Here it is…OPEN STUDIOS Schedule for Fall Festival!

Open Studios presented by CRAFTSY is back!


Want to watch and learn quilting tips and tricks from today’s top fiber artists? Come to this specially constructed area located near the food court to watch artists work in real time! Four artists will be working simultaneously under the categories of “Quilt,” “Stitch,” “Embellish,” and “Paint.” Stop by to learn a new technique or two! Schedule is subject to change.

Open Studios 2013

Art from left to right by Barb Forrister, Maria Shell, and Diane Doran


Thursday, October 31

10:00 A.M-Noon

Paint Studio Pokey Bolton Everything but the Kitchen Sink: Printing with Found Objects

Embellish Studio Julie Creus Fabric Flower Brooch

Stitch Studio  Frieda Anderson Machine Quilting the “Home Sweet Home” Quilt

Quilt Studio Judy Coates Perez Machine Quilting for Art Quilts

Noon-2 P.M.

Paint Studio   Maria Shell Painting with Your Rotary Cutter

Embellish Studio  Sue Purdy Spray Painting with Stencils and Embellishing with Crystals

Stitch Studio  Marlene Glickman Creative Fabric Collage

Quilt Studio Susan Brubaker Knapp Thread Sketching

2:00-4:00 P.M.

Paint Studio Jamie Fingal Stencils, Fabric, Paint-GO!

Embellish Studio Cheryl Sleboda Cartooning for Quilters

Stitch Studio  Timna Tarr Paper Piecing

Quilt Studio Leslie Jenison Free-motion Quilting

4:00-6:00 P.M.

Paint Studio Ana Buzzalino Coloring Fabrics with Inktense Pencils

Embellish Studio Catherine Redford African Folklore Embroidery

Stitch Studio  Anita Grossman Solomon  Making It Simple® Cutting & Piecing Tips

Quilt Studio Sarah Ann Smith Free-motion Quilting

Cheryl Sleboda copy

Cartooning for Quilters with Cheryl Sleboda (Image of Lady Mary from “Downton Abbey”)

Friday, November 1

10:00 A.M-Noon

Paint Studio Enid Weichselbaum Simple Silk Screening

Embellish Studio Barb Forrister Creating 3-D Floral Patterns

Stitch Studio Debby Brown Blended Thread Free-motion Embroidery

Quilt Studio Catherine Redford Wrapped in Scraps

Noon-2 P.M.

Paint Studio  Victoria Findlay Wolfe  Painting With Scraps: Making Your Own Fabric

Embellish Studio  Sue Purdy Spray Painting with Stencils and Embellishing with Crystals

Stitch Studio  Andi Perejda Hand Quilting

Quilt Studio Maria Shell Artful Machine Quilting

2:00-4:00 P.M.

Paint Studio Leslie Jenison Monoprinting with Stencils

Embellish Studio Marlene Glickman Hand-dyed Silk Greeting Cards

Stitch Studio   Timna Tarr Appliquéd Circles

Quilt Studio Jamie Fingal Free-Motion Quilting

4:00-6:00 P.M.

Paint Studio Judi Hurwitt Monoprinting with Gelli Plates

Embellish Studio  Laura Wasilowski Hand Stitching Fused Art Quilts

Stitch Studio   Liz Kettle Free-form Embroidery

Quilt Studio Ebony Love Die-cut Foundation Piecing

Saturday, November 2

10:00 A.M-Noon

Paint Studio Judi Hurwitt Creating Your Own Stamps

Embellish Studio  Becky Navarro Using Found Objects and Everyday Tools for Embellishment

Stitch Studio Ebony Love Stitched & Painted Quilts

Quilt Studio Judith Trager Machine Quilting

Noon-2 P.M.

Paint Studio  Susie Monday Water-Soluble Crayons for Screen Printing

Embellish Studio  Ruth Chandler Modern Hand Stitching

Stitch Studio Maria Shell Piecing with Prints

Quilt Studio Diane Doran Layered Imagery & Stitch

2:00-4:00 P.M.

