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Today we feature Pat Durbin, talented fiber artist and author of two quilting books. Pat has 18 beautiful quilts on display at the National Quilts Museum. We are delighted to share with you two that are on display: Come Sit with Me and Begonia Picotee Lace.
“I love the beauty and warmth of quilted art. Most of my works are inspired by the beauty of creation — landscapes and special people. The familiar medium of fabric and thread are my tools. I use them to build works of art that bridge the gap between fine art painting and traditional quilts. My style of quilting is to “paint” with my thread during the quilting process. I want to add details and enhance the picture with thread as I sew the layers together. Although my techniques vary, my needle glides through the construction of all pieces.
I started quilting in 1993, after a lifetime of sewing clothing. In 2004 I moved on to art quilts and have loved doing “on the wall” quilts. Superior trilobal polyester such Nature Colors, Rainbows, and Magnifico are my favorite. I love the sheen that they add to my work. I often use Bottom Line in the bobbin.”
To see more of Pat’s incredible fiber art, check out her website or see them at the National Quilts Museum on display until July 11, 2017.
We love seeing what quilters and sewists create with our threads. Today, we’re showing off Linda’s two quilts that have been quilted with our Twist thread. She tells us about her quilts in her own words:
“A few years back, I think not long after Twist was introduced, I had a customer quilt made from the Circle Dance pattern by Elisa's Back Porch. I had previously quilted quilts from the same pattern using several unique designs which would not be appropriate for this quilt, as it was a gift for a man. On the earlier quilts I had treated the circles as flowers or used other designs that had too much curl to them to look masculine. I decided to treat each circle as a spider web. The quilt was made in black and white prints so I chose to stitch the webs in black/white Twist. Black was too dark on the whites and white was too light on the darks, and gray was just too "all the same". Variegated thread would have appeared and disappeared as the colors changed, but Twist proved to be the perfect answer, because, no matter which fabrics I was stitching on, the line was visible equally. It never appeared as a line, but as a hint of a line...like a real spider web. I went on to use it to stitch a woodgrain pattern in a black border. Again, it was perfect, creating just that hint of a line.
I have used the two-tone gold color to great effect on prints with hints of gold metallic. It has the metallic appearance, but is still soft to the touch, rather than that slightly scratchy feel of metallic thread on fabric. I use the metallic threads on wall hangings and substitute Twist or Magnifico on quilts that will be used for cuddling.
I am a true convert to Superior Threads. There is a thread for my every need. I recently purchased MicroQuilter in my last order and have a project this week to test it on. When people come in my quilt shop looking for [thread that shall not be named] they get a lesson in thread instead. I say “why would I need to add [thread that shall not be named] to my inventory when I already have the best?!”.
Thank you for making me look so good to my customers.”
It feels good to finish a quilt! I’m excited to show you Arabesque and I am thrilled with how it turned out.
What I love about this quilt: first, the large stars. Aren’t they amazing? The full fabric line is used to create the stars (Arabesque by Quilting Treasures). Second, the fabric. I love the warmth of the gold tones that blend with the turquoise hues.
I chose this edge-to-edge swirl design because it complements the sashing and border. I like that it breaks up the lines, but you can still clearly see the stars. My quilting thread: OMNI #3040 Cookie Dough. I chose this color because the light gold looked great in the gold and turquoise fabric. I liked that it blended, not competed, with the turquoise. If I had chosen a turquoise thread, I wouldn’t have liked how it looked on the white fabric. This light yellow thread didn’t compete with the stars or the quilting motif, it simply accented and added dimension to the quilt. If you haven’t tried OMNI, I highly recommend it! It’s a strong, smooth-running work horse and can be used in the top and bobbin. In addition, OMNI is fine enough that the quilt doesn’t appear “thready”.
If you love this quilt as much as I do, you can make your own! We have the kit available now.