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The quilt was made by a customer and Quilted with the design “sweet William” perfectly showing of the print on the fabrics she made the quilt top out of….

Made by a customer quilted by me.

Commision quilt, using photos for a graduation/ Christmas gift… Customer was very happy with the finished project —- I love tithe way it turned out….




More of the thread samples

Some begining photos of a thread project I’m working on.

Quilt Shows in North Carolina

Jul 27 – 28, 2012
Sparta, NC

Location: Emerson Black Building, Alleghany Fairgrounds in Sparta, NC
Sponsor: Alleghany Quilters Guild
Admission: Free
Comments: 100+ traditional and modern quilts, including Quilts of Valor, several fiber vendors, demonstrations, silent auction, and raffle quilt ticket sales, Awards are based on viewers choices. For quilt show registration forms and vendor space info, call chairpersons Carol Booth 336-657-3710 or Lynn Kaye 336-372-6800.

Jul 27-28, 2012
“Handmade in America” 
Mooresville, NC
: Rocky River Elementary School, 483 Rocky River Rd., Mooresville 28115
Sponsor: Mooresville Centerpiece Quilters’ Guild
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day Admission: $5 – ample free parking
Comments: Over 100 judged quilts, vendors, boutique, raffle quilt, bed turnings, silent auction, special displays 704-663-7064 or 704-664-5086

Sep 21-22, 2012
“Quilter’s Fantasy”
Greensboro, NC
 Girl Scout Learning Center, 8818 W. Market Street, Colfax NC (behind Magnolia Manor)
Sponsor: Piedmont Quilters Guild Hours: F 9am-8pm; Sat 9am-5pm
Admission: $5 Judged show. Over 100 quilts, vendor mall, queen size raffle quilt, boutique, silent auction, AQS certified Appraisals.

Sep 28-29, 2012
“Sharing Our Quilting Treasures”
Washington, NC
: Washington Civic Center, 110 North Gladden, St., Washington, NC 27889
Hours: Friday, Sept 28, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday, September 29, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Admission: $5.00
Comments: This is a judged show. The show challenge is “A River Runs through It” interpretations of the Pamlico River. Bed turnings showing antique and older quilts with a story told about them. Quilting demonstrations. Handmade gifts, holiday and home décor items for sale. Some quilts for Sale. American Sewing Guild display. Vendors selling items.

Sep 28-29, 2012
“Quilting in the Pines V”
Pinehurst, NC
: Historic Fair Barn, Pinehurst
Hours: Fri. 12n – 8pm , Sat 10am – 5pm
Comments: Cash prizes. For entry information non-members visit Vendors, boutique, silent auction, AQS certified appraisals.

Sep 28-30, 2012
“Color Your Life With Quilts”
Asheville, NC
: Expo Building, NC Agricultural Center, 1301 Fanning Bridge Rd, across from the Asheville Airport
Hours: Fri & Sat 9am – 5pm, Sun 10am – 5pm
Comments: Judged show, over $7,000 in prizes, opportunity quilt, Silent Auction, 20+ vendors, gift shop, over 200 quilts, open to national entries
Admission: $6 ($10 for multi-day passes), lots of free parking, handicap accessible
More info: Visit:

Oct 5-6, 2012
“Splash of Color Fiber Art & Quilt Show” 
Concord, NC
Cabarrus Quilters Guild
Location: Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, 4751 Hwy 49 North
Hours: 10-5:30 Fri, 10-5 Sat
Comments: Judged Show, Door Prizes, Raffle Quilt , White Elephant Sale, Silent Auction. 35+ Local and Regional Vendors, 200+ quilts – Open to National Entries
Admission: One Day Pass $6 – Two Day Pass $8 Parking Compliments of the Guild
More Info: Visit:

Oct 11-13, 2012
“Bear Foot in the Valley”
Maggie Valley, NC
: High Country Quilters
Location: Maggie Valley Town Hall and Pavillion, 3987 Soco Road, Maggie Valley, NC
Hours: 10am – 4pm daily
Admission: Free
Comments: Enjoy beautiful quilts and shop our craft room and vendor areas.

