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21 Apr 2006

Are you dabbling? Have you been experimenting with a new technique or material (or mastering an old one)? Or maybe you're dreaming of creating something but haven't had time? What have you been up to?

To keep (or jumpstart) those creative juices, the first ten people who respond to this post in the comments area will receive a fun, frivolous, and FREE assortment of charms and embellishments from Quilting Arts, LLC. Make sure to leave your email in the comments section and I'll contact you for your mailing address.


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Fulvia wrote
on 21 Apr 2006 7:31 AM
Hi there, Pokey! When I don't have access to fabric and paint [say, due to time or space restrictions], I enjoy dyeing wool that I later card and spin. The soothing, rythmic action of spinning allows me plenty of time to meditate and let design ideas percolate.
Susan Huff wrote
on 21 Apr 2006 7:31 AM
Hi I'm new to CQ and just found your site last week. I would love some freebies to improve my stash. Thank you Susan cabinforahome@yahoo.com
Tricia McKellar wrote
on 21 Apr 2006 8:02 AM
I just purchased the CPS with Michael deMeng's work--- WOW! That jacket is something totally different that the collages/assemblages I've been looking at lately-- it feels like my brain is bending! I've got new ideas! Thanks CPS!!!
SMarcoux wrote
on 21 Apr 2006 8:41 AM
Keeping my fingers in all the different areas of arts and textiles .. something free did you say? yahhoo thanks Sandy
Vicki Neff wrote
on 21 Apr 2006 8:51 AM
My work is very minimal -- I'm trying to be more spontaneous and try more embellishment. vln@umich.edu
suzanne morgan wrote
on 21 Apr 2006 9:01 AM
I am trying my hand at crazy quilting. like to embellish, looks great after.Trying to do lots of other art, paper, stamping, small quilts.
Dianne wrote
on 21 Apr 2006 9:15 AM
I'm just stating to work with textiles, so much to learn...
Sandy Jandik wrote
on 21 Apr 2006 9:25 AM
I love to experiment. That is how we find out new things, test new products, and make them out own. Besides, it's the most freeing thing we can do. Love to keep up with you on the blog. Sandy
Laura Parsons wrote
on 21 Apr 2006 10:30 AM
Hi, I took your ATC class in Chicago and loved it... also love your mags. Thanks for all you guys do. Laura
Renee' Teoste wrote
on 21 Apr 2006 11:26 AM
Hi Pokey! Probably the last thing I need is more "stuff" to put in my stash. I simply can not keep up with all the ideas in my head in the amount of time I have. Things are continually falling out of my head after getting & reading the latest issues of QA & CPS. There is only so much space for these new projects but I just want to do more. Continue the great work with your magazines & blog. The inspiration is great! Thanks, Renee'
Patricia Bolton wrote
on 21 Apr 2006 11:47 AM
Okay, that makes ten! Hi Fulvia--long time no chat. Hope all is well with you. You too, Sandy Jandik. Laura, thanks for the kind words about the ATC class. Suzanne and Susan, welcome to the world of crazy quilting--you'll love it and I'll take extra care with your embellishment package so that you have some fun stuff for crazy quilting. Tricia, I'll make yours more collage-y since you're a CPS kinda' gal (and I agree about Michaell DeMeng...he is a phenomenal artist and person). Renee, I'll send you some fun embellishments and fibers to make a small fiber art postcard sampler (hopefully by working in a smaller, 4" x 6" area of space, so many things wont be falling out of your head!) Dianne, I'll do the same for you to inspire your fiber art travels. Vicki, since you're trying to dabble with new embellishments, I'll send you an assortment of things that I hope will inspire you. Sandy Marcoux, you too, since it seems you dabble in lots of things. Thanks to everyone who posted a response (and I hope more people will post as I REALLY love learning what everyone is up to.) I'll do a freebie of sorts every once in a while to make sure people are awake and listening. Bribery is not beneath me! (g)
Patricia Bolton wrote
on 21 Apr 2006 12:13 PM
Vickie, S Marcoux, Susan, and Tricia, your hyperlink took me to your blogs rather than an email address. If you'll kindly email me your mailing address at editorial@quiltingdaily.com, I'll send you something first thing Monday. Thanks!
