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Canine Confessions & Celebrations: Quilting Arts Is Turning 10!

17 Sep 2010

GUEST BLOGGER: Louie Bolton, Min Pin, soon to be 10 years old

Hello there! My name is Louie Bolton. When I’m not chasing squirrels, begging for cookies, or wheezing from eating too fast, I do a little modeling on the side. I love to walk the catwalk…especially in my posh, quilted doggie jacket.



Here I am in my den protecting our quilt “Groovy Guitars” by Robbi Joy Eklow:


I love this quilt, although it makes me wistful because I don’t have opposable thumbs (or fingers for that matter), and I’ll never be able to rock a guitar riff or conduct a jam session in my kennel!

Anyhow, would you like a three-pound bag of fabrics? That’s more than a third of my body weight! I thought I’d better sit in front of it to give you a sense of scale…


 In it you’ll find: scraps of screened and printed hand-dyed fabrics and batiks by Pokey, fats of commercial fabrics, some Lutradur, stabilizers, and much more!


Why the big giveaway? I’m turning the big 1-0 this year and so is Quilting Arts Magazine®! To celebrate these upcoming momentous events, we’re launching a series of fabulous giveaways to get this party started. All you have to do is answer the question below, and we’ll randomly pick a winner on Monday afternoon (September 20), 5:00 PM EDT.

My question: Over the past 10 years what has been your favorite Quilting Arts experience? It could be favorite article, technique, light-bulb moment, QATV segment, etc. I know that’s a pretty open-ended question, but being the cerebral canine that I am, I am very interested in what you have to say! Good luck, my two-legged friends!


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Susan@255 wrote
on 17 Sep 2010 5:46 PM

This two-legged friend has been smitten lately with the soy batik technique that was in the June/July 2010 magazine.  I have enjoyed creating my own batiks with this wonderful simple technique.  The other technique that I love and even bought the machine to use, is needle felting.  I love taking my silks, roving or yarns and felt something wonderful.  Still a bit critical about my own work.  

Just want to say I have enjoyed receiving both Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper and Scissors in the mail.  Keep up the great work.  

Lois2037 wrote
on 17 Sep 2010 5:52 PM

I'm not sure I could come up with one single favorite Quilting Arts experience.  Every month your magazine inspires me to do all sorts of things, and some of them are even quilt-related!  The artists you showcase, the projects you present, and the amazing colors and textures I see... they show up in all sorts of places in my artwork.  I've also found myself seeing things a little differently, with an eye for pattern and design, that I might not have noticed.  Whether I win or not (and I certainly hope I do), I wish you a very enthusiastic Happy 10th Anniversary!  Even though times are getting very tight for me, I can't be without my QA subscription.  Thanks for 10 great years, and here's to many, many more!

Skye Daniels wrote
on 17 Sep 2010 5:56 PM

One??!!  `8-Q Well, I will go with introducing me to the concept of surface design, as an experience in the first place. Now, I also, like Susan, own an embellisher & lots of rovings, ribbons. I save every thread snip over 2" & teeny scraps of fabric, to felt into art. Have a bead stash now (Pokey, what have you done?!) & am going to start dyeing soon...

Skye Daniels wrote
on 17 Sep 2010 6:00 PM

The computer monkeys ate my first post...In brief: I am hooked on surface design now! I have an embellisher & stashes now of rovings, ribbons, thread snips & teeny fabric pieces to felt with, as well as beads & buttons...I am taking a soy wax batik class next month!

artyouwear2 wrote
on 17 Sep 2010 6:11 PM

You know I get excited by most everything that appears in Quilting Arts, and I'm way behind with trying all the ideas. But there was one that sent me right to the scraps bins--I don't remember the author's name right now--but it was her crows dressed in layers of skirts. Oh wait, that was probably in Cloth, Paper, Scissors. OK, the other favorite is always your most recent Gifts issue. I love this year's, but I remember feeling the same way last year. It's those little projects that give me a big open door to do a bit of stitching, a bit of quilting, playing with colors, layering fabrics, painting this or that and on and on. I usually end up trying at least one when I have special playtime at Christmas. Congratulations on the 10 year anniversary. I remember so well when you had that little booth and big plans! You have both done so well and turned the home-crafting world on its ear. And to think that Louie has been a model for all of it. Now I have to go find that doggie coat pattern--I didn't have a dog when it came out. Paloma is shivering and I have to get right on it. Hugs to all of you!

