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Sun Printing on Fabric

In my family, there are several accountants, so Tax Day marks the end of working around the clock and the beginning of free time to be filled with activities and adventures. This, paired with the beautiful spring weather, is making my desire to be outside harder and harder to ignore. Surface design techniques are my…

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Chain Stitch: Directions and Variations to Try

Do you know how to chain stitch? If you hand embroider, there’s an excellent chance you’ve tried this popular stitch. Constructed to look like loops, chain stitch can embroider everything from bold lines to delicate curleques. Not only is the shape itself easy to manipulate, once you’ve got the technique down, it’s easy to modify…

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Quilt Designs for the Back of Your Quilt

When we talk about quilt designs, we are almost always referring to the quilt top. Why is that? Oftentimes, the back of the quilt has a design of its own. In fact, some quilters put so much work into their quilt backs they’ve basically made a two-sided quilt. Today, I want to highlight this often…

Fabrics dyed using the flat dyeing technique.

How to Dye Fabric in the Great Outdoors

As the weather turns warm and flowers start to blossom, I begin to hear the siren call of the great outdoors. In my world, this is the perfect time of year not only to be inspired by nature but to take my projects outside.  I want to be out there to hear the birds chirping…

Zipper pouches embellished with wool flowers.

Wool Flowers for Fiber Art & More

Over the past several years I’ve often thought about learning to crochet so I could make flower embellishments to use in various fiber art projects, but have never found the time. Luckily, Enid Gjelten Weichselbaum has devised an easy way to make pretty three-dimensional posy flowers using wool—no crochet required! Enid began creating fabric flowers…

Embellish small projects like potholders with the chicken scratch embroidery stitch.

Chicken Scratch Embroidery Stitch: A Beginner’s Guide

I’ve always associated the expression “chicken scratch” with handwriting. Specifically, the spiky, sloppy, and near-impossible to read markings of kids still learning the craft of penmanship. With that as my sole reference to the phrase, I was astonished to learn chicken scratch is also the name of an embroidery stitch. I first learned of this…

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Announcing “Words of Wisdom” Reader Challenge finalists!

Announcing “Words of Wisdom” Reader Challenge finalists! In the February/March issue of Quilting Arts, we presented the “Words of Wisdom” Reader Challenge and our clever readers stepped up to the challenge! Each quilt passes on some sage teaching—whether with a witty or serious tone. It was hard to choose but we’re pleased and proud to announce the…

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Let Your Hair Down: Portrait Quilt Techniques to Try

As the daughter of a hairstylist, I constantly find myself looking at hair–whether it’s people in movies, photographs, or in person, my eye is naturally drawn to their tresses. The cut, the color, the texture—there is so much to look at and everyone’s hair is different! With such affection for hair, I can’t help but…

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Contemporary Quilting with Fabric Panels

A couple months ago I would have been the first to admit fabric panels were not my favorite. I’d always seen panels that were old-fashioned and generally reminded me of log cabins.  Plus, I had no idea how to use them in contemporary quilting and sewing projects. Boy did my perspective change when I took…

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Trends in Modern Quilting: QuiltCon 2017

I am just back from QuiltCon and still basking in the glow we all shared at this unique show. For those who were lucky enough to attend, you know what I mean. For a few glorious days, we “Moderns” were surrounded by others who get our obsession with fabric and thread. And thanks to the…