Donna Anderson wrote
on 22 Apr 2006 7:43 AM
Bummer . . I didn't make the 1st 10 . . my server was down this morning. But anyway .. help me! I have hit such a wall with the new challenge, in Cloth,Paper ... I have been collecting so many things but, i do not know how to begin. Agter all . .i am trying to be something opposite. Get me started!
Dianne wrote
on 22 Apr 2006 8:18 AM
I have started experimenting with using a soldering gun to join Kunan felt and organza love this tec... Have a great day everyone. Di...
Janine wrote
on 22 Apr 2006 1:00 PM
The table is covered with interesting pieces of cloth of old garments, a few interesting colours of silk 10"x 10", several buttons and voile and my head is full with ideas but empty at the same time, waiting to get started just needing that one perfect idea,that urge. It always comes......you just never know when. Patiently waiting in Holland Janine
Kim wrote
on 22 Apr 2006 3:58 PM
I have jus started teaching a trio of surface design classes, and I am madly experimenting with Lutradur, organza and felt. Thank you to all the inspiring artists whose work has driven me onward... or rather pulled from the front.
Von Biggs wrote
on 23 Apr 2006 11:18 AM
Well I have been working on several things..Been developing Fabric Weaving into landscapes.. check out my Blog to see.. Also experiementing alot with Dying fabric and creating art cloth.
gay denesse wrote
on 23 Apr 2006 6:10 PM
I am creating an under the sea fabric scene. It is mixed media. So far I have used dyn a flow paints, textile paint, pencils, markers, and free motion machine stitching. When I'm done I will make a quilted wall hanging out of it.
Robbie Porter wrote
on 24 Apr 2006 6:07 PM
O NO!, Am I too late, I just got home today and found this e-mal. I've been away at FANTASTIC weekend conference called Magic, Mishief and Mayhem. Three Austrailian Artistis taught a group of 60 dollmakers some amazing surface design techniques! I could sure use some fun new materials to experiment with these new techniques on my quilts and dolls. Shamless and begging, Thanks, Robbie
Sandie wrote
on 24 Apr 2006 9:40 PM
I am in the process of finishing a class on encrusted crazy quilting with Sharon B in Aussie.
Deanna Peterson wrote
on 26 Apr 2006 7:14 PM
I enjoy your magazine very much and visited your booth at the Chicago Quilt Show. My husband says I'm hyper-creative. I used to think this was my hobby, but I truely believe it is my life's work.
Heather B wrote
on 1 May 2006 12:06 PM
I'm a dabbler and beginner in everything fiber. A long-term project I've been working on is a shrine box for my mom. I modeled after Ricki Golick-Moffat's shrine highlighted in the Winter 2004 Quilting Arts. I've got the frame made, it needs embellishment and I've barely worked on the pages. Most recently I've been trying out techniques from the Winter 2005 and Spring 2006 issues of Quilting Arts. In the Winter 2005 issue I'm collecting materials to try out Helen Cowans "Knit Stitch and Distress" tutorials. I have yet to find some Sari yarn. In the Spring 2006 issue I've tried the flower printing technique that Carolyn Dahl described--it worked really well with a daisy-like heavy-weight flower. Now I'm playing around with Julia Caprara's techniques, also in the spring issue. I've done the layering and heat--I love it!! I'm dying to try the other techniques in her article. Does anyone have any examples of plastics to use with the "heated and bonded plastics" technique? So, I've been working on these techniques and have several pieces to show for it. Now I'm struggling with how to incorporate them into projects. Does anyone have some hints? Thanks, Heather
Patricia Bolton wrote
on 8 May 2006 3:50 PM
Heather, A few ideas regarding incorporating the techniques into projects: 1. I highly recommended taking the samples you've created and pasting them into a sketchbook. List underneath the materials, techniques, and anything else you want to note. This is so incredibly helpful to have on hand, because if you're like me, you'll forget what you did. I also like to leaf through my sketchbooks to refresh my memory about what I've dabbled with over the years. Another idea: Turn the samples into ATCs that you can later stitch together and make a sampler. A third idea: Incorporate the techniques and make some fiber art postcards for Virginia Spiegel's American Cancer fundraiser (Fiber Art for a Cause). You can check out the details here: http://www.virginiaspiegel.com/NewFiles/ACSFundraiser.html Basically, I recommend to sticking to smaller projects and keeping samples in sketchbooks until The Big Idea for incorporating them comes along. Have fun!
