All posts by Brenna Riley Gates

Block Print Like a Pro

Have you ever tried block printing? The technique of using wooden blocks to print on fabric is just one of many techniques I’ve learned by watching Quilting Arts TV. While several fiber artists have demonstrated their tips and tricks for this timeless technique over the years, my go-to reference is Jamie Malden’s article “Guide to…

Welcome to “Camp Quilting Arts”

As a native New Englander, I usually mark the beginning of summer by the weather. Yes, the calendar might say “June,” but if the temperature is still in the 50s most mornings, it sure doesn’t feel summery to me. In contrast, my boys have long measured the arrival of summer in “camp counting”… how long…

Interview with Weekend Quilting Expert Jemima Flendt

Like most quilters with a full-time job, I’m always looking for projects I’ll enjoy making in a day or two.  Lucky for us, Jemima Flendt has just written a book featuring small quilting projects you can complete in a weekend. In, the aptly named, Weekend Quilting Jemima shares step-by-step instructions for 16 quilt designs featuring…

4 Ways to Increase Your Stash of Fabric Scraps

Scrap quilts are a great way to use up the bits and pieces of fabric we have left over after finishing a project. But what if you don’t have enough fabric scraps for a quilt? Maybe you need to broaden your collection, round out the colors and values of your stash, or even add a…

When Did You Learn How to Sew?

How old were you when you learned how to sew? I asked this question to our Facebook fans and I was blown away by the responses! Some of us learned how to sew before we were in school and others began quilting once retired. We’ve learned from mothers, grandmothers, teachers, or have persisted in teaching…

Gyotaku Fish Printing Made Easy

Have you ever heard of gyotaku? I hadn’t until I sat in on the filming of Jane Dávila’s online course Printing on Fabric with Natural Materials. In one of the lessons, Jane breaks out her stash of rubber replica fish and teaches us everything we need to know about this fish printing technique along with…

Fiber Art Crafternoon: Making Prayer Flags

Last week I asked a handful of my coworkers to join me for an afternoon of crafting, or as I like to call it a “crafternoon”. We spent an hour making prayer flags in honor of National Prayer Day, which is today. Modern Prayer flags spring from a rich tradition tied to the Buddhist faith.…

Not Your Average Patchwork Quilts

As an art school graduate, I’m no stranger to art made of unconventional materials or the notion that the process can be more important than the final product. Even with this background, I am completely blown away by Wynde Dyer’s patchwork quilts made of tarp. In 2013 Wynde, a process-based artist who worked on installations…

3 Modern Quilts Made with Jelly Rolls

Do you have pre-cuts in your fabric stash? I know I do! I’ve used my fair share of charm squares and layer cakes, but I struggle to put my jelly rolls to use in modern quilts. Of course, this minor detail hasn’t curbed my enthusiasm (or purchasing habits). As much as I love looking at…

Quilt Lessons: Choosing Your Quilt Batting

What is quilt batting? We all know it’s the filling of your quilt sandwich and the part of the quilt that keeps us warm, but what is it made of and how do we choose one type over another? For some reason, choosing batting has always been a struggle for me. I get overwhelmed standing…