Monday, November 16, 2009

Free viewing of my edisode on The Quilt

Hello all....
A free viewing link for my Episode 510 of "The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims" is now up and available for your viewing between November 16 - 22, 2009.
Instructions for access follow between the horizontal lines below. .
The Episode titled "Quilts Through Two Artists' Eyes" presents different perspectives from two quilt artists - myself and Tammy Finkler. Tammy, a traditional quilter and long arm quilting expert, guides you step by step through the process of designing intricate wholecloth quilting designs. Then I run through 'DRAWING FOR PEOPLE THAT DON'T DRAW...AND PAINTING FOR PEOPLE THAT DON'T PAINT." I think you might find it fun... at least most of it was fun for me! We had NO rehearsal so I responded to questions as they came. I wasn't thrilled with all my answers... but it went well overall, and you might find it fun to see me work so fast... like cooking on a morning TV news hour.

So here is the link to allow you to watch my episode 510 for FREE from November 16th through November 22nd.
To watch the show go to:

For my QUILTING FRIENDS... not a TQS member, (Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims) has also offered anyone reading this message $10 off a 1 year membership to Look for the "Redeem Gift Certificate" button at the top of the page when you go to watch your show. This is your call... just a nice promo offer on their part.

To receive $10 off the price of a 1 year TQS Membership, you must use Coupon Number #108490263410 when redeeming this gift certificate.
By entering this code you would be purchasing the 1 year membership for a reduced $32.95. All your call.
Once your purchase has been completed you can move freely about the entire site! You could pre check out the site as much info is accessible without membership but the episodes, etc. come with membership.

Thanks for being a supporter and friend of my work!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Cruisin' to Hawaii!

Okay... how bad could life be?.... quilting and cruising to Hawaii at the same time. (Deb Roberts) and I are getting contracts exchanged for my teaching for the Quilts Travel Hawaii Cruise Sept 29th 2010 thru Oct. 13, 2010. Sounds mighty fine to me. She is just starting to publicize now so you might check out her web. She shared this cruise is usually well attended and tons of fun. ALOHA!!!!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

EPISODE 510 on NOV 9th

Episode 510 featuring MUAH... will begin view on demand airing starting November 9th, 2009. What a great time filming with Ricky and Alex. They are true pros.... no rehearsal.... and they know how to make it run smooth no matter what.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

"Winter Hunt" takes 3rd at Houston International

I'm thrilled! The competition this year at Houston International was spectacular. "Thank You" to Ricky Tims Studio for sponsoring the Painted Surface Category. "NO ONE puts on an award ceremony the likes of Houston International. I hope everyone gets a chance to witness the awards celebration sometime... It's the Oscars of Quilting and everyone is invited whether you have entered or not. It's beautiful.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Heading Out For Houston Festival

Finishing packing for a middle of the night flight to the IQA festival in Houston.
I'll be:
Teaching all week
Picking up a cash award tomorrow night ( I don't know any details)
Hanging out in Hollis Chatelains Imagine Hope Booth #814 Thursday night 5-7pm
Hosting in The Quilt booth Saturday afternoon 4 - 5 pm
Demoing in the Meet The Teacher area Saturday 2-2:30p
Hope to see you there! Patt

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Up for Auction at Houston International

Quilts, Inc which hosts the International Quilt Festival will hold a silent auction on Fri, Sat, and Sun of the October Festival. Donated pieces from numerous artists will be available for bid including this one by me. Hope you are there to bid and hopefully win. Update : The bidding is over... some quilter I hope to meet and learn about picked this piece up for $495.00.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Winter Hunt will place at Houston

Nice call from Houston International Today. I've been notified my Mountain Lion hunting in Snow will place for a cash award in Octobers Festival. Quilts Inc.... informs cash prize winners but doesn't tell them about what prize... until the awards ceremony. Bottom line, they are hopeing you come so they give you some notice. Needless to say, I am THRILLED! Ofcourse I will be there. I'm arriving early enough to go to market before my teaching engagement starts. Last year, of the 4 awards in my category, three were international entries from outside the U.S. I placed 3rd last year and was thrilled beyond belief to have been the only American in the bunch.
I strongly suspect there is at least one other American in the mix this year. I can't wait to see Hollis Chatelains entry. It should be large powerful imagery, and beautifully executed.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

One Great Temecula, Ca. 2009 Retreat!

18 people, wine and horse country, beautiful quiet surroundings, lovely dining, fun students, bottom line WONDERFUL! The 2009 Retreat is done.... see Patt's teaching Blog link for detailed examples of student work. Planning for 2010 is underway. Watch for details in July via Patt's Retreats link on the right side of this page.
Janmarie Halliday incredible work in progress.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Painted Quilt Art Retreat in Wine and Horse Country

Four gloriously fun days starting tomorrow May 22 of creating quilt art with 17 friends / students. Click on the upper right Patt's Teaching Blog for photos of a spectacular campus/classroom. I can hardly wait. 2010 dates are posted on Patt's Retreat's link above right.

