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Find inspiration close to home in cat companions. Fiber artist Laurie Russman celebrates her furry friends through intricate pet portraits. Quilt designer Cathie Hoover uses double-reverse applique to create a small quilt inspired by an ancient cave drawing.

Curious about felting? Two guests share different approaches to this fun surface design process. Sue Reno's river-themed quilts feature felted layers using fabric, silk scraps and roving to add movement to her work. Rebekah Meier calls her felting technique "Mixed Media Freestyle Needle-Felting." She makes a sandwich of a felt base; paper towels (or napkins) trapped between silk, then needle-felts, and does free-motion stitching and handwork.

It's fun to play with fabric and fiber. Surface embellishment artist Heidi Lund crinkles, embroiders and stitches an underwater landscape inspired by a seashore frolic. Mixed media artist Susan Lenz molds yarn and fabric into fiber vessels and fills them with conceptual objects. She creates small fabric sculptures, too.

Searching for ways to harness your creativity? Susan Brubaker Knapp talks about using photography to jumpstart your creative process. Vivika DeNegre shares some creative entries in Quilting Arts' "How Does Your Garden Grow" Challenge. And "creativity enabler" Carrie Bloomston shows ways to use an idea or prompt, such as a saying, to get started on a project.

Sewing machine feet can make all the difference when you quilt. Catherine Redford uses a walking foot to quilt a beautiful contemporary table runner and placemats. Sarah Ann Smith explains how to get started with free-motion quilting, and explains all the basics, including feet.

When you think of building blocks - what could be more basic than the quilting itself! In the first segment Joe Cunningham shows us how to draw a portrait with our quilting and then add hand quilting for a bold graphic look. Then meet Donelle McAdams for a strip piecing quilted using rulers. We finish with Enid Gjelten Weichselbaum and Quilting for Show. Learn how she makes her decision to enter a quilt show and the personal advantages of showing your work.

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