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Magazine Review: Artist & Makers

  

Hello Knitters and Creators,

I figured since I enjoyed the last issue  so much, I’d share with you the Spring 2015 issue.

Magazine: Artists & Makers, Spring 2015
Publisher: Interweave/F+W 
Format: Digital or Paper
Retail: $9.99

I’m at Starbucks working away today. The part I love about my job is it’s portable. The other part of my job is, being able to review amazing magazines as this.

Let me take you on a virtual tour…

This issue is about going public–engaging in social media, a booth at an art show, or even building a website. And much more!

Meet cool featured artists like Tula Pink. Oh my gosh, I fell in love with her and her story. She’s a colorful textile designer who has stayed true to herself. You will love her too.

Again, more featured artists. I think, for me, these stories drive home the reason I do what I love to do. For example Jonathon Adler takes you through his day. A typical day for him begins with tea and ends with a nice roast chicken.

Perfect, huh?

Pat Sloan states, “I don’t sit and make quilts all day, I run a business most of the time. I’m lucky that I also get to make quilts as part of that.”

This is where it is for me. A business woman meets creative woman. I feel that those lucky enough to call their (craft) a business, should spend time with this magazine. It will make you say, YES! It will give you that warm feeling that makes you feel what you’re doing is the real deal.

This magazine is the perfect pairing with your favorite beverage. In my case, coffee or tea. I will honestly cozy up on the couch and read it from cover to cover.

I would highly recommend you find yourself a copy.

So, I bid you much love knitters and creators. I encourage you to take a peek at this magazine if you are a creator of any kind. You will appreciate the depth of this magazine.

You won’t be sorry. Have I ever steered you wrong?

Knit On!

Deb


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BOOK REVIEW: 3 skeins or less FRESH knitted accessories

  

I‘m in love with knitted accessories. From mittens, to hats, to scarves, and oh yes, socks! 

We all love projects that are 3 skeins or less. Think of the investment when it’s more than that. That’s why when I was asked to review this book, I jumped on it. Sweater in 3 skeins or less, bring it on. A cowl using 1 or 2 skeins, oh yes!

Author: Tanis Gray
Paperback: 3 skeins or less Fresh knitted accessories
Publisher: Interweave
Pages: 143 Pages
Retail Price: $24.99


I’m going to show you some of my favorite projects in the books. The photography is spot on. There are 25 glorious projects for you to knit. 25 designers. 

This book opens with an introduction by Tanis herself about how magical the process of knitting is.

Here we go:

Of course I’d start with a hat. Melissa LaBarre designed this Little Vine Beret. It’s made up of knit and purls, increases and decreases. Complete with a chart. I truly love this beret. It’s knit with Quince and Co yarn.

Another favorite design of mine is the A Case of Lace Socks. Though, it’s a bit intense with its cabling detail, the end result will certainly leave you feeling satisfyied. 

My third favorite design is the Right Round Mitts. Truly a quick knit. The lace repeat is easy to memorize and mirrored. 

What do you think? 

My overall impression is: 

1. You should go out and buy 3 skeins or less FRESH knitted accessories. 
2. You need to know if you are NOT a chart person, this book may not be for you. It it filled with them on most patterns. With that said, there is a great selection of patterns that do not have charts. 
3. This price point for this book is great at $24.99 with 25 patterns. That $1.00 a pattern. 
4. Christmas is coming and I’m sure theres someone on your list that you still need to knit for, right?

It’s an accessory book that will keep you knitting. The photography is beautiful, the color choices in yarn are beautiful. 

So, I bid you much love knitters, and encourage you to take a peek at this book. You won’t be sorry. I’m anxious to hear your thoughts.

Knit On!

Deb

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Book Review: Brioche Chic 22 FRESH KNITS for women & men

How many of us have always wanted to learn the Brioche stitch, but was too intimidated to try?

*raising hand*

Well, let me tell you, this book leaves you fearless when it comes to the ever-so-intimating Brioche stitch.

Author(s): Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark
Paperback: Brioche Chic: 22 Fresh Knits for women & men
Publisher: Interweave
Pages: 152 Pages
Retail Price: $26.99

Let me give you a virtual “tour” through the book:

The book opens with Brioche Basics. Ok, here you go…non intimidating step-by-step instructions that will leave you feeling as though you have worried for nothing. I, recently decided to break out my yarn and needles (shocking, huh?) and get to work on this stitch.