NikiW@2 wrote
on 17 Sep 2010 6:15 PM

My favorite QA experiences are the ones in the new current issue when it comes. Having been a fiber artist most of my life, well since I was about 4 or 5 (and that was a long time ago), I am always interested to see new takes on old techniques, new tools, products and  fresh ideas.

lcurrie505 wrote
on 17 Sep 2010 6:29 PM

My fav has been the Kemshalls on QATV.  I bought the second season just so I could watch them any time I want!

Anastazia wrote
on 17 Sep 2010 6:36 PM

EVERY issue has changed the way I quilt! Even if I don't dive right into learning the new techniques, ALL you show (especially step by step in photos!) inspires me, frees me from the Quilting Police, & releases my inhibitions on fabric, leading to some AWESOME adventures creating!

I, too, was THRILLED with the soy batik technique from June/July, having a deep love for all things batik!

Happy Birthday, Louie!!! (& Quilting Arts, too, of course!)

~Anastazia in Canada~

on 17 Sep 2010 6:40 PM

The best thing about Quilting Arts Magazine was discovering back in 2002 that  I was surrounded by a whole community of like-minded fabric artists who were eager to step away from the pattern, step away from the rules, and make a personal statement, and a place to grow and shine with every new venture in creative self expression. The best thing now is that when I pick up those issues from my first subscription, they are still vibrant and relevant, and make me want to reread them and try everything I missed doing the first time around. Thanks for a great publication, and congrats on ten years!

jabotquilt wrote
on 17 Sep 2010 6:45 PM

I am pretty rural, and my guild is all traditional quilters, and I mean all!  

When I found your magazine online and ordered it.... that was a lightbulb moment to see that there were others like me and I just love getting it each time.

If you need articles, it is Robbi Joy Elkow that I turn to every time.   I have started to write for the Canadian mag, doing a humourous approach to quilting, after being inspired by her.

janrn777 wrote
on 17 Sep 2010 6:48 PM

I can't find the original article that triggered painting on fabric that was already quilted.  What a magic wand for a ho-hum quilt!

Shelina wrote
on 17 Sep 2010 7:20 PM

I enjoy getting a new Quilting Arts magazine, and relaxing as I look at all the beautiful art within.

Shelina wrote
on 17 Sep 2010 7:21 PM

I enjoy getting a magazine, and relaxing and looking through all the beautiful projects and artwork in it.

on 17 Sep 2010 7:22 PM

It would have to be opening up my first "Quilting Arts" magazine in the winter of 2004

and discovering "My people"!

abisgrandma wrote
on 17 Sep 2010 7:37 PM

I love the Christmas editions.  So many creative ideas that are so easy to get done.  Almost addictive.

on 17 Sep 2010 7:42 PM

My favorite episode was the very first time I watched the show.  I thought it was the coolest show I had seen in awhile.  I only get to see it once a week.  I dont like it if I have to miss watching.  I had to work every Sat. (thats the day I get to see it) for 3 months.  I would rush out of work just in time for the ending credits.  I was crushed. After awhile I quit rushing out of fear that I would wreck,  Then we stopped working on Sat.  I was so excited.  That very first Sat morning 10 am was fast aproaching, I got my coffe sat down turn on the TV and was floored.  Some other show was on.  My heart just sank, no way it cant be happining again.  Seems like every time I like a show after awhile it goes away.  I was so upset.  Well I thought go ahead and start watching this show.  Well I watched it for awhile.  Started liking it abit(not as much as this one).  I turned on the station and Pokey was back!!!  YEA!  I was doing the happy dance!   So now I can watch again.

ixchelart wrote
on 17 Sep 2010 8:07 PM

I think my favorite article is the one that features Linda Kemshall's whole cloth white quilt of the angel with black detail.  It is my favorite quilt of all time.  Ever. I would love to see it in person.

on 17 Sep 2010 8:23 PM

I have been very excited over the years to read the articles about using machine needle felting in art quilts.  I received a felting machine as a gift and was inspired by QA articles to use it with many different types of fabric, not just felt.

coollabtech1 wrote
on 17 Sep 2010 8:45 PM

Reading and then trying Wen Redmond's Holographic Memories from the April/May 2007 QA magazine. The images in the magazine article looked so beautiful and when I followed her instructions and made one I could actually see the 3D/ holographic effect. I made this first one as a gift and everyone who saw it was totally blown away by it.

defling wrote
on 17 Sep 2010 9:23 PM

The first issue I purchased was #12. A friend had shown it to me, and I knew I had to have it. After devouring it, I ordered the available back issues and became a subscriber. It was an aha moment that changed my quilting to art.

on 17 Sep 2010 9:31 PM

There have been so many wonderful ah-ha moments but perhaps the most important one was an article which introduced me to the magazine only a few years ago.  I was fairly new to the guild and art quilting was a new and exciting concept to me.  My friend, and fellow quilt guild member, had one of her journal quilts pictured in the magazine and I decided to pick up a copy at my local fabric shop.  I was so excited by everything in the magazine that I would pick the magazine up every month in the library.  After making copies of many articles I decided it was time for my own subscription.  I requested a subscription for Christmas and have enjoyed reading the magazine in the comfort of my own home ever since!  - Note:  Our local library, where I enjoyed QA for many months before getting my own subscription, closed for a remodel and when I discovered the library we had to switch to didn't receive QA I quickly requested they get a subscription of their own.  And I'm happy to say that I see the magazine is checked out on a regular basis!

jacadams wrote
on 17 Sep 2010 9:42 PM

I like almost everything about quilting arts. My favorite article was using tissue paper to allow the color to bleed thru to the fabric. I promptly set up a work station in my driveway and left the fabric lying there most of the day. I'm sure my neighbors thought I was crazy!

whitney12 wrote
on 17 Sep 2010 9:43 PM

My favorite Quilting Arts moment has been anything Melanie Testa, Linda or Laura Kempshall.  I love their style and processes.  I look forward to anything that any of them do!

BTW- my two minpins (aged 9 and 12) say hi to Louie!

indiechixor wrote
on 17 Sep 2010 10:10 PM

My best experience has been quilting with my Grandmother while using patterns from your amazing magazine!! We sewed my first quilt together when I was only 12 years old, and now 12 years later I'm getting back into the swing of things thanks to the beginners tips you offer. My Grandmother gave me all her old issues of QA (She's kept them all!!) and i've been delving into each one with gusto!!

on 17 Sep 2010 10:51 PM

My mini-Schnauzer, Bizzi, wants me to ask you if Louie is single.  She thinks he is hot, even if he is a bit older than she is.

As to Quilting Arts:  I can't narrow it to a single article, but I will say that I love the consistently beautiful articles & photography of the art.  The instructions are very clear.  I love the artist-interviews.

Jody Johnson wrote
on 17 Sep 2010 11:13 PM

Congratulations on turning 10! My favourite quilting arts moment? When I saw my UFO on QATV. Thanks so much.

Lundan wrote
on 17 Sep 2010 11:35 PM

My favourite Quilting Arts Experience must be the slow explosion of ideas and possibilities in my mind that this magazine (and community) has given birth to. I have many times told my partner that even if I didn't buy another magazine or book for the rest of my life,  QAM has already given me ideas to explore for the rest of my life. But of course I will keep on buying QAM, for after 10 years you still manage to create new "why on earth have I never thought of this ingenious thing before"-experiences with each new issue. And that's my favourite kind of experience.

Lindy101 wrote
on 18 Sep 2010 12:02 AM

The cover of QA showing the thread painted seals! Could not stare at it enough to convince myself it was thread. Kicked my lazy muse right in the backside, encouraging me to give the method some study and a try. Like some before me I remember the first QA magazine I found and discovered there was a whole universe unexplored out there. And, as another said, I am surrounded by very nice, very traditional quilters who nod, and politely grunt. when I show them my 'weird' creations. QA is the Milky Way of creativity in a black hole sky! (Louie, you are an excellent writer! Succinct, yet expressive. Well done!)

Bevshere wrote
on 18 Sep 2010 12:51 AM

at a time when many magazines are folding up Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors are going strong! I love everything I see.  My favorites are the animal design projects. Birthday boy Louie has been in several that right away I had to try with my Louie the cat. Happy B-Day Louie and many,many more........

Laura54 wrote
on 18 Sep 2010 1:13 AM

Altering commercial fabric with paint, dye and so on. I did't try this before!

on 18 Sep 2010 4:57 AM

Hi  Louie,

Hope you are enjoying  Colorado.

The Quilting Arts publications have taught me so much about techniques and has improved my skills  in so many ways.  I have enjoyed learning how to alter fabric, paper and metal to make my art  more unique and special. In 3 years  I feel I ahve learned much.

