she practices her segment. Isn’t she cute?

Shelly Stokes from Cedar Canyon Textiles. You would never guess she hadn’t been on TV before. Total natural…

The only shot I have of me with my good friend Beryl Taylor. I swear I’m not about to punch her.

Alison and Tracy Stillwell, the ArtGirlz. They NEVER fail to make me laugh. They promise me that when I’m ready, they’ll give me a mohawk, which they’ll happily do in their own backyard. “It’s so freeing,” Tracy told me. After all of the hair problems I’ve had on set, I’m looking forward to it.

But what really had me laughing was what the ArtGirlz gave me. Tracy, Allison, and I have had many deep, philisophical discussions about…well… the reality show, “Survivor.” I have a handful of TV shows I’m obsessed with–“Sopranos” for one (:::cough:::cough:::) and also “Survivor.”  Imagine my glee when Tracy and Allison gave me my very own Survivor buff! How many quilting hosts can boast they’ve been gifted their own Survivor buff?!

This Survivor buff will most definitely make a cameo appearance at Make It University next month (preview night of Quilt Festival begins on Halloween, after all).

We’ve been having so much fun and we’ve still to tape such art quilting celebrities as Jane Dunnewold, Susan (“Lucky”) Shie, and others that will bedazzle you.

Direct blog links for guests who have blogged about their Quilting Arts TV taping so far:

Pam RuBert

Lesley Riley

Judy Perez

Natalya Aikens

Elin Waterston

Frances Holliday Alford

Laura Cater-Woods

Will report back when we’re finished!

Studio News

Wanted!

If you have designed a studio space either in or outside of your home, and would like to share your space with the greater community, I’d love for you to tell me a little bit about your space. We’re interested in stories about how you designed your space and what was important to you in setting up various work areas and storage systems. If you have crafty ways of storing and organizing your supplies (fabrics, threads, pens, journals, paints, brushes, stamps, stencils, papers, trims, beads, etc.) please share with me if you’re willing to divulge your nifty secrets.

If you have “before and after” pictures of your studio, or any pictures of your studio or storing systems, I’d love to see. Please send me jpegs of any pictures you may have (low resolution at 72 DPI).

Please send me all of this information directly to my email rather than the blog.

In subject of your email please write: STUDIO

In the body of your email please let me know what makes your studio and/or storage system(s) so workable for you.

I may not be able to respond right away to your email, but I will be placing these emails into a file, and when the time comes I’ll be in touch.

Many thanks,

Patricia

Back from Chicago and 2008 Calendar Finalists

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Above: Debbi Crane, Patricia (Pokey) Bolton, Cheryl Prater

Thanks to everyone who came by MIU in Chicago last week! Between a flooded basement (came home to two feet of water) and a head cold, I’m just a tad beat, but I’m still laughing as I think about all the shenanigans that happened in Chicago at MIU.  The “Surviving the Runway” bunch who braved the collage challenge were such troopers to put up with me as their host (I even got them to sing the “Barney Song” in order to earn more gel medium for their project). I’m afraid I can’t tell you more because we’re doing it again in Houston this fall, and the prizes will even be better. I posted a photo gallery on our Quilting Arts website so be sure to have a peek at the images. I’m also looking for more photos to post on this blog so if you have some, please email them to me.

A VERY SPECIAL thanks go to the following artists who participated in the Virtual Studios:

Julaine Lofquist-BirchKelli PerkinsCheryl PraterDeb SilvaDebbi CraneJudy Coates PerezLesley Riley

Virginia Spiegel (Who stayed the entire time!)

In other news…

Congratulations to our 2008 QUILTING ARTS MAGAZINE® Calendar finalists! With more than 220 entries, slimming it down to the following pool was not an easy task. Our deepest thanks goes to all of our participants and we hope you had fun interpreting a favorite story of yours.

Our editorial team also learned that you are a group of prolific readers. Some of the more popular books that were depicted in stitch included The Scarlet Letter, Alice in Wonderland, The Poisonwood Bible, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The Secret Life of Bees, Anne of the Green Gables, The Alchemist, The Wizard of Oz, and The Color Purple.

