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Quilting Arts

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Embellishments take our quilts to the next level with a flash of creativity. We begin with Jane Davila and bohemian embellishments. Learn to make tassels two different ways and with a variety of materials. Tassels are a hot trend in home decor on globally inspired textiles. Then Laura Ceesay uses her bargain-hunting skills to visit discount stores as an innovative place to purchase quilt embellishments. Learn some unique aisles to visit!

Add more layers to embellish art quilts. Fiber artist Joyce Becker uses organza, pastels and sparkling fibers to create new color values. Innovative quilter Libby Williamson combines soft fabric and hardware for special effects. Editor and quilter Vivika DeNegre stitches a zippered pouch with patches of beautiful Asian fabrics.

For the artist, a blank surface is an invitation to create. Author and teacher Mary Lou-Donahue Weidman embellishes quilts with beads, buttons, jewelry and found objects. Quilt artist Ana Buzzalino adds glitter and shine to her quilts using metal leaf.

Every picture tells a story. Quilt artist Wendy Butler Berns captures the world in photographs and transforms them into brilliant quilts. Using a simple spiral shape, collage artist Susan Carlson combines solids, sheers and sparkles to create a bright, dynamic design.

Today we look back in time for inspiration. Karen Gloeggler's obsession with writer Jane Austen got even stronger when she discovered that Jane was a quilter, too! Learn how to make a beautiful pin-tucked fabric piece for Karen's "Persuasion" quilt. Catherine Redford teaches how to make the clamshell pattern, an old-fashioned English paper piecing favorite, and embellish it with big stitching. Cheryl Sleboda's tie-dyeing method, which uses ink pens, will take you back to the groovy 1960s.

This episode introduces some experimental concepts using both thread and paint. Ellen Anne Eddy starts out with a demonstration of free-motion bobbin work with hand-dyed and metallic threads. Then, meet Marcia Derse as she shows us resist dyeing techniques for creating unique fabric designs with infinite color combinations: first is monoprinting, and then she shows over-dyeing with thickened dyes. Finally, it's lesson 2 with Ana Buzzalino: tips and tricks to make free-motion machine quilting easier.

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