Books & DVDs

My latest book is called Point, Click, Quilt! Turn Your Photos into Fabulous Fabric Art. It includes 16 artful projects inspired by my digital photographs. In the book, I teach you how to compose and shoot dynamic digital photos from a quilter’s perspective. You can follow the fun workshop-style exercises and step-by-step directions to turn your photos into small art quilts, both realistic and abstract. Most of my projects use fused batik and hand-dyed fabrics, but four projects include innovative materials (paint, Tyvek, Angelina fibers, and foils).

I think you’ll also be inspired by the gallery section of the book, which includes beautiful work by other gifted art quilters I know.

This book is currently out of print, but is available as an e-book or print-on-demand book from C&T Publishing.

Here’s a peek at the projects:

My first book, Appliqué Petal Party: A bouquet of 16 blocks & flowering border, was released by C&T Publishing in October 2009. It includes full-size patterns for the sixteen 12-1/2" blocks and the scalloped floral border in the Pink Petal Party quilt (shown above), plus a booklet with my needle turn applique basics and step-by-step instructions for the quilt, which is 73" square.
“Pink Petal Party”
(from the book “Appliqué Petal Party” (2009)
Everything is packaged in an envelope, so the patterns are easy to pull out and use. You can make the whole quilt or use one block as a pillow or wall hanging. It’s also perfect as a block-of-the-month project. The price is $17.95. 

I now have four Quilting Arts Workshops! The latest is Fabulous Finishes: Seven Techniques for Binding, Facing, Framing & Hanging a Quilt (2014). This is a 73-minute-long DVD or digital download. I demonstrate the essential skills of finishing a quilt using seven techniques that show not only how to bind and hang your quilts with perfect results every time, but also meet the requirements of quilt show judges.
  • Basic quilt binding with mitered corners
  • Satin stitch edging that lies flat and doesn't buckle
  • Pillowcase-turn method that allows finishing the edges before quilting
  • Facing a quilt for a clean and contemporary look
  • Framing a quilt in a shadow box for a professional presentation
  • Hanging a quilt using slats to keep it straight and flat
  • Making a quilt sleeve with space for a hanging rod
Fabulous Finishes is available from through my website, or the Quilting Arts/Interweave online store.  


Dynamic Quilt Design: Paint Meets Stitch (2011) is a 69-minute-long DVD or download. I teach how to turn your photos into realistic wholecloth painted quilts. I cover supplies and tools, and how to:
  • choose the right photo
  • trace the design elements
  • enlarge your drawing
  • print it out
  • transfer the lines onto the fabric. 
There’s a bit of basic color theory and information on mixing paint colors, shades and tints. Next, I cover how to approach painting your piece and how to add shadows and highlights for greater realism. And in the last portion, I show how to bring your painted piece to life with thread sketching and quilting. Along the way, I illustrate all these things by showing how I’ve used them in my work.

Dynamic Quilt Design: Paint Meets Stitch is available from through my website, or the Quilting Arts/Interweave online store.  


Master Machine Stitching: Thread Sketching Beyond the Basics (2010), is available from through my website, or the Quilting Arts/Interweave online store. 
“Following up on the concepts introduced in her first DVD, Master Machine Quilting: Free-Motion Stitching and Thread Sketching, Quilting Arts columnist Susan Brubaker Knapp delves even deeper, teaching you how to add color, dimension, texture, pattern, line, and movement to your quilts using thread. After a quick overview of the basic materials you’ll need, as well as some helpful tools to make things easier, Susan breaks down each of the six topics (from color to movement) and provides step-by-step machine stitching demos. She shows numerous samples that illustrate the basic thread-sketching concepts being discussed. Prepare to expand your view of the opportunities for using stitch on your quilts.”
Susan on the set of Quilting Arts TV to shoot the DVD.
Read more about my latest DVD in my blog post here. Here is a little taste:

My first Quilting Arts Workshop DVD or download, Master Machine Quilting: Free-Motion Stitching and Thread Sketching (2009), is available from my website, or the Quilting Arts/Interweave online store. The price is $19.95.
“Susan teaches you the basics of free-motion machine stitching, including thread work to enhance the surface and quilting to hold the layers together beautifully. Find out what materials you’ll need and how to get started. Beginners and intermediates – and those who have been too terrified to try until now – will find inspiration and answers, as well as lots of tips, techniques and practical information to improve their machine stitching. Stitchers of all levels will benefit from Susan’s thorough approach – from her careful consideration of materials and preparation (including advice on how to chill out), to the differentiation between thread sketching and machine quilting. Learn the benefits and purpose for each of these methods, and find plenty of inspiration through Susan’s artful examples.” 
Here is a sneak peek!