Sunday, July 18, 2021

Quilting Arts TV update


Two new Series of QATV – 2700 and 2800 – are out; hooray! And boo! because the last shoot for Quilting Arts TV was in September 2020, and I did not attend because of COVID-19. I have several health conditions that put me at higher risk for complications if I get the Coronavirus, and my daughter caught it the month before the shoot. (She is okay.) Vivika Hansen DeNegre took over as host, and did a great job. I’m listed as co-host for 2700, because we taped some of the segments in the spring of 2020 while shooting Series 2600. 

Both Series are available on QuiltingDaily.com as digital downloads. 

I hope/plan to be back as host when filming resumes. 


Sourwood

“Sourwood”
Copyright Susan Brubaker Knapp 2021. 
Approximately  24x17"

Another botanical piece based on one of my photos. This shows sourwood tree leaves in the fall, when they turn brilliant red. We have several in our yard, and they are show stoppers. White cotton fabric, acrylic textile paint, ink, cotton backing fabric, cotton batting, cotton thread. Wholecloth painted, free-motion machine quilted.

I finished quilting it last night, so it only has to be faced now. I quilted around all the leaves and fruit with black thread, which is somewhat different for me, but I think it gives the piece a lot of crispness, and a somewhat graphic look. The background is quilted in a single color: chartreuse. 



Monday, July 5, 2021

“Pokeweed Berries”

“Pokeweed Berries” Copyright Susan Brubaker Knapp 2021. 19.5" x 27.75"

White cotton fabric, acrylic textile paint, ink, cotton backing fabric, cotton batting, cotton thread. Wholecloth painted, free-motion machine quilted. 








“Orange Milkweed with Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetle”

 

“Orange Milkweed with Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetle.” 

Copyright Susan Brubaker Knapp 2021. 21.5” x 27.5” 

White cotton fabric, acrylic textile paint, ink, cotton backing fabric, cotton batting, cotton thread. Wholecloth painted, free-motion machine quilted. 






“Drama Queens: Pitcher Plants”

“Drama Queens: Pitcher Plants” 
Copyright Susan Brubaker Knapp. Approximately 32x25”. 
White cotton fabric, acrylic textile paint, ink, cotton batting, interfacing, cotton backing fabric, 
cotton thread. Wholecloth painted, free-motion machine quilted. 
 



Persimmon

“Persimmon” Copyright Susan Brubaker Knapp. 21"x16.5” 
White cotton fabric, acrylic textile paint, cotton thread, cotton batting, interfacing, cotton backing fabric. Wholecloth painted, free-motion machine quilted.  




Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Intergalactic Pinball


I realized today that I never posted about this piece that I made in August 2020. I made it to showcase these balls made from silk sari ribbon, threads and perle cotton. (I demonstrated how to make these in Series 2600 of “Quilting Arts TV,” and in an article for Quilting Arts  magazine. 
 



I have not made very much three-dimensional work, but these little balls called out for something different. I hand-painted the lime green fabric, which is a jacquard napkin given to me by a neighbor; it belonged to her Belgian grandmother! The hot pink/purple piece is fabric that I hand dyed years ago. I used a sturdy interfacing in it so that it would be able to be shaped and have enough body to hold its curves. 

It needed some additional bling, so I added beads, hand stitching, and embellishments I punched out of old Target gift cards. 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

“Northern Maidenhair Fern”

Northern Maidenhair Fern
Copyright 2021 by Susan Brubaker Knapp
20.25" x 16.25"

This is another piece in my botanical series. It is based on a photo I took at the North Carolina Botanical Garden of a Northern Maidenhair fern. It is a deciduous perennial fern is native to North Carolina. 

This is a wholecloth painted quilt. I added some visual texture with stenciling before masking with black/dark green, and then adding shading and details on the leaves. 






Sunday, May 30, 2021

“Winged Sumac”

“Winged Sumac”
19-1/2" x 25-3/4"
Copyright 2021 by Susan Brubaker Knapp

This is my latest finish, based on a photo I took last fall. I changed the background to suggest that the leaf was in a puddle of water. It is wholecloth painted and free-motion machine quilted. I love the color combination on this piece. 





Wednesday, May 12, 2021

“Christmas Fern”

 

“Christmas Fern”
Copyright 2021 by Susan Brubaker Knapp
12x12"
Wholecloth painted and stenciled, free-motion machine quilted.

“Christmas Fern” is my donation to the 2021 SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) benefit auction. The donated 12 x 12-inch art quilts support exhibition and outreach programs. This year’s auction will take place online from September 10 through October 3, 2021. 

Christmas Ferns are native throughout much of the eastern U.S. and are so named because they are evergreen, and because the pinnae are shaped a bit like Christmas stockings.

Ravens

I’m hoping to participate in the Orange County Artist’s Guild Open Studio Tour this fall (Nov. 6-7 and 13-14) and I've been thinking about creating some new pieces and some other products (notecards, bookmarks, etc.) that I can sell at a lower price point than my larger, more complex work. 

These ravens are an experiment. I drew the raven first, and then scanned it in and sent it off to Spoonflower to have it printed on fabric. Then I painted the entire surface, then free-motion quilted them. I’ve made three so far. They are 11" square. It’s been fun to play with different color combinations on the feathers. 


“The Art of Science + Hope” in Chapel Hill

I’m excited to have a piece in this public art exhibition in Chapel Hill, NC – The Art of Science + Hope. This is a painted 3x4’ piece of plywood, and it’s one of more than 80 pieces of art installed along Franklin Street about a week ago to create mile-long Pop-Up Art Walk, celebrating science and hope. Community members designed this special outdoor event to thank scientists, healthcare workers, teachers, and local business owners - everyone whose leadership and innovation helped the community and the country make it through the past year. 

My piece is in front of Epilogue Books, a great little bookstore. 

You can read more about this exhibition on Instagram here: @science.hope.art.walk 

Local peeps: 
VOTE on your favorite art and win gift certificates from Downtown Chapel Hill businesses! TAG @ science.hope.art.walk on Facebook and Instagram for more prize drawings. Learn more: #linkinbio 

HURRY!  The art walk will be up through the end of May. Bring your friends/family downtown for a fun walk in downtown Chapel Hill and stay for dinner. 

DON'T MISS special tribute art dedicated to: 
NCDHHS Director Mandy Cohen, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)'s Dr. Anthony Fauci, National Institutes of Health (NIH)'s Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, and Orange County Health Director, Quintana Stewart. Thank you! 



“Sea Glass” on the cover of "Genetics in Medicine"




My work was featured on the cover of the February 2021 issue of "Genetics in Medicine" – the official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics!

Sea Glass
10" x 16.5" (Copyright 2020 by Susan Brubaker Knapp)
White cotton fabric, acrylic textile paint, Lutradur, cotton threads, cotton batting. Painted, free-motion quilted.

Friday, October 23, 2020

"Bittersweet Autumn"


“Bittersweet Autumn” 
by Susan Brubaker Knapp
Copyright 2020 
White cotton fabric, acrylic textile paint, cotton thread, cotton batting, cotton backing fabric. Wholecloth painted, free-motion machine quilted. 

This piece is based on an ink drawing, which in turn was based on a photo I took in October 2015. My goal was to create a piece that looked a bit more graphic, and with a sense of drama that captures my feelings about Halloween. 



The title references both the vine (bittersweet) and my emotions about this particular autumn, when so much hangs in the balance. Here are some detail shots: