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Monday, December 9, 2013

Designer Showcase: Terri Stegmiller, New Designs Revealed, Freebies and a Giveaway

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SewCalGal is absolutely delighted to be able to share insights with you today on Terri Stegmiller, as I've been a fan of Terri for many years.

Terri is a mixed media textile artist from Mandan, North Dakota.  She enjoys working with a variety of artistic medias, but her main love is art quilting.  Like many artists, she finds inspirations from her surroundings and enjoys bird watching and cats, which you can frequently see in her work!  Her style is whimsical and cheerful, with great use of color and texture that draw the eye in to want to linger and enjoy, as well as want more!

Terri has authored and co-authored several books, with the latest entitled Twelve by Twelve: The International Art Quilt Challenge.  She has also had work published in several books and magazines, as well as exhibited in juried and non-juried shows.  And, she has designed several quilt patterns.  You can find Terri's patterns and art for sale in her Etsy shop.

Some of her designs are also available on fabric, at  Spoonflower.


Teri has also designs stencils that are quite versatile and very popular with those that want to create texture on fabric with the use of textile paints. You can find her stencils at StencilGirl Products.

Many know Terri by way of her artwork, thermofax screens and patterns that are available for purchase through her ETSY shop.


But, you may remember her for her piece published in  "500 Art Quilts"

{above} Terri Stegmiller, Blue-Mers Paper Quilt, 2008
Cotton, interfacing, thread, newspaper, book pages, tissue paper, textile paint, glue, acrylic paint, ink, charcoal; collaged, glued, free motion stitched.

Many of her quilts have been exhibited at international quilt shows.  Needless to say, I've always been delighted to see Terri's quilt at such quilt shows.


How long have you been sewing....?
I became interested in quilting around the mid 1990's.  My first bed-sized quilt was for my bed, which was a queen.  It took me several years to complete.  I hand quilted it and not knowing better I used two layers of fluffy batting because I really liked that trapunto look, although at the time I didn't know that was the name for it and that I was going about it all wrong. 
I decided that bed quilts and traditional quilting wasn't for me.  I just didn't have the patience for the repetition and the time it took to complete a quilt.  As the Internet became more and more common I started scouring around and somehow came across art quilting and mixed media work.  I was so intrigued.  I soaked up all the information I could and experimented with most everything that interested me.  I've tried many different techniques and mediums and I think I've finally found what I most enjoy doing today from all the trials and experimentations. I've probably been art quilting since 2005-2006, about the time I started blogging.

What comes first the fabric or the design?
 I love designing, so for me it's the design that comes first.  I have several sketchbooks that I draw and doodle in and even sketch complete design ideas in.  Sometimes I will page back through a sketchbook and come across something that I drew a few years ago and develop into a quilt, stencil or Thermofax screen.
What do you enjoy doing when not quilting?
 I enjoy painting, both on paper and traditional painting surfaces and also on fabric. I love designing patterns and recently started learning about surface pattern design in the hopes of one day seeing my designs printed on fabric, home decor items, etc.  I have designed a line of stencils that are available through StencilGirl Products (www.stencilgirlproducts.com), and I design Thermofax screens that are available through my Etsy shop (www.etsy.com/shop/TerriStegmillerArt).
I also enjoy other types of sewing such as making handbags, notebook covers, pouches, and more.  I love to incorporate my hand painted fabrics into these projects.  I even dabble in garment sewing at times.

Do you enter contests? Have you won awards?

I have entered quilts into a few juried and non-juried shows.  In my local area I have won some awards.  This year I entered a quilt in the International Quilt Festival-Houston, and was thrilled to win an Honorable Mention.  I also entered this year's Quilt Alliance contest and I won an Honorable Mention there as well.

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{above} "A Bright Sun-Shiny Day", by Terri Stegmiller.

SewCalGal was certainly delighted to see this quilt at Fall Quilt Market.  It was also on exhibit at IQF Houston. 

Of course, SewCalGal wanted to share insights with you on some of Terri's current designs:

Designer Gallery of Designs:
note:  you can visit her ETSY shop to find more of her ART pieces and other projects, available for sale.


Pine Tree Hills Pattern


Over the Top Apron Pattern

Quilted Tote Pattern


     Growin' Flowers  Pattern

    Picking Flowers Pattern

    SewCalGal also wants to thank Terri for sharing some free designs with us.   


    freebie tote pattern
    A Big Tote pattern

    freebie kindle case
    A Kindle Pouch pattern
    freebie pattern to make a postcard envelope
    A Post Card Envelope pattern

    Visit Terri's blog for more free patterns, as well as tips, tutorials, inspirational projects and more!

    Needless to say,  SewCalGal is excited to share insights on Terri's new designs:


    Time to let the Cat Out of the Bag.....

    Terri has just released two new designs:

    paws in the garden by terri stegmillerButterfly Moments by Terri Stegmiller

    Terri used mixed-media techniques in making her beautiful pieces of art using these designs.  Her techniques were published in the August/September 2013 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.  With the copy of that issue you could replicate her style of art using these design patterns, or you could make these designs your own style using a variety of mixed-media products, or even using raw-edge applique.  I'm confident how ever one creates with Terri's designs, they'll come up with something that is whimsical and fun.  

    To celebrate the release of these new designs, Terri is hosting a blog hop event where participating bloggers will share what they created using these new designs.  And, at each stop in this hop you will have a chance to win a PDF copy of one of these two new whimsical kitty designs.  Here is the line up for this fun blog hop:

    Terri Stegmiller


    Terri has generously offered a free pattern to one lucky follower of SewCalGal.  It will be one of the two new kitty patterns and come in PDF format.   If you are interested in winning one of these patterns, simply complete the rafflecopter form below.  There are also a few optional ways to get extra entries besides leaving a comment on this post.  :

    a Rafflecopter giveaway

    SewCalGal really loves Terri's designs and hope you also find inspiration and delight with her designs too!

    You can find Terri Stegmiller at:

    You may also enjoy reading about other Designers, in my Designer Showcase series.

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    Nina Lise@Mrs Moen said...

    I too have been reading Terri's blog for a long time, so it was fun reading your interview!
    Wishing you a great week!

    Donna said...

    I love Terri's kitties!

    Raewyn said...

    Terri's designs sure are lots of fun! It would be pretty cool to win one - thankyou for the opportunity!

    KaHolly said...

    I love her new cat patterns and would love to win a copy!!

    Connie said...

    Terri's work is always so beautiful and I love her new patterns!! I would create a project with applique, fabric and possibly some paint!

    Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

    This is completely new to me; but looks so interesting...would love to try it.

    Barbara O. said...

    I'd use a mixed media approach, as I'm terribly bad at appliqué. Thanks for the chance!

    Needled Mom said...

    Her flowers are wonderful.

    Nancy said...

    I think I understood the directions correctly to leave a comment here as well as in the RaffleCopter. Anyway, I'd select the Paws in the Garden, and would make a version using raw-edge applique and some paints and stencils with fabric. Fun project.

    Tammy said...

    Traditional applique. I have never tried mixed media. And I am allways hesitant to try new tings in fear of ruining stuff.

    Linda E in AZ said...

    Really cute, cute enough to tempt me to try some applique again.

    Barb said...

    I always love it when you introduce new designers, tools etc. She is so amazing, I just love her work!

    beebop said...

    I love all her designs that feature cats!

    BeachQuilter said...

    I love these patterns and seeing the various techniques to make them is fun!

    Unknown said...

    Love the cats and Terri's work. Your post is great

    Createology said...

    I adore Terri and her creative art. This is such a great hop and thank you for sharing your interview with Terri. Lovely give-a-ways. December Delights...

    Nancy M. said...

    The designs are great. Love the paws in the garden

    patchouli moon studio said...

    Love the things that Terri designs and makes.

    Lisa said...

    I would want to collaborate with my very talented daughter to do a very artistic, mixed art project! The possibilities when creating with her are endless!

    Fiber Babble said...

    Paws in the Garden is just my flavour of whimsy, I think. I'd love to do a crayon+stitchery version!

    Bonnie58 said...

    Love the kitty expressions. I have two at home that look the same... Thanks so much for sharing. I would love to try some mixed media techniques.

    Sharon said...

    Happy to hear Terries history. I love her work. Discovered her through the quilters a\Art mag

    Missy Shay said...

    I really like the way Snoodles made hers, so I would probably do something like that.

    kathyinozarks said...

    I love Terri's patterns thanks for the chance to win one Kathy

    kathyinozarks said...

    If I won one of her patterns I would like to use wool applique method along with some needle felting

    Denny1600 said...

    I'd probably use fusible applique methods. I've started rug hooking (like I don't have enough projects) and these designs would work for that, too! These are cute! Thanks for the giveaway.

    Donna W said...

    I would use machine applique for her designs. They are so much fun. They just make me smile every time I look at them. Thanks

    Suze said...

    Thanks for the interview and the introduction to Terri. I'd love to win a pattern. I have to kitties who keep me company and who love to make a quilt about one or both of them. Thanks for a great giveaway.

    IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

    Terri has such fun whimsical designs. I would definitely use the fusible applique with her designs...easier for me :)


    Lara said...

    I hope for good luck =) I love cats! Thanks for the opportunity!

    Lara said...

    I hope for good luck =) I love cats! Thanks for the opportunity!

    Patricia said...

    I like traditional applique the best. These designs are really cute

    Marjorie Nath said...

    Thank you for the chance to win one of your awesome patterns.
    thelady at hotmail.com

    Charlene McCullough said...

    Love Terri's designs. They make me smile and chuckle. I have several cats and would love one of the patterns. I will definitely be following her now. katztoo1 at frontier dot com

    Kathy ~~~ said...

    I'd use fusible applique. The kitties are so cute!

    Anonymous said...

    Probably applique methods, thanks for the chance, like the kitties.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

    Debra Kay Neiman said...

    I would use mixed media applique. Saw a black and white of PAWS IN THE GARDEN I would like to do. I am happy to follow you by e-mail. Merry Christmas. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

    Fran said...

    I love Terri's patterns!