Tuesday, January 25, 2005

New Work #4 ?

New Work ? Well not exactly. This is a remake for a magazine article in Fons and Porter's Love of Quilting magazine which will come out in May, I think. The quilt is familiar to those who have taken my Bodacious Bloomers workshop or have visited my workshop page on my website.

Liz Porter and Jean Nolte took this workshop in March at the Chicago show and decided then to have me do a step by step lesson on this for the magazine. Yesterday I did the project, taking about 45 digitals process shots. It was way fun, since I have made this quilt already about 4 times, and so there were no surprises. The double neat part is that now I have the pictures and can use them in a PowerPoint presentation for the classes I have this year, starting in March in Wisconsin.

Laura Wasilowski, my true bud and former 'bidness pardner' left on Saturday to film her spot on Simply Quilts, and no doubt was delayed with everyone else at O'Hare airport. I can hardly wait to hear of her adventures plugging her new book. Please buy her book called Fusing Fun. Frieda Anderson is also writing a book, unnamed at this point and Robbi Eklow is another pal writing a book. The subject matter of both is very secret, but it doesn't take a genius to guess. So in making my quilt for the magazine I got to thinking...

I don't want to write a book, but I am not against making a cd. Caryl Fallert has several workshops on cd, and uses a program called Director. The time and commitment involved in learning the intricacies of a new program, and putting together a workshop cd are huge, and I'd rather make quilts with my time...
But what I did yesterday was pretty much a finished commercial item. I took the pictures and described the process in each shot and saved it as a Word document, along with the complete file of 45 full size photos included. A person could print out any page, or print out a full size picture...and voila, make the quilt.

So like, why do I need to buy the Director program?

At this time I am not going to offer this workshop on cd. Especially since it was done for publication in the magazine, but the thought is interesting, doncha think?


  1. My friend Marney of www.artellawordsandart.com sells lots of what she calls "e-books." (She also does e-workshops teaching folks how to make them.) You could easily convert your documents to pdf and they would be all set. Her's are interactive -- meaning you can click on "links" within the document, like the Table of Contents, and go directly to that page. You have to invest in the Adobe Acrobat program. But once you have it done, the duplication costs are zero, the buyer just downloads it and prints it out as she wishes. I think it's definetely a new way to market patterns, techniques, workshops, etc.

  2. While I'd like to get my hands on that Word document, and I'll probably go browse through the book you mention, I must admitt I'm not too fond of this work. To me, it is borderline 'cute' and I know nothing worse than that. But that is just me.

  3. I edited an e-book for a friend who ultimately used Acrobat. Her book not only linked within itself (table of contents to chapters, etc.), but she included many links to internet resources (something that would work really well with "supplies and materials needed" project).

    With regard to the borderline "cute," there is, of course, a big market. And part of that market consists of people who are experimenting with techniques and color and new ways of work who will follow CD demonstrations, Quilt Art articles, Fons and Porter articles on their way to finding their own "voice." (Or maybe they just want to make something that looks wonderful as a gift for a friend.) In workshops in which this project is taught, people (including women in their 80s and 90s--and men who are wedded to precisely engineered lines) may, for the first time, be introduced to the pleasure of working with hand-dyed fabrics, the concept that not everything has to be stitched, turned under, or pieced in a traditional fashion, that patterns and templates are not the end-all, be-all of working with fabric design, that you can take a rotary cutter and turn it this way and that and create something a little funky, that backgrounds don't have to be boring, or even that a quilt-GASP-does not have to be big enough to fit a bed.

    Uh-oh. Did that sound soap-boxish? I just know I'm grateful for artists who are willing to bend down from Olympus from time to time to give a little creative jolt to the masses. Because in educating those masses, you also are educating many people who invest in art--including fiberart and quilt art.


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