Magic!

It IS a bit of extra effort, but the minute you see the texture appear and your piece come to life, it will seem quite obvious.

Helpful tips along the way to ease the “pain” a bit. Go slowly! That’s what they suggest and that’s what I suggest.

Next appears the beautiful 22 patterns. The photography is awesome, with colorful yarns and simple textures. Everything from a basic Brioche scarf, to an Arrow Yoke Cardigan. 


Arrow Yoke Cardigan

Other projects in this book are pullover sweaters for both women & men…
A beautiful pair of mittens. It has a matching hat. So love this.
And this Star-Crown Beret is a definite in my que.
My love for knitting cowls is endless. I adore this project. It’s a Reversible Scarf, loop, circle. Wear long or wrap twice to create YOUR favorite look. 
What do you think. I’ve only given you a hint of what’s in this book, so you’ll run right out to your LBS (Local Book Store), LYS (Local Yarn Shop) or Interweaves website to get your hands on it. 
I give this book a *thumbs up* for photography, original design, creativity, and choice of projects. I feel it’s worth the buy and a chance to try a stitch you may or may not have tried. 
So, I bid you much love knitters, and encourage you to take a peek at this book. You won’t be sorry. I’m anxious to hear your thoughts.
Knit On!
Deb


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Book Review: Sockupied 20 Knit Projects to Satisfy your Sock Obsession

They used the word Obsession in their title!

Oh My Gosh! This book is for every Lover of sock knitting. 20 Knitted Sock Projects with many different designers included in this book. You will NEED this book in your library. 

Author(s): Hunter Hammersen, Cookie A, Ann Budd, Cat Bordhi, and MANY more
Paperback: Sockupied
Publisher: Interweave
Pages: 168 Pages
Price: It sells for $24.99.

These 20 knit sock patterns are the perfect on-the-go project. This book contains patterns that show diversity of the first 10 issues of Sockupied eMag. You remember? An interactive publication that showed pop-ups, slide shows, and videos. Now, they have taken this to a new level by providing a print version. 

It showcases cables and lace, handpainted, as well as solids, toe-up, and top-down. You will find articles pertaining to sock knitting fundamentals that include techniques designed to help tweak patterns to suit YOUR feet and YOUR knitting style.

Let’s dive in…

The Divas first impression: The cover is intriguing to me. Well styled, shows diversity in designs, and the color palette works!

I randomly opened the book and the Speed Bump socks, by Deb Barnhillstared me in the face. Self-striping yarn is what she, as well as others, refer to as “Comfort Food.” Wouldn’t you agree? And what else I love about this pattern, is she uses a yarn that can be purchased at any of your big box stores. Patons Kroy Sock yarn. Using a simple pattern makes this sock a definite go-to for me! Can’t wait to begin…


One of my favorite (sock) designers is Cookie A. Passerine socks. So, when I happened to stop at this pattern, I was instantly in love. Looking at it, I couldn’t really tell what the design was, until I read her description. Of course!! Feathers with sleek vanes and quills coming together. See it? A twisted stitch pattern on the cuff is my very favorite way to begin a sock. This delicious sock is knit from top-down. My style of knitting socks. Oh how I love thee…these will be on the needles SOON. That’s how I roll…


Ok, let’s ALL be honest, we love a well written pattern from Hunter Hammersen. Right? Definitely. Cataphyll socks. This pattern is unique with the leaves trailing down the leg and split in two. She chose a fingering weight yarn by Plucky Knitter, a fiber I’ve been dying to get my hands on. (making a mental, or maybe a written note, so this 50-year-old mind doesn’t forget) Again, knit top-down. This pattern is filled with charts. If you love them, you will be in heaven, if you don’t, sorry… you will just have to find a way to love. Because this sock is well worth the effort. I’ll be making these. 

I’ll post my own pics in the near future of these fantastic socks.

