The 12s on Quilt Festival: Deborah Boschert

November 02, 2011, 11:00 am  Posted by guestblogger

Quilt Festival 2011 is nearly upon us! Join us as we talk with some of the authors of Twelve by Twelve about their upcoming trip…

Deborah with her quilt, Construction: Concrete and Stone. She was inspired to enter the juried special exhibit after attending her first International Quilt Festival.

Today’s guest: Deborah Boschert

What Festival is this for you?

This will be my fourth time attending Festival.

Where will you be and when?

Well, there is so much to see and do! And people to connect with! But, I am especially excited that all nine of the Twelves who will be at Festival will be in our special exhibit space from 6:30 to 7 pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. We’ll be happy to sign copies of our book or just talk about the Twelve by Twelve project.

What are you most excited about this year?

I really am just giddy with excitement about meeting the other Twelves in person and spending time with them. We’ll be going out for Tex-Mex together one evening. I’m eager to raise a glass of margaritas and toast our exhibit and our friendship!

Is there one piece that you’re really excited to see in person?

Deborah's quilt Spring Suggestin' created for the BlueBrownSage ColorPlay challenge. It's hard to pick a favorite, but I think this is the best of my ColorPlay collection. It has inspired many more small fabric collage landscapes.

Most quilters know there is just no substitute for seeing an art quilt “in the cloth.” I’ve studied our collection of Twelve by Twelve quilts online for more than four years and I can only begin to imagine how much better they will be in person.

What’s your one must-take item for Festival?

Well, one year my roommate snored, so now I remember to bring ear plugs. I try to come with an eager spirit and lots of energy.

What valuable lessons have you learned from past Festivals?

Be completely open to unexpected nuggets of inspiration. Seeing award winning quilts and artists encourages me to challenge myself creatively and to continue seeking my own personal style. At my first Festival, I was really captivated by the Tactile Architecture exhibit. The following year, I entered and was accepted. It was thrilling to have my work displayed for the first time. It’s even more thrilling to be a part of the Twelve by Twelve special exhibit this year.


The 12s on Quilt Festival: Terry Grant

October 31, 2011, 10:00 am  Posted by guestblogger

Quilt Festival 2011 is nearly upon us! Join us as we talk with some of the authors of Twelve by Twelve about their upcoming trip…

Today’s guest: Terry Grant

Between Mother and Child - featured in the 2011 special exhibit The Space Between

What Festival is this for you?
This is my first Festival. I went to Quilt Market several times when I had a shop, but was never able to stay for Festival.

Where will you be and when?
I plan to spend most of my time with the Twelves and our exhibit, but I am also excited to see an exhibit called “The Space Between” that I have a quilt in.

What are you most excited about this year?
Meeting most of the other Twelves for sure! I so wish we were all going to be there, but it is a long, long trip for some of them.

On a related note, just how excited are you to see all the quilts together?
Well, I had the honor of preparing the quilts for the Houston show, so I have seen them all, one at a time, but I am sure it will be a thrill to see them hanging together. I’ll probably cry!


The moon is made of green cheese – Chartreuse Colorplay

Is there one piece from that you’re really excited to see in person?
I think I am excited to see all of Helen’s quilts, especially. She used some very unusual materials. I am also very interested in Kristin’s water quilt that was designed to disintegrate.

What’s your one must-take item for Festival?
My camera, without a doubt.


Interview: Susan Brown

October 24, 2011, 09:00 am  Posted by guestblogger

Susan Brown, the juror of the new 500 Series book, 500 Felt Objects, talks about the featured felt pieces and her views on using felt.

How would you describe the book?

Cover, 500 Felt Objects I think it’s a beautiful survey of the incredibly diverse range of techniques now applied to felt-making, in the areas of fashion, jewelry, furnishings, sculpture and more.

How did you get involved in this project? What was your role?

I had recently curated an exhibition, Fashioning Felt, at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. I think people were surprised by the high standard of design of the objects included, as well as by the ambition of the architectural projects.

Why felt?

Felt is something that everyone has some degree of familiarity with, yet most people know very little about it: what it is, how it’s made, what its properties are. Also, after being relegated to heavy industry for decades, it is suddenly flowering as a serious craft, with new techniques being developed all the time.

Tell me about the variety of imagery that was sent for the book.

It spanned the full range in every category—from quirky little handmade objects to impressive architectural installations; from things that were intensively hand-crafted to things that were more about playing around with the characteristics of industrial felt; from the practical to the conceptual; from objects exploring the bulk and stolidity of felt to those showcasing its new ethereality.

What was your approach in choosing the imagery?

I try to look for the paradigm-shifters—artists who work the material in a way that is completely unique to them, or designers who use the material to find a brand-new solution to a problem or need.

As you mentioned in your introduction, felt has been used for thousands of years. How would you like to see the use of felt change over the next few years? How have old techniques been integrated into new ones? How are people looking at felt differently now than they have been?

Felt is a sustainable material that has all kinds of useful technical properties, which I think will be more fully explored in the areas of architecture and design. Most importantly, I think its ability to act as a shaping medium has untapped potential. Biomimetics, for example, is searching for new means of attachment, and we often see felting used as a way to hold together diverse objects. I’m hoping it will find use in the medical industry!


Binding Tutorial with author Cynthia Shaffer

May 11, 2011, 10:22 am  Posted by guestblogger

Binding is one of those steps in quilting and patchwork projects that you either love or don’t…. Stash Happy author Cynthia Shaffer shares her technique – and tips – with us.

Single binding is my favorite way to finish quick and easy projects. If I am binding a quilt that will get lots of wear and tear and washed often then I will use a double-layer binding, but the basic steps are the same.

Bias binding or straight of grain binding? Binding made from strips that are cut on the bias are called just that, bias binding. If the project that you are binding has curves and rounded shapes, then bias binding is the only choice. The bias cut will allow the fabric to form to those organic shapes, without creating cracks and tucks. I learned years ago that double-layer bias binding is the only method that should be used when binding a quilt that will be washed often because the fibers in the binding running at a diagonal will hold up to more abrasion than fibers that are all lined up and straight, as in straight of grain binding.

Binding made from strips that are cut with the grain of the fabric is called straight of grain binding. Either single or double-layer straight of grain binding works great for quilts with straight edges.

1. Cut strips of fabric between 1 ¼ inches for single-layer binding and 2 ¾ inches for double-layer binding.

2. Pieces the strips together.

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