Paint Studio Susan Brubaker Knapp Whole Cloth Painting

Embellish Studio Maria Shell Artful Appliqué

Stitch Studio Kristin Rodriguez Photo Transfer to Stitched Art

Quilt Studio Wendy Butler Berns Embellished Postcard Quilts

4:00-6:00 P.M.

Paint Studio Cyndi Souder Block Printing with Wooden Blocks

Embellish Studio Cheryl Sleboda Light Up Your Quilts!

Stitch Studio Debby Brown Blended Thread Free-motion Embroidery

Quilt Studio Liz Kettle Using Specialty Threads in Quilting

Stitch dancing

Stitched art by Liz Kettle

Sunday, November 3

10:00 A.M-Noon

Paint Studio Pokey Bolton Layered Imagery

Embellish Studio  Linda Hardy Mixed Media Collage

Stitch Studio Catherine Redford YoYo Ma Ma!

Quilt Studio Cheryl Sleboda Experiments in Dimensional Sewing for Quilts

Noon-2 P.M.

Paint Studio Cyndi Souder Block Printing with Wooden Blocks

Embellish Studio Judi Hurwitt Make Your Own Beads

Stitch Studio Janelle Girod Silk Fiber Explorations

Quilt Studio Diane Doran Layered Imagery Meets Stitch

Hope to see lots of you at the show!

Coming to Quilt Festival Cincinnati? I have some FUN homework for you…

T-minus one week until we descend upon the Queen city for Quilt Festival Cincinnati, and there are going to be a number of fun and festive activities on the show floor to prepare for beforehand!


1. Make an Ohio Star Quilt Block!

Sharon Shipley Troute

Ohio Star quilt block by Sharon Shipley Troute

The Details:
• Make a 9.5″-square unfinished block (so that when we quilt it it will be 9″ finished) where the theme is a variation of the Ohio Star. We welcome modern, traditional, and arty variations.
• Stick to red and white as your color scheme.
• Sign your unfinished quilt block with a permanent marker somewhere on the front of the block.
• During show hours, bring your 9.5″-square unfinished block to our Design Wall on the show floor just inside the exhibit hall.

Once quilted, this Ohio Star quilt will be donated to a local Cincinnati charity next spring. All those who make a quilt block will have the opportunity, at this year’s show, to vote for a local charity where they would like to see the quilt donated. We will announce the winning charity at next year’s Quilt Festival in Cincinnati (2014), where we will also have the finished quilt on display. We hope you’ll be a part of this fun and unique challenge!

2. Make ATCs or Mug Rugs to Trade at Our Trading Post!


Make as many ATCs and mug rugs as you like to trade with others at the Trading Post, which will be located in front of Create on the Spot!

Don’t know how to make ATCs or mug rugs? They are fast and easy to create!

ATC Tutorials online:

Mug Rug Tutorials:

3. Come to the Show on Preview Night (April 10) to experience Open Studios!

For the duration of Preview Night, artists will be on hand in the Create on the Spot! area demonstrating everything from monoprinting and screen printing fabrics to demonstrating modern quilting techniques. Don’t miss out!

4. Prepare to Take Workshops at Create on the Spot!

Take just an hour, or less, to learn a quick new skill, and make a fun project. No pre-enrollment; just pay $10 at the door (first-come, first-served). Tickets available all day (for that day’s sessions only) until the class space is sold out. Come to booths 626/727 off “Main Street” to see the project line up.

Thursday, April 11

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.             Kim DeCoste               Pentagon Fabric Bowl—English Paper Piecing

12:30-1:30 p.m.                      Cindy Walter              Miniature Painted Quilt

1:45-2:45 p.m.                        Edie Wittenmeyer        Fabric Applique Fun!