This picture shows the socks that caught my eye on the cover. Our Paths Cross socks. Lorilee Beltman packed a punch with this design, yet kept is very simple. It’s a toe-up design with a stockinette stitch. The strands are carried vertically making this knit anything but plain. Again, using a Plucky Knitter yarn, this sock will be fun, quick, yet simple. I will knit this sock too.
Sockupied
Have you counted how many of these socks I’ll be putting in my que. All. Of. Them. Oh boy. If I just had enough hours in the day, I could work these up super quick. I was told that sleeping was overrated anyway…sigh.

This was fun, right? Was I able to enable you enough to go buy this book? It’s only $24.99 and you get 20 patterns. That’s just over $1 a pattern. Ok, I’ll do the math. Please hold…You still there? 

$1.25 per pattern. That’s a steal! I don’t even sell MY patterns for that cheap. 

I give this book a thumbs up for originality, photography, well-written instructions, and the well thought out group of designers. Their yarn choices are fantastic. I hope you’ll step out a bit of your own stash and experience some of these. I know I will. 

Again, this book is published by Interweave, the name of the book is Sockupied 20 Knit Projects to Satisfy your Sock Obsession, and all the details can be found at that link. I encourage you to pop over and read more about it. I’ve only given you a little bit, there’s much more over there. 

Also you may want to check with your LYS. I’m sure they’d be happy to accommodate. 

So, with much love knitters, I bid you farewell for now. I ask you to review this book for yourself and report back (as usual). I’m anxious to hear your thoughts and maybe even share a few pics. 

Knit On!

Deb
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Book Review: 25 KNITTED ACCESSORIES to wear and share

I always enjoy getting the emails from Interweave asking if I want to review another fantastic book.

This one is no exception…

  • Beautiful photography
  • Clearly written instructions
  • Nice Variety of Patterns
Author(s): 25 fantastic designers
Paperback: 25 KNITTED ACCESSORIES to wear and share
Publisher: Interweave
128 Pages
It sells for $22.99.


These 25 patterns are interweave favorites. Cozy patterns designed by incredible designers and brought together all in one book. All knitters, beginner to advanced, are invited to knit these timeless projects that include: colorful mitts, scarf and hat sets, lace shawl, socks, embroidered bag, headscarf, boot socks, and more…

Let’s have a peek…

Of course, I’d start with a sock. I love socks. Toe-Up Travelers. This one in particular is designed by none other than, Ann Budd. It has a traveling-stitch pattern found in a Japanese book of stitch patterns. Worked from the toe up, with an added stitch pattern at the sides of the leg. A short row heel along with a stretchy bind off makes this the perfect knit. Don’t you think so? 

I, however, have not made a toe-up sock, yet, but believe me, I will now. 

I was so excited to see this one in the 25 favorite patterns. The Wanderer cap, designed by one of my favorite designers, Jared Flood. I had knit this one last year for my favorite barista down at Poor Richards, here in Colorado Springs. He’s since left the coffee shop, but from what I hear, still wears it. Proudly, I might add.

This cap is knit with a rustic tweed yarn. It features a zig-zag pattern that adds a simple, yet bold detail. A definite mans hat, in my opinion. Starts with a ribbed band and flows seamlessly for a very finished look. I loved knitting this hat. I will be making these for the men on my Christmas list this year.

Shhh…don’t tell them, if you know who I’m talking about. 

The third of my favorite projects in this book are the Teak Bittersweet gauntlets, designed by Laura Irwin. You love them too, right? A panel of continuous color changes that include both stranded and intarsia, creates a modern looking design. A simple seed-stitch band completes the look. Did you notice the cute button? How many do I have in my stash? Too many to count. I will be making these. Soon.

Designers that you will find in this book are: Kristin Omdahl, Mags Kandis, Veronik Avery, Kate Gagnon Osborn, Jaya Srikrishnan, Gudrun Johnston, Melissa Wehrle, Connie Chang Chinchio, Kristeen Griffin-Grimes, Jennifer Burke, Courtney Kelley, Melissa LaBarre, Ruthie Nussbaum, Laura Irwin, Nancy Bush, Lucinda Guy, Jared Flood, Ann Budd. 

Wow!

I totally recommend this book. It’s full of great photography and well written patterns. 

