Cara Gulati has spent her life around fabric. She has sold fabric and clothes, designed them both and ended up with her own company as a designer and manufacturer of children's wear.
Fiber art and quilting in particular grabbed her heart and led her to things of a flatter nature. Cara makes very large art quilts and is currently working on a series called 3-D Explosion. She has written a book and teaches workshops on this design and sewing technique. One quilt in the series, "3-D Party Explosion" won Viewer's Choice at the Houston International Quilt Festival in 2003.
Her teaching career has taken her to Abu Dhabi in the UAE as well as Australia. She has exhibited her work internationally. Commissions are welcome!
Doodle Press is Cara's publishing company. She designs fun and artistic quilts that are unique. Her patterns and book can be found in quilt stores around the world and on her web site at www.doodlepress.com.
When she isn't lecturing, teaching internationally, designing fabric, publishing or creating art quilts, Cara can be found walking her dog in the forest in Marin County, California.
- SAQA Portfolio books 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22 for the years 2007 through 2015. This book is published to promote the work of professional artist members of Studio Art Quilt Assoicates, a national group of artists.
- The Quilter Magazine, August/Septmeber 2011: An article called Curvy Quilting Confections That Break The Rules, pages 100-101. I talk about even stitch length and why I think uneven stitch length is more desirable than having all your stitches the same.
- Quilter's Home magazine, June/July 2011: My home and studios are featured on pages 44-47. You can also see an online photoshoot here: http://www.quiltershomemag.com/content_downloads/webQHCara.pdf
- Curves for Cowards by Cara Gulati. Book published in 2010 by Cara's company Doodle Press.
- Quilting Arts magazine: I have a quilt in the Whisper Challenge profiled on page 50 in the August/September 2009/ issue 40.
- Fabric Trends Magazine, spring 2008: On page 75 is a pattern for Arrows Away using my current fabric line Jumping Beans.
- Quilter's World Magazine: April, 2008: On page 42 is a pattern for a quilt called Groovy Garden made with my fabric line called Jumping Beans.
- The Quilter magazine: July, 2007. There is an article about me as a featured artist. How cool is that?!
- Quilter's World magazine: April 2007. A project I designed with the Dancing Doodles fabric line is on page 73.
- Quilt Magazine: April/May, 2007. Inside the last page of the magazine is a feature called, "The Last Stitch", and my Vivid Visions pattern is the flavor of the month.
- Marin IJ Newspaper, April 7, 2007. I was profiled on the cover of the Lifestyles section.
- Magic Patch magazine, #62 in French and #31 in English: I am the Featured Artist with a profile! This is so cool! Published June 2006.
- Quilt Magazine: June/July 2006 issue. Rollin" with the Scroll project featuring my new fabric line with Sullivans International.
- Fabric Trends: Spring 2006 issue. Crazy Cartwheels project featuring my new fabric line from Sullivans International.
- Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Quilting: 2005. My quilt Spinner is a project in the book and it also made the cover!
- 3-D Explosion: Simply FABULOUS Art Quilt Designs by Cara Gulati. Published 2004.
- Winning Quilts, A book featuring past winning quilts from the International Quilt Association contest held in Houston annually. Published 2004.My quilt 3-D Party Explosion is featured which won Viewer's Choice in 2003.
- Contemporary Quilting by Cindy Walter and Stevii Greaves also features my 3-D Party Explosion quilt. It was published in 2005.
- Professional Quilter. Article called Duplicate Schmuplicate.
- Dyeing and Painting Fabric by Cindy Walter and Jennifer Priestley, 2002. My quilt, Exploding Ribbons is featured in the gallery.
- America From the Heart by Karey Bresenhan, 2001. My quilt The Monster of 9-11 is featured on page 26. The quilt was purchased by Karey and is part of the IQA collection.
- Passionate Patchwork by Kaffe Fassett and Liza Prior Lucy, 2001. The Ginger Jar quilt on page 21was pieced per direction of Kaffe and Liza, and then quilted. I also quilted the antique quilt pictured on pages 6-7.
- Out of the Cupboard and Onto the Bed by Beth Ferrier, 2001. My wild version of her design called Poseyville is featured on page 20.
- At Home in my Heart by Beth Ferrier, 2002. At Home at Night was pieced per Beth's instructions, then quilted and bound. It is featured on the inside front back covers.
Shows and Awards:
- Marin Open Studios from May 2-10, 2015
- Festival Internacional de Patchwork in Sitges, Spain from May 12-15,2015
- Cafe Arrivederci in San Rafael, CA during November 2012 to February 2013.
