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 Textile Evolution

Liz Kettle Artist, Author and Creator of the Stitch Meditation process

Stitch Journeys

Exploring life with needle and thread.

The Gift that Keeps on Giving!

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I first met Megan Dougherty way back in the early days of Quilter's Home before it morphed into Generation Q. Well, I didn't actually meet her in person but we wrote for the same magazine and I read all her articles so it is almost like meeting her in real a stalker sort of way. Megan is not what you think of when you think 'quilter'. Megan is slightly irreverant, seriously funny and a quilter all wrapped up an a nice little package.

If you are looking for a great gift for all your stitch friends this is it!

Megan has just released her first book: Quilting isn't Funny. This book will have you all in stitches! (yes, I know that is a really bad pun)  Quilting isn't Funny is a collection of essays about the crazy world of quilting. I received an advance copy to review and skipped immediately to the Brief History of Quilting essay because I love history. What could be better than Quilt History?

I thought I would share my favorite paragraph with you.

'During the Roman empire, Octavia, the wife of the emperor Claudius, began gathering the wives of other Roman statesmen in order to share quilting knowledge, trade fabrics and patterns, and plot assassinations. When Claudius began to suspect that Octavia's 'quilting salons' were potentially lethal for him, he had Octavia killed and installed himself as Supreme Quilter, even though he didn't know a nine-patch from a poisoned dagger. He then used his position among the quilters to orchestrate the murders of his second wife, his mother, his dog, and that snippy Flavia Sabrina who was always making fun of his color choices. This, of course, was the first quilt guild.'

I have belonged to guilds like that! There is a Flavia Sabrina in every crowd! It gets even better but I don't want to spoil the surprise! Go order yourself a copy and one for all your stitch friends.

Or maybe if you take a couple seconds to leave a comment on this post you can win your very own autographed copy! You should probably order one today though because I won't pick the winner until Tues Dec 17th because that is Ruth's birthday! We will have cake and confettii. Anyway, you may not get it in time for gift giving so go order the gift copies now. You can read a few essays while you are wrapping them.

If you don't win from my blog post you can keep trying because Megan has set up the mother of all blog hops! Look how many you can visit! Quite a few are giving away books but you will need to get set up with your favorite tasty beverage and some snacks because some of these bloggers are worth checking out even if you don't win a book.

If you want to meet Megan, head over to her site to get the scoop and read all about her QSMASB calendar project. You seriously have to go see the preview! How often do you find a calendar with photos of Quilter's Shirtless Men and Spicy Burritos? A different qult, man and burrito each and every month. You can order your 2014 calendar now.

Go leave your comment before you start looking at these awesome blogs because you will get distracted and forget where you started.

Dec. 9 - Victoria Findlay Wolfe – Bumble Beans Inc


Dec. 10 - Lynn Harris - Little Red Hen

Dec. 11 – Teresa Coates – Crinkle Dreams

Dec. 12 - Joshua Helms - Molli Sparkles

Dec 13 - Liz Kettle – Stitch Journeys

Dec. 14 - Leah Day – The Free Motion Quilting Project

Dec 16 - Lisa Sipes – That Crazy Quilty Girl


Dec. 17 - Charlotte Newland – Displacement Activity

Dec. 18 - Teri Lucas - TerifiCreations

Dec. 19 – Cheryl Sloboda –

Dec. 20 – Kelly Biscopink – Stitchy Quilt Stuff

Jan. 6 – Generation Q

Jan. 8 – Rose Hughes – Rose Hughes – Quilt Artist

Jan. 9 – Janice Ryan – Better Off Thread

Jan. 10 - Flaun Cline – I Plead Quilty


Jan. 13 – Heather Jones – Olive and Ollie

Jan. 14 – Meg Hilko – Without A Stitch On

Jan. 15 – Laura Lochore – Quokka Quilts

Jan. 16 – Elaine Wong Hasselhun – Dashasel Sews

Jan. 17 - Kim Lapacek - Persimon Dreams

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TAP Class with Lesley Riley Giveaway!

