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Sign Up Now for Last Minute Openings at My Spring Maine Retreat Susan Carlson Spring Quilt Retreat Dates: May 15-19, 2017 Place: Hyatt Old Port-Portland, Portland, Maine I’ve had a flurry of openings for my upcoming class in Portland in a couple of months, so I am now looking to fill those spots. Here’s a … Read More
This edition of “The Finish Line”—completed versions of student work along with in-progress shots from class—has a little more rhyme and reason to it than usual. Recently I received finished photos from a class I’d taught just a few weeks ago, so I’ll begin with those and work backward with some from last year, ending with quilts … Read More
As promised, I’m selecting some of the most popular posts from my blog and updating them with video—something that elaborates on or shows more detail in the fabric collage technique. Starting with the most popular posts—the ones that have been viewed, shared, and commented on the most—this is now the second installment of the “Update Series.” … Read More
It’s time for another Quilt Story. For those who haven’t been following the blog for long, this is a series of posts where I talk about the quilts I have made—their origins, what I learned from them and what you might learn, why they’re special to me. Click here to see other Quilt Stories. Since we’re leading up … Read More
When cold weather strikes, MISA moves to warmer climes, following the snow birds to the Southwest. They call the retreat MISA-West, gathering just outside of Tucson, AZ, at the Tanque Verde Ranch Resort. That’s where I spent the third week of January, teaching fabric collage to a group of 19 students.
Of course, the very best way to get a great picture of your quilt is to have it professionally photographed. But many of us don’t need really need that. Still, it’s nice to have the best possible snapshot if for nothing more than being able to show it off on your Facebook page or from the screen of your smartphone. (And for submitting your images for the next installment of my “Finish Line” series. Hint, hint.)
One of our plans, as we delved into video, was to re-visit and update some of my more popular, technique-oriented posts with short videos. It would also let me update the post itself with any further information that I may have forgotten to include the first time around, or that was inspired by the comments section for the post.
Time for another round of “The Finish Line.” For those of you who aren’t familiar with this series, no, this isn’t a History Channel program about about Scandinavians during WWII. That would be “The Finnish Line.” (I, Susan, would just like to note that that little pun was written by Tom. One of the things you need to … Read More
It isn’t always clear to those who haven’t seen my work in person how much netting, tulle and other semi-transparent fabric I use in my quilts. For simplicity’s sake I’m going to call them all sheers (even though sheer is a type of fabric itself). I use these fabrics near the end—or final draft—of my piecing to add … Read More
Fabric collage quilts by Susan Carlson
“Specimens” Special Exhibit Opens at the International Quilt Festival
Here’s a press release I sent out to my local Maine newspapers. It was printed as a full page on the front of the Ticket section of the Brunswick Times Record.
Eleven art quilts by noted Maine fabric collage artist Susan Carlson will be on display at the Houston International Quilt Festival this November 3–6. The show entitled “Specimens” features images of creatures that are “extinct, endangered, or overlooked.” Read More about ““Specimens” Special Exhibit Opens at the International Quilt Festival”…
Welcome to the New Website (for Real This Time!)
Change is inevitable—and it ain’t easy. When my old website started malfunctioning, and when more and more people started accessing the internet through mobile devices, on which to view my site you needed a microscope, I knew it was time for an update. Read More about “Welcome to the New Website (for Real This Time!)”…