Friday, April 28, 2017


by Susan Brubaker Knapp, copyright 2017 (18x18")

This new little piece is made entirely with Jamie Fingal’s charming new fabric line, “hopscotch” by RJR Fabrics. The line features 83 different playful fabrics, mostly tone-on-tone blenders based on Jamie’s sketchbook drawings of flowers, loop-de-loops, geometrics, and dots. 

There is a rainbow of colors in this line, and I wanted to use as many of them as I could, so I created a design to accommodate them. I created the satellite on the background using hand needleturn appliqué, then free-motion machine quilted the piece. I pieced together more of the fabrics for the rainbow binding, and added Perle cotton hand-stitched lines around the circles to look like signals coming out from the satellite. 

The line will debut at Spring Quilt Market in St. Louis in mid-May, and the fabric will ship to stores in August. 


hop, skip, jump blog hop
4-24 Jamie Fingal
4-25 Cindy Cooksey
4-26 Sue Bleiweiss
4-27 Lyric Kinard 
4-28 Susan Brubaker Knapp
5-1 Leslie Tucker Jenison
5-2 Deborah Boschert
5-3 Libby Williamson

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Registration is open for "Tyvek Explorations"

You can register now for my first online class! 
“Tyvek Explorations” begins June 7. 
The course is designed to introduce you to Tyvek, a versatile crafting material. When melted, Tyvek creates interesting effects that can add wonderful texture to fiber art. Through a mixture of written step-by-step instructions (available to print out as PDFs, so that you can save them for future reference), slideshows and videos, you'll learn the basics of working with Tyvek. By participating in online discussions, you can communicate with me and your fellow students, share photos of your work and ask questions. 

The class will include six lessons - one each week over six weeks - covering:
  • information about different kinds of Tyvek
  • safety precautions for melting Tyvek
  • melting with an iron and heat gun
  • creating beads
  • making pins and embellishments
  • stitching through Tyvek before and after melting
  • manipulating Tyvek before melting to achieve special effects
  • creating a "November Leaves" art quilt
  • making Tyvek bracelets and a cuff
  • creating a "Cairn" art quilt with melted Tyvek embellishments

On May 31, 2017, the introductions section of class will open, and you'll have time to explore and get comfortable with the Ruzuku platform, and introduce yourself to the other students in the class. The first lesson opens June 7, and the last lesson opens July 12. The class will remain open for three weeks after class, so that you can finish up, get your last-minute questions answered, and print out the course content for future use. 
The price for the six-week class is $75, and you can register and pay at the Ruzuku site. 
You can download the supply list before you sign up.
Here's a look at some of the photos and activities we will be doing in class:

Friday, February 24, 2017

QuiltCon 2017

Bling (Best of Show) by Katherine Jones

I thoroughly enjoyed my first QuiltCon, in Savannah this weekend. Here are some of my favorite quilts.
Wavelength by Rebecca Bryan, quilted by Angela Walters

 Wholecloth by Angela Walters

 Ventana by Allison Glass,  quilted by Angela Walters

Madonna by Brittany Bowen Burton, quilted by Natalia Bonner

 by Brittany Bowen Burton, quilted by Natalia Bonner

Not Easy Being Green by Mary Keasler

 Not Easy Being Green by Mary Keasler

Go North by Maritza Soto

Go North by Maritza Soto

designed by Lisa Congdon, pieced and quilted by Gina Pina

Boulder Field by Kathy York

Caged by Amy Friend

Vertigo by Elaine Poplin

Finding the One by Miriam Coffey

Still With Her by Liz Harvatine

Meeting of the Geese by Sylvia Schaefer

Synapse by Kari Vojtechovsky

Synapse by Kari Vojtechovsky

Community quilts made for the Emanuel AME Church Project

Moonie McMoonFace by Melissa Averinos

Tulsa by Jane Swanson

Tulsa by Jane Swanson

Folksy Fish by Sarah Sharp; quilted by Karlee Porter

Square Count Game by Debra Jalbert

Square Count Game by Debra Jalbert

Say Anything by Lisa Flower

Wax and Wane by Susan Kyle

Whatever by Katie Larson

Big Island Blossoms by Sherry Cifaldi-Morrill

Through My Lens by Brigitte Heitland

Jubilant by Maria Varner

Bioberella by Hillary Goodwin

Bioberella by Hillary Goodwin

Tea and Skittles by Thomas Knauer

Tea and Skittles by Thomas Knauer

In Carrboro by Chawane Kimber

Inside Out by Sue Bleiweiss

Dipped Dimension by Kathleen Probst

Dipped Dimension by Kathleen Probst

Gradient in Denim by Matthew Boudreaux

Gradient in Denim by Matthew Boudreaux

Smoke by Katherine Jones

Smoke by Katherine Jones

Safety Network by Sherri Lynn Wood

Finding Harmony by Cinzia Allocca

Finding Harmony by Cinzia Allocca

Scattered by Jess Frost

Scattered by Jess Frost

Lincoln by Kim Super

Black and White Botanical Quilt by Lesley Gold

Quilt no. 019: Of Discontent (back and front) by Shelby Skumanich

Quilt no. 019: Of Discontent by Shelby Skumanich

#CUquilt by Ginerva Martin

#CUquilt by Ginerva Martin

I Know the Stars are There Beyond the Clouds, 2 by Heidi Parkes

I Know the Stars are There Beyond the Clouds, 2 by Heidi Parkes

One of the beautiful QuiltCon ribbons

Autumn is Wistful by Chawne Kimber

Autumn is Wistful by Chawne Kimber

Tartan Tattoo by Linzi Upton

Volunteer showing back of Tartan Tattoo by Linzi Upton

Tartan Tattoo by Linzi Upton

Infused Plaid by Cassandra Beaver

Direction Optional by Stephane Ruyle

Direction Optional by Stephane Ruyle

Austin Quilt by Gina Pina

Austin Quilt by Gina Pina

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes by Sylvia Schaefer

The Disintegration of the Persistence of Artichokes by Sylvia Schaefer
Learn more about the Modern Quilt Guild and Quilt Con here: