October 2018 – Patt Blair

About the Lecture


This title sounds pretty straightforward but Patt says she’s not that mentally tidy! Patt proclaims to be in constant battle between left and right brain, and says “that’s not all bad as it keeps a minute amount of order in an otherwise fiber scrappy lifestyle.” Patt says that’s a nice way of saying she’s messy.

Having begun her art path painting oils, then watercolors, Patt’s quilting art focuses largely on life images.. especially the simple ones she says… the ones with heartwarming or powerful messages. Most of Patt’s work includes a being with a heartbeat. She says: “It seems to give life to the work.”

This lecture includes slides and samples of Patt’s pathway into art quilting. Patt addresses the application of traditional art media into quilting, new materials developed for quilting, tips and examples of machine quilting techniques that support the message in the quilt top, and finally, some ways to finish and hang quilts intended for wall display.

Patt also says “I might tell a corny joke or two. It’s my disease!”

About the Workshop


You will be amazed at what you can create using these flexible and easy-to-use pigment inks made by Tsukineko of Japan. These permanent inks are used to enhance commercial fabrics or to create an original art piece painted on clean white fabric.

Special fiber stick applicators make painting much simpler than traditional brushing techniques. Students are delightfully amazed and proud of their creations.

Paint a landscape, still life, or animal using TSUKINEKO Fabric Inks and special stick applicators. Bring your own artwork or choose from Patt’s drawings. You’ll love these inks.. They are surprisingly easy to use… It’s like crayons for grown ups.!

Patt Blair- Painting on Fabric with Inks Supply List (39 downloads)

About Patt Blair

Patt Blair

“Artist Turned Quilter”
Artist Patt Blair has been involved in some form of visual or written creative expression since her mid teens using oils, brush and pen lettering, and in the 70s, discovered the joy and spontaneity of watercolors.  Her full-time left brain (telecommunications) work, coupled with college and children, limited her visual arts creativity from the 80s and into the next decade. By the mid 90s, she began weekend morning walks in the park with friends who were quilters.

After a year or so of not knowing what the heck they were talking about, she decided to learn a bit about this quilting thing. Alas, she was not a skilled traditional quilter and admittedly did not like it much because of limited fabric choices and color selections. “I think I’d already had too many years wandering around in traditional art media to start fitting into even a partial pre-plan”, she said. “I was previously ruined. I do love traditional quilts and have great respect and appreciation of quilters that piece and appliqué.”
Patt stumbled upon a 2-day painting-with-dye class in 2001. At last, she could resurrect use of some paint brushes. Soon as she figured out how to marry up earlier painting experiences with fabric, she was in heaven. It was for the joy of the challenge of enhancing a quilt top with various machine stitches. And thread…it was just linear painting! She loved it! While continuing to develop her skills using varied media and interests in 2003, she began competing and placing in local and nationally judged contests.

To feed the passion of this new art form, she decided to grow and find more people of similar interests, through teaching it in 2004. Patt loves the classroom environment. There’s something magical about the harmony that materializes in a room of quilters at work,” she says. “It’s a peaceful, playful rhythm. It’s just plain fun. It’s important to me that people in my classes relax, have fun, learn, and conclude class with a sense of accomplishment and pride.”