Again, It’s published by Interweave, the name of the book is 25 KNITTED ACCESSORIES to wear and share, and all the sorted details can be found at this link. Please click over and see for yourself how beautiful this book is. I wouldn’t steer you wrong, I promise! You know me, I love a knitted, well designed accessory. 


Also, check with your LYS. It’s a perfect addition to your library. I’m so glad I now have a copy too.

So, with much love knitters,

I bid you farewell for now. I ask you to review this book for yourself and report back. I’m anxious to hear your thoughts and maybe even see some finished work from it.

Knit On!

Deb

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Book Review: New American Knits – classic sportswear patterns

Interweave has asked me to do another great review. You are going to love this one. 

It’s all about applying traditional knitting skills and motifs to contemporary wearable pieces. It’s textures and colorwork will create a modern wardrobe you will absolutely love.

Author: Amy Christoffers
Paperback: New American Knits
Publisher: Interweave
128 Pages
It sells for $24.99.

If I could sum up in one word, okay, maybe several, I would say, This book represents what knitters want to knit. Me included. It contains wearable pieces that are classic in style, yet simply sophisticated, with a modern flare . 

Amy has obviously taken her inspiration from what’s hot right now and functional, and projects that have that nostalgic feel and perfect for the modern lifestyle. With everyday sweaters and useful knitted accessories, Amy has created patterns that knitters will LOVE to knit, as well as the finished products. 

Amy states: “I’ve named each of the pieces after an American artist that I find particularly inspiring. I hope you are intrigued enough to investigate them!”

Let’s take a peek…

There are 20 patterns that include: sweaters, hats, shawls, cowls, mitts, tunic, pullovers, turtleneck, hoodie and more. 

This van der zee cloche is the perfect quick knit gift, a simple beanie for a man or a woman. Leave on/off the embellishment to suit your taste. 



This cowl is my favorite of all the pieces. Many of you know me well enough to know this information. This Tanner Cowl is the perfect introduction to knitted lace, eyelets and working in the round. I’m super excited to knit this up for my fall wardrobe. I even LOVE the color in the Manos Silk Blend yarn she chose. 



Okay, knitters, you know you love these as much as me. These Parrish Mitts are adorable. The colorwork creates a painted look, and the floral motif adds an image that adds dimension. Yummy!

You all know accessories are my things. But, I love this sweater. The Remington Cardigan has a feather motif with a V-neck, dart shaping, traditional decreases at the neck edge. It’s incorporated into a lace motif adding a big  of embellishment. I’ll be casting this one on really soon. Who’s going to join me?

 

As you can (clearly) see, I’m in trouble, yet again. 

I totally recommend this book. I mean, I seriously do! It’s full of great photography, well written patterns, a plethora of additional knowledge that will give you the confidence you need, if in fact, you need it. Amy has included abbreviations and techniques in the back for reference. 

Again, It’s published by Interweave, the name of the book is New American Knits, and all the sorted details can be found HERE. Please click over and see for yourself how beautiful this book is. I wouldn’t steer you wrong, I promise! You will find many reviews that will convince you it’s a good value for the money. 

Also, check with your LYS, I’m sure they ALL have it. 

So, with much love knitters,

I bid you farewell for now. I ask you to review this book for yourself and report back. I’m anxious to hear your thoughts and maybe even see some finished work.

Knit On!

Deb

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Book Review: New Vintage Lace – Knits Inspired By The Past

Interweave has asked me to do another great review. You are going to love this one. 
Do you love knitting lace? Have you ever wanted to but felt like it was too challenging? You will find this book to be enlightening as well as informative.

Author: Andrea Jurgrau
Paperback: New Vintage Lace
Publisher: Interweave
144 Pages
It sells for $24.99.

A great value for the money. 18 fully-charted projects for hats, scarves, wraps, and small and large shawls, all inspired by the ever-so traditional lace doily patterns. She shows you how she creates patterns, adjusting motifs, then reworking them into original works of wearable art.

Beautiful cover design too.

So I took some time to dig deep into the delicious book, page by page. I wanted to make sure that each and every nugget she put in here was something I could convey back to you…

Here we go…

For starters, I love the Photography. As a photographer myself, I appreciate well edited images that showcase detail. The lighting is perfect. They captured all that!