Sue DeHaan wrote
on 9 May 2006 10:06 PM
Things I really want to try; dying my own fabrics, and I want to make a crazy quilt from vintage fabrics I've collected (there are lots of other things, but those are two major ones). I'm always working on a few projects at once, I'm doing a block of the month with an Amish theme, a fall colors quilt (probably for our new bedroom), a wall hanging and am hand quilting a vintage quilt top that I received from my in-laws last Christmas(my husband's grandmother made it). I won't even attempt to list my UFOs!
Sue DeHaan wrote
on 9 May 2006 10:09 PM
Things I really want to try; dying my own fabrics, and I want to make a crazy quilt from vintage fabrics I've collected (there are lots of other things, but those are two major ones). I'm always working on a few projects at once, I'm doing a block of the month with an Amish theme, a fall colors quilt (probably for our new bedroom), a wall hanging and am hand quilting a vintage quilt top that I received from my in-laws last Christmas(my husband's grandmother made it). I won't even attempt to list my UFOs!
Helen Godden wrote
on 10 May 2006 6:33 PM
Giday Pokey, Giday world. I am obsessed with creating 2 sided quilts lately. "The Poppy Paradox" in Celebrate Spring! Chicago was my first and apparently it kept the white glove ladies very busy showing both sides; one side is bleach painted then stitched on black the other was stitched then watercolour painted on cream silk. Which came first? Which side is the front?...that is the paradox! I am working on more 2 sided quilts and it is twice as fun! Love the mag, love your work...roll on Houston cause I'll be back! Husqvarna Helen.
Sandra wrote
on 11 May 2006 6:08 AM
I don't believe I missed this!! Well, I'm still a winner because I just discovered your blog, so it's all good! (I'm off to bookmark you, toute de suite...
Jill Smith wrote
on 14 May 2006 9:36 AM
Hi Do you remember me, l think your still a member of my group that was, Like Minded Threads, l am just a member now after four years. I haven't done a lot of my art since l lost my husband after three years of marriage so put all my strength into the group but this year l need to start and do my art again and as l was on the pc a lot l never had time so l have passed lmt on to my moderater. Have also set a classes website up which teaches students at there own time, classes and a two part course thats almost the same as one of 6 City and Guilds l took so that is something new but the best thing of all is l am finding so much good stuff on the net as before l never had time to surf but now l have maybe been on the pc more that ever but there is so much art that it is doing me good, Love and thanks for my favorite mag QA that comes from you to the uk to me. Jill
Deb Hardman wrote
on 22 May 2006 9:40 AM
Ok, I'm too late for the free stuff, which I really don't need anyway, but stop by & check out my Journal Page for May. I used some unusual materials this month.
jenny walton wrote
on 1 Jun 2006 11:49 AM
HI, LOVE THE BLOG ANd QA - I live near Helen Cowans so I am truly inspired. hugs jenny
ginny ballou wrote
on 16 Jun 2006 4:04 PM
Hi there Pat, how nice to find your blog. Query - have you given any thought to an Art & Soul, Artfest type mixed media retreat here in N.E.? You and your magazines seem to be the only eastern counterpart to Somerset. I've done each of the above and would love to save the airfare and put the $$ toward art materials!! Here's hoping - thanks ginny
Patricia Bolton wrote
on 17 Jun 2006 10:33 AM
Jenny, thanks for the kind words! Ginny-- Sigh...I completely agree that it would be terrific if there was a regional conference here. I'm hopeful some incredible organizer will facilitate a retreat in this area. (We don't have any current plans to organize a local retreat.) However, if you can swing the airfare, I highly recommend both Art Unraveled and Art & Soul. I've been fortunate to attend both, and it's so exciting to see artwork from around the country. If you are interested in Art Unraveled in Phoenix, the airfare from Providence (Southwest Airlines) isn't so bad, and it's a direct flight. My husband and I are going to the Scottsdale area for a few days over the fourth of July, and flying out of Providence. (Some think we're insane for hightailing it to Phoenix in July but being a California transplant living in New England, it takes me six months to thaw out from winter!