Thanks much

Mary

caren12 wrote
on 18 Sep 2010 5:09 AM

The best QA experience for me has been the challenges.  They forced me out of my quilting zone.  They also allowed me to try new techniques that I read about in QA.

Caren12

LisaM@59 wrote
on 18 Sep 2010 6:27 AM

That's easy!  Going to Quiltfest and enjoying all the wonderful experiences Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors brought to the show: the art trades, the free demos, the amazing mixed-media classes, the challenges, the lottery classes...it was simply the most fun I'd had all year!  Thanks for asking, and btw, you look FABULOUS!  I'd never have guessed you were ten, darling.

Sher08 wrote
on 18 Sep 2010 7:06 AM

My favorite Quilting Arts experience is knowing I can go to my stash of previous magazines and always find a fabulous new idea to try. Recently, I was doing a talk on recycling/reusing. In the spring 2004 edition, I found "Using Gold Chocolate Wrappers", a yummy (because, of course, you have to eat the candy) and popular addition to my talk. While other quilting magazines get tossed, QArts remain to continually inspire me.

on 18 Sep 2010 7:07 AM

Quilting Arts Magazine has been an integral part of my personal growth as an artist.  The magazine, blogs and website continue to inspire me and challenge me to expand my techniques and challenge new ideas.  For the longest time, I was trying to find the place where my passions would take me and Quilting Arts has been the key to that door.  Today, I'm an avid follower of both magazines, special publications and fabulous artist DVD workshops.  Quilting Arts has made it possible to easily connect with artists and workshops to experience first hand the techniques and teachings of other artists who wouldn't necessarily be accessible otherwise or too costly to enjoy.  I couldn't live without QA.

Rita@85 wrote
on 18 Sep 2010 7:27 AM

Congratulations on 10 years of wonderful inspirations.  My favorite experience is finding the magazine in the mailbox. First I devour it, lokking through it quickly to see all the wonderful things inside. Then I savour it, reading it from front to back. Lastly, I experience it, making projects inspired by what I have read. On QATV, I have had so many light bulb moments that I can't pick one. Every show has had segments that inspire and educatate me.

KimG@2 wrote
on 18 Sep 2010 8:14 AM

Using organza in quilts!  especially screen printing, but in all kinds of ways.... love it love it love it!

kariegibson wrote
on 18 Sep 2010 8:38 AM

Louie, you are such a cutie!

My favorite quilt technique was a baby quilt I made for a girl.  I enbroidered the quilt top in soft colors soft apricot, lavender, sage, and beige.  I also finished it with a ruffle.  It was so pretty, I wanted to keep it!!!

TheresaO@2 wrote
on 18 Sep 2010 9:20 AM

There's been inspiration for me from every issue (I still have and treasure the premier issue!).

antnanc wrote
on 18 Sep 2010 9:21 AM

I am inspired by every issue of Quilting Arts.   My latest favorite technique is the Thread Sketching 101 tutorial by Susan Brubaker Knapp, since I am exploring something new in my work and her lessons give great detail in the how-to.  I love, love the fabric painting/surface design articles, too.  You have inspired me to be bolder and have more fun with my Quilting Art.    I bet I still have that first issue in my archive library and today I am going to go down there and find it!

on 18 Sep 2010 9:50 AM

Hands down the one "life changing" QA experience was when I got my copy of Metal Embellishments by Mary Hettmansperger. Along with fiber art I make my own jewelry and already had all the tools she demonstrates except one and got that right away. I"ve been adding metal to my art quilts ever since and this pushed me to make my first 3D quilted art sculpture. This was my second workshop DVD I'd purchased and have learned so much from them. So glad you offer these great leaning tools.

sewcalgal wrote
on 18 Sep 2010 9:51 AM

First, Louie I think you are an excellent guest blogger.  I hope you come back as a guest blogger again, soon.  And, maybe next year you'll come model in my Pets on Quilts Show.  

As to your question:  Hymm.  It is difficult to pick a single experience, as much as an overall.  But the inspiration and education that comes from your DVD workshops have been wonderful.   I'm now very anxious to try your DVDs for FMQ.

SewCalGal

www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

on 18 Sep 2010 9:52 AM

Of all the wonderful moments I've experienced with Quilting Arts Magazine there are two that stand out as pivotal:

The first time my friend from our (mostly traditional) guild showed me the 2nd issue. (Somehow I had missed the first.) I felt that rush of new love that I hadn't felt since I'd first seen Judith Baker Montano and Yvonne Porcella on a quilt show in the mid '90s, which was the moment that drew me to quilting in the first place.