Andrea begins with an introduction of “What’s Old is New”. She talks about her Grandmother Rose. A delightful, well written introduction. 

New Vintage Lace has 5 chapters:
~Materials
~Techniques-where Andrea gives you all the “tools” you need to have a successful project (or two). It includes, binding off, blocking, charts, decrease, increase, joining yarn, picking up stitches, beading, and much more.
~The Fine Art of Swatching-I know what you’re thinking, Swatching? YES! She gets down to the knitty gritty and also include swatching with YOUR yarn choice. 
~Projects
~Doily Dissection-This is where she walks you through the process she uses, for you to design your own shawl. This is the one section, I love. 



This project is YOUR introduction to lace knitting. You begin with a doily and build from there. It’s brilliantly written with a tip for working in the round. 



This has to be one of my favorites. Yes, I love the color. But, the design is very elegant. Doily inspired in the late 1600’s, which the pamphlet is now out of print. There are beads in the design that add that additional WOW factor. 



Another of my favorites, okay, they all are, but this one stands out. THIS beautiful blanket is part of a trio of patterns. The doily, triangle, and blanket demonstrates how you can gof rom a triangle shawl to a blanket. She includes the doily as the third pattern so you can practice the technique. Very versatile in my opinion. This is also the featured shawl on the cover.

As you can (clearly) see, I’m in trouble, yet again. No, not by anybody but me. Yes, I have things that need to get done, work related, but there’s always time for some project making that doesn’t involve work. And my newly found love for lace knitting has opened up a world of new things to knit. 

So, I totally recommend this book. I mean, I seriously do! It’s full of great photography, well written patterns, a plethora of additional knowledge that will give you the confidence you need, if in fact, you need it.

Again, It’s published by Interweave, the name of the book is New Vintage Lace, and all the sorted details can be found HERE. Please click over and see for yourself how beautiful this book is. I wouldn’t steer you wrong, I promise! You will find many reviews that will convince you it’s a good value for the money. 

Also, check with your LYS, I’m sure they ALL have it. 

So, with much love knitters,

I bid you farewell for now. I ask you to review this book for yourself and report back. I’m anxious to hear your thoughts and maybe even see some finished work.

Knit On!
Deb



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Book Review: Mollie Makes Woodland Friends

With the help of Interweave, I’m thrilled to do (yet) another book review for you.
Are you a Crafter? I am. I believe that most knitters are also crafters of all sorts, well, in my circle of friends, anyway…

Paperback: Molie Makes Woodland Friends: More handmade projects for the home

Publisher: Interweave Language: English
It sells for $12.95 US
That’s a steal. For 18 knitted, stitched, crocheted, and paper-crafted projects, all with a modern take in their signature styles, with a touch of “quirk thrown in.” Why wouldn’t you buy this? 
I truly believe the cover of the book can make or break your decision to pick it up/buy it. Am I right? 
Look at it! 

The cover is truly your inspiration. The cute Woodland Walk Quilt, the Tissue Box Cover, the Animal Pictures on the wall, the Badger Pillow sitting on the chair…

This book is part of their squirreled-away collection of nature-loving ideas from their favorite Mollie Makes designers. How fun is it to create something fun, modern, yet a bit quirky for your home? Sit down for an evening or take a weekend and create one or more of these fun little projects.

You can use your sewing machine and create the Woodland Walk Quilt. It measures approximately 35 inches x 43 inches. The perfect size for snuggling on the couch with, or wrapping up to read a good book. Maybe your child needs a cute accent to their bed. Or you have a baby shower coming up and need a fun, quick gift. Oh, that reminds me…I do!

How about knitting (now there’s a fun idea) Hanna Hart’s Flying Fox draft excluder. Total Fun! He (or perhaps, she) is on my to-knit list. He’s approximately 35.5 inches long, excluding his tail. And 12 inches around. He’s easily adjustable to fit your door by knitting longer or shorter.


If you’re in the mood to crochet, how about stitching up the Tissue Box Cover. It’s made up of four panels; rabbit, fox, bear and a deer. Each is crocheted seperately then stitched on. Super Duper Cute. This one, I will make for my granddaughter’s bathroom. 

