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!

Breaking Quilt Exhibit News…

Breaking news from our Special Exhibits Department!

By now hopefully everyone knows about our Pet Postcard Project to benefit Houston-based animal shelters (and you are busy making lots of fabric postcards), but what you may not know is that surrounding this wall of pet postcards on the exhibit floor, will be an invitational exhibit of quilted pet portraits. And there will be two more years of pet quilt exhibits that will debut in Houston, then travel to a number of our away shows. In 2013, we will host a juried exhibit of quilted pet portraits, and in 2014, we will host a judged contest. More information on both of these opportunities will be forthcoming, but we wanted to share sooner rather than later that we will be hosting these animal exhibits (in case you wanted to break out your camera now and start taking lots of shots of your iguana, Petunia, or Scruff, your pet porcupine).

Fabric Winner

Congratulations to Jerri Stroud! You have won the Malka Dubrawsky fabrics, and I will follow up in an email shortly to get your mailing address.

Pet Lovers Unite! Big Animal-loving Announcement for International Quilt Festival/Houston!

If you’ve been following my blog, you know not only do I love quilts, but animals, too. All of us at Quilts Inc. do, and most of us have rescues as pets. After my most recent rescue, Sweetie, whom I fostered and thankfully adopted out, I thought it would be a great idea to do some kind of outreach quilt exhibit/fundraiser for Houston-based shelters. With the economy the way it has been, and the fact that a lot of strays are wandering the streets in search of food and a place to rest, the shelters in Houston are more than at capacity with animals in desperate need of good, loving, forever homes. These places could really use our help in terms of funding.

So the good news: We talked about the idea at Quilts, Inc., and we are doing a fundraiser at International Quilt Festival this fall to help these shelters, and we want YOU to participate!

Introducing the Pet Postcard Project!
Want to make postcard-sized quilts to be featured at International Quilt Festival/Houston and to raise money for animals in dire need? Make what we are currently dubbing…Critter Cards!

Here are the preliminary details:

1. Make as many 4″ x 6″ fabric postcards (that are no more than 1/8″ in thickness) as you would like to be featured and sold at International Quilt Festival this upcoming fall.

2. We want you to get pet-ty! For these fabric postcards, keep them animal-themed or related to animals in some fashion. On the back side of the fabric postcard, please sign your name and title your postcard. (Contact information is optional.)

3. We will sell the postcards for $20 each at Festival, and all of the proceeds will go to Houston-based animal shelters.

4. These postcards are due at the Quilts, Inc. office no later than Tuesday, October 23rd. Please note: this is a receive-by date!

5. You can mail as many fabric postcards as you would like, but please place them in a padded envelope. This way they will stay in pristine condition to be displayed at Festival.

Please mail them to:
Pet Postcards
Attn: Pokey Bolton
7660 Woodway
Suite 550
Houston, TX 77063

Louie helping me prep my fabric painting table to make the doggie bone fabric for my Critter Cards.

Send as many fabric postcards as you can create, and send them early! I will be displaying many of your postcards on my blog before Festival to build up momentum for the fall show. In the next blog post I will give more specifics and requirements for this special opportunity, along with a tutorial for making fabric postcards with tips and techniques. I am committing to making (minimally) 50 fabric postcards!

Clarence salivating over the dog bone fabric as it sun prints. (And too bad for Clarence, I threw those bones out as I didn’t want him to digest fabric paint!)

Please help me spread the word about this opportunity to help animals in need!

WANTED: Artists for Open Studios at International Quilt Festival/Houston!

Thanks to all of you who answered my question yesterday about what quilt demonstrations, processes, and techniques you would love to observe. (And congrats to Kit Lang as you are yesterday’s book winner! Please email me your shipping address to and I will ship this book to you faster than you can free-motion a feather motif.)

The reason I posed this question yesterday was because we are looking to expand Open Studios this fall in Houston! I was hoping to get…oh…about 60 sessions of artist demonstrations right on the show floor over the four days. (Maybe that is an aggressive amount, but, hey, I like to think big!)

Jane Davila demonstrating Gyotaku (fish printing) in Open Studios in 2008.

Just imagine being able to observe some of your favorite quilt artists demonstrating their craft, sharing tips, techniques, and secrets, and demystifying processes that are mysterious and confusing. We are hoping to offer a wide range of hands-on demonstrations: everything from art quilting and mixed media to modern quilting and free-motion stitching.

Are you a quilt artist who has expertise in a certain area? We are looking for artist applicants who would be willing to volunteer two hours (or more) of their time during show hours to share their expertise with quilt fans. (Sounds like a hard gig, doesn’t it?!)
If you are coming to Houston and are interested, here’s what we are looking for:

• Artists who are considered experts in their fields. (It helps if you have written articles for magazines, have authored books, teach on the show circuit, have an active blog, etc.)

• Artists who have lots of colorful quilts and fabrics that we can use to decorate the Open Studios area.

How to apply:

• Please email me ( with the technique you would like to demonstrate. Remember that each session will be two hours. If you have multiple ideas for multiple sessions, please list them.

• Please attach in your email a clear, low-resolution (72 DPI) jpeg of your work for each session. Please limit it to one image per Open Studios session.

• Let me know when you ARE and when you are NOT available during show hours to facilitate an Open Studios session during International Quilt Festival.

• Point out whether you will need a sewing machine for your demonstration.

• In the subject line of your email, please write (in caps) OPEN STUDIOS/HOUSTON.

*** We are are also looking for artists who work wet, so all of you painters, dyers, and surface design artists, we want you!

I hope to have the schedule fairly finalized by the beginning of October, and I really hope you will apply. Please help me spread the word…we are planning for this to be a very lively and fun area with diverse offerings!


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