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.


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

February 27 - Teri Lucas

February 28 - Kelly Nagel

March 1 - Timna Tarr

March 4 - Susan Arnold

March 5 - Sue Bleiweiss