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Small Quilted Gifts: An Aviary of Ornaments

It’s mid-August, and like every dedicated crafter I know, I’m already thinking of making handmade gifts for my friends and family this holiday season. I’m lucky to have a very large extended family: just one sister, but six sisters in law, six nieces, and a handful of close friends I consider my “sisters” despite no…

4 Reasons to Print on Fabric with Dye

There are so many options when you want to print on fabric—you can use stencils, stamps, or screens and paint, dye, or even bleach. It can be difficult to choose the “right” method for you and your project. I often opt for fabric paint when I want to experiment with printing on fabric. They are…

Meet Artist of the Month: Susan Brubaker Knapp

If I had to choose one quilter whose artistic mastery of fabric painting, thread sketching, and free motion quilting set the standards in our industry, that artist would be Susan Brubaker Knapp. Not only is Susan’s technical skill set broad: she creates award-winning works that capture the essence of her subjects in minute detail no…

Hand Sewing with 6-stranded Floss

I’ve been hand sewing since I was a little girl. My grandma spent hours patiently teaching me running stitch, satin stitch, and French knots. Even after learning to sew at a young age, it took me longer than I’d like to admit to find the ideal length of thread to sew with and how to…

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…