Oct 12-13, 2012
“Hometown Quilts of Davie”
Mocksville, NC

Sponsor: Davie Quilt Guild
Location: Brock Gym, 644 North Main Street, Mocksville, NC 27028
Hours: 9 am – 5 pm
Admission: $5
Comments: Quilts on display, gorgeous raffle quilt, silent auction, vendors and food Portion of proceeds to benefit The Dragonfly house of Childrens Advocacy and Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Mocksville
For more info: Jean Shipley at

Oct 12-14, 2012
“Quilts of the Valley” 
Hickory, NC
: The Hickory Metro Convention Center, Hickory, NC
Admission: $5 (or $7 for all 3 days); free parking
Hours: Friday-Saturday: 9-5:00; Sunday: 11-5:00
More Info: More than 100 quilts will be on display along with vendors, the Lily Boutique, and free demos.
Questions: (828) 324-6255 [use “CVQG Show” in subject line].

Oct 26-27, 2012
“Bee by the River”
New Bern NC
: Riverfront Convention Center 207 Front Street, New Bern, NC 28562
Sponsor: Twin Rivers Quilters Guild
Admission: $5.00
Contact: Rosemary Trabucchi 252 637 9473
Comments: 300 + Quilts on display, This is a judged show, entry open to non-members as well as Guild members. Raffle quilt, Thread raffle, Vendors, Challenges and Special Exhibits
Hours: 9:00AM to 5:00PM

By Joanne Spataro

Fiber artist Susan Brubaker Knapp goes beyond stitching your grandma’s quilts. Since 2005, she has created vivid art quilts of the natural world, which are meant to be hung on the wall instead of put on a bed. After she turned her 14-square-foot guest room into a home studio, she began to hone her designs and sell quilt patterns. Her second book, “Point, Click, Quilt!” shows aspiring art quilters how to make their own creations.

Q. When and why did you start quilting? I made my first quilt with my mother when I was really young. I’m not trained as an artist at all. I have an English major and a journalism master’s degree. I took a class and it kind of got me rolling. I discovered that I had this gift in me that I didn’t really even know was there. It kind of lit a fire inside me.

Q. What role does photography play in your pieces? Taking a good photo is very important to my process. If I take one that I really love, I know I have something to make into a quilt. (A good photo includes) good composition (and) great color, something that shows off the beauty in the natural world.

Q. What is your process after taking the photo? I trace elements of the photo, and then I change the composition to get it the way I really want to see it in my mind’s eye. I enlarge (the traced drawing) to the size I want and (start doing) fusible appliqué. I put fabric glue on the back of the pieces and with that line drawing, I’ve created a pattern for all of the pieces. Some of my art quilts have hundreds of pieces

Fabric artist Susan Brubaker Knapp creates vivid art quilts inspired by the natural world.

Fabric artist Susan Brubaker Knapp creates vivid art quilts inspired by the natural world.

that are individually cut out. I position them down before I fuse them. Once they’re down, I do heavy thread sketching, which for my small pieces (could take) five to 10 hours and for the bigger pieces 100 hours on the machine (or with) free motion. (Then) I use acrylic paints designed for textiles and paint the entire surface so it’s almost like I’m painting on canvas but it’s fabric. After I’m done, I stitch it (and) add batting, which is the inner layer and then I quilt them.

Q. How did you make art quilting a business? I started with traditional quilt patterns, which I marketed and sold. I made some money doing that, but I got to be more well-known for my art quilts, and now I’m making most of my money from teaching and speaking.

Q. What is the biggest misconception about art quilting? When you say you’re an art quilter or a fiber artist, they just look at you with a blank stare. I have to stop and explain I use fabric and thread as my medium…. From there, I have to say my quilts go on the wall. That’s probably the hardest thing to explain to people. It’s just like any other kind of art, as far as what I’m trying to accomplish, except my medium isn’t paint and canvas or clay or granite. It’s fabric and thread.

From Charlotte Observer printed as a reference.

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