Modern Art Quilts by Sue Bleiweiss

Modern Art Quilts is a new book by Sue Bleiweiss. When Sue, a fellow Massachusetts-ian, asked me to participate in her blog tour I said yes right away. Sue’s techniques are so different from the way I work, I knew I would learn from her - and it would push me to try something different.

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I use fusible products sporadically. Sue on the other hand is the master at fusing quilts. The only stitching on her quilts is done in the quilting process. She also exclusively uses Mistyfuse as her “glue”. Having never used Mistyfuse this gave me a good excuse to give it a try.

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I dove right in to the section “Creating Fabric Letters”. As some of you may know, I have a mantra every year that I reproduce and hang in my studio. This year’s mantra is “Breathe” but I decided I should have the sub-mantra of “Make”. I drew out the letters I needed (good thing I spent my middle school years practicing bubble letters), then followed Sue’s excellent instructions to translate my words into fabric. The key ingredient to making it all happen was of all things - parchment paper. Now I can add that to my arsenal of favorite kitchen quilting products.

Sue’s work is distinctive with it’s whimsical black outlines. I, of course, had to make my project with lots of pattern.

This project was super easy and fast. Now I have plans to make mini-mantra quilt for my friends using this process. I finished off my “Make” (7”x12”) with a stiff Pellon interfacing and a blanket stitch to anchor the letters.

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There are many tips and tricks in the book covering design principles, how to fuse a binding on, and Sue explains why she uses wool felt rather than a traditional batting. (National Nonwovens produces the wool felt in Easthampton, MA. Don’t tell them I cut through their parking lot after I drop my kid off at circus class twice a week).

C&T Publishing is giving away an e-copy of the book to one of my readers. To be eligible, leave a comment on what word or phrase you use for a mantra by Tuesday, March 5 at 8pm EST. I will randomly choose a winner.

Blog Hop:

February 25 - Deirdre Quirk ctpub.com/blog

February 27 - Teri Lucas terificreations.com

February 28 - Kelly Nagel blog.sulky.com

March 1 - Timna Tarr www.timnatarr.com

March 4 - Susan Arnold www.QuiltFabrication.com

March 5 - Sue Bleiweiss https://suebleiweiss.blog/

Crib Notes for a Crib Quilt

During a snow day a few weeks ago my thirteen-year-old daughter and I made a very special baby quilt for a very special someone. Since my daughter is not excited about sewing, I came up with an easy pattern that is quite forgiving of wobbly seams and cockeyed triangles. If you need a quick little quilt, dig into your scrap bin and start cutting squares. You can find the basic pattern here.

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Dam Photos

On Feb 12, 2018 I started taking one snapshot of the Holyoke Dam with my phone every day that I was in town. I started in February just because I am not good at starting new habits in January. I missed about three week’s worth of photos in 2018 because I was traveling. And I missed two days just because I forgot to go get a picture.

The bridge over the Connecticut River where I took the photos is a place on my regular walking route. It’s also on my way to the studio, so on days that I drive to work I can easily pull over for a shot. My family knows that we have to budget in a couple of extra minutes so that we can stop and take “A Dam Photo” before starting our weekend adventures.

A few things I learned:

  • It turned out to be an unexpected surprise how much I loved watching the river rise and fall throughout the year.

  • Seeing Great Blue Herons as they wade and Bald Eagles in the trees are an added bonus, but are hard to photograph with my phone.

  • It is really windy on the bridge.

I intend to carry on the habit into 2019 where I post daily on Instagram @samedamdifferentday

Below is a video of most of 2018. If you want to get to the good stuff, scroll through to a minute in when the trees start to green up in the spring.