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Show 1212 - Something Old, Something New: Early Influences and Fresh Stitches

Featuring: Judith Baker Montano / Karin Hellaby

Posts On: June 3, 2013


Alex and Ricky welcome back fiber artist, author, and teacher Judith Baker Montano for her third TQS appearance, this time on location at The Old Exchange and Provost in beautiful downtown Charleston, SC. This time around, Judith discusses her Canadian upbringing, and the influences of both the Hutterites and Canada's native peoples on her early work. She then shares her techniques for distorting traditional stitches to create organic shapes and interesting layers, and how she employs cheesecloth, scrim, and other unique materials in her pieces, incorporating painterly techniques along the way. Finally, in a segment taped in Sisters, OR, we meet UK quilter, Karin Hellaby, who offers a brief history of Pineapple quilts and shows her "Sew Simple" technique for creating a Pineapple block.

Show Information

Links to Artists:

Judith Baker Montano

Karin Hellaby

From Chapter One:

Judith Baker Montano joins TQS on location at The Old Exchange in Charleston, SC and shares her journey and work.

From Chapter Two:

From photo to fabric, Judith teaches how to create realistic imagery.

From Chapter Three:

Judith teaches how to break loose from traditional embroidery stitches.

From Chapter Four:

Karin Hellaby offers a brief history of Pineapple quilts and shows her "Sew Simple" technique for creating a Pineapple block.

After Set:

Judith talks about her and Ricky's relationship as neighbors, her expansive family, and her experiences on the road teaching.

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#2 Sue81007 2017-05-04 09:55
I'm sure this tip was mentioned ... for Karin Hellaby's Pineapple quilt block, before creating the "tea bag", cut the X in the center, opening enough to slip the scissors in after the stitching for an easier, smoother entrance for cutting open the chunks.
I still have the Crazy Earrings Judith taught for a Colorado Quilting Council workshop 30 years ago at San Luis High School. My family enjoyed the Sand Dunes while I enjoyed Judith's talents. I finally went to the Sand Dunes last November on my birthday!
#1 Gina Hernandez 2017-03-17 20:14
So nice to see Judith Baker Montano! I remember her doing her underwater scenes when on the Carol Duval Show :-)
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