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help me decide!

I am so excited to be one of the 100 artists asked to donate artwork for Virginia Speigels “The 100 Fundraiser”!

FFAC2015logoOn February 4,the first 100 people to contact Virginia Speigel beginning at 10 a.m. Central will be given a link to donate $100 by credit card directly to the American Cancer Society through Fiberart For A Cause.  Each of those 100 donors will receive an artwork from one of the 100  artists listed on this page.  Assignments of artwork will be made using a random number generator.   You can get all the details on the fundraiser here.

Now my dilemma about being one of the 100 artists is choosing which piece of artwork to donate so I am hoping you can help me decide and as a thank you for helping me decide I am going to hold a bonus giveaway.  Leave a comment on this post with the name of artwork that you think I should donate and on February 4,2015 I will choose a name randomly from all the comments to receive a thank you package from me!  I’m not sure what the package will contain but some possibilities might be some hand dyed fabric,artwork,Mistyfuse,or a handmade journal.  I promise that you won’t be disappointed with the contents!  and now here are the two pieces of artwork that I’m trying to decide between to donate….

house1“little pink house II”

12″x 12″hand dyed cotton,machine quilted

(I made this quilt for my appearance on the Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims.  The episode will air in May 2015)

or

beach house1“the beach house”

12″x 12″hand dyed cotton,machine quilted

(the beach house quilt is one of the art quilt projects in my new book Colorful Fabric Collage available for pre-order now)

So which one should I donate –little pink house or the beach house?  Leave a comment on this post with the name of artwork that you think I should donate by  February 3,2015 I will choose a name randomly from all the comments to receive a thank you package from me!

Get all the details about The 100 Fundraiser here!

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free project!

I have a new free project on the BERNINA We All Sew Blog…

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The little houses all in a row wool throw free project instructions are now available on the We All Sew blog here. This blanket goes together really quickly so you’ve got plenty of time to make one for gift giving.  I made mine using hand dyed wool from Weeks Dye Works but you could use cotton if you prefer.

take a peek inside my new book

I’m so excited to finally be able to share some images of the projects in my new book!

        Beach_Housebeach house art quilt

City_Skylinecity skyline art quilt

Color_Block_throw_pillowscolor blocked throw pillows

Full_Circle_Totefull circle tote bag

Fused_Log_Cabin_Throwfused log cabin throw

Laundry_Daylaundry day art quilt
Stay_Chic_Quilted_Backpackstay chic back pack

Wonly_House_Lanewonky house lane table runner (or wall quilt)

I love how the projects were photographed and this is just a few of the projects that you’ll find in the book.  The book is available for pre-order on the Interweave web site and Amazon.com

 

what’s been going on…

I got some very exciting news this week about my quilt Tutti Frutti City Skyline:

Tutti Frutti City Skyline 72” x 33” hand dyed cotton,machine quilted

It won second place in the Art Whimsical category at the Houston International Quilt Festival!  You can see all of the winners here.

I’ve been so busy with projects lately that I haven’t had much time to sit and write any blog posts and I’ve gotten into the habit of just posting updates on my facebook page instead.  Last week I was in San Diego teaching at the SDBA.  To say it was a great class would be an understatement!  We spent two days painting,screenprintint,stamping,stenciling and foiling and then on the third day created some gorgeous fabric journals.  After the workshop I took a side trip to Sacremento to visit family and headed up to Napa for some wine tasting and a Segway tour of the area…

IMG_0975We buzzed around town on Segways (which was an absolutely blast) with a tour guide who talked about the history of the area,saw the earthquake damage and then midway through stopped for an olive oil tasting…

IMG_0978The highlight of the tasting was having chocolate olive oil drizzled over vanilla ice cream topped with a little blackberry balsamic vinegar -doesn’t sound appetizing I know but it was delicious!

Now that I’m back home I’m knee deep in preparations for my Quilt Show taping in a few weeks.  There’s lots of sample making going on…

IMG_0985some fabric dyeing…

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and lots of step out examples being made…

images6I’ll be back in a few weeks with an update on the Quilt Show taping.  In the meantime,if you’re a facebook user you can find my page here or follow me on instagram here.

my new book cover!

I’m so excited to finally be able to share what the cover of my new book looks like!

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Colorful Fabric Collage walks the reader through the techniques that renowned art quilter Sue Bleiweiss uses to hand-dye her fabrics,design her quilts,and embellish their surfaces. One half techniques and one half projects,Colorful Fabric Collage leads readers through the steps to successfully design,fuse,and quilt 14 projects based on Sue’s signature style. Readers will learn how to create whimsical scenes of everyday life with bold outlines,saturated colors,and deft embellishments.

Sue inspires readers to tap into their own creativity by encouraging them to personalize each project with uniquely meaningful images. Readers are invited to draw on the project pattern drawings and then encouraged to sketch their own quilt designs from scratch. Readers will be emboldened by the easy-to-master techniques for sketching quilt designs,fusing layers of fabric into a collage,and embellishing and finishing each piece in a clever way. Sue offers ideas for quilters to alter her art quilts in a variety of ways.

More than merely gluing layers together,Colorful Fabric Collage demonstrates the a broad range of ways to use light-weight fusible webbing. Learn how to blend sheer fabrics,add subtle texture and color with paint and metal leaf,create interfacing,and bind quilts–all with fusible webbing.

To further motivate readers to experiment with fusible fabric collages,Sue curated a gallery of nine small art quilts from prominent fiber artists,including Deborah Boshert,Jamie Fingal,Barb Forrister,Desiree Habicht,Lesley Tucker Jenison,Lyric Kinard,Kathy Sperino,Terri Stegmiller,and Kathy York. These small art quilts both inspire readers with their complexity and reveal the range of styles possible with fusible art quilting.

