|Dickens thinks the fabric stash
makes a nice bed.
What's your pet peeve?
One of mine is when my cat, Dickens, sits on my fabric. Another is when Dickens hogs the bed.
It's irritating, but I can't get too stressed about it: Dickens is, after all, a cat. And cats do what they want, where they want. It's just that . . . he's a very large cat!
Still, I love the big, furry lug, and my other animals, too. And despite the fact that animal fur and fabric don't really mix well, it seems the majority of people in the art quilt world love pets and other animals as much if not more than I do.
Every time we host an animal-themed challenge at Quilting Arts we are inundated with submissions. For example, the amazing quilts that came in for our "Getting Pet-ty" 2012 Calendar Contest made it extremely difficult to choose the 13 winners.
We'll be featuring the Judges' Choice selections in the December/January issue of Quilting Arts, and nearly the entire issue is dedicated to the animal kingdom.
Pet portrait fiber artist Faith Cleary will demonstrate her collage technique, our Spotlight will be on an artist whose animal-related quilts are hysterically funny (if a tiny bit off-color), and portrait quilter Maria Elkins will look at how we can use notions creatively in our art quilts.
|'In the Moment' by Deborah Sonem.|
The December/January issue will cover our usual array of machine and hand stitching techniques, surface design tutorials, design and composition tips, and more.
Plus, we'll have the results of our "Greatest Pet Peeve" art quilt challenge, going on now. The deadline is August 15, so you still have time to enter. Get the details on our Reader Challenge page.
Note: The "Greatest Pet Peeve" challenge is not just about pets. It can be about your spouse leaving the toothpaste cap off, people spelling your name wrong, or even not finding the magazine issue you want when you get to the store.
I can't help you with the toothpaste or your name. Heck, I can't even keep Dickens off the fabric!
But I can help you make sure you get your copy of the December/January issue of Quilting Arts. All you have to do is subscribe now.
P.S. What is your greatest quilting-related pet peeve? Leave a comment below.