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Quilting Arts Magazine October - November 2018

Quilting Arts Magazine is published six times a year. Whether you consider yourself a contemporary quilter, fiber artist, art quilter, embellished quilter, or wearable art artist, Quilting Arts strives to meet your creative needs. Get Quilting Arts Magazine digital magazine subscription today for exceptional how-to articles, profiles artists, features guest teachers, and explores contemporary textile works, surface design, embellishments, and motifs.

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Interweave Press, LLC - Magazine
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editor’s note

I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR FOR SO MANY REASONS. My kitchen garden is nearly done providing its bounty, so there is time to pursue activities other than weeding, canning, and harvesting. The colorful splendor of maples and oaks in autumn is at its peak. Spiced cider is the preferred refreshment at every family gathering (plus doughnuts, if I’m being perfectly honest). The air is crisp and clear, yet still filled with occasional birdsong. Each of the five senses is satisfied as colors, smells, sounds, tastes, and textures all mingle and remind me of my favorite place to be: home. Yes, I’m a homebody and prefer my own backyard to venturing out more often than not. Although I love to travel and experience foreign cultures, the very thought of being away…

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it’s your turn

Dear QUILTING ARTS staff, I so enjoyed this past edition of QUILTING ARTS and have tried the process described by Sue Bleiweiss, “Faux Metal Fabric.” I loved this technique and constructed a journal cover for my granddaughter’s 21st birthday with my finished fabric. Her response was, “I love, love, love it!” Thank you for all your wonderful issues, and a new challenge for this 77-year-old art quilter! Sincerely, Phyllis Fitzgerald • St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada When did you begin to consider yourself an art quilter, and why? We asked you, our creative readers, this question on social media. Here are few responses: When I sold an art quilt for a whole lot more than people were willing to pay for a bed quilt! I continue because of Quilting Arts magazine! —Lindy Weber When I first…

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about our contributors

Sue Bleiweiss is an award-winning fiber artist recognized for her whimsical imagery and bold, saturated quilts. In her new book MODERN ART QUILTS: DESIGN, FUSE & QUILT-AS-YOU-GO, she demonstrates how to create dynamic modern art quilts with no piecing required. Sue lives in Massachusetts. Deborah Boschert is an artist who layers fabric, paint, and stitching. Her work incorporates personal symbols including her latest obsessions: ladders and bowls. She mixes commercial prints with original surface-designed fabrics. She is the author of ART QUILT COLLAGE: A CREATIVE JOURNEY IN FABRIC, PAINT & STITCH. Jane Dunnewold teaches and lectures internationally, and has mounted numerous one-person exhibitions, including “Inspired by the Masters.” She is a recipient of the Quilt Japan Prize, and Gold Prize at the Taegu (Korea) International Textile Exhibition. Jane has written numerous books…

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inspiration vs. emulation

picture a beautiful painting by Edgar Degas. Two limber ballet dancers are warming up at the barre before a performance, rendered in sumptuous shades of orange, aqua, black, and cream. Wouldn’t that make a wonderful quilt? Yes, of course it would. Should you copy it faithfully in fabric? No, of course you shouldn’t. “I do think that you can use another artist’s work to spark your creativity. The challenge is to figure out how to make the resulting quilt uniquely your own.” I believe that you should never copy the work of another artist. Copying may be a traditional way to learn a technique or to explore the basic principles of art, but once the technique or the principles are mastered, the work should be original. However, I do think that you…

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mary ann nailos artist profile

the title of one of Mary Ann Nailos’ recent quilts, “Lost My Hair but I Don’t Care” sums up her ‘no-holds-barred’ approach to life. That’s a wresting term, that means to be free of restrictions or hampering conventions. Look up the phrase in a dictionary and you might see a picture of Mary Ann next to the definition. I met Mary Ann Nailos when she applied to my Art Cloth Mastery Program in 2016. Her resumé was impressive. Her professional side career as a ceramic artist (she works full time as an engineer) garnered awards and inclusion in several prominent books on art ceramics. Why textiles now? Mary Ann explained that her mother was taking quilting classes. It looked like fun. Meeting SAQA members at International Quilt Festival, Houston convinced her…

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margarita korioth

many fiber artists convert a guest bedroom into a sewing studio. Home studios are often bright, organized, and creative havens for making art quilts and more. But what about artists who work with lots of different materials? Paper, paint, mixed-media, and surface design techniques are often incorporated in art quilts, and they frequently require a lot of elbow room and running water. Artist Margarita Korioth had the solution: convert a bedroom and a garage, giving her the flexibility and the space she needed to create her beautiful artwork. “As soon as I step into my studio, I feel the creative energy as I disconnect and focus on my art.” Margarita’s inside studio houses her sewing machines, threads, recycled papers, and white fabrics, all arranged in clear plastic bins or rolling carts. Everything…