The second pivotal moment occurred when another friend from my guild showed me her copy of Quilting Arts Gifts 2008 issue with the 'encrusted' wreaths by Frances Holliday Alford.  At that moment I realized why I had been hoarding every little colourful item that crossed my path, not just beads and buttons, but small toys my kids had broken or discarded, the lids off little bottles, Barbie accessories, game pieces and just about anything you could fit in a pocket!  I feel like her work stretches without breaking the boundaries of what can be called quilting.

Thank you for sharing her with those of us who needed her!

May there be many, many more years of Quilting Arts Magazine, and Cloth Paper Scissors, too!

ChloeFH wrote
on 18 Sep 2010 9:56 AM

I think my all-time favorite QA moment has got to be getting a phone call from Pokey letting me know that one of my projects had been short-listed for inclusion in the magazine!  I don't remember how long it took me to float down from the ceiling, but I was awfully excited :-)

jojo wrote
on 18 Sep 2010 10:08 AM

Louie,

I just can't do it.  How could I possibly have just ONE FAV Quilting Arts experience?  I mean - seriously - REALLY??  I'm NOW a mixed media hoarder and in fact, yesterday I just picked up a metal washer off the streets of Waikiki.  I just LOVE the magazine!  I still remember the first one - it was at my local grocery store and I've been addicted ever since.  

BQA (before Quilting Arts) I use to be the traditional quilter but now through the different techniques shown in this magazine I am a mixed media ARTIST - QA has SET ME FREE.  It's so therapeutic - going outside the BOX.  I get giddy when I see my FAVORITE ARTISTS  - Melly Testa, Jane LaFazio, Kelli Nina Perkins, Judy Perez, Jeannie Palmer Moore - in the Table of Contents.

HaPpY AnNiVeRsArY QUILTING ARTS and HaPpY BiRtHdAy LOUIE!

JoJo

pjb987 wrote
on 18 Sep 2010 10:08 AM

Happy Birthday, Louie! How nice of you to do a giveaway to celebrate your big 1-0.

I think that hanging out at Make It U in Chicago has been one of my favourite experiences. It was so fun to be able to say hi to Pokey and Barbara and Helen and all that gang, and to meet wonderful artists like Kelli Perkins and Beryl Taylor and Melanie Testa and ... well, a whole bunch of other people, too!

DKBird wrote
on 18 Sep 2010 10:55 AM

Pick just one?  That's a hard one, but I have to choose the article on rust dyeing.  I don 't know when it was printed, but I do know I have been rust dyeing ever since it came out.

upstatelisa wrote
on 18 Sep 2010 11:08 AM

congratulations! I only discovered Quilting Arts a few years back and more recently have really enjoyed a subscription. The A-HA moment... the license to just try new things! That I can do it too!

Azreada wrote
on 18 Sep 2010 11:23 AM

I recently purchased a Bernina 440 QE with BSR and have been going back through my 6 year collection of Quilting Arts for inspiration and techniques for using thread to enhance my mixed media projects.

Jane LaFazio wrote
on 18 Sep 2010 11:24 AM

impossible to answer this question! I love every issue of Quilting Arts, there's always a new, inspirational something that I have or plan to try. I have all the QATV shows on DVD, and watch them over and over--always pick up something new. Although, now that I think about it, any issue with LOUIE inside has been my favorite!! :-)

Endorph wrote
on 18 Sep 2010 11:55 AM

Its a very open question and hard to answer with just one idea. There is usually at least one idea or picture or comment in each issue that triggers the creative in me. The magazine has reinforced my love of using non-traditional materials and techniques to make quilts.

dancindeb wrote
on 18 Sep 2010 1:30 PM

I don't know if I could pick just one favorite QA experience.  I think probably the thing that has helped me most is that there is nothing that is a no-no when it comes to art quilting.  There may be things that don't work as well as I like, but there is nothing the quilt police will tell me I can't do.  

I love revisiting my old magaizines and always find something "new" to try.

Thanks QA for 10 wonderful years of inspiration!

MareeR wrote
on 18 Sep 2010 1:46 PM

My favourite moment was discovering this wonderful site and now finally ordering your wonderful magazine which I am not so patiently waiting to receive.

robbieklow wrote
on 18 Sep 2010 2:43 PM

Louie! Thanks for doing such a great job protecting my quilt! I am thrilled that it's in your house!

