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Friday, November 18, 2011

DVD Review: Dynamic Quilt Design: Paint Meets Stitch and a Giveaway

Susan Brubaker Knapp recently introduced her 3rd DVD "Dynamic quilt Design: Paint Meets Stitch", which was released through Quilting Arts Workshop.  This new DVD focuses on a method of wholecloth painting, with beautiful threadplay embellishment.


There is a wealth of information and inspiration in this latest DVD, all presented in a very organized and easy to follow approach that will help you learn to create an amazing piece of art.   Insights shared will also carry over to various forms of quilting and fibre-arts, but I do believe you'll be amazed how much fun you can have combining Susan's painting and stitching techniques.

This DVD is 69 minutes long and organized into the following video chapters: Supplies & Tools, Preparation/Getting Ready, Color Theory/Mixing Colors, Painting Techniques, Adding Details and Texture with Stitch, and more.

Susan provides easy to follow instructions to help you turn your photos into realistic wholecloth painted quilts.  She starts off sharing information on how to select the right photo, how to trace the design elements, how to enlarge your drawing, print it out, transfer the lines onto the fabric, and more.

I enjoyed her insights on basic color theory, as well as mixing paint colors, shades and tints.  She also did an excellent job on how to to actually paint your design, where you can use shadows and highlights to create a realistic picture. 


The ultimate highlight of this DVD, was all the insights Susan provided on how to use thread stitching to add depth to your painting.  It was this step that made beautiful paintings on fabric become spectacular pieces of art, where they truly become alive.   It truly is amazing to see how stitching thread can make such a difference.

The concepts shared in this DVD are demonstrated with Susan's beautiful "Still Life With Cherries", but they clearly carry over to a broad spectrum of turning your photos into realistic wholecloth painted quilts.


I also found it inspirational where Susan shared various projects that she has previously made, using the techniques shared in this DVD.  They were all spectacular.

Even if you do not consider yourself an artist, I truly think you'll enjoy this DVD and have fun creating with insights shared in this DVD.  Susan does a great job sharing tips and inspiring, thus making this an excellent DVD for beginner (want-to-be) artists/quilters, for any quilter that wants to explore painting on fabric, as well as for those that have experience with painting on fabrics but want to expand their skills and/or teaching skills.


If you consider yourself a traditional quilter and want to broaden your skills, by learning new techniques, this is definitely a DVD that I recommend you check out.  I think you'll love it.


Kelly Jackson (I Have a Notion) introduced me to Susan's DVD "Master Machine Stitching - Thread Sketching Beyond the Basics", which is also another great DVD.





Places you can find Susan:
Facebook
Blue Moon River
Blog   


Did I mention a giveaway ? 

Susan was generous to offer a copy of her new DVD "Dynamic Quilt Design: Paint Meets Stitch" to a follower of SewCalGal.  All you need to do is leave a comment and let me know you are interested in winning a copy of Susan's new DVD. 

One lucky winner will randomly be selected on Friday, November 25th.  I'll update this post and send out an email notice to the winner. Thus, be sure I have a way to contact you via email.

Want an extra entry?  Go "like" Susan on Facebook and leave an extra comment to let me know you did.


And don't forget to check out the 2012 Free-Motion Quilting Challenge.  It will be like a BOM for those wanting to learn and/or improve their FMQ skills.  Susan is one of the 12 FMQ Experts for this event too.


UPDATE: 
The winner of this giveaway is Kim (Chatterbox Quilts).  Congratulations to Kim!

110 comments:

Pauline G said...

What a great DVD -just what I need to help me with painting with threads - it looks wonderful

Debbie said...

Great review, Darlene. Of course, I'd like to win a DVD by Susan. I've always admired her work!

Michele Bilyeu said...

I love, love, love Susan Brubaker Knapp and have a previous dvd of hers from IHAN. Thread painting is an amazing (however time consuming!) art form and she truly is an artist! I am one of her followers, too, and did leave a comment on her FB as well!

Mommarock said...

