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.
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."
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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.
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.
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!