Don't feel so bad about the opposable thumbs thing, at least you can read. How many dogs can do that?

I have to say my favorite QA moment is when I meet someone out in the "wild" who has read my column and said they liked it.

Love,

Robbi

Mary Gothard wrote
on 18 Sep 2010 3:21 PM

My favorite moment was when someone said to me " Have you seen this magazine?"  I discovered Quilting Arts Magazine and added Cloth, Paper, Scissors.  I am breaking out of the traditional box and (slowley, but surely) trying all sorts of new things.  I have transformed from a Quilter to an Artist. I love every moment.  Thanks for the education . .

marydet wrote
on 18 Sep 2010 4:39 PM

Another vote for anything to do with surface design. I enjoy every issue of both Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors.

Thanks & Happy Anniversary!

brenbar wrote
on 18 Sep 2010 5:41 PM

I will have to say that as a FTE outside the home, I am always excited about spending time with Quilting Arts magazine! There is never an issue that I fail to find a new technique that I add to my personal creative time! My philosophy is that I work to buy fabric and all that goes with it! I especially loved the article several years ago on journaling with fabric and started my own 5" square journals!

on 18 Sep 2010 9:07 PM

My favorite Quilting Arts Moment has to be the first time I saw a Quilting Arts Magazine. I was working with a deaf lady and she told me that her step-mother had a quilt that was featured in a magazine.  I had been a very traditional quilter, but was being strongly drawn to art quilts and the fasination was addicting. I asked her if she would please bring the magazine to work so I could see what she was talking about.  I can remember where I was sitting and exactly what that quilt looked like. I think it was about the 5th or so issue of the magazine.  I was so excited to see a whole magazine dedicated to what I had already felt stirring in my soul.  As soon as work was finished for the day I drove immediately to the nearest bookstore on the way home and grabbed a copy!  I've been addicted to the magazine ever since and now of course a subscriber!  While I thoroughly read each issue and often try at least one or two techniques, the moment I first saw the magazine will forever be one of my most memorable moments.

maeve4 wrote
on 18 Sep 2010 9:56 PM

You have asked a most difficult question!  When I first saw a copy of QA, I had to have it and the prior issues.  Now I have the entire collection as I have been a long-time subscriber.  I also subscribe to CPS, and I purchase the gorgeous Christmas issues and Studios and Stitch.  I have been inspired by so many artists through the magazines and the DVD's of the Quilting Arts tv show (which I cannot see in my neck of the woods), such as Melanie Testa, Jane Davilla, Jane LaFazio, etc.  I laugh out loud when I read Robbie Joy Eklow's essays, she makes me feel like she is my own sister.  I love all the wonderful techniques I have learned about surface embellishment, especially with regard to fabrics.  I have thoroughly enjoyed your newest addition, the new emagazine.  It is fabulous, with all the various special features available.  (I love being able to see really close-up some of the really gorgeous pieces as part of the articles.)  I'm just crazy about Quilting Arts, what else can I say?!!  I am a most devoted subscriber/reader and I would absolutely LOVE to win the bag of fabric scraps, Pokey.  Or maybe you can divide it up and send each of us responding to your (Louie's!) question - then we would ALL win!  I have my fingers crossed!  Thanks for all the great years and here's to many more!!!  

Carol DK wrote
on 19 Sep 2010 12:52 AM

My favorite QA moment was when I saw Melanie Testa demonstrating her pretty purse. I thought, wow. She makes the 'art' part of art quilts not so scary. After that I started experimenting more. I had not made a quilt for around 8 years, though I had been a prolific quilter before that for 15 years. It just lit a spark under me and my creative juices have been flowing again, but in a new direction.

then, I bought a huge number of quilting arts past issues, subscribed to digital issues and have been keeping up with postings ever since. It was truly an inspiration.

ilove2knit wrote
on 19 Sep 2010 1:05 AM

Hi!

