Wednesday, September 21, 2016

“Art Quilt Collage” review and giveaway



My friend, artist Deborah Bochert has a great new book out called Art Quilt Collage: A Creative Journey in Fabric, Paint and Stitch, and to celebrate, she’s hosting a book release blog hop with video chats! There’s a chance to win the book at each blog hop stop.


Deborah’s book focuses on her interesting collage technique, combining fabric elements with surface design and stitch (both hand work and machine stitching). If you are looking for good basic information about art quilt design, this book has it. It has tons of photos with specific examples, practical advice, and exercises to help you get started or take your work in another direction. It’s a fun read and a valuable resource. I especially enjoyed the section on finding and working with your personal symbols. (One of Deborah’s is the ladder.)


You can get a copy through C&T Publishing here:
http://www.ctpub.com/art-quilt-collage/

Through Amazon here:
https://www.amazon.com/Art-Quilt-Collage-Creative-Journey/dp/161745284X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1473552342&sr=8-1&keywords=deborah+boschert

and Deborah has signed copies in her Etsy shop (buy one of the first 50 copies and you’ll get a bonus of original surface designed fabric she made!)
https://www.etsy.com/listing/474377211/pre-order-autographed-copy-of-my-book?ref=shop_home_feat_2

Here’s my video chat with Deborah:


Here’s a chance to win a copy of the book. Leave a comment after this post before noon EST September 30. Tell me if you have a personal symbol. If so, what is it? And if you don't have one (yet), what would it be? One of mine is the moon… constant and comforting, yet changeable; mysterious, and sometimes spooky; far away and unreachable, yet ever present in the night sky.

I’ll pick a comment at random. Make sure you include a way for me to reach you in case you win.

If you live in the USA, you’ll get a paper copy of the book. International winners will receive a e-book version.

Don’t forget to check out the other blog stops for more chances to win!

Art Quilt Collage: A Creative Journey in Fabric, Paint and Stitch
Book Release Blog Hop with Video Chats!

September 20: Teri Lucas, Generation Q Magazine
http://generationqmagazine.com

September 21: Susan Brubaker Knapp
http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com

September 22: Sue Bleiweiss
http://suebleiweiss.com/blog/blog.html

September 23: Lyric Kinard
http://lyrickinard.com/lyric-kinard-blog/

September 26: Lori Kennedy
http://theinboxjaunt.com

September 27: Maria Shell
https://talesofastitcher.com

September 28: Jane LaFazio
http://janeville.blogspot.com

September 29: Judy Coates Perez
http://www.judycoatesperez.com

September 30: Melanie Testa
http://melanietesta.com/blog/


UPDATE: We have a winner! Shilsenbeck has won the book. Thanks, everyone!

89 comments:

  1. Feathers are my personal symbol. lauragottlieb@juno.com

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  2. I have a rubber stamp that I use on my labels that features A words (a for Ali!!!) and my personal symbols are two small stained glass pieces of church and a bird...for Church Bird (I made up the name when I got married!!). This book looks like an incredible resource for going outside the box!!! Thanks for reviewing it!

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  3. I lov this book,,,it needs me,,and I need it,,,

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  4. I dint have a symbol as such...maybe I should start to think about it. Sounds like a wonderful book!

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  5. Sounds like a very interesting book.

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  6. Art quilts is something I want to explore and this book sounds like the perfect place to start! My personal symbol is a flat spiral. I have earrings with this shape that were hand-made in Sante Fe. I think it means "eternal". Sometimes I think it means crazy and life just keeps me spinning! :)

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  7. palm tree seams to be my constant symbol as i paint it every where! sunset is also high on my list.
    Kathy E: i have hammered copper wire into flat spiral decades ago.And hoops!

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  8. I seem to have a few symbols-- dragonflies, leaves, trees, nests, and recently dying fall flowers.

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  9. Can't say I have a steady symbol, but I suppose it has to do with constant change... I'm thinking if I had to have one .... maybe the dotted line in the center of the road... going in any direction, but keeping things moving along on the right side.

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  10. Had never thought about it before, but I guess if I had a symbol it would be daffodils, symbolizing, spring, warmth, rebirth, new life.

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  11. I already own a copy of Art Quilt Collage. It's SEW AWESOME!!! Hoping to win your copy to donate to my guild. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  12. I'd love to have a copy of this book. Looks like it's just the book I need to help start my art quilting journey. My personal symbol is a single eye. I have lots of eye doodles I'd like to translate into art quilts. Thanks for this opportunity!

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  13. Fish is my symbol! I use it a lot in my textile art pieces.

