Please welcome guest blogger Faith Cleary!

8 Mar 2011

 Hello everyone! Thanks for stopping by the LAST stop of the Quilting Arts In Stitches blog tour! I hope that you have enjoyed all the stops along the way. For the last post, I have asked artist Faith Cleary to tell us a little about her experience with the eMag and Quilting Arts. I know that you will love reading her story! Also, just to round off the blog tour, I will be giving away a little Quilting Arts goody bag.  So leave a comment at the end of this post for your chance to win! I will announce a winner next Thursday, (St. Patties day) March 17th.  So without further ado, here is Faith!


 I have been a fan of Quilting Arts magazine for a long time, carefully dog-earing pages for future projects and admiring each incredibly talented artist. I often day-dreamed that someday I would see my artwork on the pages of this inspirational magazine, and this past November my dreams became reality.  While at the Houston Quilt Market, I showed Pokey my thread painted pet portraits and she asked if I would be a part of the second edition of the “In Stitches” Emag. I also invited her to my studio here in Houston and was thrilled when she accepted my invitation. I found Pokey to be just as nice in person as she is on television, and my French bulldog, Barkley, fell head-over-heels, following her every move (in fact, you can hear his footsteps on the Emag audio)! (See the picture of them together to the right) After giving her a quick tour of my studio we got to work filming my segment on how to thread paint a pet portrait.  It was a lot of FUN and I was thrilled to see the final product in the Emag that was published last week.

     Inside the Emag you’ll find a tutorial by Pokey that explains how to navigate your way around the magazine.  I found this to be very helpful and a great function for those of us who are technically challenged!  The artwork is gorgeous and each author has provided step-by-step instructions that you can save or print at home.  After reading about each artist (just click on the arrow by their name) I felt as if I’d sat down and had a cup of coffee with each one.  My favorite part of the Emag is that it remains true to its mission of quality, inspirational, fun projects that aren’t out of reach for any artist.  I’ll be making the camera strap for several of my friends for Christmas!!! To order the Emag go to: 

     Since Pokey visited in November my dreams keep coming true!  I currently am the Pet Columnist for “Studios Magazine” and I recently traveled to the Quilting Arts studio to film two television segments and a DVD. The television segments feature how to thread paint your pet’s portrait and how to thread sketch your pet’s portrait.   In the DVD workshop I teach my step-by-step process for creating a realistic pet portrait using appliqué and thread painting.  It is a fun technique to learn and I show all the possibilities after finishing your pet’s portrait (gifts, frames, tote bags and wall hangings) The DVD will be available in late April of this year.  Please feel free to browse my website and if you wish to contact me, my email is: 


 Thank you Faith! Remember everyone - leave a comment to enter to win a Quilting Arts goody bag!

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on 8 Mar 2011 7:55 AM

I've greatly enjoyed this blog tour and wish to thank all the wonderful artists for their time and efforts in allowing us to get better acquainted.

Wen5 wrote
on 8 Mar 2011 8:07 AM

Thanks for a great ending to a great tour!  More please!

Jamie Fingal wrote
on 8 Mar 2011 9:15 AM

Loving the blog tour.  What a beautiful studio.  Faith's work is wonderful, capturing the sweetness of dogs!  Love this.  From one dog lover to another!

on 8 Mar 2011 9:55 AM

This looks like a really fun emagzine!  dottididit(at)gmail(dot)com

Jeannie EVH wrote
on 8 Mar 2011 10:48 AM

I had a wonderful time visiting old friends and meeting new ones. Thanks for the blog tour!

on 8 Mar 2011 10:52 AM

This blog tour is great!  I really enjoy visiting other artist's blogs and seeing what they are up to.

on 8 Mar 2011 11:14 AM

Wow, amazing work.  I love the look you capture with the pets.  Indeed, any of your work would be a treasure for a pet owner.  

Dally wrote
on 8 Mar 2011 11:49 AM

I, too, have enjoyed the tour to visit so many  fibre artists.  Quilting Arts Magazine greatly contribute to a great change in my quilting life.

DonnellS wrote
on 8 Mar 2011 12:35 PM

This tour is great! I've found so many interesting things on these blogs, can't wait to get started. Thank you.

jabotquilt wrote
on 8 Mar 2011 12:45 PM

Totally fun!  Thanks for the chance to win too.

janicen7 wrote
on 8 Mar 2011 2:07 PM

I enjoyed your section and look forward to seeing your appearances on QA.  I also have enjoyed the blog tour and have been introduced to blogs I might not otherwise have seen.

Lindy101 wrote
on 8 Mar 2011 2:24 PM

Congrats! Dreams coming true are exciting! I love the retrievers smiling-they make me smile back. Interactive art!

coollabtech1 wrote
on 8 Mar 2011 2:44 PM

This blog tour was a great idea- it introduced me to some great new artists.

Looking forward to the dog portrait DVD since my dog keeps asking why I haven't done his picture yet!

SueAndrus wrote
on 8 Mar 2011 3:24 PM

I am dreaming of a studio like Faith's! I also love the pet portraits...  It was a fun blog tour!

gumbeau wrote
on 8 Mar 2011 3:45 PM

I adore the pet portraits. Have a couple of special cats I'd love to memorialize in a portrait, not to mention my neighbor's precious dog, Claire. Claire was determined to make this crazy cat lady fall in love with her and succeeded. How I would love to do her portrait to present to her mom. Then I could tackle the three that live with me now! I'm going to have to check out the magazine...but first, off to your website!!



cindyl57 wrote
on 8 Mar 2011 8:08 PM

I've enjoyed the blog tour and I love Faith's pet portraits!