The following artists are asked to ship their quilts to Quilting Arts by Wednesday, May 9, 2007 (please note this is a receive-by date). You may ship your quilt using UPS, DHL, Fed Ex, or USPS.

If using UPS, Fed Ex, or DHL, ship your quilt to:

Quilting ArtsATTN: 2008 Calendar Contest23 Gleasondale Rd.Stow, MA

01775

If using USPS, please ship to:

Quilting ArtsAttn: 2008 Calendar ContestPO Box 685Stow, MA

01775

If you choose to ship using USPS, you must use our P.O. BOX; otherwise your piece will not be delivered to us.

Congratulations to the following finalists:

Donna Anderson (both entries)Heather ArkinstallMary ArnoldCynthia BodeneBetsy Brandt-Kreutz (both entries)Susan BrownMaija BrummerVineta CableSusan ConawayMarjorie DeQuincyMichelle DobrinKaren FrickeMarilyn FromherzN. Girod-BuetMarie GraceMargaret HallJane JohnstonSusan KnappKaren McCarthyMarin McFaddenBrenda MossoD. PageKristine PorterSheena QuayleWen Redmond (“Dance”)D. SawitskyRosalie SchroederTamara SchultzCarla ScottLinda SharpConnie SimonNancy SmithJulie StocklerPatricia Styring

Linda Thompson

On Friday, May 25, 2007, we will announce the winners on our website. Please note: we reserve the right to keep the 13 winning quilts for display through December 31, 2007. All other quilts will be returned between June 1–15, 2007.

Thank you!

All Aboard?

I’ve been quiet as we have had an intense publishing/ show travel schedule of late, but I had to pop on the blog to let you know some breaking news: Quilting Arts LLC is putting on it’s own fabulous fiber art/ creative embroidery cruise next July 14 – 21 to Alaska, and guess who’s teaching? The Double Trouble girls themselves, Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn, our very own Beryl Taylor, and little ole’ me. The luxury cruise line, Holland America is top notch, and we’re going to eat a lot of chocolate, drink champagne, stitch and sketch by the pool and the bar, take innovative embroidery/fiber art classes, attend private cocktail parties, participate in a creative challenge, and oh…squeeze in some Alaskan scenery. We’re limiting the number of students to 100, but encourage you to bring your spouses, family, and friends. (We sure are.) To find out the itinerary and teaching schedule, click here.

Hope you’ll join us!

Upcoming Events

We returned from Chicago late Sunday night/ Monday morning, and three days later we’ve finally chiseled our tired, groggy selves off the floor.

Thanks so much to everybody who joined us in Chicago last week. We were stunned by the sheer number of people interested in taking the workshops, and we’re eager to continue this learning opportunity and expand all aspects for Make it U! with Cloth Paper Scissors in Houston. People often waited in long lines to get the opportunity to take these workshops, and given the level of enthusiasm and eagerness to learn new mixed-media techniques, we’re planning on making the workshops in Houston even more accessible for everyone. If you either took a workshop or two, have feedback, or ideas on what you’d like to see more of, please email us at editorial@quiltingartsllc.com.

Everyone who participated or observed this unique area of the show was mezmerized by the beautiful work that you, our readers, created for the “Do With Me What You Will,” ATC, and Creative Self-portrait Exhibits. Thanks again for sharing your artistic talents with the greater world!

I wish I had the opportunity to take more photographs but unfortunately I was tied up the entire time.  Sally and I did, however,  sneak out of the booth to take a few of these Saturday afternoon.

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ATCs submitted for the Chicago show. I have some extras that I made so if you missed out and you’d like to trade with me (two ATC limit per person please), send your ATC(s) to QUILTING ARTS LLC attn: Patricia Bolton, PO Box 685, Stow, MA, 01775, and I’ll send up to two ATC’s back to you. (Trade Deadline is May 15th.)

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Before the show opened on Saturday morning.The crowds were mind boggling.

