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Fiber Art for a Cause: Prayer Flags

I’ve been thinking a lot about prayer flags the last few days. I’ve been contemplating the way they can be so many things for the people who make them and they can mean so much to the people who see them. Yes, making prayer flags can be a great way to try out new fabric art techniques,…

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Fabric Dyeing Techniques: Itajime Shibori

There’s something special about hand-dyed fabric that makes it hard to resist. With so many techniques to try, the possibilities for dyed fabric are truly endless. I particularly like the aspect of experimentation involved when dyeing fabric. For me, dyeing is a great way to try new techniques and dyes without expectation. Some fabrics are…

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How to Make Quilts Better in 10 Simple Steps

Modern quilters are often criticized for making quilts that are long on style but short on precision. As we embrace improv quilting and modern designs we may be forgetting some of the steps needed to create a great quilt. I realize we aren’t all entering our quilts into shows, but we do want the quilts…

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How to Make Picture Quilts: Getting Started

Even after years of crafting, stitching, and with an art degree under my belt, I still don’t feel confident in my drawing skills. Because of that I’m in awe of pictorial quilts and the artists who make them, but am too timid to try making my own. Once I read the first couple of sentences…

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How to Hand Sew: The Beaded Back Stitch

Hand stitching is a staple in my book. For many quilters and sewists it is, and has been, in their repertoire for years. If you’re like me, hand sewing is the first sewing technique you learned. While chain stitch and buttonhole stitch along with other embroidery stitches are great ways to embellish fabric, bead embroidery–especially the…

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Quilting Essentials: Squaring up Quilt Blocks

I have a confession; I’ve become a bit obsessed with Half-Square Triangle blocks. They are such a versatile block, once you learn how to make them there are endless design possibilities. Plus, they make up so many easy quilt patterns for beginners and experts alike. Luckily, I’m not the only quilter falling head over heels…

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Hand Sewing How-To: Heirloom Smocking

As you know, I’ve been in the market for hand sewing projects I can take with me while I’m on the go. I’ve been embroidering since I was a little girl, so I decided to keep looking for a take-with-me project that will enable me to expand my sewing repertoire with a new technique. Enter…

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Add Appliqué to Your Technique Toolbox

If you’re interested in learning how to appliqué quilts, what are you waiting for? There are so many ways to learn this timeless technique—you can read a book, watch a video, or even take a class. If reading is your preferred method of learning, the Quilter’s Appliqué Workshop is just the book for you. Kevin…