Machine Quilting Unlimited May 2015

MODERN QUILTS!
Hollis
Chatelain
Awareness through Art
The Story of
Cotton
Fabulous
Part 1
Free Motion
Fillers
Modern
Swirls
Alicia Merrett
Mapping the Imagination
MAY/JUNE 2015
contents
14 foundations
Fabulous Free Motion
Fillers
Andrea Brokenshire
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M O D E R N Q U I LT
GALLERY
Diane Rusin Doran
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Cover Artist:
Hollis Chatelain
Awareness through Art
Interview by Kit Robinson
60 challenging quilts
It Was a Beautiful Dream
A Portrait of Black Elk
Patsy Heacox
68 art studio
Mapping the Imagination
Alicia Merrett
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Inspiration
and instruction
for ALL machine
quilters!
8contributors
Jason Dowd
le photogra
pher
10 tool box
12bookshelf
Diane Rusin Doran
21subscription information
22 design elements
Machine Couching with
a Specialty Foot
Karlee Porter
38 Blocking Your Quilt
Margaret Solomon Gunn
54 Modern Swirls
Angela Walters
74 Focus on Fabric
Cotton: Part One of Three
Linda Turner Griepentrog
78noteworthy
On the Cover: Girls are Strong, © 2014 Hollis
Chatelain, 36 × 60 inches.
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82 vintage goes modern
The Old Lady —
An Antique Experience
Elaine Cooper Gilmore
90 jaw dropper
Harvest
© 2014 Kim Brunner
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Many fabric artists like to create their own
fabrics using dyeing, painting, stamping,
digital manipulation and other surface design
techniques. These processes can produce unique
and beautiful results. Our Featured Artist for
this issue, Hollis Chatelain, frequently dye-paints
the basic design of her amazing art quilts in
monochromatic colors and then adds color and
drama with an overlay of thread. She changes up
her technique at times to dye fabric abstractly in various colors and studies
each one to see what it might represent. She then thread paints the design
elements that she discerns within the dyed fabric piece she has created.
Editor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kit Robinson
On a much simpler level, I love to paint fabric. When the weather turns
warm in the spring, instead of rushing to plant my garden, pull weeds or
photograph pretty flowers, I get out my fabric paints and fold-up table and
start combining colors and textures, scrunching up fabric or wrapping it
around tubes and tossing salt crystals over it with wild abandon. There is
something very satisfying about seeing vividly colored fat quarters drying in
the sunshine on my driveway. I am quite certain that the neighbors who do
not know me as a quilter are scratching their heads and wondering what is
going on, but those who do toot their horns and smile as they drive by.
Printer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Citizen Printing, Fort Collins CO
I have a small room where I can hang each hand painted piece by a single
pin, so I can see at a glance if there is a part of a fabric that will work for a
quilt I am designing. Unfortunately, I sometimes fall in love with one (or
several) of these fat quarters and I am unable to make myself cut it up.
And sometimes, I just like to gaze at the colorful walls instead of getting
anything done at all.
Whatever fabric you like to
use, I hope you let the beautiful spring colors inspire
you in creating your quilts
this season.
Kit Robinson
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