Month: May 2020

Back from Houston

I was away for a whopping eleven days for Quilt Market and Quilt Festival and in my absence Halloween came and went, the remnants of a hurricane whipped through Boston, and oh yeah baby… the Red Sox won the World Series!

While I get my voice back and catch up on sleep, I thought I’d provide a few pictures for your viewing enjoyment from Make It University! with Cloth Paper Scissors at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. With the new addition of Open Studios, we were a happenin’ spot. A huge thanks to all of the talented artists who spent time in Open Studios including Christine Adams,  Traci Bautista, Jane Dunnewold, Lesley Riley, Mary Fisher, Claire Benn, Laura Cater-Woods, Judy Coates Perez,  Heidi Lund, Frances Holliday Alford, Beryl Taylor, Lisa Engelbrecht, Alyson Faulkner, and Tracie and Marilyn Huskamp.

Now pictures…

Tracy and Allison Stilwell of Artgirls. They are always so much fun to hang out with. (Can’t you tell?)

The beautiful Mary Fisher stitching and painting her mixed-media books in Open Studios. (Be sure to see her article in the latest issue of MORE magazine!)

A darling girl showed us these glamorous beehive do’s using Artgirlz felt beads and ends of balloons. Clever!

I’d tell you what we’re doing but it’s top secret. If you come to Spring Quilt Festival/Chicago, all will be made clear to you…

Okay, it has to do with “Surviving the Runway.” Here’s Melody  who earned high honors for her creativity and swagger on the runway (which by the way, was pretty darn funny…see below.)

We are breaking ground, guys.  It is now completely acceptable to wear a toga to a quilt show.

High-ranking Quilts Inc. folks also played along. 😉

Traci Bautista, the Artgirlz (shown in first picture) and I shared the spotlight in an article in the Houston Chronicle. That was certainly an honor!

Believe it or not, we are already planning ahead and getting ready for Spring Quilt Festival/Chicago. Soon I will post details for a call for art for a special exhibit we’ll be featuring in Make It University! with Cloth Paper Scissors. With so many mixed-media artists in and around the Chicago area, it will definitely be a riotous few days. Be sure to save the date: April 11-13, 2008.

Four bits of news from Quilting Arts Headquarters

1. Make It University! with Cloth Paper Scissors at International Quilt Festival is taking place in less than two weeks! If you can’t come to the show (and we’ll certainly miss you) you can still be a part of the fun if you send in some Fat Inchies. Send us up to ten and we’ll send back the same amount in your S.A.S.E. Info can be found here on how to participate. We also want to showcase finished artwork made with Fat Inchies/PSI’s. If you have made a piece of art with Fat Inchies and would like it to be considered for display in Houston, please send your piece to Quilting Arts, Attn: Fat Inchie Project, PO Box 685, Stow, MA 01775  by next Friday (October 26).

Open Studios– We are thrilled to present a very exciting line-up of artists who will be creating art in the Make It University section right on the show floor. Special guests include Jane Dunnewold, Mary Fisher, Beryl Taylor, Lesley Riley, Judy Coates Perez, Frances Holliday Alford, Lisa Engelbrecht, Tracie Lyn and Marilyn Huskamp, Traci Bautista, Laura Cater-Woods, and more.

2. If you haven’t yet heard one of our favorite fiber artists Virginia Spiegel has set yet another ambitious goal for raising money for the American Cancer Society, this time striving for an astounding 30K. Virginia continues to work tirelessly to raise funds for this worthy cause and I hope you’ll join me today in ordering her book. I’ve heard very good things about it and I plan to read my copy on my way down to Houston next week.

3. We are actively seeking submissions for two very special issues we’ll be publishing next year. Our STUDIOS publication will be available next spring and we have some beautiful, inspiring studios to share with you. If you have a nifty storage tip, studio story, or before/ after pictures of where you create, by all means let us know about it if you haven’t already.  We will also be publishing our second annual Quilting Arts Gifts issue for early fall, so if you have a quilted home décor idea or a special gift project that celebrates your special holiday, let us know.

Lastly, doesn’t Lesley Riley’s artwork look great on the cover of the next issue of Cloth Paper Scissors? Here’s a sneak peak of the cover below. This issue is still at press and wont be available until November, but this is what you have to look forward to:


How to Quilt with A Sewing Machine for Beginners

Quilting is a sewing technique with two layers of fabric that have an interior insulating layer sewn together with multiple stitching rows. Quilting has been used for hundreds of years, and it is mostly used for wall hangings and bedcover construction. With that said, quilting is not easy, especially when using a sewing machine.

In this article, we hope to help you embark on your quilting project. However, the first step on the quilting journey should be to pick the right equipment. Here is an amazing Stitcher machine for newbies compilation that might help you out. Read More “How to Quilt with A Sewing Machine for Beginners”