Fabric, Jewelry, Machine Quilting, Quilts of Valor
March 12, 2014
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Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski!
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Call in anytime during the live show with your questions or comments for my guests
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MEET TODAY’S GUESTS
Quilt Alliance Auction Winner and Friend
I am so excited to introduce you to Michelle! Actually, I only met her about a hour before the show myself! She is a wonderful and warm quilter from Cape Cod, mother of two, and wife of a career Coast Guard-er (is that a word?). Lot’s of stuff planned. I had to invite her as my co-host, don’t you think? This is too much fun! She is now a wonderful new friend!
Michelle bid on and won my quilt during the Quilt Alliance “Home Is Where the Quilt Is” auction! Here’s the quilt that Michelle won . . .
These are some of the things we did over the two days . . .
Lunch on Pickle Road with my buddies . . .
Michelle gets to take as many books as she likes from my stash (sadly she didn’t take enough)
Pennington Quilt Works, Pennington, NJ
Olde City Quilts in Burlington, NJ
The Round Bobbin in Ambler, PA
I tried to convince Michelle to take home a long arm from Olde City Quilts!
Michelle with Pennington Quilt Works owner, Jan Crane.
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Author, Teacher, Quilt & Fabric Designer
Kathy is an accomplished quilter, fabric designer and sought after teacher in the quilt industry. Kathy has self-published over 125 patterns and 7 booklets as well as having a book published with Martingale and two books published with The House of White Birches. She has been a featured contributor in numerous magazines including The Quilter, Create and Decorate, Quick and Easy Quilting, McCalls Quick Quilts and Fabric Trends. Two of her quilts have been featured on the covers of The Quilter and Mark Lipinski’s Quilter’s Home. Her patterns are geared toward both the experienced and beginning quilter in mind, and are designs that may look intricate but are very simple to construct, as evidenced by her most popular pattern Take 5 and new book Strip-Smart Quilts II. Kathy’s quilts are designed to be made in a day or a weekend whereby the quilter can get instant gratification! When Kathy is not busy designing a new fabric line or new quilt patterns, you can find her teaching and lecturing for quilt guilds and quilt shops across the United States.
Kathy is married to Michael, her best friend of 33 years, and they live in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with Maddie and Mia – their two German Shepherds, Ella Fitzgerald – their Welsh Corgi, and Abbie – their rescued Catahoula Leopard dog as well as six very independent cats. They are the very proud parents of a daughter, Erin, who is an emergency room/ trauma nurse in Houston, TX. When Kathy is not at her sewing machine, you can find her watching old movies with Michael or enjoying their lovely backyard oasis and tending to their mini zoo!
On today’s Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski, I get a chance to talk with my longtime friend, Kathy Brown, about designing her fabric lines with Red Rooster Fabric, and her new book, Strip-Smart Quilts II: Make 16 Triangle Quilts with One Easy Technique.
Kathy’s book, Strip-Smart Quilts II
In this follow-up to her popular Strip-Smart Quilts, Kathy Brown provides an astonishing collection of 16 quilt patterns–all based on the same cut from a single ruler. Smart indeed!
- Create mesmerizing designs with speed and accuracy using the Creative Grids 90° Double-Strip Ruler (or another right-angle triangle ruler)
- Make intricate-looking projects easily using fat quarters, precut strips, or yardage
- Find visually appealing quilts for all skill levels, from beginner to experienced
Here is a sampling of just some of the quilt projects from Kathy Brown’s book:
Kathy has other sensational books. Here is just a handful . . .
To buy any of Kathy Brown’s books, CLICK HERE
Visit Kathy Brown’s website by CLICKING HERE
Visit Kathy Brown’s blog by CLICKING HERE
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Artist, Author, Metalsmith, Designer, Teacher
“I didn’t decide to become a metalsmith,” says John Sartin, award-winning maker of truly original wearable art, “it chose me.”
John was a potter before a metalsmith. All it took was “playing in the metal arts” for him to become hooked. His work has garnered numerous awards from some of the best art shows in the Southwest, yet he humbly states that he learns something new every time he makes a piece…even if he’s done the technique hundreds of times.
John loves watching his students come to the realization that a technique they thought would be too difficult is entirely attainable. For John, the processes of teaching and learning are organically intertwined. While he’s creating a piece or teaching in front of students, he’s also learning in those dynamic moments. When asked what his most memorable teaching moment was he said, “Actually writing my book last year was. It was what I taught myself during the process that has so far been the most memorable.”
John’s stunning designs are handcrafted using time-intensive ancient metalsmithing techniques along with techniques of his own invention. Being mostly self-taught, Sartin first presented his work to the public in 2004. His work has been published in, and featured on, the covers of multiple publications including Art Jewelry Magazine, Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist Magazine and in several Lark Books publications. He is also the author of The Complete Photo Guide to Making Metal Jewelry, a Creative Publishing International publication.
The first piece of jewelry John made that he was proud of? “A small pierced brooch with an asymmetrical cab set in the middle,” he says, “it was the very first piece I sold.”
On today’s Creative Mojo with Mark Lipinski John talks with me about … the art of metal jewelry making and his book, The Complete Guide to Making Metal Jewelry (Great book). When is an artist a “sell out” and is there really such a thing? Where to get supplies and tips on how to find affordable tools!
John’s book, The Complete Photo Guide to Making Metal Jewelry
With beautiful illustrations and step-by-step instructions, this how-to book includes all the techniques involved in crafting metal jewelry, including:
—Cutting and filing
—Forging and forming
—Applying specialty finishes
The book’s clear organization provides easy access to information with straightforward directions and hundreds of full-color photos. You’ll also find easy projects for trying the techniques, as well as a stunning gallery of metal jewelry pieces by experienced designers. Find beautiful jewelry examples and gain skills and inspiration with The Complete Photo Guide to Making Metal Jewelry!
CLICK HERE to see the inside of John’s book!
Here is a sampling of just some of John’s art:
Visit John Sartin’s beautiful website by CLICKING HERE
Join John Sartin’s Facebook page by CLICKING HERE
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Co-Founder of MACHINE QUILTERS EXHIBITION (MQX), Long Arm Quilter
Janet-Lee Santeusanio has been a machine quilter since 1999. Her machine quilting has won many awards and has been published in numerous quilting magazines. She also owns and manages a highly successful, machine quilting discussion group of almost 3000 members. Janet-Lee lives in Hampton Falls, New Hampshire with her husband and two children. Her previous work experience has been in sales and marketing with experience in the medical and computer industries.
Machine Quilters Exposition, LLC (MQX) is an annual machine quilting show and conference founded by Janet-Lee and fellow machine-quilter, Mary Schilke. MQX embraces all machine quilters, regardless of the size or model of machine used to complete the quilting process. What started out as a get-together for longarm quilters in New England rapidly morphed into the largest machine quilting show in the United States. Well known for its friendliness, attention to detail and dedication to their vendors, students and teachers, MQX is looking forward to its next show in April 2014 in Manchester, New Hampshire.
Just a few examples of Janet-Lee’s art . . .
MQX’s Work with the Quilts of Valor Foundation
CLICK HERE for information on Janet-Lee and Mary Schilke’s AMAZING MQX QUILT FESTIVALS
Get on board for Janet-Lee’s Quilts of Valor Foundation quilt block collection by CLICKING HERE
Have Janet-Lee long-arm your quilts by CLICKING HERE for Janet-Lee’s website!
And when your MOJO listening’s done. . .
If you’ve never used Auriful Thread. . .
. . . then you haven’t really sewn!
Why not start off with my BASICS ?