Friday, July 31, 2015

Shooting segments for TheQuiltShow.com

I was in Asheville, NC, yesterday to shoot two segments for TheQuiltShow.com, an online television show (available through subscription) featuring Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. I was on Show 901 in 2011, teaching needleturn applique and fusible applique. This time, I’m demonstrating thread sketching and wholecloth painting. 

Alex and Ricky were in Asheville to feature North Carolina quilters, including Georgia Bonesteel, who was pivotal in bringing quilting instruction via television to countless new quilters in the 1970s. 

Such a great experience. The production crew (including Shelly Heesacker and Lilo Bowman, shown in the photo below discussing the segment with Alex and me) is simply fantastic.



When I arrived, free-motion quilter extraordinaire Leah Day was just finishing up, and Jane Hall (a.k.a. “The Pineapple Queen,”) was also on set, shooting segments on pineapple block quilts. Jane and I will be featured in the same show. 


Here are some photos of Jane on set:




 I’ll post about this again when I know the show number. 

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Old Red Door

“Old Red Door” copyright 2015 by Susan Brubaker Knapp (40" x 40")
My new piece, “Old Red Door,” has been selected by curators Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison to appear in the Dinner at Eight Artists’ exhibition, “Affinity.” The exhibit will debut at the International Quilt Market (Oct. 24-26, 2015) and Festival (Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 2015) in Houston. It is a juried invitational exhibition sponsored by Havel’s Sewing.

This is a wholecloth painted piece, which means that I painted the image on white fabric with acrylic textile paints, and then stitched it. For more information on this technique, please see this blog post.

Here is the curators’ explanation of the theme, “Affinity”:


I am the garden that I plant.

I have… a natural liking for or attraction to a person, thing, or idea.

I am all the books that I have read.

I have… a close resemblance or connection to someone or some thing.

I am the places that I have been

I have… an agreement with someone.

I am the people that I love to be near

I have… a relationship or ties to another individual.

I am the sum of my life experiences.

Here are the 40 selected pieces and artists:

Black Cat, Red Flower, Green Leaf - Frances Holliday Alford
Beneath the Surface - Linda C. Anderson
Tutti Frutti City Street - Sue Bleiweiss
The Patriots of Boston - Loris Bogue
Green Bowl - Deborah Boschert
Spring Comes Late - Cindy Cooksey
Undaunted - Lauretta K. Crites
Paint the Town Red - Diane R. Doran
Color Play - Jane E. Dunnewold
Sprocket 2 Me - Robbi Joy Eklow
Raised on Bluebonnets - Suzan Engler
That's Amore - Barb Forrister
Essence - Lyric M. Kinard
Jacob's Treasures - Susan Fletcher King
Fiberarts Complusion - Karol Kusmaul
Napa Valley Vineyard with Red Barn - Cathie I. Hoover
Ms. Stella O'Houligan - Stacy Hurt
Old Red Door - Susan Brubaker Knapp
3 "CANS" - Sandra E. Lauterbach
Peas n'Honey - Linda Teddlie Minton
Focal Point - Jeannie P. Moore
Agave - Susie Monday
Charleston on My Mind - Rachel K. Parris
We are Stardust - Andi Perejda
Crepuscular Flash - Judy Coates Perez
Paris Avant-Garde - Yvonne Porcella
Magnetic Attraction (Tuning Fork #25) - Heather Pregger
The Sweet Press of Remembered Moments - Wen Redmond
Who Has Seen the Wind? - Cynthia St. Charles
Universal - Julie Schlueter
Horloge Musee d'Orsay - Gayle Simpson
Descended from the Stars - Sarah Ann Smith
Rock - Virginia A. Spiegel
Seeking Red - Terri Stegmiller
Martie Learns to Read - Ann E. Turley
The Rest from their Labors - Larkin Jean Van Horn
Sweet, Sweet, Bliss - Valerie C. White
Dot - Kathy York

Jamie Fingal - Rama Lama Ding Dong
Leslie Tucker Jenison - Affinity for Improv

“Old Red Door” (detail)