- Quilt Expo en Beaujolais in Beaujolias France during April 2012.
- Textiles and Tastings: a group show at the Shenandoah Vineyards from September to December 2009, 2010 and 2011.
- Color Dance: Show at the Linda Penzur Studio and Gallery in San Anselmo, California from May 6 through June 27, 2009.
- San Geronimo Community Center in California: Solo show for the month of September, 2008.
- Magic Expo in Lyon, France 2006: 10 quilts on exhibit.
- New Pieces Gallery 2004: My first solo art quilt show!
- International Quilting Association 2003: Viewer's Choice Award for 3-D Party Explosion.
- New Pieces Gallery 2003: A showing of my previous student's work hung for two months.
- International Quilting Association 2002: Finalist in the large art category with my design Scrolls.
- International Quilting Association 2001: Finalist in the large art category with my design Ribbons Exploding.
- Marin Needle Art s Guild 2002: My Revealing Reflection won 3rd Place. Sammy and Rosie Gulati also won 3rd Place.
- Marin Needle Art s Guild 2001: Poseyville at Night won 1st Place and Best of Class.
The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Timms
I taped this internet show with Alex and Ricky in August of 2011. On August 27, 2012 the show aired for the first time. I demonstrated some of the techniques from my book Curves for Cowards. You must be a subscriber to see it. Click here to go to the website.
In January, 2005 I taped two shows in Burbank, California with Alex Anderson! How cool is that?! My first show is Episode 1117. I show you the highlights of the 3-D Explosion technique using one of the projects from my new book. The show aired originally in July of 2005. If you missed the show, you can read about my segment called "3-D Explosion: Rosie's Rainbow Flower Quilt." You can also check the Simply Quilts page of the HGTV web site for information.
The second show is Episode 1131. It was a landscape challenge I met with two other artists. Check the Simply Quilts page of the HGTV web site for details.
Kaye's Quilting Friends
Would you like a lesson on making the Radiant Suns quilt? I taped a show with Kaye Wood for PBS, and it has been put on Utube for you to see anytime! You can see it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-9Pv9MqzAE
I call my work Art Quilts.
Color is the most important element in my work. Bright saturated colors that make the heart pound faster, the pupils dilate and the hands desire to reach out to touch. The look and feel of fabric gives a tactile sense of the familiar.
My designs are stylized but recognizable. Some are more abstract and yet familiar. Many look three dimensional as if one could reach inside the shapes. Curves create movement and excitement. Thread work adds depth and texture.
In the end my ideas are created in fabric for everyone to see and contemplate. Please let them take you down a road of curiosity, wonderment and joy as your eyes dance around!
- How big is your studio? They are huge and simply fabulous. I have made the formal living/dining area my inside studio. It has some natural light, but not enough, so I had shop lights installed in the ceiling and it's very bright. My My second studio is in the garage and has my A-1 long arm quilting machine in it, as well as a wet studio painting area.
- How many sewing machines do you own? A Mega Quilter mid-arm straight stitch machine which is used for free motion quilting my smaller quilts and all of my bindings and sleeves. I bought an A1 Long Arm quilting machine in January of 2010 and I use that for quilting most of my quilts. I have a Pfaff Cover Lock that holds 10- spools of thread, makes me look good even when I am not using it. For my appliqué I have a dedicated Janome Horizon mid arm machine. A Baby Lock Embellisher which is used to felt with multiple needles. My traveling machine is a Bernina. It's got all the bells and whistles, but it's smaller and easier to manage when traveling. And then I have also started a love affair with old, cool looking machines and have 7 of those. I’ll leave it to you to add it up, I just don’t want to know. ;0)
- What kind of batting do you use? I am starting to go for puffy polyester batts for the long arm machine. They have a softer and more 3-D look which I really like. For quilting on the Viking my very favorite is Hobbs 80/20 FUSIBLE. I love it. No pins. Ever. You can start quilting anywhere on your top because it’s all temporarily fused together. If you are worried about puckers, just look carefully. If you are going to get one, you’ll know before you begin to quilt because you will have ironed it in there already. Almost better that X-ray vision!
- What are your favorite threads? I have two favorite brands. The Bottom Line by Superior Threads is a great bobbin thread. I like Rainbows (variegated) and Hightlights (solid) for the tops of my quilts because of the colors and the shine. I also favor Glide because of the nice colors but also for the pre-wound bobbins that come with a magnet inside. That seems to keep the bobbin from spinning out of control in the bobbin case, which can happen from time to time.
- Do you have kids? This furry dog is as close as I get.
Roxie. She's a sweetheart.