Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Quilt Expo en Beaujolais

Ooooooh la la! Très fantastique!

I was very pleased to see my piece, Lepidoptera, featured on the cover of the program for Quilt Expo en Beaujolais, where it was exhibited in Graves sur Anse, France, earlier this month in SAQA’s Art Meets Science exhibition. The exhibition will travel next to the Visions Art Museum in San Diego, California Feb. 3-April 22, 2012, and then to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, June 11 through Sept. 14, 2012.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Win Laura Wasilowski’s new book

Laura Wasilowski has a new book! Fanciful Stitches, Colorful Quilts contains 11 whimsical fused art quilt projects… I got a sneak peek, and I’m going to review the book and give away a copy (courtesy of C&T Publishing) on May 2. Want more chances to win? Just check in on each of the bloggers on the dates listed below:

REMEMBER TO COME BACK ON MAY 2 to read the review and leave a comment on the May 2 post for a chance to win!
THE FINE PRINT: With apologies to my readers in other countries: I’m sorry, but this giveaway is for U.S. residents only.

Such a sweet gift

Each year, the members of Fiber Art Options (a Charlotte area group of fiber artists) pull names out of a hat and make a small gift for that person. Today, I received this lovely piece from my friend Debbie Langsam. It is a photo of me with my mother in 1964, altered in Photoshop and printed on fabric, then quilted. The poem is a favorite of both my mother and me. You can see the original photo and read the poem in my earlier post

Debbie is such a kind and generous person, and I am deeply touched by this very personal gift. Thank you so much, Debbie!

P.S. Debbie and her husband Joal run Barking Dog Chocolatiers, and donate all the profits of their delicious chocolates to charity. So if your sweet tooth is calling, consider an order! I can tell you from experience that you won’t be sorry.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Amazing Easter Egg Hunt

I don't know about you, but I love hunting Easter eggs. Why should kids have all the fun? This year, the hunt is even sweeter, because Aurifil, AccuQuilt and The Quilt Show are giving away more than $1,500 in prizes! Here’s how it works:

1. Like Aurifil’s Facebook page and find the egg with the first part of the code. 
2. Like AccuQuilt’s Facebook page and find the egg with the second part of the code. 
3. Like The Quilt Show’s Facebook page and find the egg with the third part of the code. 
4. Go to, and enter the full code for your chance to win.

Here are the fabulous prizes:
An AccuQuilt GO! Baby Fabric Cutter plus 10 GO! Baby-compatible dies of your choice, and two cutting mats. A $400 value.
An Aurifil Variety Suitcase Pack that includes 216 spools of fabulous Aurifil thread. An $820 value.

A one-year membership to, a Series 7 DVD, and a 24" monitor. A $300 value.

Winners will be notified by e-mail on Monday, April 25. You better get hopping!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

A lovely link to the past

This is my grandmother Helen McDanel Brubaker’s sewing basket. That’s a photo of her, about 1918, with it. I never got to meet Helen, as she died before I was born. Last week, when I was in Colorado Springs to shoot The Quilt Show, my cousin Carole gave it to me.

Me with Carole (right)
I was so happy to have it, as I have very few of Helen’s things (because of a long and sad story I will not share with you here that involves my step-grandmother). How nice to feel that link, through needle and thread, to her.

I had not seen Carole since the death of our grandfather in 1978, when I was 14! We passed a few hours examining each other’s faces for the Brubaker family resemblance, eating lunch and talking about the work Carole has been doing on our shared Brubaker genealogy. 

Here’s something fun she discovered: One of our great-great-great-great-great grandfathers was Robert Philson, born in 1759 in northern Ireland (most likely his ancestors came from Scotland). He came to America with his uncle, and they kept a store in Berlin, Bedford County, Pennsylvania.