I would certainly be interested in winning a copy of this. Thanks!!

Rafael's Mum said...

oOOOOOOOOOH......I would love a copy! I bought the previous one and it was such a great DVD, clear and inspirational, like she is in the room with you! So this one is definitely on my wishlist!!!

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

I have been wanting to learn this process and would love win a copy of the video. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your great giveaway!

Jocelyn said...

Wow what a great giveaway! I always enjoy DVD's as I can watch them over and over. Thanks for such a generous giveaway :-)

Josie McRazie said...

I would love to try this! Always up for a new challenge! Thank you for the chance to win!

Sharmond said...

I love Susan's work. Would love to have a copy of the DVD and see if I can learn to make some beautiful artful pieces.

Barb said...

You can also use your pens that you have to do this???

Marilee said...

Her color and texture are over the top beautiful.

Denise :) said...

This is so beautiful! I'd love to win a copy to explore it a little more! Thank you! :)

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

Are you kidding me? Do I want to win one? ABSOLUTELY I DO! I love Susan's work and since I've not been able to take a class with her..I rely heavily on my DVD's...and I don't have this one.

Smiles,
Kelly

ritainalaska said...

oh, yes, i'd like to win a copy ... and stretch my stitching up a notch.

MarveLes Art Studios said...

Thank you for the chance. I have several of her videos; they are great, but not this one... yet!

MarveLes Art Studios said...

And yes... I like her! And on (FB)!

What Comes Next? said...

I would love to have a copy of this DVD - was looking at it yesterday, and it is on my wish list!

ritainalaska said...

i have been to susan's fb page to 'like' her. will enjoy reading her posts

Linda Dalton said...

I LOVE Susans work and have one of her DVD's already. I would love to have this additional one to watch over and over and over because that is what is so awesome about these DVD's! Its like having her right in my home giving me personal lessons! Thanks so much for this giveaway its awesome!

DebiKibbee said...

and I like her on FB

DebiKibbee said...

I would love to win Susan's DVD, I just got her new book Point,Click,Quilt and couldn't put it down, now to see how she does the quilting would be great.
Thanx for the opportunity to win.
debi

Robin in WNC said...

I would love to win Susan's DVD, I have a copy of her Point,Click,Quilt. This would be a good compaion to the book

Unknown said...

I would live to win a copy of Susan's DVD! I love her work !

Karen M said...

Susan's work is unbelievable! I would love to win a copy of that book so I can try my hand at using her techniques. Thanks for the opportunity.

Pam said...

i have her other Dvds. She is a awesome teacher

Kathy said...

I'd love to win a copy of Susan's new DVD. Thanks for the chance.

Gene Black said...

I have to say I am interested. I need to learn to combine my painting and quilting into one finished product. I would find that just excellent!

suemac said...

I read Kelly's blog before I got to yours. She had pictures of Susan Brubaker Knapp from the International Quilt Show. She had a nice link to your blog from hers.

Sallie said...

Susan's work is beautiful! I'm very interested - Thanks for the giveaway!

Sallie said...

I already like Susan on FB. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

i took susan's class and loved it. would love to have the dvd.

Jacqueline said...

I would love to stretch my skills. Thanks so much for a chance at the DVD.

jleibfried@aol.com

Gill said...

I like Susan's work and I'd love to win a copy of her DVD!

Elaine said...

I'd love to win the DVD. Thank you for running such a great giveaway :)

elainemaul (AT) hotmail (DOT) com

Paula Hardesty said...

I like a book with instruction but I LOVE A DVD. YOU JUST CAN'T BEAT IT. IT's like having class with the teacher one on one. It is the BEST. Especially when you are a newbie like me and need all the detailed instruction you can get. Hoping to STRETCH my wings with this DVD.

Elaine said...

I've just 'liked' the Blue Moon page :)

elainemaul (AT) hotmail (DOT) com

Donna Joy said...

Now that sounds like a wonderful DVD. I would love to learn how to turn photo's into a quilt. The help with how to understand color and shading and then to learn how to use thread and stitching to enhance your project. Yes I would love to win this and set the creativity flowing. Thanks so much for sharing.