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  14. I never really thought of a symbol. But I would have to pick a figure dancing. " life's a dance you learn as you go". It comes from a song but expresses my life and quilting. Quilting on my mind @ Facebook

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  15. Deborah is such a creative art quilter. I think I may have too many symbols - dragonflies, hummingbirds, feathers (all kinds, but especially peacocks), leaves, sun/moon.

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  16. I don't have a symbol but I love birds especially Humming birds so maybe that would be my symbol. Tiny, mighty, fierce and oh so stunning.

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  17. I do have a symbol that I love to use in my work, a peace sign. Thanks for the chance to win this wonderful book!

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  18. Look forward to seeing the new book! Sometimes I will scan or take a photo of a project I am working on and take it into a drawing program to test out designs and colors. As to a symbol...Hmmm...For now, let's go with a butterfly. I'm inspired by nature and my work is always morphing and changing.

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  19. No personal symbol - wait! That's not true . . . I've just realized that the 70's happy face is my symbol. I've been using it to sign notes for decades - started well before the "emoticon" was ever invented. Ha! Funny, now that I think about it! :-)

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  20. Love Deborah's work and I love the look of this book. I use heron's in a lot of my work. The moon appears too, like you Susan. But maybe I should devote some time to adopting a symbol that represents something more about me.

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  21. I don't have a symbol , never thought about it but perhaps a heart would be a good one symbolizing love . Thanks for the chance to win this book , it looks awesome .

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  22. When our daughter, now 36, was growing up, she was always drawing hearts on everything. Now that has become my thing: HEARTS. It can mean anything to anybody, but mainly love to all. cswsand50@hotmail.com

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  23. Wonder if this could release me from my fear to create an art quilt? Traditional quilts are starting to pile up with no where to go. This is in my future!

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  24. My personal symbol is a circle that is crossed top to bottom and side to side (equidistant cross inside the circle) The other is a bare tree. I have carved rubber stamps for both of them.

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  25. I'd love to add this book to my collection. It looks full of inspiring ideas. Leaves seem to creep into my fibre art.

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  26. I don't know if I have a personal symbol or not but I do have an affinity to the sun because of my mother.

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  27. I don't know that I have a personal symbol. Perhaps a leaf.

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  28. Personal symbol ... hmmm ... maybe a firefly ... a little light in the dark that begins its night low to the ground and rises up thru the trees as the night moves toward morning.

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  29. Great review and I look forward to reading this book.
    *Pondering persoanl symbols* So happy to be retired and able to quilt to my heart's content. So much to learn!

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  30. I belong to an art group and recommend every belong to one. I think mt symbol would have to be trees. Just this morning, I stopped to take a picture of the bark on a tree

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  31. Hmmm ... I've been known to include gold stars (P.E.O. emblem) or squirrels (Alpha Gamma Delta). Thanks for the giveaway opportunity and the links to the other bloggers in the hop.

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  32. Hadn't really thought of it as my "personal" symbol but mine would have to be a dragonfly. They seem to show up in nearly every piece of art I create!

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  33. I often use leaves ever since I made a quilt of leaves by tracing leaves from the two acres where I grew up (the quilt is based on a coverlet made by an unknown maker about 1850). Also, on the border of lap quilts, I quilt the ouline of my right hand I'm a hand quilter). Thanks very much--I admire Deborah's work and would love to learn collage technique s.

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  34. I've always wanted to try my hand at an art quilt. My symbol would be a sunflower. It follows the sun and provides seeds for nourishment. It seems happy and it blooms big - like me! Joan

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  35. I've always wanted to try my hand at an art quilt. My symbol would be a sunflower. It follows the sun, looks happy, and provides nourishment. It is big and bright - like me!

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  36. As much as I love the natural world I would have to say my symbol is a book. Can't ever have too many and they open up worlds beyond reach just like Deborah's does.

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  37. As much as I love the natural world I would have to say that my symbol is a book. I could never have too many and books open up worlds that would be beyond reach just like Deborah's.

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  38. Living on Cape Cod it's easy to have a personal symbol of sea grasses. They are ever present in my free motion stitching in my artwork as they are in my daily life. They bend with the wind just as I try to do!

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  39. I love the idea of a personal symbol! I sometimes put frogs on things, but not always...plus, I don't think that is what I would CHOOSE to represent me! Tell Deborah that I have been a fan of her work since I saw her pieces at the Yeiser, many years ago!

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  40. My personal symbol is a sign painters quill. And I tend to use ocean and beach symbols a lot in my work.

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  41. Thanks for the review. Looks like a great book. My personal symbol is a spiral...not sure why, love drawing and quilting spirals. Thanks also for the giveaway.

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  42. My symbol is a trillium flower. Thank you for reviewing this interesting book. Tkramzar@aol.com

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  43. This looks such a great book!
    My symbol is a guinea fowl!!

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  44. I don't know if I have a personal symbol. I think is something that I have considered before. Maybe it is time to think about that....