It’s available for pre-order here on the Interweave website and here on Amazon.com.

too much fun

If you’ve been following Jamie Fingal’s blog you saw her recent post about her new fabric line that’s making it’s debut at Fall Quilt Market in Houston later this month.    I was lucky enough to receive some of the fabric to make a few things for Jamie’s booth and I can’t even tell you how much fun I had working with this fabric!   The fabric arrived on Monday and once I started making stuff I couldn’t stop…

jamie1Messenger bag,quilted accessories pouch and journal all made with Jamie Fingal’s Heart and Soul Sisters fabric in the Daisy colorway.

 

I started with the messenger bag:

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it’s has an adjustable strap and a zipper trimmed pocket on the back:

jamie3Under the flap in the front is another zipper trimmed pocket that has three sections:

jamie4The inside has a zipper close pocket and three additional patch pockets.  I had just enough material left over to make a quilted accessories pouch.

Then I decided I had to make a journal…

jamie5And I fused leftover pieces of the fabric to all the pages inside:

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I made some pockets and filled them with tags that have some of the fabric fused to one side:

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jamie12 The line will be available in early 2015.  I highly recommend that you Ask your local quilt store to carry this line so you can buy yourself a bunch and go have some fun with it!

California here I come!

Only a couple more weeks until I head out to California to teach my Altered Surfaces workshop at  San Diego Book Arts…

In this workshop students start with plain white canvas,duck cloth,denim or cotton that we will alter with layers of paint to create surfaces rich with texture and imagery.  Students will also use drawing fluid and screen filler to create their own hand drawn silk screen to use.  Techniques for applying both textile and metal leaf foiling will be explored as well as stenciling,stamping,and ways to add text to the surface including using a paint filled syringe.

While the fabric surfaces are drying students will also work on a variety of paper surfaces such as drawing,brown paper and deli paper and use screen printing,stencil,foiling,mono printing techniques and more to alter their surfaces.  Students will use a piece of their altered fabric to create a gorgeous one of a kind  sketchbook filled with their altered papers.

I just got back from shipping 3 boxes filled with 78 pounds of supplies out to California for this workshop:

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It will be a jam packed fun filled three day workshop!  There are still a few spaces open so pop over to the SDBA website here to reserve your spot (note that the materials fee on the website is wrong,it should be $15)…

and the winners are…

The winner of the free magazine is:

Michele Timms

And the name of the commenter that will be going into the draw for a chance to win the bag that Candy made is:

Laura (whose email starts with lckb)

lckbaum@comcast.net

Congratulations!

Create Handmade Gifts with Candy Glendening

Candy Glendening just released a very cool e-book with Quilting Arts called Create Handmade Gifts for All and I’m very happy to be a part of the blog hop/giveaway to celebrate the release of this wonderful e-book!

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I’ve been a fan of Candy’s style for a long time now.  Her hand dyed color palette,whimsical imagery combined with just the right amount of organic quilting and  give her projects a fresh,modern look that really appeals to me.

You’ll find a wide range of projects in this e-book including bags like the one featured on the cover along with accessories such as a headband,sketchbook cover and a table sleeve.   Get yourself organized with Home decor projects that include a mini memo board,hanging organizer baskets and nesting baskets and deck your home for the holidays with Candy’s Pine Tree Table runner,Jester Stockings,  Holly Napkin Rings and more.  You can see examples of all the projects that you’ll find in the ebook here.

At only $9.99 this ebook is an absolute steal and you’ll find it on the Interweave site here.   And since it’s a download there’s no waiting for it to show up in your mailbox –you download it to your computer a few moments after you purchase it and you’re ready to start sewing!

GIVEAWAY!
Have you ever received or given a handmade gift? Leave a comment on this post to be entered into a giveaway to receive a hard copy of last year’s Quilting Arts Gift Magazine or to be entered into a drawing for the grand prize:the messenger bag that Candy made that’s featured on the cover of the e-book!

The drawing will close Sunday,September 21 and I’ll announce 2 winners on Monday September 22nd. Candy will announce the Grand Prize winner the following Monday on her blog. Make sure your comment is connected to an email so I can contact you.

Don’t forget to visit the other blog hop stops listed below for more chances to win.

Good luck!

Fabric dyeing and fabric collage workshop

I’ll be teaching a two day fabric dyeing and coloring book fabric collage class at Quilters Way in Acton MA December 6 &7,2014.

 

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Instructor:   Sue Bleiweiss
Format:      Two 5-hour sessions
Date:          Saturday + Sunday, Dec 6 + 7
Time:          10:00am-3:00pm

Join artist Sue Bleiweiss to learn her “coloring book fabric collage” technique—a fused style that includes black lines reminiscent of the coloring book pages we colored as children. Sue takes students through her process of creating an art quilt from start to finish,from hand dyeing the fabrics all the way through binding the quilt.

In this two day workshop,you’ll learn how to dye fabric the easy way. Even if you’ve never dyed fabric before you’ll finish with a pile of beautiful hand-dyed fabrics. You’ll spend the first day of the workshop dyeing your fabric using Procion dyes and learning how to create your own tone-on-tone fabrics using Jacquard Color Magnet. Color Magnet is a dye attractant that magically attracts more dye where it is applied,creating a unique,two-toned effect.

On the second day of the workshop,you’ll return with your pile of hand dyed fabrics and use them to create an art quilt. Students will have the option of creating a version of Sue’s Tutti Frutti Lane quilt or the smaller 3 Little Houses quilt. Both quilts are created using raw-edge,fusible appliqué combined with Sue’s easy quilt-as-you-go construction technique.

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Click here to visit the Quilters Way website and register for the workshop.  Space is limited so don’t delay!