Elsie Montgomery said...

Oh, this is interesting.This technique would be helpful in my landscapes and art quilts and I could use some help knowing how to use it! Love to win!

marjolijn said...

This looks great! I want to learn this technique (hope to take a workshop with Susan).
gr. Marjolijn
marjolijnvanwijk at gmail dot com

Kathy MacKie said...

This would be a great addition to my need to do projects. Thanks.

DebrafromMD said...

I love her book and would be delighted to have the dvd too.

Donna~~ said...

Such gorgeousness! The oooooh you heard was when I read you were giving away a copy! I would love to learn to do this--it's something I've always wanted to do, but been too afraid to start. I would love to win a copy!

WoolenSails said...

I want to do more art quilting this year, and learn how to use my machine to create different effects, would love to win a copy. I am always inspired by Susan's work and her techniques.

Debbie

erin mcsweeney said...

As a newbie to quilting, this would be a great win, I love the dvd aspect.

M-R Charbonneau said...

I love Susan's work and would love to win this DVD. Thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Ruth Quinn said

I really love Susan's work. Her art is amazing! I already have a copy of another DVD of hers and would love to win this one. Keep my collectoin growing.

Hannele said...

I really would like to win a copy of Susan's DVD - hopefully this you accept international entries :) My google account won't work here, so my e-mail address is hard dot ware at netti dot fi

Linda and Michelle said...

Liked the page and would LOVE a copy of the DVD.

Anonymous said...

Susan's DVD is something that I would love to win! Her work is amazing! Thanks for the giveaway....

Anonymous said...

I have liked Susan on FB!

Anonymous said...

To have a copy of Susan's Dvd would be such an inspiration. Her work is outstanding and I am sure a little will rub off on who-ever has access to her teaching. Thanks for the chance!

Anonymous said...

Love Susan's art. Would really like to own a copy of her DVD. Like Susan on FB, Moon River on FB, joined Blog, signed up for newsletter.
SallyKingemail@gmail.com

sonja said...

i would love to be 50 somthing(again) and win this fine dvd.
Susan's work shines,sonja

Annieofbluegables said...

Wow. I'd LOVE this DVD, and all the rest, and the books too. I have been a fan of hers for quite a while. She is amazing!!!

Annieofbluegables said...

And I requested friendship on FB too.
~a
:)

Happy Turtle said...

Very interested in the DVD. Love Susan's work.
Carol

Happy Turtle said...

I liked Blue Moon River - the page... I guess that's what was meant? You're link took us to her facebook profile where we could only add as friend.

tesuque said...

Who wouldn't like a copy of this DVD?

quiltzyx said...

I would love to have this DVD!

Marijke said...

I 'd love to win this DVD. Seems like realmfun!

Kd Brown said...

SewCalGal, I LOVE THIS! Wow, Susan you are so generous! I am a follower of this wonderful blog. :) Kd ~ www.KdQuilts.com

Kd Brown said...

SCG, you always have good information! I am a "Like"r of SBK on Facebook. Thanks! Kd ~ www.KdQuilts.com

Anonymous said...

This is a wonderful review! DVDs are the best way to learn a new technique because you have the intructor's full attention, you never miss anything because someone nearby is talking too loudly, and you can take the class over and over again.
ann@annturley.info

Nancy L said...

I'd love a chance to win this dvd. The colors look so bold and bright. I love her work.

Eileen said...

would love a copy of her book. what inspiration!! thanks for the opportunity and have a great day

Unknown said...

Thanks for a great opportunity to win this DVD! She is an amazing artist!!

hugz

Linda E in NM said...

I really admire Susan's work and would LOVE to win this DVD!
thanks

Rachel said...

Great review (as usual!) Thanks for the opportunity!!

Jackie said...

I'd love, love to win Susan's book, I have seen her on Quilting Arts a number of times and she makes it look so easy and beautiful.

