All posts by Brenna Riley Gates

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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…

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Fabric Collage Techniques for Creative Exploration

This year my fabric stash has grown considerably so there was a lot of tidying to do this past weekend! After digging through, adding more fabrics, I usually need to reorganize my stash of scraps at least once a year. While going through my scraps, I’m always awash with indecision when it comes to the…

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How to Pack and Ship Quilts: The Rolled Quilt Method

If you’ve decided this is the year you’re going to enter your quilts or fiber art into shows or magazines, you’re going to need to know how to ship them properly. No one wants the artwork you’ve lovingly labored over for countless hours to arrive at its destination damaged. Here at Quilting Arts Magazine we…

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Episode 1901: Fun with Feathers

Episode 1901 Description and Preview Feathers and quilting have gone hand-in-hand for centuries. Once the most elaborate hand-quilted element a quilter could add to a quilt, today’s quilters and artists take them to the next level. Projects Featured in this Episode:  Ana Buzzalino designs, draws and free-motion quilts feathers and fills with beautiful results. Susan…

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Episode 1902: Working with Photos

Episode 1902 Description and Preview Artists of all media are inspired by photographs. Art quilters use photography in realistic and impressionistic ways. Projects Featured in this Episode:  Free-form collage artist Ellen Lindner shows how to be inspired by a photograph, not controlled by it in your artwork. Landscape quilt artist Ann Loveless uses basic design…

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Episode 1903: Portraits

Episode 1903 Description and Preview Whether a self-portrait or a portrait of your favorite pet, this episode will get you dreaming of creating one. Projects Featured in this Episode:  Whimsical quilt artist Mary Lou Donahue-Weidman builds a happy self-portrait and shares her tips for making a work of personal expression. Susan Brubaker Knapp uses a…

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Episode 1904: Transfer Techniques

Episode 1904 Description and Preview Use common tools to create fabulous images that can be transferred to fabric and used in your next art quilt. Projects Featured in this Episode:  Jane Dávila uses an orange oil-based solvent to transfer photos from paper to fabric. Ana Buzzalino edits photos with a slide show software program on…

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Episode 1905: Bowls and Buses

Episode 1905 Description and Preview Fabric can be manipulated into so many shapes and projects. Enjoy the experimentation! Projects Featured in this Episode:  Heidi Lund fashions fabric bowls using lush batik fabrics and clever embellishment techniques. Quilt artist and vintage car enthusiast Teresa Shippy shows how she designed and selected fabrics to quilt a magical…

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Episode 1906: Tell Me a Story

Episode 1906 Description and Preview Textile artists are no strangers to using their imaginations and their fabric stashes to create magic. In this episode, two artists share distinctly different methods and inspiration to make quilted artwork that tell stories. Projects Featured in this Episode:  Mary Lou Donahue-Weidman pieces free and easy blocks to build her…