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Quilting Arts

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Break loose from the tried and true - improvise! Abstract art quilter Cindy Grisdela makes colorful improv blocks from scraps and sets them in various ways. Textile artist Malka Dubrawsky uses primarily black and white to make bold designs. Host Susan Brubaker Knapp mashes it all up with interesting embellishments she creates.

Unique approaches are what puts the "art" in art quilting. First, Diane Rusin Doran shares a way to carry your cell phone in style. Then, it's a specialized dyeing technique with Barbara Warholic. Finally, Catherine Redford demonstrates a yo-yo embellished pillow.

There are as many different approaches to quilting as there are designers. The individual creative process is what defines art quilting. Today's designers each have taken a different path. Laurie Ceesay's specialty is portrait quilts using a raw edged fused applique method. Then, Sara Hochhauser shares a very functional approach to quilting and a casserole cover that lets your artistic side shine. Finally, Cheryl Sleboda introduces e-textile technology.

Whether you're embellishing, joining or quilting - stitching is one of the most important parts of any quilt project. On today's show we begin with Libby Lehman and bobbin drawing. Learn how to adjust any bobbin for sewing with thicker decorative threads. Then, meet Wendy Butler Berns for a lesson on "taming your tension". It can make all the difference in sewing thru multiple layers and using different fabrics. Finally, Jane Novinsky joins us for a design lesson on designing modern quilts using soft ware.

While on a trip to the East coast, California quilt artist Jane LaFazio was inspired by a plant she had never seen before. She photographed it and then used the photo to inspire an artful quilt. Artist Pat Pauly shares ways to use photos to help jumpstart her abstract designs.

Experiment with color. Fabric dye specialist Cindy Lohbeck folds and clamps fabric in the tradition of Shibori dyeing to create color-rich patterns. Modern quilter Timna Tarr creates different effects in colors capes by changing the background fabric. Luana Rubin discusses the industry trend of digital fabric printing.

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