Monday, November 9, 2015

“Fancy Goldfish” is up for auction this week!

“Fancy Goldfish” (16" x 16")
Copyright 2015 by Susan Brubaker Knapp
Cotton fabric, acrylic textile paint,cotton thread, cotton batting.
Free-motion machine quilted.
The piece I created to benefit The Quilt Alliance (The Alliance for American Quilts) will go up for auction this week on eBay. Please consider bidding, as this is a wonderful organization! The Quilt Alliance seeks to “document, preserve, and share our American quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation’s diverse peoples and their communities.”

This is one my favorite pieces, so I really want it to go to a good home!

My piece is in the first auction week of the Animals We Love contest quilts, which will go live on at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Monday night, Nov. 9, and will end  at 9 p.m. EST on Monday, Nov. 16.

Once the auctions have begun, you can go directly to the current week’s eBay auction by using this link:  

To go directly to the auction for “Fancy Goldfish,” go here:

Important note: the quilts for each auction week are only viewable on during the auction period for that quilt. Before and after the auction period, the quilts are not viewable. (eBay only posts items included in live auctions – no archives or scheduled auctions are viewable).
Each auction begins and ends on Monday at 9pm Eastern Standard Time.

More quilts will go up for auction in the second week, Monday, Nov. 16 – Monday, Nov. 23.

To preview the quilts for each week before that auction week begins, visit the Facebook albums here:
Week ONE:
Week TWO:

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Watch me on (for free!)

--> Want to watch me (for free!) in Episode #1709 of The show aired last Monday, Oct. 26, and is normally only available to subscribers. But from Nov. 1-8, 2015, you can watch even if you are not a subscriber! This is also a great opportunity to decide if you want to become a subscriber. with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims is a fabulous way to learn all about quilting, ground-breaking quilters (traditional, contemporary, modern, art quilters and fiber artists) in a wonderfully friendly interactive online community. You can watch a promo of the show, which includes my fellow North Carolinian, Jane Hall, here

To watch the episode that features me (and Jane), click on this link:


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

I am what I choose to become

“I am what I choose to become”
Copyright 2015 by Susan Brubaker Knapp
I made this last night for a courageous young woman I know who is dealing with a traumatic injury and facing a challenging recovery. I chose a quote by Carl Gustav Jung, the Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology:

“I am not what happened to me. I am what I choose to become.”  – Carl Jung

I decided to add a butterfly because it is a powerful image of metamorphosis and change.  

I have only painted on canvas a handful of times, and it was interesting how much differently the acrylic paint moved on the gessoed canvas than on fabric. I used a prepared canvas purchased at a craft store, and my ProChemical & Dye transparent and opaque acrylic textile paints. Not sure if I should be using regular acrylic paints, but I don’t have many of them, and I have a lot of the textile paints.

Friday, October 16, 2015

From Insects to Elephants

Five pieces of my work will be featured in the exhibition “From Insects to Elephants” at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts Oct. 21, 2015 through Jan. 10, 2016.

The exhibition features the work of 64 artists from Wisconsin, Illinois, California, Maine, Texas, Nebraska, Massachusetts, Colorado, Washington, Connecticut, Georgia, New Mexico, Tennessee, Kansas North Carolina, and Florida:

Eileen Daniels
Salley Mavor
Barbara Yates Beasley
Terri Sankovitz
Myra Van Uxem
Suzanne Mouton Riggio
Larkin Van Horn
Mary Alice Hart
Velda Newman
Grace Errea
Susan Balisterri
Cindy Garcia
Barbara Barrick McKie
Susan Carlson
Ginny Eckley
Melanie Marr
Jane Broaddus
Judith Roderick
Susan Brubaker Knapp
Linn Woodard
Darlene Determan
Bonnie Patton
Christine Sommerfelt
Paula Salzman
Candy Flynn
Jane Davila
Wendy Butler Berns
Nellie Durand
Nancy Linz
Deb Kinder
Barbara Strobel Lardon
Ruth Powers
Lisa Binkley
Marla Morris-Kennedy
Linda Teddlie Minton
Judy Raddatz
Karla Spinks
Nancee Ariagno
Barbara Kile
Pam Moller
Sandy Bates
Deanna Peterson
Jennifer Heynen
Anita Carpenter
Sue Rasmussen
Joyce Krueger
Michele Oxman
Christine Sparrow
Monica Ingwersen
Lorraine Jewell
Linda Reuss Benson
Laura Krasinski
Mary Young
Norma Klimpke
Hope Wilmarth
Vicki Quint
David Taylor
Kathy Golden
Tricia Glaister
Sharon L. Malec
Katherine Sharpless
Rhonda McClure
Mary Alice Schueler
Gayle Simpson

“Insects, correct to the smallest detail, multi-colored hippos and elephants, views of the undersea world, whimsical pincushions, favorite family pets, barnyard animals, and others more exotic – all are part of WMQFA’s celebration of nature’s creations.”
The exhibition was curated by Linda Reuss Benson and Linn Woodard.

“From Insects to Elephants”
Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts
Cedarburg, WI
Oct. 21, 2015 - Jan 10, 2016
Opening Reception: Nov. 8, noon to 3 p.m.

“Suffolk Sheep #4”
20" x 20"
(Copyright Susan Brubaker Knapp 2013) Original design.
White cotton fabric, acrylic textile paint, cotton threads, wool/polyester batting.
Thread sketched and free-motion machine quilted.

10.5" x 29.5"
(Copyright Susan Brubaker Knapp 2014) Original design.
White cotton fabric,acrylic textile paint, wool/polyester batting.
Free-motion machine quilted.
“New Zealand Chook #4”
24" x 24"
(Copyright Susan Brubaker Knapp 2013) Original design.
White cotton fabric, acrylic textile paint, cotton threads, wool/polyester batting.
Thread sketched and free-motion machine quilted.

“Maximum Cat Nap”
22" x 18.5"
(Copyright Susan Brubaker Knapp 2010). Original design.
White cotton fabric, acrylic textile paint, cotton threads, interfacing, cotton batting.
Thread sketched, free-motion machine quilted.
“Parrot Peek-a-Boo”
15.25" x 20.25"
(Copyright Susan Brubaker Knapp 2010). Original design.
Cotton fabric, fusible adhesive, cotton threads, cotton batting.
Thread sketched and free-motion machine quilted.

Monday, October 5, 2015

A wonderful (rainy) retreat!

My “Once in a Blue Moon” Fiber Art Retreat was this past Wednesday through Saturday in Black Mountain, NC. Lyric Kinard and I each taught, and had a wonderful time with our fabulous students. Yes, we had some biblical rainfall for the entire time … but most of our activities went on as planned. We improvised a bit, and added a few more inside activities. Here are photos from my wholecloth painting classes. Most students worked from original photos, and some used mine. They did impressive work!