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TAP image transfer on metal shim


I LOVE Transfer Artist Paper aka TAP! I was at the front of the line to purchase it when it was first released by Lesley Riley. With this fabulous image transfer paper Lesley ended a lot of frustration for mixed media artists world wide. No more worries about the type of printer ink you had or the endless search for the paper or transparency film that works. TAP solved a lot of problems and took the mixed media art world by storm! It was awarded the coveted Most Innovative New Product by the Craft and Hobby Association in 2011.


TAP image hand tinted before transfering


I use TAP in a lot of my collage work and I have TAPped on tote bags, banners, lutradur, metal, wood, ceramic and just about every sort of fabric you can imagine. TAP is a frequent winner in my classes too. Students always fall in love with it when they see how versatile and easy to use TAP is. Lesley has a new on-line class on CraftArtEdu where you can learn all the great techniques, tips and tricks directly from Lesley Riley herself...right in your own home:  Create with TAP Transfer Artist Paper™ with Lesley Riley. You can even watch a preview of Lesley's class.

 Now for the fun part! Lesley is offering you a chance for a FREE class! She organized a blog hop so you have multiple chances to win. To enter to win the free Create with TAP class just leave a comment on this blog post. Tell me what you would like to create with TAP. I will choose a winner using a random number generator on July 9.

But wait! That's not all (said in my best infomercial voice over) If you head over to Lesley's blog and leave a comment there you might win a 5 sheet package of TAP to play with!


Check out the rest of the bloggers who are participating in the hop. Only a few winners have been chosen so you have lots of opportunities to win.


June 26 - Christine Urias - Scraptime

June 27 - Karen Watson -- The Graphics Fairy

June 28 - Judy Coates Perez - Judy Coates Perez

June 29 - Theresa Wells Stifel - Stifel & Capra

June 30 - Lynn Krawczyk - Fiber Artysta

July 1 - Claudine Hellmuth - Claudine Hellmuth

July 2 - Gina Rossi Armfield - Joyful Purpose

July 3 - Carolyn Dube - A Colorful Journey

July 4 - Liz Kettle - Stitch Journeys

July 5 - Jane LaFazio - Janeville

July 6 - Joanne Sharpe - Whimspirations

July 7 - Pam Carriker - Pam Carriker

July 8 - Theresa Martin - Theresa Martin


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Winner Winner!!

In the crazy rush to get packed for two back to back teaching trips I totally forgot to pick the winner for my book giveaway last week!  First Time Beading on Fabric!


Thanks Sandra for the reminder. We thought we had that all caps thing fixed too! Technology is great but...


Now for the winner of a copy of First Time Beading on Fabric!

So....drumroll please....the winner #3



Oh dang...Carol has a project in the book so she already has a copy!


New drumroll....

Lets work from the last comment forward.


Margaret Wilburn


You are the WINNER!

Send me your snail mail address and I will post it as soon as I return home this weekend.


I hope to see some wonderful beading from you Margaret!

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ForeWord Book of the Year Finalist!


I am thrilled to announce that First Time Beading on Fabric is a ForeWard Book of the Year Finalist in Crafts and Hobbies! Woo Hoo!!!

Don't you think this deserves a giveaway? I do! Leave a comment below by Saturday March 30th to have a chance to win a copy of First Time Beading on Fabric. I will use a random number generator to choose a lucky winner on Sunday March 31.

I have been under a spam attack! Sorry to make you register to enter the giveaway but it only takes a moment! Thanks for understanding.

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Needle Felted Cuff

I got my copies of Quilting Arts today! I never get over the thrill of seeing an article I wrote in print! This embellishment issues is chock fill of great stuff so be sure to check it out.


My article about creating Needle Felted bases for embellishing. I made cuffs out of mine but the same techniques can be used in a wide variety of projects. I love needle felting! Have you tried it yet? It is perfect for creating luscious textures and layers of color that blend and flow together. This project can be made with hand needles or with a needle felting machine.

How about a giveaway? Anyone interested? I have an extra copy of this issue to give away and I will make up a goodie bag of fibers for you to create your own cuff! Leave a comment below to enter. Tell me what your favorite color or color combination is. I will use a random number generator to pick the winner on Aug. 19 2012.

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ForeWord Book of the Year Finalist!