In 1794, Philson was arrested for his involvement in the Whiskey Rebellion, an uprising of farmers protesting a tax on whiskey by the fledgling U.S. government. At that time, rye was widely grown, and apparently it was more profitable to make it into whiskey than to transport the grain itself. One of the reasons that the Whiskey Rebellion is considered important in American history is because it helped to define one of the basic principals of our democracy: that a citizen could disagree with his or her government and not have it considered an act of treason.

Philson was eventually acquitted, and served as associate judge of Somerset County for twenty years, and also served as a one-term congressman during the 16th United States Congress. He was commissioned a brigadier general of the Second Brigade, Tenth Division, Pennsylvania militia in 1800, and served as a brigadier general in the War of 1812.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Filming “The Quilt Show”

I have been in Colorado Springs area this week to shoot an episode of "The Quilt Show" with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. What a thrill to be on set with two quilters whose work I respect so much! “The Quilt Show” is an online TV show that can be viewed through the Internet by subscription. The shows feature fun interviews with all kinds of quilters and fiber artists, as well as lessons and information, and some great free stuff. 

I figured you might enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at my day. Ricky and Alex shoot some episodes on a set with a live studio audience, and some “on location.” On Tuesday, we were in the beautiful home of the very hospitable and kind Dee Dee and Hugh Eaton. Dee Dee is a quilter, and her husband Hugh is famous for having helped to start The Weather Channel. They live in Palmer Lake, just outside of Monument, Colorado (a short drive from Colorado Springs).

Here is the crew getting set up to shoot the interview portion of the show:

Ricky threw his signature hat down on one of my quilts:

C&T Publishing had kindly provided copies of both of my books, Appliqué Petal Party (2009) and Point, Click, Quilt! (coming out in July):

Actually, this is just a mock-up of my book (the cover glued to the front of another C&T title), since my book has not gone to press yet. Here is the producer, Shelly Heesacker (below) holding the mock-up. Shelly produces segments for Oprah, and she was fabulous to work with, and a lot of fun.

Make-up on, quilts up, Ricky and Alex comfortably installed on the sofa in the Eaton’s family room, me squirming in an armchair, cameras rolling! We sat down to review with the crew how the interview portion of the show would run.

The crew was BUSY!

Ricky was pretty serious most of the time, but was always good for a funny comment when we needed to loosen up.

About half way through the interview segment the director yelled “CUT!” Apparently my neck was bright red. Scarlet, in fact. This is something that happens to me a lot when I am excited or nervous. (When I was little, the boys used to have competitions to see who could make me blush the worst. I would turn purple.) So it was off to the powder room for some heavy makeup and powder by Lilo Bowman, the show’s coordinator (and a quilter!):

Okay, back on the set. Doesn't my neck look fabulous?

After that segment was shot, we moved to another room for the how-to parts of the show. Alex told me a funny story while I pressed the step-outs for the segment on creating bias vines that I shot with her:

Step outs are how you show all the different parts of the process you are demonstrating. (On a cooking show, they will show the ingredients, then some of them mixed together, then the batter in the pan, then the pan going into the oven, then the baked cake, then the iced and finished cake. Same concept here.) Lilo and I ran through the step outs together:

Ricky found a piano and of course Shelly and I had to join in:

We even shot a little bit of me singing with Ricky as a lead-in to my segment with Alex. I have not sung much since high school (I starred in a few of my high school musicals), except in the shower, so I hope I sounded all right!

Then it was back to work. Roll cameras!

Alex and Ricky made shooting these how-to segments really fun and easy. Before each one, we set up all the equipment, step-outs, and the things we would use or talk about:

Ricky patiently gave me a little lesson on how to use a high-end Bernina that has some features I was not familiar with because I don't have them on the Bernina I use at home. And yes, I had to free-motion thread sketch standing up!

Here is Ricky with the producer, director and crew watching me thread sketch to see if the camera was capturing everything from the correct angle:

And then we discussed how to shoot it to make it look clearer:

Yes! It looked okay after a few adjustments!

