March 31, 2011

I hope you have been enjoying our whirlwind trip through the blogosphere. Today we wrap up our tour by heading back to the U.S. for a stop in Mooresville, North Carolina, a little town north of Charlotte.

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(I couldn’t resist putting in an additional place marker for my hometown, Chapel Hill.)

susan-b-kSusan Brubaker Knapp is a quilt artist, designer, and teacher who lives in Mooresville with her husband, Rob, and two daughters. Susan teaches quilting classes at local quilt shops and online through

Susan loves traditional hand quilting and needleturn appliqué, but has also embraced innovative machine techniques and makes “art quilts” — works of art executed in fabrics and fibers. Her award-winning quilts have been exhibited at national and international venues. She’s the author of Appliqué Petal Party and the soon-to-be-released Point, Click, Quilt! from C&T Publishing. Make sure you check out her Quilting Arts Workshop DVDs about machine quilting and thread sketching too!

Here we go, off to Susan’s blog Blue Moon River!

By Kay Mackenzie


10 Responses to “Book-A-Round 2 ~ Day 10”

  1. Linda Zobrist on March 31st, 2011 6:08 am

    I hate to have the Tour end! I have very much enjoyed it and love seeing various sites all over. Now if I ever visit those places I will have a ” quilt home” to go to.
    Thank you. Linda

  2. Kay on March 31st, 2011 7:39 am

    I’m with you, Linda! I can’t believe today’s the last day. So glad you have enjoyed it. Thanks for your note.

  3. Mimi on March 31st, 2011 8:04 am

    Awwww… that went too fast! But I am sure that you are tired from all the travelling and want to get home. Thanks for the tour – loved it!!

  4. Kay on March 31st, 2011 8:09 am

    Mimi, thank so much for letting me know that you loved this cybertouring stuff!

  5. MaryB on March 31st, 2011 2:04 pm

    I bought your book last week and I still have enjoyed your book-a-round. It’s fun to read the others blogs. You find a lot of inspiration and ideas by doing this. Can’t wait for this weekend to try out one of your applique patterns. Now which size should I start with and Oh Oh my new Moda layer cake will be great to use for applique. If I didn’t have final grades to get ready I’d start tonight.

  6. Kay on March 31st, 2011 2:52 pm

    Hi MaryB! How fun to learn that you already got the book! Thank you! Have fun with that layer cake. Making me hungry.

  7. Vicki H on March 31st, 2011 7:29 pm

    I will have to check out the joggles website. Had never heard of it. I didn’t make it all dasys but a few. Thanks for the fun!!

  8. Kay on April 1st, 2011 12:17 pm

    Thanks for joining in, Vicki!

  9. Christy B. on April 1st, 2011 9:53 pm

    Hi Kay,

    I’m loving following the Book-a-round and had your book delivered into my waiting hands this week (couldn’t take a chance on trying my luck with one of the giveaways. I’m too greedy and impatient! lol). I decided to give back-basting a try and love it! I’m having a little trouble keeping my lines smooth and even, but imagine that will improve with more practice. I’m using a #12 perl cotton, but find it fluffs a little too much and leaves fibers in the seam. What thread do you use? I’ve considered three strands of embroidery floss. I’m using a large needle which leaves holes even my poor eyes can see, but I’d like to find a better thread. Any ideas?

    Love, love, love the book and especially the CD! And I can’t say enough good about your generosity in providing the reversed patterns. It’s so convenient and wonderful to just go to my computer and print and be able to get right to the sewing! You’re a genius!

    Thanks again!

    Christy B

  10. Kay on April 2nd, 2011 6:27 am

    Hi Christy! Thank you so much for getting the book! Glad you are enjoying it. The CD was my concept and I’m so glad the publisher went with it. It’s just an idea whose time had come!

    Perle cotton may be a little *too* thick for our purpose in back-basting. I use a three-ply kinda-fuzzy sewing thread or hand-quilting thread. Keep practicing! Smoothness comes from making sure that the bulk of the turned-under portion is evenly distributed. And you can check your stitching on the back to see how you’re doing as you go!

    Thanks again for your note.