It’s Krampusnacht! Gruß vom Krampus!

krampusIt’s not often you have the right quilt for a pretty obscure holiday, but I love my little Cartoony version of the Krampus.  Not familiar with who the Krampus is? According to Wikipedia, in folklore, Krampus is a horned, anthropomorphic figure described as “half-goat, half-demon”, who, during the Christmas season, punishes children who have misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards the well-behaved with gifts.  So Krampus was this obscure thing for a long time, and I knew of him from vintage Christmas post cards from Germany.   Now the Krampus is everywhere, including comic books, movies, and bad tv references.   Dec 5th is the night that Krampus appears in the streets! So Gruß vom Krampus (Greetings from Krampus)!

teaching1copy copyWant to make a Krampus like this one?  I’ll be teaching Cartooning for Quilters in Napa CA at Craft Napa in January 2018.  You can create all sorts of creatures, animals, people and more.  Click here to find out more. 

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The QATV Blog Hop Stop – Plus a Giveaway!

What a great idea it was to introduce everyone from this season of Quilting Arts TV by doing a blog hop!  I’ve been on the show a few fair number of times, and I have even had people tell me they recognize me by my hair, which is pretty neat!

Here’s a few behind the scenes photos of the show and set…
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Make up! I do my own hair for the show, but I had it colored the week before by my very talented stylist Cara.
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Selfie time!  I’m known to post these fun selfies on Instagram all the time.  IMG_2711

Susan and I taped an episode about using Sharpie markers for tie dye effects on fabric!
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We also taped one about using shaving cream to make marbled prints on your fabric with acrylic inks.
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Sounds like fun, right?  I can’t wait for you to try these methods in your fiber art.

sharpieTo that end, I’m giving away a 24 pack of Sharpie Markers so you can try this at home!  And you can also use them for your journaling, drawing, and other stuff too.  Here are the rules:

1.  Please only enter one time.  Multiple entries will be disqualified. (Comments are moderated, so you won’t see your entry online right away)
2. International entries are welcome!
3. You must leave me a way to contact you, so please leave your valid email address when leaving a comment.
4. The drawing will be open until Tuesday July 29th at 5:00 PM CST.
5. The winner will be chosen randomly the evening of July 29th.  Check back to see if you are the winner!  GOOD LUCK

Now, leave a comment, and go visit these other fine folks in the blog hop!!
July 18: Vivika DeNegre 
July 19: Luana Rubin /Linda Friedman 
July 20: Sarah Ann Smith /Karen Gloeggler
July 21: Carrie Bloomston/ Catherine Redford that’s me!!
July 22: Sue Reno / Rebekah Meier
July 23: Lyric Kinard  / Margie Ullery
July 24: Cheryl Sleboda  / Jane Sassaman / Julie Creus
July 25: Susan Brubaker Knapp

***COMMENTS ARE CLOSED*** Check back for the winner shortly!

My DVD is here!

Well, this special day has arrived… the one where my DVDs showed up and I got to hold one in my hot little hands.

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I wasn’t really expecting them, so I wasn’t dressed for the occasion! ha ha Anyway, I had been sent proofs of the cover and back covers already, so I knew what it would look like mostly. But it was pretty cool to finally get them and crack one open to see what the insides looked like.

InsidespicI have to say I like how pretty the cover looks and seeing my name screened onto the DVD itself was a special thrill.

If you are interested in getting one directly from me, these are now available in my shop. I can include a signed card for you to insert inside your DVD cover.

face with dvdIt’s been an exciting ride to have something so “real” with your name on it. It was a lot of hard work, practice, and fretting. Having a product with my name on it was a big “bucket list” goal of mine for my quilt business, and it’s finally here.

So much is going on lately, and I have big news and fun stuff planned for the next two weeks. Stay tuned, everyone!

Who has Two Thumbs and is Excited for Her DVD? (THIS GIRL!)

Oh my gosh. It’s here! I feel like I just taped it! (Well, really I sort of did!)  So here I present to you: Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Today’s Quilter!
14QM15 Just a few short weeks ago I was in the studio and nervous as hell, and now the DVD is ready for PREORDER?

Here’s the write up:

Quilting Arts Workshop: Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Today’s Quilter
Smocking, Pintucks, Gathers & More
with Cheryl Sleboda DVD – 76 minutes
 
Take your next sewing project to new heights by adding an unexpected twist—fabric manipulation!
Learn the basics and beyond of vintage sewing techniques that can transform your quilts from flat to fabulous.
Award-winning quilter and heirloom sewing expert Cheryl Sleboda takes the mystery out of smocking, pintucks, pleats, and gathers, and will soon have you applying these simple and effective techniques to your own quilts and home décor projects.
After an overview of the history, tools, and materials used in dimensional sewing, Cheryl deftly describes and demonstrates each technique. Her shortcuts and tips simplify the most mystifying designs into easy-to-follow steps. Imagine creating smocked inserts for a sampler quilt, or a charming vintage-inspired pillow with a contemporary flair. Soon you’ll be creating your own dimensional designs using the time-tested methods demonstrated on this video.

I’m so excited I can barely stand it! And of course, it’s got a skull on it… it wouldn’t be mine unless it did, right? :)  Want to preorder one for yourself?  Check it out here!!

I’m planning all sorts of cool stuff and giveaways and more for the release, so I hope you will stay tuned.