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No quilt show is complete without Marie Osmond! Ms. Osmond is collaborating with both OESD and Bernina, and on Saturday afternoon she was signing autographs and taking pictures in the OESD booth. Security was very tight and the lines were rather long.

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Shelley Stokes, author of Paintstiks on Fabric, teaching one of her Make It U! workshops. Here, students got a sample of hand-dyed fabric, a rubbing plate, and a Shiva Paintstik.

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Four-year-old Emma McCoy proudly displays her ATCs she made in Jill Haglund’s of Tweety Jill Publications ATC class.

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Here I am teaching the brag book class with Peltex Saturday night. I was surprised the class filled; I thought on a Saturday night after walking the show all day, most everybody would be heading out for a much-needed margarita!

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And lastly, my TV appearance on local ABC news to promote the show.  Here I brought a lot of art work, including several of Beryl Taylor’s mixed-media pieces from the Make It U! section. The anchor was blown away by all of the intricate embellishments.

Tomorrow we’ll be posting the 2007 Quilting Arts Calendar Contest finalists both on the web site and on this blog, so stay tuned.

I ask you…

We enjoyed beautiful, Indian summer weather this past weekend, and I took a photo break Sunday afternoon to capture some images of my bucolic little town where I work and live: Stow, Massachusetts.

When mishaps from the Big Dig aren’t backing things up (which is kind of a rare event these days), Stow is a mere forty-minute ride from Boston.  You’d never guess it’s so close by the looks of it. We’re one of Boston’s best kept secrets.  (Pictures below taken at “Little Farm.”)

Stow’s home to a state forest, a river, two traffic lights, five golf courses, a handful of farm stands, a couple of cool magazines, and three apple orchards.

On weekends, our streets are teeming with motorcycles and minivans as friends and families hail from New Hampshire to New Haven to come apple picking. Just listen to the names of some of the locally grown varieties: Russett, Golden Delicious, Vista Bella, Red Rome, Early Mac, Paula Red, Jonagold, Macoun, Ginger Gold, Red Delicious, Crab, Empire, Northern Spy, Winesap.

Meet Luther, a fifteen-year-old Golden who keeps busy as the “watch dog” at Carver Hill Orchards.

On Sunday, my husband and I stopped at Carver for a small basket of Cortlands and a bag of fresh peaches. When we returned home I brought some art supplies outside to our garden table, promptly plucked four apples from the basket, and sliced them in half—not for eating but for art-ing, of course.

Do you remember making apple prints as a kid? I do! That afternoon I spent a fun- and sun-filled hour transfer-dyeing and hand-dyeing apple prints onto Lutradur, muslin, Lokta paper, paper towels, and coffee filters. (The image below is a transfer-dyed coffee filter that I later stitched .)

Symmetrical, tart, curvaceous, ancient, crisp, and rich with meaning, the apple presents itself as a wonderful form to celebrate with paint and stitch (and I’ll certainly be exploring and playing with it while I’m cooped up during the winter months).

I ask you: Is there an image, symbol, motif, or theme  that has you running for your sketchpad and/or needle?  Have you created a series? Would love to hear about what you’ve done and if you have a link, please share.

Soon I’ll be posting a prelimimary schedule for the workshops for Make it University in Houston this fall.  (And I’ll be teaching a sampler workshop where we’ll be playing with a variety of coloring agents, papers, stabilizers, and stamping with what else? You guessed it!)

QA TV Becomes a Reality!

We’re mid-way through taping Quilting Arts TV so I thought it would be fun to share my journey with you thus far. Let the pictures do the talking…

I had to chuckle when I boarded my flight to the taping and saw this on the back of the seat in front of me. We’ve all seen this critical, life-saving tip a million times before, but it’s one I never really considered until now. Having never hosted a TV show, never seen the set before, met the crew, etc., I think subconciously I was hoping for some sort of life line.