Bette said...

Susan is such a wonderful teacher. the video would be a perfect complement to my library after I watch it and watch it and watch it.

Jennifer said...

Took a class from Susan in August and would love to have her dvd.

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

I've had my eye on this DVD! I'd love to win a copy:) Thanks for the chance!

Vicki @ DottyJane said...

I've been following Susan's Facebook page for a while:)

Anonymous said...

I would love to win a copy of Susan's DVD. I have always admired her work.

You can reach me at:nancy.sumner@comcast.net

Lauradublin said...

I would love to win a copy of the DVD. Her work is beautiful.

Janet said...

I would love to win the DVD...and I would love to improve my thread painting skills :)

Pat said...

Would love to win a copy of this DVD!

Mom C said...

Sounds absolutely fascinating! Thanks for exposing me to a whole new concept in quilting.

Robbie said...

A big fan of Susan's work. Love her new book and would definitely be inspired by watching her new CD.

Anonymous said...

What a talent! I would love to win.

Joan said...

I read Susan's blog regularly and would love to win her DVD!

Jeanne said...

I went to Susan's Facebook page. I love what I've seen that she does. She's awesome. I would love the chance to become awesome too!!! If I had her DVD, I might become awesome, right?

Joanna said...

I have Susan's first 2 DVDs and would love a copy of this newest one. I'm a big fan of her work!

Patty said...

This looks like a wonderful DVD. I'd love to win.

Marcia W. said...

I'm interested in winning a copy of Susan's new DVD and follow your blog. I learned of the giveaway from Susan's blog.

Jean(ie) said...

I love Susan's work! She is one of my quilt idols. I two of her other videos on thread painting and free-motion quilting. Her instruction is straightforward and fun.

Anna Banana said...

I took a workshop from Susan this year and I'd love to own this DVD.

Barb Neiwert said...

What an amazing thing to be able to do with a sewing machine! I'd love to learn.

Kritta22 said...

Wow! I love it! Thanks for the giveaway

Jo Vandermey said...

I have seen Susan on a Quilting Arts episode... She seems like a great teacher. I want to increase my free motion skills in 2012. A skill I wanted to do in 2011 but haven't quite mastered yet. This dvd would be inspiring.

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

I would love to win this DVD and learn more about her great techniques!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

I did a friend request on FB and like her blog.

Claudia said...

I love susan's work, and I would like to win a copy.

Doina said...

I'd like to win a copy.

Doina said...

I have liked Susan on FB!

Anonymous said...

Would love to win a copy of Susan's DVD - Thanks for the chance! Quiltgirl

susan said...

I would love to win a copy of Susan's DVD and I will be posting on Facebook! This might just be the instruction that will teach me the skill I want!

Gina said...

Many thanks to you and Susan for offering this opportunity. I'd love to win a copy and be inspired to push and develop my free-motion sewing!

Chatterbox Quilts said...

I would love to win Susan's new DVD as I am just starting to explore art quilts and thread painting. Thanks for hosting this giveaway, Darlene!

Chatterbox Quilts said...

I already "like" Susan on Facebook.

Deb said...

I'm interested in winning the dvd plus I'm already a follower. thanks!

Lynn Majidimehr said...

I'd love to win a copy of Susan's DVD!!! I've been painting after quilting and have been thinking about trying painting before quilting.

hueisei said...

I'm a follower and I'm interested on winning the DVD, thx...

astitch said...

I would like to win because I am quite new to patchwork & quilting and it would be nice to see what else is possible that is different.

donna a said...

Oh Susan's work is so inspiring! Please include me in the give-away. I really would love to learn how I can do what she does!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I would love to win the DVD!

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

I already like Susan on FB

Jodi - usairdoll said...

The DVD looks awesome. I'm a "want-to-be" painter so any help is great!

Thanks for the giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Jodi - usairdoll said...

I have Liked Susan on FB.

Thanks for a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

kay said...

I love Susan's thread sketching, and I would love to learn some of her stitching and painting techniques in this DVD.