Threads: The Basics and Beyond

I am soooo excited....Threads: the Basics and Beyond by me and Debbie Bates is a finalist in ForeWord's Book of the Year Awards in the Craft and Hobby category.

This is such a huge honor! The category includes all craft and hobby books not just quilting and fabric art. Wow...can you say thrilled?? I may need to tie weights to my ankles to keep my feet on the ground!

Passport for Threads Basic and Beyond

I am so delighted that I think this calls for a giveaway! Don't you? Leave a comment here and on April 1st ( no fooling!) I will use a random number generator to give away a copy of Threads: the Basics and Beyond! Tell me what you love about thread, your favorite thread or just cheer for thread!

And, for all you thread lovers don't forget that I have a FREE on-line book study in the forum on this site. Actually two FREE on-line book studies...Fabric Embellishing and Threads. We even have a few dedicated stitchers in both studies. Come on in and play with us. You don't need to sign up for the class but you do need to get a user name and password to participate in the can look as a  guest. Getting a user name takes about 1 minute and you can find the log in on the forum page.
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Threads: The Basics and Beyond!

Threads: The Basics and Beyond

Woo Hoo!!! Threads has arrived! I am just a little bit excited...OK so I am bouncing off the wall kind of excited!! I am so incredibly delighted with the entire design and layout of this book. It is hard bound with a SPIRAL binding so it lays flat! The design is clean and contemporary with hundreds of awesome step by step photos and clear directions...176 incredible pages!  Threads is the complete visual guide to thread techniques and creativity and if you do any sewing with thread you are going to treasure this go-to guide.

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Gotta have a give-away of course!!  Leave a comment below between now and midnight on Sunday Sept 12, 2010 and I will pick one lucky winner. Oh, heck, I am so excited I am going to throw in a great tote bag that didn't make it into the final book because we ran out of room. I had a blast making this tote bag but I am just not a pink kind of girl so one lucky winner will get this bag and a copy of Threads: The Basics and Beyond! What, you want thread too??? Well of course I will throw in some of my favorite threads for you to play with!

Stitch Journeys passport

For any of you who have been hesitating about joining us at Textile Evolution Retreat next week...just think in one short weekend you can gain the confidence to tackle any specialty thread that tickles your fancy and become a certified fearless stitcher! In my Stitch Journeys class we will be working through Threads: The Basics and Beyond and playing with all sorts of luscious threads. Here are just a few of the techniques you will learn...

thread painting made easy

free motion sketched bird

Free Form Embroidery

Good luck on the give-away!   I'm going to go stitch something...

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Weekends and Winners

I used a random number generator to determine the winner of my Spring Market Goodie Bag and it is.....

Janice Novachcoff

Cheers and Confetti for Janice!!! I will get this luscious pack of goodies in a box for you today. Send me a photo of what you create with these treasures to share with everyone!

Breckenridge in the Spring

I just returned home from another fabulous weekend in Breckenridge with my quilt group. I am so fortunate to be friends with this wonderful, diverse group of women. Our art runs from traditional to experimental, our politics, religious views and music tastes are incredibly varied. Our love of great food, wine, laughter, fabric and stitch brings us together. I hope you have a group to share laughter and fabric with….if you don’t then I encourage you to start one.

Breckenridge Foxes

Entertainment over the weekend was provided by a fox family; mom, pop and 4 kits. They were out to frolic mornings and evenings while mom kept a close eye on them. It was hard to get good photos because we were pretty far away and they wouldn't cooperate with cute poses or even stay still for very long. I have lots of photos of reddish grey blurs.

Zakary's new quilt

I used my work time to finish a quilt for my new grandson, Zakary. I hadn’t made a real quilt in a while so it was a huge surprise when it came out the right size and was perfectly squared up. I opted for a simple pattern and quilting design because this quilt is for using not saving. I used a cute jungle animal print as the centers of the blocks and built them up with strips in a modified log cabin style. The brown is some of Susan Brooks luscious hand dyed fabrics.

The next few days will be unpacking from my workshop last week and re-packing and making kits for my classes in VA at Artistic Artifacts next week. The studios are a disaster! (as well as the house but we won’t go there) I could use a couple clean up fairies.
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