Maybe, you feel like more crochet. Why not stitch up these cute Crochet Shelf Ornaments. Perfect addiction to your desk (I’m making some), or your bookcase. Each cute creature measures approximately 5 inches high and about 6 inches long from the tip of their paws to the tip of their tails.

Ok, I’m always in the market for another mug rug. Have you discovered their simplicity yet? They usefulness? I have one that was given to me, from a fellow quilter, in an exchange. I use it daily when I’m sitting working away at my desk. 

These are cuter than any I’ve seen. Seriously!. Each mug rug measures approximately 8.5 inches x 4.5 inches and are just the right size for a large mug (is there any other size?) and your favorite sweet treat. Did someone say coffee break? The project has a fun technique known as reverse applique. All you need to know is included in the book. 


Ok, the final favorite project of mine in this book is the Badger Pillow. Super Cute! Add a bit of charm to your stack of quilts, or perhaps sit him against your favorite books on the shelf. This project is simple enough to finish in an afternoon and can be stitched by hand easily, or use your machine for speedy project making. 

Of the 18 projects in the book, these are what I’ve que’d up for myself. Ok, let’s be honest, I’ll probably make each and every one of them, as they seem quite easy, or should I say the designers have written the instructions so that anyone will not have a problem with them. 

Each project is accompanied by step-by-step written instructions and clear photography. Something that is important to this Diva. The tried and tested tips thrown in help you feel confident in your skills and give you the best projects ever. 

Mollie Makes Woodland Friends has thought of everything, and has been included in the back of the book: templates for your convenience and instructions on enlarging for best results, stitches used in the projects and how to work them, and a chart for the hand stitched Squirrel Hand Warmers.
 
As you can (clearly) see, I’m in trouble. No, not by anybody but me. Yes, I have things that need to get done, work related, but there’s always time for some project making that doesn’t involve work.

So, I totally recommend this book. I mean, I seriously do! It’s full of great photography, fun and informative projects, along with a variety of fun tips and tricks to help you throughout the projects. Go check it out. Order it online at Interweave and I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

So, as I always say,

Knit On! (Or in this case, Stitch, Crochet, Sew, Knit On!)

Deb



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Interview with Susan Brubaker Knapp – Quilting Arts TV Host – Author & Designer

Really?! 

I was so excited to be asked by Interweave to do an interview with this brilliant lady. Susan Brubaker Knapp. She is known for her art quilts…elegant, fun, yet inspirational. She’s a well-known author and designer. Susan mentions on her blog, “I find great joy in creating works that draw people closer and invite them to savor color, texture and form.” And it’s pretty obvious to me, that’s exactly what she does. 

I myself, am a modern (contemporary) quilter. In fact, my own dishcloth designs were inspired by the modern quilts I would make. Creativity is a lovely thing…

Susan seems so sweet and someone I could (easily) call friend, and such a beautiful person inside and out. As a designer myself, I’m completely in awe of her work, and I appreciate the attention to detail she provides in all her pieces.

There are four places you can find and follow Susan:

Facebook
Blog
Twitter
Quilting Arts TV

Meet Susan…well-know designer, author, and nationally/internationally known teacher. She reaches a diverse audience that includes contemporary art quilters to traditional quilters. Fwmedia has provided a nice article pertaining to her new role on Quilting Arts TV. I do hope you’ll have a look. Definitely worth your time!

Now let’s chat with Susan…

Hi Susan, you must be over the “Blue MOON River” with excitement that you’ve been asked to be the host of “Quilting Arts TV!” How does that make you feel?

I am absolutely thrilled. Probably the best part is that I will have a front-row seat to see some of the best fiber artists and contemporary quilters in the world while they talk about their work, and demonstrate their techniques. 

I myself appreciate contemporary quilting. As a contemporary quilter myself, I appreciate new techniques, and seeing others work. Where do you hope to take the show?

I’ll strive to continue the shows tradition of bringing in amazing guests who are well-known for their styles, techniques, and their craft. But, I also want to really focus on bringing in newcomers and fresh faces; people that our viewers haven’t heard of yet, but should. About the only criticism of the show that I’ve heard is that people want more, more, more; that they’d like some of the segments to be longer and more in depth, so that they can understand the techniques better, or see more of the guests work. We are definitely going to do that within the next year.