Sandi@29 wrote
on 8 Mar 2011 8:13 PM

I found this blog tour to be very inspirational - so many projects, so little time

becksfb wrote
on 8 Mar 2011 8:41 PM

I've been a fan of Quilting Arts for a long time and was thrilled when I heard that Faith was a new artist.  Great!

rlambatos wrote
on 8 Mar 2011 9:20 PM

What a fun, exploratory tour.  I love all the new websites I have discovered and love!  Thank you for putting this together.

on 8 Mar 2011 9:39 PM

I have enjoyed this blog tour SO much!  I am a bit addicted to artists' blogs as it is, so I had a great time and will return to the blogs on the tour, in the future.

I too would like to thank the artists who participated in this tour.  You are all an inspiration to so many of us, and I have enjoyed learning about some of your techniques;  how you, and those who have commented on your blogs, deal with mistakes or bumps in the road; and especially I have enjoyed your artwork.  I would love to create a quilt of my own kitties, Faith, and once I get the hang of thread sketching, I hope to do just that!

Because of this tour, I have also signed up for Liz Kettle's Fabric Embellishment workshop which I am excited about.

Thanks so much to all of you, including Pokey Bolton who started it all.


on 8 Mar 2011 9:51 PM

BTW, as I commented on one of the blogs in this tour, I have fallen in love with Quilting Arts magazine.  I discovered it a couple of years ago, and bought every issue at the local newstand until I finally subscribed.  Recently, as a birthday present for myself, I have tracked down and purchased every issue of Quilting Arts that I could find.  (I am missing the first three issues, and hope that someday I can find those issues somewhere on the net.)  In the meantime, today I received the Spring, Summer and Winter 2006 issues (21, 22 and 24).  What a true blessing!  Every issue has such beautiful artwork and I will read every article, every one of Pokey's editors notes, the letters to the editor, the advertisements for yummy stuff and last but not least, every Goddess of the Last Minute "ramble", not once, but over and over!  Thanks so much for providing your readers with such an excellent magazine.  (Oh yes, I also subscribe to Cloth, Paper, Scissors and will set out to find all of it's back issues as well!)

Jan from Wyoming


Kpaisley wrote
on 9 Mar 2011 7:52 AM

I agree—great work, but I would like to see bigger images and less text. It's the internet—most people don't read big blocks of text. If the Emag is as text heavy as the info above, I'm not interested.

I guess I'm not winning the Quilt Arts goody bag. Darn.

gillw3 wrote
on 9 Mar 2011 9:03 AM

Thank you for a great blog tour! I've enjoyed discovering many new(to me!) blogs!

I hope you will repeat this in the future!!

djphillips57 wrote
on 10 Mar 2011 4:11 AM

Some people think I'm crazy, because every Saturday morning I wake up at 5:30 am to watch QATV. Well I get up at 5:20 so I don't miss anything. Better than sleeping in, great show.

Thank you

Donna J. Phillips

on 10 Mar 2011 5:24 AM

Thank you Faith for the great post, and thanks to eveyone at QA and all of the other incredibly talented artists for the wonderful blog tour!!

sukistearns wrote
on 10 Mar 2011 7:44 PM

The blog tour was fun and introduced me to many exciting artists and projects. I have InStitches 1 and 2 and it was especially exciting to see more from the featured artists. I am really enjoying this online community.

Kerry21 wrote
on 10 Mar 2011 8:30 PM

what a fun way to promote the magazine...I love finding new and interesting blogs...great effort, everyone!

Judith300 wrote
on 12 Mar 2011 6:37 AM

These portraits are an inspiration. I can just see flowers from my garden in them. Thanks.

on 12 Mar 2011 9:26 AM

Great pet pictures!  I will be checking out your tecnique.


shawn@5 wrote
on 12 Mar 2011 12:52 PM

great article and looks like a fun technique!

sandywortman wrote
on 12 Mar 2011 2:56 PM

My two dogs would be adorable subjects and i really like the new pet section in Studios.

rxpkls wrote
on 12 Mar 2011 3:01 PM

What fun, I have really enjoyed this blog and hope to see more in the future.

Colette10 wrote
on 12 Mar 2011 7:40 PM

Great story,,, loved your impressions of POkey...too

Colette10 wrote
on 12 Mar 2011 7:41 PM

Great story,,, loved your impressions of POkey...too

sejwhite wrote
on 13 Mar 2011 8:43 PM

Looking forward to seeing your techniques Faith. Off to order up my own copy of the emag.

Emma47 wrote
on 14 Mar 2011 2:59 AM

Thank you for the tour - you've made lots of great artists accessible to many. Count me in for the draw, please ;)

stitching wrote
on 14 Mar 2011 9:33 AM

I love the cat behind the window!  The emag sounds great.

gayle@9 wrote
on 15 Mar 2011 8:59 PM

Faith's  post on your blog was very inspirational! A good reminder that our goals ( and daydreams) can be achieved in the most unexpected ways.

Congrats Faith on all the great happenings.

mssharon wrote
on 16 Mar 2011 1:58 PM

My first time here and I enjoyed reading about Faith Cleary.  Thank you.