Pears Galore!

Size: 22 ½” x 29 ½”

Materials: Silk Dupioni fabric, fabric paint, beads

This quilt is painted with fabric paints, thread painted, quilted using rayon thread. Stamped using vintage wooden letterpress letters. The binding has been beaded.
Quilting Arts TV Series 900 December 15, 2011

Good morning all,

The tinsel is out, the tree is getting decorated, ornaments everywhere, Santa Clauses, Snowmen and Christmas quilts all around ... the cookies are getting baked, and menus organized.  And of course, lists are being made and checked twice, presents are being wrapped and set aside in time for Christmas Day.  So, with that in mind, I thought I'd let you know that the new Quilting Arts TV Series 900 DVD is ready for preorder.  I believe it will be released during the first days of the New Year.  I was so thrilled to see that I am on one of the photos with Pokey Bolton, and that one of my pillows graces the cover too.  So go to the Quilting Arts website here: and preorder your copy now.

Drop off a comment or two and let me know how you are getting ready for the holidays.  Are you quilting, baking, making gifts?  Going away or staying home?

As seen in Quilting Arts Daily December 05, 2011

Jumpstart Quilting Designs with an Easy Sketchbook Exercise

11-30-2011 by Quilting Daily
quilting designs color scheme
Ana's sketchbook collage of color schemes for quilting designs.

pokey boltonI usually have a variety of quilting designs kicking around in my head at any given time. But often, when I finally get around to actually designing a quilt, I draw a blank. Sometimes I'm overwhelmed by fabric and surface design choices. Other times, I just don't know where to start.

That's when I turn to my sketchbook. There I have usually put some doodles, color swatches, or even notes to myself that remind me of ideas I've had in the past and that give me a place to start from.

Ana Buzzalino, a textile artist with a strong sense of color and an eye for modern quilting designs, has an easy system for jumpstarting her creativity through her sketchbook. Today, I'm going to share her quilt design inspiration technique with you, adapted from her article in the December/January 2012 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.

You'll need:

  • A sketchbook
  • Old magazines, brochures, postcards, photos
  • File folders
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick or liquid glue
  • Paint chips
  • Fabric stash
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Fabric swatches for a green color scheme based on Ana's collected images and
paint chips.

1. Gather your papers and scissors and start cutting out images that appeal to you. Sort them by color and put them in folders, by color.

2. Once you have several images in a particular color palette, take out your folder, sketchbook, and glue. Make a pleasing arrangement of the images on a page or a spread of the sketchbook and glue them down.

3. With sketchbook in hand, go to the paint section of your local hardware store and select paint chips that closely match the color scheme you've chosen. Paste these in another page of your sketchbook. This allows you to see how colors in the same family can vary in lightness, darkness and tone.

4. By now, working with this color scheme should be giving you a good idea of what fabrics to look for and which ones will work together in a quilt design or in quilt motifs. Pull out your fabrics that are in that scheme and decide which ones will go into your quilt. As you pull the fabrics, cut about a 2" square and glue it into yet another page of your sketchbook. Now, when you go shopping for more fabric or for thread in that color scheme, you will know exactly what colors you need.

This exercise is so much fun and an easy way to start keeping a sketchbook if you don't already.

Of course, color scheme is just one aspect of quilting design. To learn more tips, check out Ana's new Quilting Arts WorkshopTM video, "Machine Stitching and Painting Quilts: From Start to Finish." And you can also get advice, tips, and resources from our new Quilting Designs page on the Quilting Daily community.

You can find the complete article in the new issue of Quilting Arts Magazine, December 2011 / January 2012.


There's a new magazine in town November 22, 2011

Good morning,

October marked the date of the premier issue of a new magazine called "Fiber Art Now".  The following is from their website:   Each issue will include four or five feature articles that seek to inspire, connect and inform fiber artists, enthusiasts, educators, learners and collectors of the fiber arts.  We are a worldwide community and will keep that in mind with each issue.  You will also find:

  • Photo Essays
  • Artist Profiles
  • News & Notes
  • Gallery & Exhibition News
  • Calls for Entry
  • Classifieds
  • and more!

And the best part? When you read something interesting, you can come to to ask the author questions, write a comment, or see what others are saying about the topic.

You can subscribe to the print copy or a download.  Four issues a year.  It looks very interesting.  Especially now that Fiberarts magazine is no longer being published.  Go, take a look and let me know what you think.



Free Motion Quilting Challenge November 21, 2011

Good morning,

Hope everyone had a great weekend.  I taught a Fabric Painting class to a lovely group of ladies on Saturday, and then it was so cold I went home and hibernated for the rest of the evening.  I will show you photos next Saturday, when they quilt the piece, so you can see what they produced.

I follow quite a few blogs, and one of my favorites is Susan Brubaker-Knapp's.  You can find her here:  Today, she has posted a link to SewCalGal's very interesting challenge for 2012:  A Free-motion Quilting Challenge:


You can go to to sign up for it, and see a list of experts who will be sharing their expertise and tips with those who sign up for the challenge.  There will be prizes to be won.  Go to the blog for more information.  It will be updated soon with a schedule.  Below is a list of quilters who've agreed to help with the challenge:

I am thinking of joining the challenge.  Care to do it with me?  We can compare how far we've come in 12 months.  Hope you'll join me.  Drop me a comment and let me know if you are planning on doing it.  We could organize a get-together every few months to practice!  And we could have our own give-aways! 

That's all for today.  I'll blog more soon.


And the winner is ... November 20, 2011

The winner of the DVD is Cass.  Congratulations.  Please send me your address so I can mail the DVD to you.

Thank you all for participating.  I will have another giveaway soon, so stay connected.  In the meantime, keep quilting!


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