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  45. One of my personal symbols is a dragonfly.

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  46. I don't have a personal symbol, but if I were to choose one it would represent courage. Have to think about this one! Thanks for the challenge.

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  47. Spirals and hearts are in a lot of my work!

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  48. I don't have a personal symbol although I'm drawn to leaves. I like bicycles as well. Hmmm, and feathers. Can a person have too many?

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  49. Thanks for the chance to win! I like the idea of a personal symbol. I love the hunter quilt block and try to incorporate it into quilts and designs I have made so maybe that is a symbol but not sure what it symbolizes, ha!

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  50. Gee, I never thought about having a personal symbol but if I had to chose one it would either be that black skimmer or a dragonfly. Thanks for the give-away.

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  51. My personal symbol is the starfish. The book looks great. If i don't win I will definitely buy it!

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  52. I don't think I have a personal symbol. If I did, maybe it would be a cat; not sure. csgebhart at gmail dot com

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  53. My personal symbol is a circle, but leaves also get their say.

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  54. Loving the hop! This book sounds amazing! For my symbol I was going to say a squirrel but then I thought, I always use 'xoxo' when I sign my name, except on legal stuff, hehe.

    Thanks for a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  55. I don't have a personal symbol and if I did I don't know what it would be.

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  56. It would have to be a seam ripper!

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  57. I have never used a symbol but using one gets me excited......love seashells, I live by the sea and I am forever collecting them in all their beautiful intricacies. Thanks for the chance to win this inspirational new book. Happy Sewing!

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  58. I love a pink rosebud and a lamb. Innocence.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  59. Inspiring book to get me started to create my own symbol, maybe a sunflower, or an owl. Thanks
    djcutting2 at gmail dot com

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  60. Might choose a rose for a personal symbol. This book looks very intriguing.

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  61. stoickkathy@gmail.comSeptember 26, 2016 at 1:48 PM

    I am very interested in this new book ART QUILT COLLAGE. I would love to have a copy and try some of the techniques. One of my personal symbols is a Butterfly, a light and happy symbol as well as a sign for rebirth.

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  62. My symbol would be birds. Love the idea of trying out art quilts!

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  63. My personal symbol would likely be a hummingbird or a mug.

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  64. My symbol would be a seashell as I grew up by the sea collecting shells and as an artist I have enjoyed painting them. I have NEVER done a seashell in quilting so maybe I need to try out a seashell in my next mini quilt! Thanks for making me think of this. quilterinmotion@gmail.com

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  65. My symbol would have to be flowers... I just love the colors, shapes, and configuration and will make an art quilt one of these days! The book would certainly help!

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  66. An Ohio Star is my symbol. My son even had me draw it on a piece of paper for him before he left for Afghanistan and he had it tattooed on his wrist.

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  67. An anchor would be my symbol. Thanks.

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  68. I'd love to have the book. It sounds interesting. My symbol is a dragonfly.

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  69. A lot of interesting symbols mentioned in the previous comments already! I think my symbol should be a leaf, I'm especially fond of an unfurling fern frond. Though a needle and thimble would be great, too.
    And now I'm thinking of it, sea anemone or seahorse would be great, too. I think I will have to try using them all, though probably not at the same time!

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    1. My personal symbol is a heart! Looking forward to winning this great book, caltexgal@aol.com

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  70. I love the birds that come to our feeder. I'd choose a feather for one of my symbols.

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  71. This fun discovering this book and all these blogs and hearing everyone's ideas. I currently don't have a personal symbol but might consider the sun which gives us light and energy

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  72. Love to get the book -- my personal symbol is a gecko (friendly dragon, which I am the year of...)

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  73. I also have the moon as a symbol. Is carries endless possibilities.

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  74. I would love to win the book. My symbol is a butterfly.

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  75. Looking forward to Deborah's book. I would probably use a bird or dragonfly as a personal symbol.

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  76. Looking forward to Deborah's book. I would probably use a bird or dragonfly as a personal symbol.

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  77. I like Deborah's collage and stitch style. I'd love to learn more reading her book.

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  78. I never win anything, so I don't think I will wait to buy this book. I'm trying to stretch beyond photo realism and hope this will help. gaila.terrell@gmail.com (just in case!)

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  79. Just read all the comments. Very inspiring, interesting and fun to read all the personal symbols.

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  80. Not sure of my symbol...maybe a sunflower...

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  81. My symbol has always been a heart, I have them everywhere...all you need is love!

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  82. My personal symbol is the circle. I just love them. Thank you for this chance to get to know all these blogs and for a chance to win the book!

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  83. Another use for the photocopier! I like a spiral.

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  84. My personal symbol is an arrow. I'm always drawn to using it but can't say why.

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