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Machine Quilting & The Spark of Inspiration

We all have benchmarks or turning points in our quilting journey. Those moments where we feel so inspired, we are compelled to move forward. Its source could be a stunning fabric collection, a pattern you can’t wait to make, or even a technique you simply must try. The lightning strike of inspiration can occur at…

Less is More in Sewing Spaces & Modern Quilts

One of my favorite weekend things to do in early summer is to lie on a macramé hammock strung between two trees at the edge of my flower garden and ponder the day’s possibilities. Eyes closed, I meditate with my other senses. The perfume of freshly cut grass—so pungent I can almost taste it—provides the…

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…

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…

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…

Camp Quilting Arts: Prepping for Play

Remember those long days of summer camp spent making sand candles, crafting plastic lanyards, and gathering ‘round the campfire with the other cool kids?  I sure do. As the temperature rises, summer camp season is in full swing. This year, I’ve made a commitment to my local art quilt group: we’re going to revisit those…

Machine Quilt Meanders Like a Pro

Free-motion quilting is a technique that takes a lot of practice. Susan Brubaker Knapp wrote a series of articles, which has been collected into a convenient eBook, to help artists like us develop our skills and to encourage us to explore diverse quilting motifs. The section where she teaches how to machine quilt ‘basic meanders,’…