I was delighted when I learned that my friend Sarah Ann Smith was making a video workshop for the folks at Quilting Arts Workshops, because Sarah is a talented art quilter and very creative in her approach to her art. I've admired her work for a long time, and I was excited to see her process. I offered to participate in her blog hop to announce this great video workshop, because I knew that I'd want to share it with you all. The video workshop is available in both DVD and digital download formats -- either way, once you have it, you can watch it again and again.
What a terrific workshop this is, jam-packed with good information. When I sat down to watch it, I was thinking of a friend of mine who is a novice quilter, just starting out to try original designed art quilts. So as Sarah explained in clear detail what she uses, how she approaches design, and how the technique works, I was very impressed and thought it'd be an ideal workshop for someone relatively new to art quilting. But as I watched, I was surprised at how many good tips I learned in this, too. Even experienced art quilters will enjoy and learn from this workshop.
In the workshop, Sarah covers:
* What supplies she uses (in specific detail), and most imporantly, WHY she uses what she does
* How to choose fabrics, including a great section on using colored pencils and fabric paints to stretch your fabric stash
* Great tips on working with fusibles
* Tips on color and composition choices, and the importance of contrast
* How to choose a photo to translate into fabric
* Working with thread and choosing thread colors
* Thread painting
Being a somewhat less-than-precise quilt artist myself, I especially appreciated Sarah's encouraging approach to just making it work, even showing how cutting "blob" shapes may work just as well as precise pattern pieces. She's my kind of quilter!
To enter, leave a comment here and provide your email address. You have until midnight (PST) on Wednesday, October 9 to leave a comment, and I will randomly draw a winner on Thursday, October 10.
If you don't win it here, you will have other opportunities by going to the following blogs on the designated days. And if don't happen to win it, you can buy it via the Quilting Arts store or from Sarah's website. Good luck! I know you will love owning this DVD.
October 5: Sarah Ann Smith http://www.sarahannsmith.com/weblog
November 14: Marie Johansen http://www.musingcrowdesigns.com/
November 16: Brenda Gael Smith http://serendipitypatchwork.com.au/blog/
November 19: Jaye Lapachet http://artquiltmaker.com/blog/
November 21: Susan Brubaker Knapp http://wwwbluemoonriver.blogspot.com/
November 23: Lisa Walton http://www.fibreinspirations.blogspot.com/
November 26: Daphne Greig http://daphnegreig.blogspot.com/
November 28: Sarah Ann Smith http://www.sarahannsmith.com/weblog