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Quilting Arts

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Applique adds color, texture and dimension. Adventurous quilter Ellen Linder appliques by machine using double - reverse applique. Surface designer Heidi Lund transfers, presses and fuses raw edge images to create an applique wall hanging. Host Susan Brubaker Knapp shares her favorite needle-turn applique tips.

The term "applique" refers to adding shapes on the surface of a quilt. Explore three different ways to applique. Sue Spargo appliques wool and embroiders it to make a beautiful needle case. Becky Campbell demonstrates an innovative method for fusible applique. Susan Brubaker Knapp gives tips for making bias strips for stems and vines.

Whether you're an armchair traveler or a world explorer, a key building block to developing your quilt style is an openness to other cultures and countries - they can be a wealth of inspiration to expand our quilting expression. We begin with world traveler, Luana Rubin. Travel with her to the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham, England and learn about the European art quilt movement. Then Lyric Montgomery Kinard makes whole cloth Celtic knots, using her technique of Apli-Punto that creates a trapunto effect without slitting and stuffing.

This episode looks at thread and stitch and their impact on projects. Rebecca Kemp Brent starts us out with a small drawstring bag. All sorts of stitching is prominent, from the machine-embroidered redwork designs to the enhancements with needle felting, punch needle work, ribbon embroidery, and beading. Then, Rayna Gillman is back for a return visit featuring her slicing techniques with hand-printed fabrics to create free-form strip sets. Finally we have another returning guest: Jane Davila gives a lesson on combining stitch, fabric, and paper.

The lines keep blurring between various types of design. Design trends evolve and elements of traditional quilting find their place in modern design, and art quilting influences some very traditional looks. On today's show the two styles meet with great results. We begin with Ginny Eckley for a lesson on frameless screen printing, an easy way to try out printing. Then, Sherry Rogers Harrison joins us with a trapunto project with great dimension. Finally Angela Walters shows us dot to dot quilting; a technique that uses the block itself as a guide for quilting.

Explore the variations in art quilt techniques-key to developing your quilt style. Susan Brubaker Knapp starts with the sketchbook challenge. Learn to transfer drawn designs to fabric and then free motion quilt. Next is Michelle May and a combination of hand stitch wool applique, and patchwork to make a folk art quilt. Last, Cheryl Sleboda demonstrates dyeing vintage textiles with paint.

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