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Show 1807 - Fearless Quilting

Featuring: Katie Fowler / Joe Cunningham

Posts On: March 27, 2016


Katie Fowler’s work was influenced heavily by negative remarks she received from her college art professor.  It caused her to change her major from Art to Education, but it stuck with her, and returned later, forming her resolve to fight fear and negativity.  Katie shows her quilts, and refers to Alice in Wonderland, and the need to face fears, jump down the rabbit hole, and enjoy the ride.  Katie shares her paint, layer, stitch method of quilting, using PFD fabric and some amazing “play tools.”  She walks Alex through the process, noting that mishaps can turn into new and wonderful discoveries.  She coaches quilters to explore their creativity and move past external factors that may hold them back.  To prove her point, she does something startling to one of her quilts in progress, saying “it’s about the process, not the product.”  She also shares the wisdom she gained from a devastating fire that destroyed her studio.  Later, Joe Cunningham gives a tour of his San Francisco studio and shares his design process.

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From Chapter One

Katie shows her quilts, referring to Alice in Wonderland, the need to face fears, jump down the rabbit hole, and enjoy the ride. Her latest book is "An Artist’s Journey through Wonderland."

To purchase Katie’s Book: go here.

From Chapter Two

Katie shares with Alex and the audience how she chooses the colors of her quilts and how she makes her color wheel. Katie then demonstrates using a gel pen to draw lines on her fabric, painting in the lines, combining colors, ironing the piece, and then stitching it down to black wool felt.

From Chapter Three

Katie has Ricky and the audience in disbelief as she takes her beautiful quilt and starts cutting it up. YES, cuts it up! Katie then takes her cut up squares to the BERNINA and uses a decorative crosshatch stitch to sew the blocks together.

From Chapter Four

TQS visits the studio of Joe Cunningham who started quilting after playing music.  He discusses how his quilts were entered Into the Rena Bransten Gallery. Joe combines his music and his quilting as he has written songs that relate to stitches and fabric.

Joe talks about how he loves store bought bias tape and especially vintage bias tape which he uses on his quilts. Joe demonstrates for TQS how to make a simple house design with just bias tape and “store bought” at that!

#52 Irene Moreaux 2018-04-22 21:12
I didn't realize I was holding my breath when Katie went to take the first cut into that gorgeous quilt. What a beautiful person she is. Extremely genuine and so gracious to share with her inner feelings and her talents. This show is my favoite so far. I hope I can take a workshop from her some day. Thank you for all you do for us.
#51 Wifeofbrent 2018-03-14 15:33
I just watched this episode and I'm sitting here bawling.
I don't know if anyone else felt this way but so many scriptural truths can be gleaned from Katie's "process".
We learn and grow "through" the process....not "from" the product.
#50 Dottij 2018-02-06 07:27
Video kept turning off. Anyone had problems
#49 TexasMaverick 2018-02-05 08:30
Katie has just given me permission to truly be a "Maverick". Always felt I have no creativity, now know just listening to other voices. Thank you Katie.
#48 cooliris 2017-12-28 15:43
Sorry, That quilt was too beautiful to cut up and resew. The result couldn't be better than it was.
#47 yugen9 2017-12-25 23:15
I too would like to know the name of the 'library' book, and the brand of watercolor block that one could successfully rub against fabric awet and set permanently?? with heat from an iron?

I learned from the show but Ricky's visceral reaction was really really entertaining!!! !!!!!! :D
#46 Susanna Hogan 2017-12-25 11:31
need closed caption. I am deaf
#45 carolannelizabeth 2017-03-21 17:15
I loved this video; it really helped me get over my fear of not being 'perfect'.
#44 Janet McElroy 2017-03-20 13:29
#43 plm.1222 2016-10-10 14:08
What an inspirational show? I now feel I have permission to cut some things up and create something better. Thanks!
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