The first hurdle: The Set

Kathie Stull (owner/producer of the show) invited me to be a part of the design process for the set and I was honored to be asked. She and I consulted with my friend Bette Troy who is a world-renowned photo stylist and has styled TV commercials as well as some of the fashion catalogs we all love. Since Bette knows me well and she’s also a fiber artist, she came up with a clean, invigorating look that she presented to Kathie and me. Fabrics, paint colors, accent pieces, furniture…we all wanted them be fresh, fun, artful––something that would be indicative of Quilting Arts and also my dream studio. However, when you talk about concepts and colors over the phone, you don’t have that visual sense for how things will come together on the set. And I’ll admit, I didn’t get much sleep the end of August before I left for the taping because it was so important to me how the set looked.  Imagine my delight when Kathie created this set…

The walls are apple green, one of my favorite colors. And there’s bead board!

And a hutch!

And a window accented with nine-patch blocks my editorial staff made (thanks Cate, Barb, and Helen).

This is my studio with my design wall before I clutter it with all the things that inspire me. I was so overjoyed when I saw the set, I started to tear up. It was exactly what I’d want for my own quilting studio. (John, you’d better be taking notes…)

Day Two

I’ve just completed taping all 13 openers. (I’m smiling because it was my first task and I lived to tell about it.) I love this jacket (lots of hand stitching on in). The morning after I purchased it, I saw Meredith Vieira wearing it on “The Today Show.” Hey…if it’s good enough for Meredith, it’s good enough for me!

The next day the fun began because I have guests/friends with me. Every single one of them did a bang-up job on camera and we created quite a raucous in the green room.

Here my friend from St. Paul Wendy Richardson (Quilt Tapestry Studio) and Michelle Muska from Wrights realize they have a connection  from the past (this pin cushion has quite the story behind it). When it dawned on them they knew each other, they screamed so loudly, we heard them in the sound-proof studio. Leave it to quilters to make so much noise…

Laura Cater-Woods, Pam RuBert, and Wendy Richardson glamming up for the camera. They all did so well in their segments, these are smiles of jobs well done!

Laura Cater-Woods and I after the end of a hard day’s work.

From left to right: Me (obviously having a bad hair moment), Judy Coates Perez, Frances Holliday Alford, and Lesley Riley.

Here’s Frances and me getting ready for her segment. Check out all of the bead/found object mixes Frances has on set. You will NOT believe what she’ll put on a quilt. (I’d tell you, but then I’d have to kill you. It’s top secret until the episode airs.)

Here Lesley Riley is talking to herself as she practices her segment. Isn’t she cute?

Shelly Stokes from Cedar Canyon Textiles. You would never guess she hadn’t been on TV before. Total natural…

The only shot I have of me with my good friend Beryl Taylor. I swear I’m not about to punch her.

Alison and Tracy Stillwell, the ArtGirlz. They NEVER fail to make me laugh. They promise me that when I’m ready, they’ll give me a mohawk, which they’ll happily do in their own backyard. “It’s so freeing,” Tracy told me. After all of the hair problems I’ve had on set, I’m looking forward to it.

But what really had me laughing was what the ArtGirlz gave me. Tracy, Allison, and I have had many deep, philisophical discussions about…well… the reality show, “Survivor.” I have a handful of TV shows I’m obsessed with–“Sopranos” for one (:::cough:::cough:::) and also “Survivor.”  Imagine my glee when Tracy and Allison gave me my very own Survivor buff! How many quilting hosts can boast they’ve been gifted their own Survivor buff?!

This Survivor buff will most definitely make a cameo appearance at Make It University next month (preview night of Quilt Festival begins on Halloween, after all).

We’ve been having so much fun and we’ve still to tape such art quilting celebrities as Jane Dunnewold, Susan (“Lucky”) Shie, and others that will bedazzle you.

Direct blog links for guests who have blogged about their Quilting Arts TV taping so far:

Pam RuBert

Lesley Riley

Judy Perez

Natalya Aikens

Elin Waterston

Frances Holliday Alford

Laura Cater-Woods

Will report back when we’re finished!

