Episode 141 In Which I Get Started on 2014 1-5-14

Welcome to 2014! In this episode, I announce the winner of the Art Quilt Maps book, give a Sandy Update and a little listener feedback, and I do several reviews!

Reviewed in this episode:

LifeTopix app

Cozi family calendar

Dry Iron from Vermont Country Store (Also a few models on Amazon)

Fiskars Fingertip Rotary Cutter

"Machine Quilting" with Wendy Butler Berns (Craftsy class)

Episode 138 In Which We Make 2014 Quilty Resolutions 12-16-13

It's that time of year again! In this episode I give the parameters for my 2014 Quilty Resolutions Challenge. Get ready to accomplish some key things in 2014! I also review two Craftsy classes:

Creative Quilt Backs with Elizabeth Hartman

Piece, Patch, Quilt: Basic Quiltmaking Skills with Gail Kessler

Here's the link to submit your 2014 Quilty Resolutions--but be sure you've listened to the episode first to hear the parameters for this year!

And here's what one lucky entrant randomly drawn will win! Five (count 'em, 1-2-3-4-5!) fat quarters!

In my opinion, these would make a great purse.

And if someone wanted to make said purse and then gift it to one of their favorite podcasters whose podcast's acronym is QFTRU, that would not be frowned upon. Tee hee.

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So fill out your quilty resolutions using the link above, and have your name entered in the drawing for this great fabricy goodness!

 

Episode 129 In Which I Talk with Carol Ann Waugh 7-25-13

I am so glad to be able to share with you yet another great conversation! In this episode, I talk with fiber artist, author, and teacher Carol Ann Waugh. Carol's work brings together her love of hand-stitching, machine work, surface design and embellishment all to wonderful combinations of artistry. You can experience her, as I have, through her two classes on Craftsy: Stupendous Stitching and Stitch and Slash.

Please take a few moments and visit Carol Ann Waugh's website. Especially visit her pages with upcoming gallery shows and workshops--maybe she'll be in your area soon!

 

Episode 127 In Which I Talk with Jane Dunnewold 6-18-13

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Get ready to go deep with this one! In this episode I talk with fiber artist, author, and teacher Jane Dunnewold. Jane's Craftsy class, The Art of Cloth Dyeing, got me seriously hooked on a whole new way of expressing myself with fiber. It was the things that Jane shared about herself and her outlook as she taught that class, however, that made me explore her blog and learn a little bit more about her--and I knew I had to have a conversation. (Thanks so much to Melissa at Craftsy for making the connections that made this conversation possible!) Jane and I talk about definitions of art and surface design, how surface design techniques can inform quilters of all genres, and how we express ourselves--and learn about ourselves--through what we create.

Jane's Craftsy class is at this link: The Art of Cloth Dyeing.  

Jane's website is www.artclothstudios.com. Her Existential Neighborhood blog can be found at http://existentialneighborhood.blogspot.com/. 

 

Episode 126 In Which I Talk with Wendy Butler Berns 6-2-13

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In this episode, I have a conversation with quilt teacher, designer, and author Wendy Butler Berns about definitions of "art quilt,"  how to find your artistic voice, connections between quilt genres, and what Wendy's guiding word might be.

I had been aware of Wendy's work for some time, but the first opportunity I had to take a class with her was through Craftsy.com--in fact, she was my first Craftsy class (and we all know the ending to that story--20-some-odd-classes and counting!). In addition to her obvious talent as a quilt artist, I find Wendy thoughtful, encouraging, and an excellent mentor as we proceed on our own artistic journeys. I know you'll enjoy listening to this conversation as much as I enjoyed having it!

Wendy's website is http://www.wendybutlerberns.com/, or you can follow her on Facebook.

Episode 124 In Which I Talk with Kimberly Einmo 5-8-13

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Kimberly Einmo and me in Paducah, April 2013

Welcome to episode 124, in which I talk with quilt designer, author, and teacher Kimberly Einmo.

Kimberly is the author of Quilt a Travel Souvenir, Jelly Roll Quilts & More, Jelly Roll Quilt Magic, and Precut Bonanza! 200 Pieced Blocks from Cut Strips & Shapes.

Kimberly also has a set of specialty rulers available: The Simpli-EZ Jelly Roll Ruler, EZ Flying Geese Ruler, Easy Pineapple Log Cabin Ruler, and the Easy Hearts Cut Tool.

Her books and rulers are available on her website at www.kimberlyeinmo.com (click on "store"), and you may want to check out her blog while you're there!

In addition to teaching face-to-face in the real world, Kimberly also has two classes on Craftsy: "Magical Jelly Roll Quilts," and "Chain of Stars Mystery Quilt."  If you're a listener, you may recall me talking about having done two versions of Chain of Stars myself. It's a beautiful design, but no spoilers here!

I'm thrilled to be able to announce that Craftsy is sponsoring a giveaway. One lucky person will win one of Kimberly Einmo's classes on Craftsy--whichever one the winner chooses--for free. Woot woot!

To enter the giveaway, use this link: http://www.craftsy.com/ext/QFTROU_Giveaway

If you already have a Craftsy account, use your existing login information to be entered. If you don't have a Craftsy account, you will be prompted to set one up (for free) to enter. You will need a Craftsy account in order to take the Kimberly Einmo class of your choice, if you win!

If you have trouble seeing the giveaway page, using Firefox should help. One entry per person.

This giveaway will close on Wednesday, May 22nd.

Once again: You must use the link above to enter the giveaway. Comments left on the show notes to this episode (below) will not enter you in the giveaway...but will be greatly enjoyed and appreciated! So please talk to me after you've entered the giveaway!

When the giveaway ends, Craftsy will let me know how many people entered, I'll choose a number at random, and they'll let me know who the winner is. I'll then notify that person and they'll drop the Kimberly Einmo class of the winner's choice directly into the winner's Craftsy account. How easy is that?

If you (like me!) already own both of Kimberly's classes in Craftsy, please please please be sure you spread the word to your friends, family members, in your guilds, and beyond that this giveaway is available. If you enjoyed Kimberly's class, think how much your BQF (best quilty friend) will enjoy it!

Not familiar with Craftsy? If you've been listening any time at all you know I'm a huge Craftsy fan--have been since I took my first class with them over a year ago. It's a great platform for learning. You need to give it a try. And what better way than by winning a free class?

So, use the link above to enter the giveaway, and then leave a comment below to be part of the conversation that is "Quilting...for the Rest of Us." Thanks for listening!


Episode 120 In Which We Get Fused

Having tested my feed, I now feel confident this one will work just fine! In this episode I update you on my progress with Laura Wasilowsky's Hand-Stitched Collage Quilts in Craftsy, make a mini-not-quite-an-announcement-yet about my Third Podcastaversary Giveaway, explain my new website, and some listener feedback.

Also mentioned:

Laura Wasilowsky's blog at Artfabrik.com

Leave comments here, please! Looking forward to hearing from you...