I just learned how to sew a few months ago, and have only seen one of your magazines, and I liked the entire experience, I learned a lot just just by reading that one magazine, I can't wait to see the upcoming ones! :)

Thanks for this great big giveaway :)

~ Eliana ~

fun2knit@gmail.com

on 19 Sep 2010 1:17 AM

I have to tell you that my favorite Quilting Arts experince was when I was first introduced to your magazine. My then-roommate bought a copy, probably 8 yrs ago, and I fell in love with it there and then. My roommate immediately subscribed, and bought all the back issues, and I had the good fortune of sharing the magazines with her. My least favorite experience was when my then-roommate moved and took ALL her Quilting Arts magazines with her out of state!!! I was devastated and had to start my own subscription immediately. QA, and CPS, are like oxygen to me and I sooo look forward to every issue. Congrats on your 10 year anniversary! And Happy Birthday to Louie from my black & white tuxedo cat, Shakespeare, who doesn't have to wear any extra clothing since he carries his "tux" with him wherever he goes!

on 19 Sep 2010 6:22 AM

Like everyone else I can't pick one thing.  This year has been my year without fear so I have been having a ball trying all sorts of new techniques.  I love getting your magazine in the mail and can't tell you how many times I leaf through it with a cup of coffee.  The only thing you could improve on is having the magazine come out every month instead of every other!

lemur00 wrote
on 19 Sep 2010 6:32 AM

I entered one of the QA challenges on a whim (like I do everything), and my quilt was chosen to be published. My copy of the magazine with my quilt came while I was caring for my dad (he died about a month afterward). Really it was just about the only happy thing I remember from from a very unhappy period of my life. And he was very proud of it-though he thought that of course my quilt should be chosen since I was better than everyone else anyway. :)

lemur00 wrote
on 19 Sep 2010 6:35 AM

hmm I always wonder if my comments really go through because I never see them. Are they?

lemur00 wrote
on 19 Sep 2010 6:45 AM

Wow ten minutes! I'll have to keep that in mind.

Nonerz wrote
on 19 Sep 2010 7:28 AM

Well, being a newbie to art quilts, the first issue of Quilting Arts was like someone turning the light on for me!  I could see all these possibilities jump out in front of me!  I particularly enjoyed an article by Susan Brubaker Knapp on thread sketching.  Happy 10th QA!!!!

lrond01 wrote
on 19 Sep 2010 9:38 AM

Louie, you are adorable!

My favorite Quilting Arts experience for the last ten years (yes, I have been a follower from the start... has it been 10 years already?) has been and will continue to be opening the mailbox and seing my magazine amongst the mail.

It's instantaneous febrility because I know I will be spending the following weeks meeting new artists, discovering new products, exploring new techniques and visiting numerous web sites. But most of all, it's the encouragement to explore my own inner artist that gives me the greatest thrill.

Tell Pokey that I think her business model is amazing and one that should be studied in business schools. I feel like she's my friend even though she has no clue who I am!

Line from Qu├ębec, Canada

reginabdunn wrote
on 19 Sep 2010 10:08 AM

I enjoy analyzing the quilts you feature for composition. I've never been lucky enough to take an art class so I'm teaching myself. Quitling Arts has really pushed me forward in the quality of my designs. Also, now I'm creating my own fabrics more and more under the guidance of what I see in the magazine. Thank you for being there!

cindyl57 wrote
on 19 Sep 2010 10:41 AM

My favorite is you, Louie! My brother had two min-pins and they were the sweetest and cutest dogs (and divas), just like you! I enjoy every issue of Quilting Arts and get lots of ideas. I ordered all the back issues and when I'm looking for inspiration, I like to randomly pull out a few and look through them. I love QATV because I'm a visual learner. Happy 10th anniversary!

DebbieM66 wrote
on 19 Sep 2010 2:12 PM

Happy Birthday, Louie and QA. I've subscribed since the beginning. The articles on freemotion stitching are the most informative for me. I find it interesting to see the different techniques used by the different artists/authors.

MicheleB@22 wrote
on 19 Sep 2010 2:36 PM

My favorite was actually DISCOVERING that there was a quilting magazine that was more than cookie-cutter patterns. Joy.

DianeN24 wrote
on 19 Sep 2010 2:48 PM

Easy question - my favorite experience at thrill is seeing my work on the cover of the magazine with an article inside, of course!  I will be very disappointed when the little offer at the bottom of this page (and other places) changes with the new issue offerings!  I have enjoyed all of the issues, from the very first one I picked up and then finding the tv show it has all been inspiring.

quiltbug2 wrote
on 19 Sep 2010 3:25 PM

My favourite QA experience is buying DVDs.  It's like having a teacher right in my computer.  I could watch them on the TV but I love to get up close and person with the art work being demonstrated.  Keep making those DVDs