Here’s how we ended up shooting that part:

This is a shot of me holding one of the projects (Nestling) that I demonstrated, which will be available from The Quilt Show as a free project when my show airs. I don’t know yet when that will be, but it will be part of the next season, which starts later this summer and runs through the end of this year, I think! Stay tuned and I’ll tell you the details once I get them.

And here’s a nice surprise! Katie Pasquini Masopust was shooting that afternoon, so I got to see her again. We first met while she was closing up her term as SAQA president, at the Studio Art Quilt Associates conference a few years ago. You can tell from my big smile that I am also really happy to be finished shooting! What a great day!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A free project from Aurifil’s Designer of the Month, Susan Guzman

Susan Guzman’s “Favorite Things” pillow
The Aurifil Designer of the Month for April is Susan Guzman. On the Aurifil blog you can read an interview with her, and download the free project (above) that she designed to show off vintage fabrics. Susan’s style is ecclectic; she designs quilt patterns that are contemporary, traditional, scrappy, applique, and folk art styles!

Susan Guzman
You can find out more about Susan here: 

Pat Sloan interviewed Susan on her online radio show March 15; you can download it and listen to on your computer here.
Remember, if you make the project, load a photo to the Aurifil Flickr group. That puts you in the running to win an Aurifil thread prize. One winner is selected each month. 

Each month this year, I’m going to be giving away a pack of Aurifil minispools (like the one shown above) when the new project is announced. Just leave me a comment here to tell me what you think of Susan's project. I'll pull a name at random on Sunday, May 1 at noon. The sampler pack includes great colors in different weights. WE HAVE A WINNER: Congratulations to Marcia W. from Florida!

Friday, April 1, 2011

I’m in “The Space Between”

I found out yesterday that my piece, “Hope Is The Thing” (above) has been accepted into the special exhibit “The Space Between” curated by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison (of Dinner at Eight Artists). I am very honored to have been chosen to be in this group, as it includes many women I know and whose work I admire.  

The exhibit will debut at the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach July 28-31, 2011 and is sponsored by Moore’s Sewing Centers. The plan is to exhibit at International Quilt Festival in Houston also, after securing a sponsor. Here are the artists and works that were chosen:

Natalya Aikens, Steni Mezhda Sosedyami/Walls between Neighbors
Frances Holliday Alford, Pisces
Betty Amador, Symphonic Dances
Astrid Bennett, Anticipation
Loris Bogue, Sedimentary Silk
Deborah Borschert, Fence and Flourish
Paula Chung, Intervals
Joanell Connolly, Life Happens in the Space Between
Cindy Cooksey, Between the Air Conditioner and the House
Barb Forrister, Lost Cavern
Linda Frost, Black & White
Terry Grant, Between Mother and Child
Desiree Habicht, Forest of Blues
Lyric Kinard, Dream 
Susan King, Schooling with the Jellie’s 
Pam Klebaum, Figure and Ground 
Sherry Kleinman, The Family Tree
Susan Brubaker Knapp, Hope is the Thing   
Jane LaFazio, Industrial Aged 
Jayne Larson, Breathing Space
Gwen Mayer, Saber Dancers
Linda T. Minton, The Antechamber

Susie Monday, Reading Between the Lines
Jeannie Moore, The Red Tomato
Rachel Parris, The Sands of Time
Judy Perez, Black and Bloom All Over
Yvonne Porcella, Storybook
Wen Redmond, Trees Singing
Karen Rips, Spinal Study 1
Carolyn Ryan, Pre-Teen-Between
Cynthia St. Charles, Spring Blossoms, aka Yearning for an End to Winter
Julie Schlueter, Knee High to a Grasshopper
Teresa Shippy, Twins
Gayle Simpson, Mind the Gap
Sarah Ann Smith, Clothed in Color
Terry Waldron, Meadow Gold
Laura Cater-Woods, Fault Lines
Kathy York, Blue Towers