Sounds so exciting. I’ll definitely be tuning in. If I may ask, how many quilts have you made? And do you ever name them? 

Actually, I’ve never counted them. But, I just went to my website to count the original quilts I have documented there, and it looks like I’ve made more than 95 art quilts and 25 traditional and contemporary quilts. (I’ve also made numerous quilts from people’s patterns.) And yes, I always name them. 
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That’s a total of 120 quilts plus those that you’ve made from others. I’m so inspired by you! As a (knitting) teacher myself, I respect the various ways in which others teach. What would you say is one of your “signature” techniques you like to teach in your classes?

Right now, wholecloth painting and fusible applique based on original photos are the techniques I teach that are most popular. When I teach, I try to keep everyone moving along at her or his own speed, so I often demonstrate multiple times. I have found that one of the most enjoyable – and at the same time, challenging – parts of teaching is the role of psychologist. People bring all their fears and insecurities to class, and part of my job is figuring out what is getting in the way of them creating the kind of work they want to make, and encouraging them to see that they can do it. I also try to offer solid, constructive criticism that will help people improve. 

A hands on teacher is what I would call you. Obviously, art quilting in your thing, do you include modern design in your work?

I include all types of design in my work. Many of what I think of as my traditional quilts (including lots of the quilts I designed for my pattern business) would be considered either contemporary or modern. Good examples are “Blueberry Jam” and “Polka Party”

Good design is good design, and using the basic principles of art when you make any kind of quilt makes it stronger.

 

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I love those two quilt designs! I also love the pictures of your studio on your website. I can’t help but feel inspired myself while looking at them. How much time do you allow yourself each day/week to create new things?

It depends on the week! I have a busy family with two teenagers, and I travel to teach and speak a lot. Sometimes I only get a few minutes a day; a whole free day is a luxury! But, it is not just in my studio that I am “working”. I am trying hard to make creativity part of my everyday life. For example, when I walk my dog in the morning, I take my camera or iPhone, and photograph interesting things I see. I find that this helps jump-start my creativity each day. I take my sketchbook or handwork when I take my kids to their practices and after school lessons and appointments. I sketch in airports while waiting to board, even the more mundane daily chores – such as cooking, cleaning – can be done in ways that encourage creativity. 

I’m sure everyone asks you, but how did you become interested in art quilting?

In 2005 or 2006, I was desperate for a day out and away from my toddlers, and I signed up for a class with Bonnie McCaffery on making portrait quilts. We painted a realistic face on fabric, and at the end of the day I came home with this beautiful face, with a bald head. I decided to make her into a mermaid, since my oldest daughter was obsessed with them at the time. As I worked, I became obsessed too, but with the process of creation. It was like I was on fire. I had never realized that I was capable of making this kind of art. I barely slept the month I made “Teach Me to Hear Mermaids Singing,” and when I was done, I knew that I was forever changed. I had figured out how to harness the creativity that had been waiting inside me, and used it to get to a place in my brain and my soul that I never knew existed. It was truly an epiphany.

You know, we learn so much from others in the industry. Any industry leader can help us see things in a new light. Susan definitely can do this. 

Thank you, Susan, for sharing your story and giving us in-site as to who you are. I thoroughly enjoyed this time.

So as I always say,

Knit (Quilt) On!
Deb

Susan Brubaker Knapp will be the new host of Quilting ArtsTV, a national PBS television program where top quilt artists and modern quilters discuss and demonstrate ideas and techniques for contemporary quilting. – See more at: http://www.fwmedia.com/press-room/quilting-arts-tv-names-new-host#sthash.jN9TkDNv.dpuf
Susan Brubaker Knapp will be the new host of Quilting ArtsTV, a national PBS television program where top quilt artists and modern quilters discuss and demonstrate ideas and techniques for contemporary quilting. – See more at: http://www.fwmedia.com/press-room/quilting-arts-tv-names-new-host#sthash.jN9TkDNv.dpuf

 


 

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Book Review: Vintage Quilt Revival

With the help of Interweave, I’m thrilled to do (yet) another book review for you.

