I admit that I don’t like to watch myself on TV. I’ve acted in productions throughout high school and college, and have lots of public speaking experience through my day job in the comic book industry. But when I’m recorded, I just can’t bring myself to watch it. I am my own worst critic. I see everything that’s wrong with my own work, and a recording of me speaking is no different.
We had a little fun when I sat down to watch my DVD. I thought it would be neat to record myself, watching myself. Then my dear husband edited it down to just the “good parts”. If you want a little laugh, take a look here:
I’m happy to announce my blog hop for my DVD starts TODAY! WAHOO!
First up is Susan Brubaker Knapp. I’m a huge fan of her work. Her painted surface quilts and gorgeous stitching are a real treat. I think what I like best about Susan is that she’s one of those folks who shares her knowledge with others. When I met her finally on the set of Quilting Arts this past March, she was just the person I expected her to be: kind, helpful, interesting, and extremely talented! Please check out her blog over at http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com/ and take look at her artwork. While you are there, comment on her blog post to win some cool prizes!
Each day of the hop, I’ll post here, but here’s the list so you can follow along. Check them all out, they are all super fabulous folks who I’m proud to call my friends!
June 9 – Susan Brubaker Knapp – http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com/
June 10 – Maddie Kertay – http://www.badassquilterssociety.com/
June 11 – Faith Jones – http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/
June 12 – Lynn Krawczyk – http://smudgedtextilesstudio.com/blog/
June 13 – Julie Creus – http://www.latodera.com/blog
June 16 – Catherine Redford – http://catherineredford.com/
June 17 – Megan Dougherty – http://thebitchystitcher.com/
June 18 – Pokey Bolton – http://pokeysponderings.com/
June 19 – Jamie Fingal – http://www.jamiefingaldesigns.com/
June 20 – Cheryl Sleboda – https://muppin.com/blog/
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!
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.
The fine ladies of the North Suburban Needle Arts Guild invited me to speak and teach at their guild in early February. They wanted to learn about eTextiles, and I was so happy to oblige!
The lecture, “Intro to eTextiles” was a big hit! Check out the packed room of members!
The two day class started with 6 inches of snow in the Chicago area overnight, and I woke up thinking that maybe they would cancel the class. When I got to the parking lot, it was plowed and waiting for students! Nineteen of the 21 students showed up! That’s AMAZING! These were dedicated needleworkers, and they wanted to learn, which is what I hoped I gave them!
We made eTextile books on the first day, and light up voodoo/squeeze dolls the second. We had such a good time. Look at the amazing work they made!
That was some really fantastic work by my students and I am proud to share it with you. As always, if you want me to teach or lecture to your guild, I’d be excited to book a date.
Hey everyone! I’ll be in lots of places at the Chicago Quilt Festival in Rosemont IL, so come on out and see me, will ya? I’m making samples and kits like crazy, including all new, never before seen fabric manipulations for the Heirloom Sewing demos I’ll be doing.
Don’t forget that Schwerkraft, my Modern Log Cabin quilt, will be in the Naperville Modern Quilt Guild Exhibit at the show! Check out my crazy schedule and I hope you will stop by and see me.
Thursday (Preview Night)
7pm -9pm Open Studios: Cartooning For Quilters
10 am to 12 Noon – Open Studios: Heirloom Dimensional Sewing
2 pm to 4pm- Open Studios: Light Up Your Quilts!
7pm – Rosemont Hilton (Across the street from the Convention center) – Modern Meet Up!!
12 Noon to 2 pm- Open Studios: Cartooning for Quilters
3 pm to 4pm – Create on the Spot! – Light Up Artist Trading Cards! ($10 Make n Take)
4 pm to 6pm – Open Studios: Heirloom Dimensional Sewing
10:45 am to 11:45 am – Create on the Spot! – Light Up Artist Trading Cards! ($10 Make n Take)
12 Noon to 2 pm – Open Studios: Light Up Your Quilts!
On Tuesday May 21, I taught the wonderful Prairie Star Quilter’s Guild Art Bee the fine art of conductive thread and LEDs! They took my “Light Up An Artist Trading Card” class as part of their monthly bee meeting. They seem like a fun bunch, and they swapped their lovely art cloth round robins, so I was glad I got to stay and watch. Isn’t this work outstanding?