All posts by Brenna Riley Gates

The Challenge of Quilt Designs

Have you ever seen a quilt design, whether in a magazine or in person, and fallen head over heels? More often than I’d like to admit, I see a modern quilt that captures my heart and all of a sudden my imagination goes into overdrive. I start by scrolling through the mental Rolodex of fabrics in…

Ink & Thread Sketched Pet Quilts

One of the many benefits of having a smartphone is the ability to use it as a virtual sketchbook. Laurie Russman uses an app called Popsicolor to change the value and contrast of her photos making them exceptional source material for ink and thread sketched pet quilts. She demonstrates her method for manipulating the photo,…

Easy Quilted Gifts: Potholders with Pizazz

The last time I visited my sister and brought her a small quilted gift: a potholder. We have a joke between the two of us that nearly every hand made gift we give one another is made of fabric. In the past year alone, we’ve exchanged tote bags, tea towels, and tablecloths. I’m sure it…

Camp Quilting Arts: Stitched Tea Bags

Here’s a question for you: what kitchen items do you save that most others throw out? My mother saved every twist tie that ever entered her house. She stored them in glass jars (she saved those, too). She also kept rubber bands and paper bags. She learned these traits from her parents who kept Styrofoam…

Sew & Quilt Handbags: 5 Projects to Make

During the hot days of summer, some days the prospect of sewing a quilt top just sounds, well, hot. My desire to sew is still at full capacity, but having a quilt top, or even a quilt sandwich, covering my legs for hours on end doesn’t sound so appealing. I’ve come to the conclusion that…

Meet the Artist of the Month: Catherine Redford

I know lots of crafters and fiber artists who do it all: they quilt, embroider, knit, and maybe even make garments on the side. But there are few that I know who approach the needle arts with such plucky humor and outright charming creativity as Catherine. She first caught my eye as a guest on…

Modern Quilts: Patterns You Can’t Put Down

As a life-long lover of exploring ideas, time periods, and lands through reading, it’s no surprise that I’m captivated by book-inspired modern quilts. Patterns and fabrics depicting passages from beloved books have become more and more popular. I have been collecting fabric inspired by authors from Dr. Seuss to Jane Austen and have just completed…

Camp Quilting Arts: Dyeing Fabric Outside

This past weekend we dropped my youngest son off at camp for his last year as a camper. As you can imagine, this was a bittersweet moment. While we celebrate his anticipation of spending six glorious weeks in the Connecticut wilderness, we’re sad to think he’s growing up and next year will have a much…

Episode 2001: Celebrate the Artist Within

Episode 2001 Description and Preview Celebrate the 10th anniversary of “Quilting Arts TV” with host Susan Brubaker Knapp, who presents a retrospective featuring the artists—past and present—who express and advance the quilting arts. Projects Featured in this Episode:  Collage artist and photographer Leni Levenson Wiener creates quilted portraits with her own images and appliqué. This…

Episode 2002: Feline Fever

Episode 2002 Description and Preview Find inspiration close to home with projects featuring cat companions. Projects Featured in this Episode:  Fiber artist Laurie Russman celebrates her pets in intricate pet portraits with plenty of threadwork and whimsy. This project is available as a free download to members of the Quilting Daily community. Click on the…