3:00-4:00 p.m.                       Judy Murrah               Jazzy Small Notions Bag

4:15-5:15 p.m.                        Pokey Bolton               Fabric Postcards

Friday, April 12

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.             Diane Zubrick             Silk Screening—Gingko Leaves Art Cloth

12:30-1:30 p.m.                      Judy Murrah               Jazzy Small Notions Bag

1:45-2:45 p.m.                       Diane Zubrick             Silk Screening—Creating Art Cloth with Sharpies &

                                                                                         Silk Screening

3:00-4:00 p.m.                      Pokey Bolton               Fabric Postcards

4:15-5:15 p.m.                        Kim DeCoste               Pentagon Fabric Bowl—English Paper Piecing

Saturday, April 13

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.             Diane Zubrick             Silk Screening—African Adinkra Symbols Art Cloth

12:30-1:30 p.m.                      Julie Craig                   Silk Roses

1:45-2:45 p.m.                        Diane Zubrick             Silk Screening—Art Cloth Printing Lab

3:00-4:00 p.m.                      Kim DeCoste               Pentagon Fabric Bowl—English Paper Piecing

We are also preparing for our Iron Quilter Challenge for Thursday night (April 11), which is going to be pretty hilarious!

If you haven’t bought your tickets to the show yet, click this link and you can buy them in advance.

Are you coming to Cincinnati? I hope to see you!





Quilt Festival 2012 Recap (Part 1): Open Studios!

What just happened?! Did Quilt Festival come and go already? Really?!

Faster than Roadrunner can outrun a rocket, my two weeks of Hilton livin’ and Houston Quilt Show lovin’ feel like they zoomed by at warp speed, and in the blink of an eye, I’m already back at Quilts headquarters, sitting still, feeling exhilarated, inspired, and yes, also a little tired.

What an incredible and whirlwind of a time this year’s International Quilt Festival/Houston experience was for me, and for the tens of thousands who attended, I hope for you as well!

I’ll be posting a few blog entries recapping Festival over this next week, and in this first edition wanted to share some pictures of our brand new Open Studios sponsored by Craftsy, fine purveyors of quality online classes from some of the best quilters in the business. We are very appreciative of their sponsorship, and I know I was among many who felt dazzled watching approximately 40 quilt artists over the course of the four days of Festival share their art as well as tips, tricks, and techniques for better quilting.

Open Studios was located close to the entrance of the Food Court, and it was exciting watching it come together!

After Ray from TexExpo and his team rolled out the floor, they began erecting the wall panels that would create the four distinct open studios rooms for artists to quilt, stitch, embellish, and paint.



Here my coworker Belén Timmins is sporting a classic pose in one of the windows of Open Studios just after one of the walls was completed. Problem was, we knew beforehand that these rooms needed propping…and propping quickly since the show was opening in less than 24 hours.



After making a few trips home to grab some things from my studio, and with the help and eye of Leslie Jenison and Jamie Fingal, we decorated all of the rooms with props and hanging mechanisms for each artist to display their art for their sessions. I thought the Craftsy sign looked pretty striking!


I especially loved the paint room with Leslie Jenison’s art cloth billowing out of paint cans.


Some highlights…

Cheryl Sleboda was one of our debut artists to launch Open Studios this year, and demonstrated how she embellishes her quilts with LED lights. Clever girl, that Cheryl…


Nancy Goldsworthy divulged her secrets for how to couch chunky and challenging threads to a packed audience of quilters.


Marlene Glickman demonstrated nifty surface design techniques using simple, everyday items such as sticks, clamps, and stamps.


Joyce Hughes amazed attendees with her beautiful quilts featuring raw edge appliqué and thread painting.


Leslie Jenison showed how easy and fun it can be to create one-of-a-kind art cloth with monoprinting.


I got to play in Open Studios, too, demo’ing some surface design techniques, and as an admirer of Lynn Krawczyk’s art, it was great fun having her as a neighbor during our sessions!


All in all a lively time was had in this new area on the show floor, and I want to thank all of the artists for being so generous with their expertise, and to thank Craftsy for sponsoring this fun event!

In the next post I will share some very exciting news we have about the funds raised for Friends For Life with our Festival Pet Project, but in the meantime, I hope that many of us can keep those in the Northeast in our hearts and prayers as they cope with the aftermath of Sandy. If you want to help, there are a couple of quilt drives that I have been made aware of: Luana Rubin is coordinating Hurricane Sandy- 5000 Quilts and  quilter Victoria Findlay Wolfe whose neighborhood was devastated by the storm, is coordinating a quilt drive on her blog.

Hope everyone has a restful and stitch-filled weekend,

Open Studios at Quilt Festival Brought to You By Craftsy!