Artfully Sew wrote
on 19 Sep 2010 3:37 PM

My favorite experience I have had with Quilting Arts is the encouragement and inspiration I receive for my creative side.  Until I found Quilting Arts I thought that because I didn't like following a traditional quilting pattern or piecing or hand sewing that I didn't like quilting.  A friend of mine who is a long time Quilting Arts subscriber suggested your magazine, blog and website to me.  I opened your pages and screamed "This is me!".  Since then I have studied every issue from front to back.  In each issue I have been so fired up to try new techniques and methods of quilting.  Because of QA I not only enjoy quilting, but I consider myself a quilt artist.  Thanks for the inspiration - Keep it up!

candyshobby wrote
on 19 Sep 2010 5:29 PM

Each time I watch a show or visit the on-line site I get excited to go down and just play with my fabrics and be creative.  I love the variety of the shows and techniques that are displayed for viewing.  I look forward to Tuesdays and Saturdays because I know I will be entertained and taught something new.  Even if I have seen the show before I learn and see something I missed before.  Keep up the good work Pokey and your wonderful Team.

Candy

RuthB@14 wrote
on 19 Sep 2010 6:23 PM

Cozmo, the just turned 9-year old Yorkie, would like to answer  . . . while patiently waiting by his owner's side while she is doing one crafting project or another (most recently the Pet-ty quilt project), curled up in whatever scraps are laying on the floor . . .is learning that his hero, Louie, the min-pin, lives just down the street!  

But seriously, sitting down with each QA Gifts publication is one of my most favorite things, reading about the projects, and making my lists of who will receive what and then diving in to get them done, is always a very special time and starts the holiday season off for me!  I think about my upcoming gifts/creations while biking, running, walking  . . . hoping I can remember all the details when I am ready to create them!

Thanks for providing us so much inspiration and fun!

Ruth

SandiM11 wrote
on 19 Sep 2010 7:57 PM

I love Quilting Arts and look forward to each issue with anticipation and zeal. I can't wait for it to arrive. It opens the doors to my creative side and allows  another journey into uses of fabric and fiber. I am encouraged with the use of thread painting and loved the the "animal within us" ; soy wax batik is a "must do" on my list.  Quilting Arts adds a special joy in my life.

I look forward to the next 10 years!

CarolynH@47 wrote
on 19 Sep 2010 9:33 PM

I would have to say that one of my favorite segments on Quilting Arts was the printing and stamping on fabric with fruit and veggies. I loved the fact that a lovely design could be created with the end of celery that is usually discarded, this is the ultimate recycling. Each segment of every show is inspiring as is each article of the magazine.  

JoanieH3 wrote
on 20 Sep 2010 6:57 AM

My favorite thing about QA is the pure relaxation I am able to achieve when I sit quietly with the newest issue and just enjoy the eye candy and inspiration.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Robinette wrote
on 20 Sep 2010 9:03 AM

I enjoy reading and learning from all the Quilting Arts magazines. My favorite moment or moments however are seeing the wonderful quilts in the Quilting Arts calendar each month. I can't wait to see what is in store for next year! Love those Min Pins!! (I have 3)

jonesing wrote
on 20 Sep 2010 10:39 AM

My best moment was this past weekend - I finaly got a new sewing machine (10+ years with a basic machine) and now I can do free-motion quilting and I am very excited to start! I am looking forward to some thread painting and all the other great techniques I see in the magazine.

P.S. Louie is adorable! My min pin would never sit still long enough to model! Louie must be very well behaved.

Pokey wrote
on 20 Sep 2010 3:02 PM

These responses have been terrific! Thanks to all for answering. I will consult with Louie and draw a name. Will post in the next hour...

Thanks!

Moonwishes wrote
on 7 Oct 2010 7:12 PM

My lightbulb moment was picking up a copy of Quilting Arts at Barnes and Noble early this year and realizing that, I too, could go beyond a Log Cabin quilt (my favorite traditional quilt) now that everybody has a bed quilt, I had no limits. Er, well that was until my son got engaged this week, which means a wedding bed quilt to think about, but my whole way of looking at quilting has changed. I've now bought several of your books and would really like the money to buy your back issues on DVD to learn even more.

Then thrill of thrills I caught your show on PBS this past weekend (we haven't had TV for 5 years) and I wonder how long I can keep the HDTV box that is allowing us to see TV which my hubby is supposedly 'working on' for younger son's apartment. When it goes back my viewing days will be over again. I had never understood how screen painting was done until this show that I saw. Fascinating!