darlene wrote
on 18 Jun 2006 7:57 AM
I hope I'm not too late for the goodies. I love Quilting Arts magazine even though my sewing mainly focuses on mixed-media projects. And I love Cloth Paper Scissors too! So many creative ideas in your magazines.
patricia Bolton wrote
on 18 Jun 2006 8:08 AM
Hi Darlene, The goodies got swiped within about one hour of posting this entry last month, but I'll probably do it again in the future! So glad you're finding some articles in the magazines to inspire. What kind of mixed media pieces do you use your sewing machine for?
Christi wrote
on 28 Jun 2006 3:48 PM
I am in love with CPS - my only "problem" is I want MORE! I want it to be published daily - ok, I'd settle for monthly. I am so inspired I actually bought a sewing machine! I have not a clue how to use it, and it hasn't gotten touched yet, but I got it! So, I am going nuts here trying to figure out if: A. this is the right place to post, B. how the heck I got here and C. where is the pattern for the "Little Pink House of Cards" from the Fall 2006 CPS issue? - thanks!
Mary Ellen wrote
on 6 Jul 2006 4:43 PM
I'm new here. I love CPS and finally got a subscription (thanks, Susan). Can't wait for more.
Barbara wrote
on 9 Jul 2006 3:45 AM
Hi all Just discovered this blog after subscribing to QA for the last 3 years! I also love all the new products and techniques and have made a list from all my issues of QA (I have them all but 3) of everything I want to try. Trouble is the list keeps getting longer with every new issue! I noticed Heather's post of May 1st and that she is looking for Sari yarn. Try looking on Rainbow Silks website (co.uk) or Recycled Silk (.com). I got some from R.S. last time I was in the UK - it's gorgeous, I can hardly bear to use it! BTW any chance that QA LLC will be at the Seattle Quiltfest next month? Thanks for a wonderful magazine!
eve wrote
on 28 Sep 2006 4:43 PM
I would love to see more about crazy quilt embellishment in the mag..how to do it with class instead of just all in a jumble..there reallly is an art to it and I need help... Eve
Karen Falvey wrote
on 8 Nov 2006 1:59 PM
I'm responding to the Freebies post about getting a fun, frivolous, and FREE assortment of charms and embellishments from Quilting Arts, LLC. Please.. karenf@spro.net
CAROL WIEBE wrote
on 10 Nov 2006 6:51 PM
MAGGIE GREY has been a huge influence in my artoistic life--her incredible imagination, daring attitude and "i'll try anything" approach have really inspired me. In her CD "Paper and Beyond" she has a piece that exemplifies her style--a shrine using many different techniques (ch. 11, p. 10). Frankly, I could have chosen anything she made--I love her combination of disparate elements into a cohesive, exciting whole!
Jackie Van Fossen wrote
on 28 Nov 2006 1:58 PM
My husband has had another cardiac situation that sent our whole family into a tizzy. I was busy painting my studio - and now it is finished. I am also working on a project of woven shibori. That is shibori woven on a loom then dyed and overdyed. I have to keep working and focused so that I don't feel sorry for myself and to keep myself and family in a posative frame of mind
Connie Holso wrote
on 8 Dec 2006 10:17 AM
Just discovered this blog. Great site.
