Sue Bleiweiss is a talented fiber artist and recently won 2nd place in the Art-Whimsical category in Houston. We love that Tutti Frutti City Skyline has contrasting, sharp lines and bright, happy colors.
Sue just published her book, Color Fabric Collage. We are grateful that we could connect with Sue about her book and her fabric artist career.
What is your favorite part about quilting?
I don’t have a favorite part because I love the entire process from start to finish. It’s full circle for me starting with sketching and designing, then dyeing the fabric, and then creating the quilt. Each part of the process is fun and exciting to me in its own way.
How do you find inspiration?
Inspiration for me comes from the process. My studio shelves are filled with all of my hand-dyed fabrics and I’m inspired by the bright color palette that I’ve become known for. I’m drawn to whimsical and wonky imagery probably because it’s fun and easy to draw.
How does thread affect your quilts?
All my quilts are created using cotton. I prefer working with cotton because I like the way the stitches blend with my hand dyed fabrics. In my work, the quilting on my pieces is not meant to be a focal point, it’s meant to play a supporting role so I want to use threads that won’t impart any color shifting or shine that would detract from the overall imagery of my quilts. I use both King Tut and MasterPiece as staples in my studio.
What was the inspiration for your book?
The inspiration came from having reached a point where I felt that I had perfected my processes and I was ready to share them so others could learn from them. I love to teach because I enjoy passing along what I know and seeing the enjoyment in my students faces when they learn a new technique.
What do you want people to know after they read your book?
I’d like the reader to have discovered just how versatile fusing can be beyond just using it to adhere one piece of fabric to another. In my book I dedicate and entire section to the many different ways fusing can be used like interfacing delicate fabrics, basting a quilt, creating color effects, texture surfaces, foiling, and more. My other goal with the book is to show the reader how fusing can help make that transition to becoming an art quilter a little easier because once you add a layer of fusible web to the back of a piece of fabric there is virtually no shape or image you can’t create with it.
See more of Sue’s work and learn more about her book on her website, suebleiweiss.com.
Images courtesy of Sue Bleiweiss