Friday, May 8, 2009

May/June Fons and Porter Love of Quilting

Their current issue features an extensive article on equine quilts, including my equine piece called Windsong. Very nice .. Thanks Fons and Porter!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Newest Article in Print in Machine Quilting Unlimited

I love this magazine designed specifically for those quilting those quilt tops. Machine Quilting Unlimited is a subscription only magazine you might find interesting :
The magazine has just published my article on making thread color choices...Thread: The Linear Paint! This topic could easily be a book, tho this article focuses mostly on how complementary (to fabric) thread colors in differing values might be used for impact. Shown here is a snippet of the article. Contact for past issues and subscriptions.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

June 09 Fabric Trends will showcase "Spring Break"

What a nice surprise! Fabric Trends got a kick out of my traveling exhibit piece called SPRING BREAK! It will appear in the June 2009 issue.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Headed for Paducah

Well I'll be danged!! Just got word that my African Bull piece "Endangered" is going to Paducah for the late April show. Heck... I haven't even been there! Anyway.. pretty exciting! This was my first entry to Paducah and I was somewhat surprised to learn their wall entries have a fairly large minimum size.... I think 41" wide which Endangered just makes.
We all must get there someday.... not to 41" wide.... to Paducah! :-) Patt

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Teaching at Houston Oct 09

It's official, I'll be there. Contract signed.... so here's the schedule.
Signup notification awaits us all.
Oct. 14-17, 2009
Houston International Quilt Festival
Wed. Oct 14 Painting With Inks
Thurs. Oct 15 Quilting Art, Mixed Media Sampler
Fri. Oct.16 Portraits on Fabric
Sat. Oct 17 Mixed Media Sampler, Meet The Teachers Forum

Monday, March 2, 2009

Los Angeles Area "Avenue 50 Studio" EXHIBIT and Sale - SAQA

Sometimes I NEED to do something abstract just to focus on fun quilting techniques/ patterns. Strings 1 is one such quilt. (There is also a strings 2 and 3). I dropped Strings 1 in the mail today for an upcoming Surface Art Associates juried exhibit/sale at Avenue 50 Studio Gallery, 131 No. Avenue 50, Highland Park, Ca. 90042. This should be interesting in that there were some 134 juried entries including international entries from Spain, Netherlands, Australia, Japan, Canada, among others. The exhibit and sale will run from March 14, 2009 to April 5, 2009. I think I need to go there myself!
Their web site...

Thursday, February 19, 2009

I showed up on The Quilt Blog.

What a nice surprise!
Staff from The Quilt were at the January Road to California Show and have posted snapshots of my "Road" exhibit on their daily blog. Very cool of them!

Go to and click on the tab labeled Daily Blog or paste this URL link in your browser.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

New CD Patterns and Followalong Guides

For some time, students have been asking I make patterns that I bring to class available in commercial form. Before I did that, I felt (I'm a teacher at heart) that I needed to create a step by step, color by color photo follow along guide.... which ofcourse meant repainting and photographing/documenting as I went. That's now done for four patterns and are now available from (though they aren't on the website as of yesterday). You can email though and they can fill your order til the web site is made current. These are economic! $10 retail (Jukebox may offer some specials... their call) They include printable pdf drawings in 2 sizes...8 1/2 x 11 so you can enlarge to any size you want and one preformatted to print at 18"x24" the step by step photo/text guide. Click on Products/Resources link to move to Jukebox website.
CD drawings and guides include:
Tiger Eyes
King (the lion)
Santa's Secret
Southern Grace (Magnolia)
The back cover of each disk identifies the specific ink colors/markers I used tho I love it when people change to their "own ideas." distributes both these CDs and the used products so I'm certain they would pull and ship a personal kit.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Taping the QUILTSHOW.COM in Mar 2009

How cool is this?? On Mar 12, I will take flight to Colorado Springs, drive to Ricky Timms studio in LaVeta Colorado for a Mar 13 segment tapeing of "Drawing and Painting for People Who Don't!" This should be tons of fun (yes I'm a bit nervous). Check out the quilt gallery at ..... Only members view the resulting show ('will post here when I know the date it will be released) but everyone can see a sample show for free, and see quilts posted by members. Check it out. News update on this later. :-) ...... Patt Blair

FONS and PORTERS Love Of Quilting

A forthcoming issue of FONs and PORTERs Love of Quilting Magazine will feature my piece shown and ribboned at the International Quilt Festival (Nov 08) ... "Windsong"

Winter 2008/2009 MQU Magazine Photo

The last page of each MQU magazine is reserved for a quilt the editors thought to be an interesting quilt. My piece "Endangered" was shown as the Winter issue '"jawdropper" choice.

SPRING 2009 Thread- The Linear Paint Article in MQUmagazine

The Spring Issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited (due out end of Mar 2009) contains my article titled "Thread- The Linear Paint"... touching on selecting thread colors atop your quilt. I think you might find the info and photos interesting!

If you machine quilt (be it long arm or domestic) Machine Quilting Unlimited is a pretty nice 4 times a year subscription magazine by Meander Publishing ( cool name).
There are NO quilt top patterns in this magazine... It's about the quilting of finished tops. Check it out at