Theresa Hall wrote
on 9 Dec 2006 12:42 PM
I just received the latest issue of Quilting Arts. Every time I think an issue is "THE VERY BEST EVER" the next one arrives. Every issue has something I want to experiment with. I can't tell you what a pleasure it is to receive such color and inspiration! Thanks for a great publication-Theresa Hall
Susan K. Pack wrote
on 4 Jan 2007 12:16 AM
Your magazine is a great inspiration. It has helped me find that direction my creative spirit wants to go...oh...and free embellishments????
pat from CT wrote
on 4 Jan 2007 10:18 AM
Time if we could only bottle it... my latest curiousity is how to drill glass - I want to add glass items to my art and just haven't had time to try drilling holes in it. There are drill bits and dremmel bits to be had...
Lynnea Schwieters wrote
on 17 Jan 2007 2:11 PM
I have been subscribing to your magazine for 2 years. It is a great inspiration and recently I purchased some items from your website including Oliver Twists Experiment pkg. Cannot wait to organize my thoughts to create a wallhanging with these materials and my collection of fabrics. Hope I am in the running for the free embellisments to add to this project:)
Lynnea75 wrote
on 17 Jan 2007 2:46 PM
I have subscribed to Quilting Arts Magazine for over 2 years. It is a great inspiration. Recently, I also purchased items like Oliver Twists from the website. I am organizing these items with my materials for a wallhanging. It would be great if I am one of the ten selected to receive embellishments:)
Jaine wrote
on 19 Feb 2007 4:09 PM
A friend showed me a copy of CPS and I HAD to go get my own. Hoping to enter challenges if pinched nerve will allow. I've been collecting "stuff" for years, sewing for over 50(yikes!!) and want to do some more artistic things. Large stash of fabric, beads, threads, just got Lutradur and Oliver Twists Experimental packs in 2 colors as well as dyed cocoons. Think I may have to order all the back issues of CPS, I have all QA issues and love going back to look at them. I'm mostly a lurker on the QA list but love reading all the posts. Wish I had known about this when the freebies were flowing! Great job, Pokey!
Susan Huryn wrote
on 3 Apr 2007 5:04 PM
I'm slowly going through your web-site and just realized that you were offering freebies. I know I'm late, but if not, I could use some creative juices.
Stacey Aasved wrote
on 27 Jul 2007 6:44 PM
I am replying to the Freebies. I love the Cloth Paper Scissor Magazine. I have lots of hopes and dreams about experimenting with the techniques I am learning about. The first contest/challenge I have ever entered was from this Magazine. Thanks for all th great ideas!! ...and send free stuff...
Kate S. wrote
on 14 Aug 2007 2:50 PM
I'm a reasonably new quilter, striving to become a contemporary art quilter. Love the website and creative information! I'm exploring various mediums for my art quilting and many ideas are formimg as a result of your magazines. I just recently subscribed and am anxiously waiting for the next issues. In the meantime, I'd like to know if anyone has found a good source for purchasing metrosome or mettler thread? And of course, I'd love some freebies. All the Best! Kate
Teresa AL-Alban wrote
on 19 Sep 2007 2:45 AM
I've been quilting for more than 12 years and happiest when I'm being creative and getting inspiration from other artists. I think Quilting Arts does just that fills you with ideas which you probably won't be able to complete in a lifetime.