New this year! Watch well-known artists working right before your eyes in this special area brought you by! In this specially constructed area —located near “Main Street” in the food court—, four artists will be demonstrating simultaneously under the categories of “Embellish,” “Stitch,” “Quilt,” and “Paint,” showing everything from free-motion quilting and innovative piecing to monoprinting and beading.

Stop by for a little creative inspiration, and print the full schedule below so you wont miss out on seeing some of your favorite artists at work!

Open Studios Artists’ work from left to right: Carol Ann Waugh, Ana Buzzalino, Timna Tarr

Thursday, November 1

10:00 a.m.-Noon
Lynn Roddy Brown, Piecing Triangle Units
Nancy Goldsworthy, Couching Chunky & Challenging Threads
Cheryl Sleboda, Light Up Your Quilts!
Barb Forrister, 3D Flowers

12:00-2:00 p.m.
Joyce Hughes, Thread Painting
Jamie Fingal, Rebel Quilting
Leslie Jenison, Monoprinting on Fabric
Marlene Glickman, Surface Design with Sticks, Clamps, and Stamps

2:00-4:00 p.m.
Sarah Ann Smith, Thread Painting
Teri Lucas, Fusible Appliqué Cards
Sara Hochhauser, Dye It, Sew It, Wear It
Michele Muska, Making Felted Fabric

4:00-6:00 p.m.
Martha DeLeonardis, Twister Designs
Cyndi Souder, Curved Piecing with Tiny Seams and Persuasive Pressing
Christen Brown, Ribbon Work and Hand Embroidery
Ana Buzzalino, Stitched & Painted Landscapes

Friday, November 2

10:00 a.m.-Noon
Christine Adams, Stitched & Collaged Fabric Books
Cathy Franks, Couching with Yarns to Create Leaves and Flower Shapes
Mary Anne Griffin, Painting Fabric
Judi Hurwitt, Gelatin Monoprinting

Noon-2:00 p.m.
Ana Buzzalino, Stitched & Painted Landscapes
Joyce Hughes, Raw-Edge Appliqué
Barb Forrister, 3D Flowers
Helen Gibb, Silk Ribbon Embellishments

2:00-4:00 p.m.
Ann Petersen, Beyond Basic Machine Quilting
Leslie Jenison, Free-motion Quilting for Art Quilts
Lynn Roddy Brown, Piecing Triangle Units
Jamie Fingal, Mixed-Media Quilting

4:00-6:00 p.m.
Peggy Martin, Paper Piecing
Timna Tarr, How to Appliqué Circles
Marlene Glickman, Foiling Fun with Sheers for Collages
Susie Monday, Stamp Carving for Art Quilts & Mixed Media

Saturday, November 3

10:00 a.m.-Noon
Ann Petersen, Quilting Big Projects on a Small Machine
Carol Ann Waugh, Stitch & Slash
Lynn Krawczyk, Shadow Printing
Pokey Bolton, Monoprint, Screen, & Stamp

Noon-2:00 p.m.
Karen Linduska, Creative Uses for Decorative Stitches
Jamie Mueller, Cathedral Windows
Marlene Glickman, Surface Design with Sticks, Clamps, & Stamps
Christine Adams, Stitched & Collaged Fabric Books

2:00-4:00 p.m.
Susie Monday, Drawing with Stitch
Pokey Bolton, Mixed-Media Postcards
Esterita Austin, Creating Quilt Portraits
Judy Murrah, Collage Greeting Cards

4:00-6:00 p.m.
Patt Blair, Painted Quilt Art
Ann Petersen, Quilting Big Projects on a Small Machine
Liz Kettle, Beading on Fabric
June Colburn, Artful Collage Appliqué

Sunday, November 4

10:00 a.m.-Noon
Nancy Goldsworthy, Couching Chunky & Challenging Threads
Liz Kettle, Machine Stitching Tips & Tricks
Christen Brown, Ribbon Work and Hand Embroidery
Martha DeLeonardis, Twister Designs

Noon-2:00 p.m.
Pokey Bolton, Mixed-Media Postcards
Ruth Chandler, Modern Hand Stitch
Judi Hurwitt, Cut Stacked Journaling
Cheryl Sleboda, Light Up Your Quilts!


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