Oh the weather outside is delightful

The calendar says the summer solstice will blessedly be upon us in a few days, but in Editorial Land, this can only mean one thing: How are those holiday issues shapin’ up? Admittedly I’m still thawing out from last winter, but while I’m deadheading flowers and grilling veggie burgers it’s my job as an editor to think six months ahead and wonder:

• Do you flex your creative muscle to create your own unique holiday gifts or seasonal home decorations?• Do you make your own holiday cards of fabric and/or paper? • Do you quilt your own tree skirts, table runners, or the like? • Is there a particular holiday ritual/gift you are famous among your friends and family for?• What fabric or mixed-media projects/ techniques in the winter keep you from getting cabin fever?•Do you have a creative and/or funny way of putting together and disseminating those yearly family updates?

•Or, is there a project you’d love to complete for the holidays or winter? And if so, what?

If you haven’t heard/read/seen/ the news our submission guidelines have significantly changed for Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors, so please have a look and send us your creative ideas.

News:
There are a couple of events on the horizon that I wanted to share:

Festival of Quilts Birmingham, UK

August 16-19, 2007

If you are planning to be in Birmingham in August for the Festival of Quilts, I’m facilitating a talk on Friday morning based on S.A.Q.A. (Studio Art Quilts Associates) and their latest exhibit, “Transformations” as well as talking about art quilting in general. Please come and join me if you’re going to be attending the Festival. This will be an interactive discussion that promises to be both informative and inspiring.

International Quilt Festival (November 1 – 4)Thursday, November 1

Luncheon Lecture

I am preparing for a very fun event at the International Quilt Festival in Houston this fall, a luncheon lecture based on our “Surviving the Runway with Cloth Paper Scissors® Challenge” that we’ve hosted at Make It University!™ for the past year. I am orchestrating the entire event to music, and please believe me when I say this will be a riotous couple of hours filled with creativity and laughter. This Thursday luncheon is during some of the busiest show hours on the floor—too crowded to get any significant shopping done––so why not join me for lunch? I’m working with some of the best companies in the industry to obtain a line up of terrific door prizes for the winners, including…drum roll… a needle-felting machine courtesy of Huskvarna Viking.

Any questions on the above events feel free to email me.

Quilting Arts TV

I’ve been mum about something and it’s just about killed me to have kept this secret for so long.

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Coming the end of December a brand new quilting show called “Quilting Arts TV” and hosted by yours truly will join the PBS programming line-up. During the next few months, we’ll be planning the set design, the content (and we have some arty ideas), obtaining sponsorships, and scheduling quilt artists and designers for the first series taping in September.

When we have more details, I’ll be sure to post them.

Cool, huh? I, for one, am pretty gosh darn excited.

Odds and Ends

book_cover_3-4627935 Almost here!  1000 Artist Trading Cards is not available until next month, but I got my advanced copy a short while ago.  What I love most about this gallery-style book is that these ATCs bridge both the art quilt and collage worlds. Lots of styles, themes, and techniques represented with your work. We’ll be schlepping 100 books to Chicago for International Quilt Festival/Spring, so please stop by to pick up a copy. (For those not coming to Chicago, we’ll also be having a pre-order option for this book on our website very soon.)

• If you have had artwork published in Cloth Paper Scissors and are planning on coming to Chicago for International Quilt Festival/Spring, please let me know. I still have a few time slots for the virtual studios for Make It University!™ if you want to share your art with the greater fiber art community. I’ll even feed you chocolate (the really good kind).

qa_26_cover-3625432 Here’s a sneak peak of our next cover of Quilting Arts. (I just got my advanced copy yesterday). This is a detail of “Fauna”, a collaborative quilt by Kathy York, Vicki Hallmark, Frances Holliday Alford, Judy Coates Perez, and Julie John Upshaw. Never before in the history of Quilting Arts Magazine have we dedicated eight entire pages to a single quilt, but it’s that amazing. (I still have this quilt in my possession as we’ll be featuring it in our Quilting Arts booth in Chicago.) Subscribers, this issue is being mailed as we speak, and for those who pick up Quilting Arts on the newsstands, expect to see it April 3rd.

Lastly, a question for the art quilt crowd: Besides art quilts, what else are you creating in fiber? Are you stitching anything for the home or for yourself? I actually made a kitchen apron last week. (For those who know me you’ll see the irony of this.) You?