ROSALIE GRIEDER wrote
on 8 Nov 2007 2:16 PM
THE MAGIC OF FIBERS I HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH WET AND DRY FELTING FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS. ONE DAY I BEGAN TO LAY OUT 3 SHEER LAYERS OF RANDOM COLORED STAPLES OF MERINO WOOL BLENDED WITH ANGELINA FIBERS ON TO A WASH AWAY FUSIABLE WEBBING (7X7. I THEN TOOK LAMBS TAIL (NOVELTY FIBERS) AND BEGAN TO SNIP THE ENDS OF THE FIBERS ALOWING THEM TO FALL WHERE THEY MAY. THEN TAKE WISPS OF THE WOOL STAPLES TO ENTRAP THE FIBERS (REMEMBER) GO LIGHTLY WITH THE WISPS ITS PURPOSES IS TO ENTRAP THE FIBERS NOT OBSCURE THEM. WHEN FINISHED WITH THIS PROCESS BEGIN TO NEEDLE FELT BY HAND OR MACHINE, WASH AWAY WEBBING. NOW THAT YOUR PIECE IS FELTED TAKE A WINDOWED CARD STOCK AND USE THE WINDOW AS A VIEW FINDER TO DISCOVER AN IMMAGINED LANDSCAPE. DO YOU SEE A RIVER, MOUNTAIN, ROLLING HILLS, FIELD OF FLOWERS ETC YOUR EYE WILL LEAD YOU TO THE MAGIC. NOW THAT YOU HAVE DETERMINED WHAT YOU LIKE YOU CAN CUT THE SELECTION OUT REMEMBER LARGER THAN THE CARDS WINDOW AND MOUNT WITH YOUR CHOICE OF ADHESIVE. (I HAVE MOUNTED MY SOME OF MY WORK ON REFLECTIVE PAPER AND COLORED PAPER, THEN ATTACH TO THE WINDOWED CARD STOCK. I PERFER HAND MADE PAPERS THIS GAVE THE PIECE ADDED DEMENSION ALONG WITH ADDED CHARMS BUTTONS ETC. PS. SOME TIMES I THINK OF A PLACE AND ITS COLOR PALETTE AND I USE THIS PROCESS AND IT WILL APPEAR IN AN ABSTRACT WAY. DEPENDING ON THE WINDOW SIZE YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO CREATE A FEW CARDS
ROSALIE GRIEDER wrote
on 8 Nov 2007 3:10 PM
REGARDING FIBER MAGIC I JUST WENT TO MY STUDIO REMEMBERING WHAT I READ IN SILK PAPER CREATIONS BY JUDITH PINNELL SO I EXPERMINTED WITH A FEW FELTED PIECES. THE FIRST I SPRAY STARCHED AND IRONED IT GAVE THE FELTED PIECE A STIFFNESS SO DID JO SONJA'S TEXTILE MEDIUM IT WAS EASIER TO ATTACH TO THE CARD STOCK.
ROSALIE GRIEDER wrote
on 9 Nov 2007 6:11 AM
I POSTED 2 ENTERIES ON THE MAGIC OF FIBERS NOVEMBER 8 07 WHY IS THERE ANOTHER NAME?
nicole ingegneri wrote
on 14 Nov 2007 11:24 AM
I'm replying...I read both cloth, paper, scissors and quilting arts before I go to bed to ensure that I have amazing, creative dreams!
Debi Wilson wrote
on 8 Dec 2007 12:58 PM
I just subscribed to your Quilting Arts magazine and have found a wonderful community of people who think outside the box in creating fiber art. I am being introduced to products and techniques and am looking forward to trying out both. I have been quilting for several years and am happiest when I am creating something without a pattern and letting the quilt create itself. I am looking forward to breaking away from the commercial fabric and begin the quilting process from hand dyed or painted fabric. I would welcome any advice on branching out into that area. Thanks for a great magazine.
Helen Reimers wrote
on 21 Dec 2007 12:25 PM
I love your magizine, Quilting Arts. I'm the only art quilter in my area, so the magizine is my only contact with other like minded artist. The difference it as made in my work is an understatement. Thank you. Keep up the good work.
Carrie LeMaster wrote
on 8 Mar 2008 8:32 PM
I am taking a group of 6 women to S. Africa in June to teach quilting skills so the women of a very remote and poor area are able to support themselves. I am very interested in teaching embellishments along with quilting as they have such a rich history. We will be working with the Venda tribe. Any help you could give me would be wonderful.
Pokey wrote
on 13 Mar 2008 3:47 PM
Carrie, what an amazing trip! A friend of mine Mary Fisher frequently goes to Africa as part of a program to teach women who are HIV positive how to make bracelets that are sold at Macy's. These women are getting 100% of the profits from the bracelets they have made. Have you heard of the Oprah bracelet? That's what Mary has spearheaded. Check out her website to learn more information and good luck! http://www.maryfisher.com/bracelets_main.htm