Are you a quilter? I am. I believe that most knitters are also quilters, well, in my circle of friends, anyway…

Paperback: Vintage Quilt Revival: 22 Modern Designs from Classic Blocks
Publisher: Interweave (2013)
Language: English
Authors: Katie Clark Blakesley ~ Lee Heinrich ~ Faith Jones

It sells for $27.99 US

That’s a steal. For all those projects, tutorials, quilt blocks, and inspiration, why wouldn’t you buy this? 

I truly believe the cover of the book can make or break your decision to pick it up/buy it. Am I right? 

Look at it!

This cover draws you in immediately. In fact, if you could crawl under the beautiful quilt and read a good book, or knit, you would be one happy camper. I know I would. 

These three ladies joined forces in the summer of 2011, and hosted a series of tutorials based on vintage quilt blogs on their blogs. I linked above to each of their names, and will definitely bookmark each of their blogs. They all seemed to have a family heritage of quilting. They each searched for inspiration in new and different places and were drawn to heritage quilts–quilts of the past. 


They talk in the introduction about themselves, the path and where it led them.

I caught up with Faith on Facebook and here’s a bit of advice she gave:

 “My advice would be – when paper piecing blocks (which is the piecing method of a lot of the blocks and projects in this book), be sure to always print out your templates at 100% or “Actual Size”, and always make a sample block first to make sure you are comfortable with the amount of fabric for piecing. Some people might be comfortable with smaller cuts, some people might be comfortable with larger. It’s a very personal preference.

Also, something fun with the book….Several of the projects use 12″ finished squares. You could easily take a project and swap in a different 12″ finished block to change up the project.

Finally You can keep up with book related information at www.VintageQuiltRevival.com

You will find step-by-step instructions for making a mini quilt, full-size quilt, table runner, baby quilt, wall quilt, and more, all with twenty classic traditional quilt blocks that are fresh and modern in style. 

These ladies outline the tools and techniques used in this book. 

Then, they take us through the patterns/projects: New Settings, New Color Approaches, Re-Imagined Blocks, and Sampler Quilts. A CD is included in the back with 12 printable template patterns. SCORE!

I then caught up with Lee on Facebook, and here’s what she had to say:
 
“This is book is great not only for people who want patterns to follow, but also for quilters looking for a book that will help inspire them to create their own designs. We’ve tried to give readers all the tools they need to put their own modern, unique spin on any traditional block. We hope you’ll come away from this book feeling like the possibilities are endless!”

And finally, I caught up with Katie on Facebook, and she had some fun information to share as well:
 
“One of my favorite things about Vintage Quilt Revival is that each chapter includes a history note. We enjoyed researching many aspects of vintage quilts– from pattern companies of the early 1900s to vintage feedsacks and many things in between.  I think connecting with the past, beyond just historic quilt patterns, is valuable for today’s quilters.

I just started a new series on my blog called “Grandmother’s Quilts: A Vintage Quilt Series.” I hope to feature vintage quilts from all over, including family heirlooms, quilts purchased at flea markets, great quilts and quilts with great stories. If you have one you would like to share, I hope you contact me at swimbikequilt at gmail dot com.”

Though I’m a knitter first, I couldn’t help but be excited about this book. Quilting falls a close second for me. I have SO many favorites in this book. I took some pictures of the pages so you could get a sneak peek. I dare not ear mark, so I’ve put in sticky notes to mark these fantastic projects:

Make The New World Pouch

Twinkle Mini Quilt

Double Dutch Table Runner

Spiced Chai Quilt


 

Sorbet Mini Quilt

As you can see, I’m clearly in trouble. No, not by anybody but me. Yes, I have things that need to get done, work related, but there’s always time for some quilting.

I’ve been a fabric-a-holic of modern fabrics for quite some time now. The colors and designs. The combinations of colors. All of this inspires my own knitting designs. I have a secret fantasy…to create my own line of modern fabrics. Shh…

So, I totally recommend this book. I mean, I seriously do! It’s full of great photography, fun and informative projects, along with a variety of quilt blocks. Go check it out. Order it online at Interweave.  You won’t be disappointed.

So, as I always say,

Knit On! (Or in this case, Quilt On!)

Deb