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my new book cover!

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


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

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:


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:





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




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:


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)


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!


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!

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.



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.


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


meet Donald

donald_full_web_wm “donald the dotted dragon”

40″x 49″

Hand dyed cotton,machine quilted

and a detail:


Created entirely on my BERNINA 750QE


tutti frutti tree top lane

I finished this quilt a few weeks ago but just got around to getting it photographed…

treetopwborderTutti Frutti Tree Tops

39″x 31″

hand dyed cotton,machine quilted

and a close up…

treetop _zoom2

and speaking of photographs I have started a series of posts about taking photographs of quilts on the SAQA MA/RI blog.  The first one is here.

class samples

I’ve been doing a lot of surface design on canvas fabric over the last couple of weeks and I’ve managed to generate several yards of fabric to work with…




I’ve been working on making up some sample journals in preparation for my class at San Diego Book Arts in October.  I haven’t been doing a lot of surface design the last year or so and I forgot how much fun it was to break out the paints and the silk screens and splash around in some paint.  I took a few of the painted surfaces and created a couple new sample journals:


I’ve packed the insides of these journals with hand painted pages,fabric pages with papers,folders and envelopes and pockets stitched to them.


They’re nice thick journals measuring about 9″x 6 x 4″


and they each have pockets on the two inside flaps as well.  You can get more information about the workshop at the SDBA on their website here.

Free needlebook project

My free needlebook project is now available on the BERNINA We All Sew blog here.


This needle book goes together pretty quickly and it’ll make a great holiday gift for all the sewers you know.  Click here to visit the We All Sew blog and learn how to make one.