Whimsical Quilting with Cristina Arcenegui Bono - Happy Time Craftcast 18

Welcome back, Craftonians, to another episode of Joleen’s Happy Time Craftcast! This week, I had the absolute pleasure of chatting with the wonderfully talented Cristina Arcenegui, an award-winning quilter all the way from Seville, Spain. Cristina’s whimsical approach to quilting is truly enchanting, and I’m so excited to share what I learned from our delightful conversation. So, grab your favorite cup of tea, settle in, and let’s dive into the magical world of whimsical quilting with Cristina!

The Journey Begins

Cristina’s quilting journey is as inspiring as her creations. She was captivated by the sense of community and creativity in the movie “How to Make an American Quilt.” This inspiration, along with her unique artistic flair, led her to explore the whimsical side of quilting. Cristina describes her style as naive and childlike, focusing on creating pieces that are fun, colorful, and full of life.

What is Whimsical Quilting?

Whimsical quilting, as Cristina explains, is all about embracing imperfection and letting your imagination soar. It’s about creating pieces that are playful and expressive rather than striving for precision. Cristina’s quilts often feature quirky birds, teacups, and other fun motifs, all brought to life with fabric markers and inktense pencils. She loves using solid fabrics to make the machine quilting stand out, giving each piece a unique texture and depth.

The Creative Process

Cristina’s creative process is a blend of technology and traditional techniques. She frequently uses her iPad and the Procreate app to design her quilts, starting with simple shapes and filling them with intricate doodles. She encourages quilters to start small and focus on the essential elements of their design. For example, to create a whimsical bird, you only need a basic shape, a beak, some eyes, and a plume. The rest is up to your imagination!

One of the standout moments in our chat was when Cristina shared her technique of doodling directly onto the quilt using fabric markers. This approach not only makes the process more accessible for beginners but also adds a personal touch to each piece. Cristina’s advice is to forget about perfection and enjoy the creative journey.

A Peek into Cristina's Quilts

Cristina’s quilts are a testament to her whimsical style. She showed us a beautiful piece featuring quirky birds filled with playful doodles. Another stunning quilt depicted teapots and teacups, each uniquely designed and brought to life with fabric paint. These pieces are not only visually striking but also tell a story, reflecting Cristina’s artistic vision and her love for whimsy.

Cristina also shared a more intricate piece inspired by the book "22 Ways to Raise a Child" by Ukrainian artist Seva, featuring a girl on a swing. This quilt, with its monochromatic palette and detailed stitching, is a perfect example of how whimsical quilting can be both fun and deeply meaningful.

Workshops and Teaching

For those eager to learn from Cristina, she offers both online and in-person workshops. One of her upcoming classes, "Quirky Birds," will be held online in November. Additionally, Cristina will be teaching at the Houston International Quilt Festival on October 28th. These workshops are a fantastic opportunity to dive into the world of whimsical quilting and learn directly from Cristina.

Final Thoughts

Cristina’s visit to the Craftcast was truly inspiring. Her approach to quilting is a reminder that creativity knows no bounds and that the most important aspect of any artistic endeavor is to enjoy the process. Whether you’re a seasoned quilter or just starting, Cristina’s whimsical style offers a fresh and exciting perspective on this timeless craft.

Thank you for joining us on this whimsical journey with Cristina Arcenegui. Stay tuned for more creative adventures on Joleen’s Happy Time Craftcast, and don’t forget to embrace the whimsy in your own quilting projects!

Happy crafting!





🌟 In this Episode:

  • The magic of whimsical quilting and how to get started.
  • Cristina's unique artistic process and tools.
  • The influence of "How to Make an American Quilt" on Cristina's work.
  • Tips for beginners and advanced quilters alike.
  • Details on upcoming workshops and classes.

🌟 Notable Quotes:

  • "Nobody is as good at your style as you." - Cristina Arcenegui 
  • "Start small, use simple shapes, and embrace your unique artistic expression." - Cristina Arcenegui 

🌟 About the Guest

  • Cristina Arcenegui Bono began quilting in 1999 after watching the movie “How to Make an American Quilt”. Her initial background is in travel and tourism, but today her true passion is quilting, especially by machine, either on her long arm or her domestic sewing machine. She has grown her passion into an international business and has won quite a few quilting awards.

🌟 Highlights of the Episode:

  • [00:01] Introduction: Joleen introduces Cristina and shares what's in store for this episode.
  • [00:42] Guest Background: Cristina talks about her journey and the scorching Seville weather.
  • [03:29] Whimsical Quilting: Dive into the world of whimsical quilting and learn Cristina's techniques.
  • [07:11] Artistic Inspiration: Discover how "How to Make an American Quilt" influenced Cristina's quilting journey.
  • [10:47] Creative Process: Cristina shares her use of AI-generated images and the Procreate app.
  • [25:46] Workshops: Get the scoop on Cristina's upcoming online and in-person workshops.
  • [27:31] Host's Projects: Joleen updates on her current projects, retreats, and craft club activities.
  • [50:41] Closing: Future plans and a sneak peek at upcoming episodes.

🌟 Links and Resources Mentioned and Promoted:

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📌 Procreate App
📌 Library of Congress Public Domain Images
📌 New York Public Library Digital Collections

🌟 Upcoming Events:

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