Mr X Stitch Presents: The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Jimmy McBride

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Welcome to the Cutting (& Stitching) Edge! I’m Mr X Stitch and I’ll be your guide to the best in contemporary embroidery. Each week I’ll showcase someone who is rocking the world of embroidery and textiles.

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Jimmy McBride is a quilting artist from Brooklyn.

He creates large-scale quilted pieces inspired by Hubble telescope imagery. They are phenomenal.

His work reflects the experience of an intergalactic haulier, producing quilts as he travels the cosmos: “I travel back and forth from rock to rock carrying those two all important gems- salt and vinegar. There’s a lot of time to kill up here so I downloaded a grandma program and she’s been teaching me how to quilt. There’s no “log cabins” or “poinsettias” around so I just stare out the window until something catches my eye.“

These quilts blow me away. They’re the kind of quilts that people need to know about; quilts that can inspire new crafters who may not engage with more traditional versions.

Jimmy’s blog does a great job of explaining his creative process – I read it and feel like I want to plan some outrageous quilting adventure for myself. There is no denying the tremendous amount of work that goes into each quilt, and it is amazing to see how he has interpreted these cosmic images into quilted form. It is very exciting work.

Jimmy’s site shows you all his terrific creations, his blog explores his creative process and you can buy his masterpieces from his etsy store.

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Mr X Stitch is a manbroiderer, cross stitch designer and runs www.mrxstitch.com,
the number one contemporary embroidery and needlecraft blog on the planet.

He can often be found hanging out on the Craftster needlecraft boards, at the Phat Quarter on Flickr, or designing patterns for the MrXStitch etsy store.

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