Wednesday, November 27, 2013

From Photo to Threadwork - WIN this DVD!

My friend Sarah Ann Smith has a great new Quilting Arts Workshop available on DVD or download. It’s called Art Quilt Design from Photo to Threadwork, with Fabric Collage & Machine Quilting. 

Yes, that title is quite a 'mouthful' but this DVD includes it all!

Sarah has such a friendly and helpful manner and it really comes through as you watch her tell you about the materials she uses to create her art quilts based on her photographs. She includes all the BRAND names so you know exactly what she uses to achieve her results.

Here is Sarah with all the supplies she uses - and some of her wonderful quilts on the wall behind her. You will love the story about how she created the composition and shadows for her quilt 'Conversations I' (the one with the table and chairs).  Livin' on the edge, Sarah! 

Sarah shows you how to choose a photograph with exaggerated contrast and talks about creating a good composition by cropping the photo (or even re-arranging things or combining more than one photograph). She shows you how to create the pattern using your final photograph and how to enlarge it if you want to make a larger piece.

An area that was very helpful for me: how to make your fabric go further by colouring it with Derwent Intense pencils and paints. You know what it's don't have just the right fabric. Sarah shows you how to make it!

Sarah shows you how to put Misty Fuse on your fabrics and how she builds the main focus images following her pattern and why selecting the right fabric value is so important. I really liked how she built her background with lots of fabrics too.

And there's more....Sarah shows you how she selects threads for the machine stitching. She explains why she chooses the thread types and colours, making it easy to understand her thinking behind the choices. Then it is over to the sewing machine to bring the piece to life with free motion stitching.

I have a TON of photographs from my teaching trip to Hawaii and have been wanting to create a quilt based on my botanical photos. After watching Sarah's DVD I feel more confident. Perhaps this will be the project I start on Boxing Day (read the posts below about this....).

Sarah is also the author of the best selling book, Thread Work Unraveled (also available in the store on her website). This is the text that I recommend to my Free Motion Studio students. It is packed with information on thread, needles and threadwork and the photographs of amazing quilts are inspiring.

I’m giving away a DVD download of Sarah’s Workshop. Leave a comment on this post and tell me a little bit about why you’d like to win. Don't forget to leave me a way to contact you! I'll select one name at random on Please leave me a way to contact you! I’ll pull one name at random on Monday morning, December 2, 7 am, Pacific Time. I'll announce the winner here on my blog.
Note: I moderate/approve all comments so don't panic if your comment does not show up right away. I will approve the comments as I receive them.
If you can't wait to see if you win, you can order the DVD from Sarah’s website, or get the digital download from Quilting Arts.
There are still a couple of chances to win Sarah's Workshop. Check out the last stops on the Blog Hop here:



Anonymous said...

why would I like to win this amazing sounding DVD- well, first I'd like get into thread painting as a way to unleash my creativity, but first I want to explore how the experts go about it, get great tips and find out what tools I truly need to do a great job.
and second, I'd just like to have some fun with fabric and thread.
This DVD sounds like i will provide the info I need for both.
Thanks for this chance to win,
Lorena at

Anonymous said...

This DVD seems to cover so many things.....I'm especially interested in seeing her work with MistyFuse....I've never gotten the hang of that! Thanks for the chance to win.

Linda Fleming said...

Let me count the ways I would love to win...!
I love Sarah's work;
I'd love to learn thread painting from her;
I love how she enriches our passion by sharing the work of other experts;
I love the giveaway!

Jody said...

I would love to win Sarah's DVD. I also want to say how much I love your work.

Kathy MacKie said...

It's been quite a few years since I've done thread painting and this looks like a great way to give myself a kick start. There are always many great tips and techniques from the professionals to make it fun and educational too. Thanks for the chance to win!

Sewbig said...

I want to try Sarah's techniques to take my quilting to the next level. I have admired Sarah's work and am excite tobe able to try to do some of these things myself.

Your work is awesome also. Just beautiful! Thanks for the review.

Jocelyn said...

I am always wanting to learn something new. This looks like a fun and challenging technique. I am a visual learner so a DVD is very helpful to me. Thanks!

Carolyn said...

I loved Sarah's work in Quilting Arts magazine. I want to learn how to use photographs and the amazing thread embellishment that she does. I love how she tells a story with her art quilts.

Thanks for the chance to win. Carolyn,

Judy Cooper Textile Artist said...

I always enjoy trying different techniques. This DVD would sure make that possible. Thanks for the chance to win.

Debbie said...

Thanks for joining the blog hop, Daphne! I have Sarah Ann's freemotion book, so I know this DVD has to be good and is a must have!

Karen Miller said...

Sarah is one of the most positive people I have ever met. If her DVD reflects that it should be a real winer!

Karen said...

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Laura said...

Hi Daphne,

I'm always looking for new challenges. Now that my ability to use thread on fabric is much more developed, using Sarah's DVD as a visual way to learn and practice will really be fun. Thanks for the opportunity.
a1d37001 at telus dot net

Cat said...

One of the best things about quilting is learning new techniques that can take your quilts in a new direction. I believe that Sarah's DVD could certainly shake up my quilting world. Thanks for the opportunity.

KittyAnn said...

I'd love to win a copy of the DVD to learn new techniques to apply to my own work. It'll be the next best thing to taking a class in person! I'm glad I've had the opportunity to 'meet' new artists on this hop such as yourself, else I'd never known about your beautiful work. Best, Ann in NC

sophie said...

I enjoyed Sarah's presentation as part of one of the Samplers at Quilt Festival. A lot of the things she had to say resonated with me and I know I could learn much from her DVD.

Chriss said...

Great DVD. I am all for the sharing and teaching of techniques, I love information and inspiration. I am starting my foray into art type quilts and am thirsty for knowledge and the 'how to'. Thanks.

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

Oh how exciting! I am so looking forward to learning more about using my photos for art quilts. Thank you for this opportunity!