All posts by Brenna Riley Gates

Modern portrait quilt by Kim Soper called "Lincoln"

Preserve Modern Quilts Like a Pro

Quiltcon 2017 is just a couple days away! Are you ready? The buzz of excitement throughout the community, for those of us attending in person (or vicariously), is palpable. I love the way Vivika Hansen DeNegre, our Editorial Director, describes QuiltCon as “more than just a yearly quilt show with colorful eye candy, renowned speakers,…

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Anatomy of Machine Quilted Feathers & Troubleshooting Tips

Feathers are one of the most popular free motion quilting motifs around. Learning how to machine quilt this design takes patience and practice; expert advice can also be very helpful. Get started on your journey to mastering machine quilted feathers with insights from quilt instructor and fiber artist Ana Buzzalino. She wrote an entire series…

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5 Quilted Gifts to Give on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is upon us again. Have you gotten a gift for that special someone in your life? If not, perhaps this is the year to skip the flowers and chocolate by making a handmade gift for your honey. Valentine gifts don’t have to be red, pink, heart-y or sparkly. They can be, oh they…

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Design Your own Quilt: Try Improv Quilting

If you’ve never tried improv quilting, you should! Improvisational quilt blocks can seem difficult when you don’t know where to start–all that freedom can be daunting–but they’re a great place to start if you want to design your own quilt. In the March/April 2017 issue of Modern Patchwork Virginia Cole encourages us to look beyond…

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How to Read Paper Piecing Quilt Patterns

If you’ve ever tried them, you know that paper piecing quilt patterns can be difficult to decipher. Often it seems like they are written in a different language. Plus, the process of paper piecing can seem backward when you first start learning this sewing technique. Don’t let these minor roadblocks stop you from trying paper piecing!…

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Embellished Quilts: How to Attach Heavy Objects

Have you ever made embellished quilts? From hand stitching to attaching metal objects, embellishments are a versatile way to create one-of-a-kind art quilts. If you’ve ever tried to attach objects to your fabric art, you know it can be quite a challenge! If the bits you’d like to add are too heavy they can make…

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Transfer Photo to Fabric: Tips for Using Citra Solv

Have you ever tried using Citra Solv all-purpose cleaner to transfer photo to fabric? I love this image transfer technique because it’s quick, easy, and doesn’t take a lot of space or materials. Citra Solv is an indirect image transfer method where the image is printed on paper and then transferred from the paper to…

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Quilt Lessons: What is Stippling?

If you are new to free-motion quilting or unfamiliar with the terminology of various free-motion quilting motifs, you may have asked yourself, “What is stippling?” With so many quilt artists well-versed in the art of quilt stippling, it can be difficult to discern what stippling actually is. Personally, I’ve found Sulky’s explanation the most concise…