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Show 1911 - Slabs, Curves, and Shrinking Ahead

Featuring: Cheryl Arkison / Catherine Kleeman

Posts On: November 20, 2016


Canadian artist and writer Cheryl Arkison juggles a quilting career along with a busy house filled with three children, so finding time for personal creativity can be a challenge. When you only have snippets of time in your day, it’s about ‘getting into the zone’ every day to just ‘do some sewing’. Cheryl shares Slabs and Curves, two fast, fun and very addictive methods for sewing together elements that allow you to build a quilt in a very short amount of time. She then shares how these basics can be used as a jumping off point for more creativity.

TQS visits the studio of fiber artist Catherine Kleeman who loves to create surface design and texture by shrinking a quilted piece in the washing machine before adding paint and other elements.

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Links to Artists:

Cheryl Arkison

Catherine Kleeman

From Chapter One:

Alex and Ricky chat with Cheryl about how she began quilting. They also discuss the definition of "low-volume" fabrics. Cheryl shares her quilts.

From Chapter Two:

As a busy mother of very active children, Cheryl says that sometimes you just need to do some sewing. Building "Slabs" are a way to ‘get into the zone’ of sewing without all of the precision required by traditional blocks.

From Chapter Three:

Improvisation allows you to ‘just do some sewing’ without a lot of thinking when you have short window of time. Cheryl demonstrates how to make an improvised Drunkards Path block.

From Chapter Four:

Visit and tour the studio of fiber artist Catherine Kleeman who loves creating surface design and texture by tossing quilted work into the washing machine in order for the piece to shrink. After shrinking, elements, including paint, are then added.

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#5 msdoo2u 2016-11-30 07:26
Big fan of Cheryl's ! That was an awesome show , wish I didn't have to go to work this morning so I could get into my studio & start cutting & sewing!
#4 KathleenQuilts 2016-11-25 17:27
Was there a part on Cheryl's washing before binding a quilt? Or did I miss it?
#3 lguajardo 2016-11-22 20:34
Love the much to learn.
#2 garnerb 2016-11-21 09:45
Awesome video classroom today... and thanks to Cheryl and Cathy for sharing their beautiful and inspiring techniques. I love Improv too, and perhaps taking it a step farther and adding some of Cathy's technique to slabs stitching (with raw edges) might be a whole new adventure!
Great morning to watch 1911 here in Canada with a Blizzard making it's way across Ontario outside.
Bethany in Kingston ON
#1 Lindaingle 2016-11-20 12:34
Show 1911 with Cheryl was worth the price of my subscription to The Quilt Show for the next several years. I absolutely loved it. I will be re-watching. Thank you so much for bringing Cheryl to The Quilt Show.
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