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Quilting Arts

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This episode looks at piecing and how we put together our fabric and color elements to create an artfully pieced quilt. It seems like such a simple concept but it's a new way of looking at your quilt. Kathleen Loomis starts us out with a lesson on piecing in art quilting. Follow her expert guidance for a new direction to take. Then, returning guest Ana Buzzalino takes us from sketch to stitch. She uses free-motion machine quilting to stitch vignettes from sketches and photographs. Finally, we have another edition of unfinished quilts and some ideas for finishing in our UFO segment.

Look to the Far East for inspiration. Fabric artist Cindy Lohbeck uses modern tools to dye fabrics in the Arashi style of shibori. Quilter Pepper Cory follows the concept of kintsugi as she up-cycles her work with respect and thoughtful use of time and resources.

Today's episode features back to basic tips and more controlled, traditional techniques. Catherine Redford constructs a little quilt from traditional Square-in-a-Square blocks using a paper foundation for accuracy. Sarah Ann Smith takes the guesswork out of choosing the right needle for the thread you want to use.

The right fabrics, fibers and basic techniques make all the difference. Amy Ellis shows how to create a perfectly mitered corner to make modern table fashions. It's easy to make a t-shirt quilt that will be treasured with Martha DeLeonardis' innovative designing and piecing methods.

Fabric is a blank canvas waiting to be filled. Memory quilt designer Trish Bowman uses novel design concepts to create sensational memory quilts. Susan Brubaker Knapp opens her sketchbook and uses her original designs to add embroidery to a jacket or apron. Starting with a simple drawing, Liz Kettle shows how to add life and energy to it with machine thread sketching.

Beads add color, dimension and sparkle to handwork and quilts. Catherine Redford demonstrates how to make fancy beaded edges on a pin cushion. Jane LaFazio shows how to make small hand-stitched works of art with lots of beads and sequins. Learn from Susan Brubaker Knapp about how to machine stitch strings of beads on to quilts.

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