All posts by Brenna Riley Gates

Take Quilting Arts with You on the Go

This year I’m celebrating the first day of fall with my sister. Our sisterhood comes with many shared benefits: as kids we shared a great childhood and birthday celebrations just a month apart. We both love sewing, travel, and reading… activities that have strengthened a friendship that has blossomed in our adult lives. We share…

The Quilting Arts TV Show Celebrates Ten Years on Air!

How do you celebrate your birthday… when you are 10? I remember my 10th birthday with great fondness. As an October baby (born the day before Halloween!) I always had a layer cake shaped like a pumpkin and decorated with orange frosting. No sparkles or sprinkles like my sister’s cake, and certainly not the elaborate…

Fiber Art That Takes a Stand

“May you live in interesting times.” – An old Chinese curse What is it about making art and taking a stand that goes hand in hand? Lately, we’ve been seeing a resurgence of social awareness, personal politics, and activism in the fiber arts. Controversial topics in art are nothing new: from the depictions of the…

Meet Artist of the Month: Judy Coates Perez

Sometimes, an artist’s work can stop you in your tracks. That has happened to me several times while working in the editorial offices of Quilting Arts. I’ll be researching a technique or maybe thumbing through a catalogue from a quilt exhibit, and BAM! It happens! A great quilt with balanced design, flawless composition, a strong…

These Appliqué Quilts are Positively Blooming!

Each year it seems like summer flies by faster and faster! I can’t quite believe Labor Day weekend has already come and gone. In an attempt to extend this season of sun, swimming, and barbeques, I’ve decided to make a quilt to remind me of those long summer days I adore so much. After considering…

Modern Quilting: Deep Roots & a Bright Future

As modern quilters, we participate in a craft with deep roots and lots of history. Ours is a movement influenced by the designs, innovation, and ingenuity of those who came before us. Their contributions to the art and craft of quilting may have been born from thrift and necessity, but they paved the way for…

Weekend Quilting Book Showcase

Did you follow along with the Weekend Quilting Book Showcase? If you missed it, no worries—we’ve got some of the projects right here. Everyone loves beautiful projects that sew up fast. So it’s not surprising that quilters from around the globe volunteered to receive a copy of Tied with a Ribbon blogger Jemima Flendt’s new book Weekend…

Foundation Paper Piecing: Tips from a First-Timer

It’s official; I’ve finally tried foundation paper piecing and I think I’m in love! I bought the Flight Delight Quilt Kit quite a while ago, but have been too nervous to give it a go. I’m a visual learner, so the idea of trying to understand how foundation paper piecing works without a ton of…