Cutwork Article in Quilter’s Newsletter Monthly!
I’m thrilled that my article made the cover of April/May issue of Quilter’s Newsletter!
Oooo-lookie that-my article title is on the cover!
QNM contacted me last fall about the article and I was thrilled to write about cutwork. Cutwork is a great place to start for newer quilters that want to start making projects but are not ready to commit to a big project. To create a cutwork piece, transfer a design onto your “canvas” and then quilt each line twice. Then cut out the negative space. Well there’s a little more to it than that, but there you’ve got the Cliff Notes on it.
In this case I added another sheer layer beneath so that when I carefully cut away the top layer, the sheer was revealed:
You can see here how forgiving cutwork is-I definitely did not hit my line the second time around. And that is part of what is so fun-it’s a low-stress project because you do a continuous-line quilting process and hit each line twice. You just don’t notice if you miss a line.
And here is the whole piece, “Backstory”. I wrote a little bit about my process previously in this post. You can read about the process in the magazine article. I am pretty pleased that they changed little of what I wrote.
I have so many more articles in my little head, just need to find some time to get them out there and see if anyone is interested in publishing them. It’s been a very busy few weeks as I have been prepping for two out-of-town teaching trips (Los Angeles and Chicago). I do still quilt and will get back to more quilty things soon! And I’ll be posting to Nina Marie’s Off the Wall Friday again-there are always interesting links each week.
Marg in Mirror, Alberta says
Congrats, Jenny! I’ll be sure to look for this issue on the magazine stands up here soon! P.S. It might just be the motivation I need to do more ‘formal’ FMQ…
“Formal” fmq? Don’t know that one! I hope to write more. I could see you writing for publication too…..
Roxane Lessa says
Good for you Jenny! You’re really getting your message out there!
It’s been fun Roxanne and I hope I get in gear and do more.
Kathy Schmidt says
Congratulations! It’s always great to see your ideas in print! And this particular idea is a really wonderful one.
Thank you Kathy-it is nice to see my ideas out there in publication. I need to do this more!
Tecla Shaffer says
I saw this piece on display at the Folsom Fiber & Quilt Show, your work is awesome! My favorite piece of the show! I took several pictures and amazed at your exquisite workmanship. Love it!
Such kind words Tecla-thank you!
Franki Kohler says
Thank you Franki-it was fun to be in print.
Loretta Armstrong says
Saw this, in person, at PIQF and admired it very much! Jenny, this piece and your work are stunning! Loretta
Thank you Loretta!
Kris Sazaki says
THank you Kris!
I’ve started playing around with wool blend felt so I was excited to be reminded of your work with much nicer felt than I’m using. I’m so impressed you cut all that out without damaging the sheer. My efforts showed me I need a different kind of scissors for cutting. And I hope you can have it displayed in a window or with some sort of light behind it to show off all its wonderfulness.
Joanna you must have the correct scissors-stubby and sharp. The article has a photo of the scissors as does my old blog post on that quit. You put your pointer finger underneath to “inform” you if you’re going to piece the underlayer. If you rely on your touch, not sight, you won’t pierce the backing. I do try to have it displayed free hanging so it catches light.
Valli Schiller says
Good article, Jenny, and a super pretty sample quilt!
Thank you Valli! It is a fun technique.
Congratulations, Jenny! On getting your article published, and especially on taking the time to put some of those thoughts in your head down on paper! Its hard to stop creating long enough to write about it.
Boy that is the case-taking the time to write down and document my process does take time! But I do love to share.