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How to Make a Photo Quilt: Five Free Tutorials

Go to any quilt show or scan the Internet, and you’ll find that quilts incorporating photographs are very popular. Nowadays, it’s a snap to scan your favorite photos into your computer, then print them onto fabric that can easily be incorporated into a quilt. But how do you make your photo quilt stand out from…

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Itajime Shibori Dyeing Made Easy

Itajime is a form of shibori dyeing that uses clamped shapes to create the resist. Traditionally, the cloth was compressed between two pieces of wood held in place with string before starting the fabric dyeing process. These days, shapes are generally made from acrylic or Plexiglas and are gripped with C-clamps. The shapes prevent the…

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How to Make Felted Soap – Great Fiber Art Gifts

At farmer’s markets and fiber festivals, I’m always attracted to the handmade scented soaps and baskets of dyed wool roving. Both are a feast for the senses! Imagine my delight when I discovered you could combine the two to create a beautiful work of fiber art that is also useful: felted soaps. They smell great…

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Tips for Smudge-Free Printing on Fabric

Thermofax screens have a mystery about them, probably because you can’t just buy them in any store. You have to have a Thermofax machine (an old photocopy technology) or know someone who does. Fortunately, there are many artists who will make these screens for you at a reasonable cost. And once you have your screens,…

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English Paper Piecing Goes Modern

I have tried hand stitching of all kinds. Anything to do with needles and thread has been in my project basket at one time or another. But every so often I discover something new. Several years ago I was helping a friend clean out her neighbor’s sewing room and we came across a beautiful piece…

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Make a Modern Memory Quilt with Ties

So many of our fathers, grandfathers, brothers, and uncles have worn ties to work every day or for special occasions. Trish Bowman makes a memory quilt, using ties in a herringbone pattern, on ‘Quilting Arts TV’ Series 1600. When their tie-wearing days are over, there might be 30 or more ties that we just don’t…

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Keep Your Quilting Stitches Even with These 5 Tension Tips

Is there anything more frustrating than being ready to quilt only to find your tension is off? Not too loose, not too tight–how to get your sewing machine stitches just right! We all know what bad tension looks like: loops on the top of the quilt sandwich or on the backing. Good tension results in…

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How to Make Simple Quilt Labels

Experienced quilters know that an essential part of finishing a quilt is attaching a label. As Jessica Alexandrakis writes in her book Get Started Quilting: The Complete Beginner Guide, “Labels can document who made the quilt, who it was made for, where it was made, and if it came from a published pattern or from the…

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How to Organize Your Fabric Scraps

If you quilt, you have fabric scraps. Some people keep only the large ones, while others–particularly fabric collage artists–save every teensy piece. After all, you never know when you’re going to need that sparkly bit for a bird’s eye or the tip of a magic wand. Fabric scrap quilts from Every Last Piece, by Lynn…