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Painting on Fabric: How to Choose the Right Paint

Painting on fabric is a great surface design technique to use when making gifts for friends and family. With paint it’s easy to personalize gifts that are handmade or even store bought. Try painting a small symbol, motif, or monogram to create a quick and easy custom present the recipient is sure to love. If…

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Fabric Painting Designs: Color-Wash Printing

There are so many options when it comes to fabric painting and surface design techniques. You can use one technique to create a vibrant piece of art or you can layer multiple techniques to create something entirely different—yet no less gorgeous. Color-wash printing is an excellent fabric painting design that is both quick and easy.…

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Expert Tips for Free-Motion Quilting

This time of year I am always looking for quilting techniques I can use in my quilted gifts. My go to technique is almost always free-motion quilting. Quilted potholders are the ideal project in my book because they are quick to make and easy to customize. Plus, potholders are a manageable size and they give…

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Quilting Basics: How to Hand Tie a Quilt

Learning how to hand tie a quilt is a skill every quilter should learn. Even though I don’t often use this quilting technique, it’s handy to have in the technique toolbox–especially for finishing small handmade quilts in a pinch. Oftentimes quilters will shy away from tying a quilt because it doesn’t wash as well as…

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Easy Quilting Gifts to Make and Give

Now that Thanksgiving is just one week away, I’m realizing my plan to make quilted gifts before December hasn’t come into fruition as I’d hoped. Sound familiar? If you’re like me, it’s time to start looking for quick quilting gifts to make and give. As a visual learner, I’ve found I can pick things up…

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Announcing ‘Language of Flowers’ Reader Challenge finalists!

In the October/November issue of Quilting Arts, we presented the “Language of Flowers” Reader Challenge and our clever readers stepped up to the challenge! Each quilt is a beautiful testament to the world of flora. It was hard to choose but we’re pleased and proud to announce the finalists of this challenge: Julie Wells, “My Sunshine”…

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Free-motion Quilting Feathers: Tips & Tricks

There is something about free-motion quilted feathers that makes a quilt stand out in a crowd. This machine quilting motif is one of the most difficult to master, but with patience and practice, along with a few tips and tricks, any quilter can quilt them! Just like a fingerprint, no two feathers are alike; each…

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English Paper Piecing: The Basics

Do you English paper piece? This is one quilting technique that I’ve wanted to try, so I’ve decided to take the plunge. “What is English paper piecing?” you ask. It’s a patchwork technique that uses fabric covered templates to create geometric patterns. Fabric is stitched around the templates, oftentimes made of paper or thin plastic,…

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Enter ‘Flower’ Reader Challenge now!

There’s still time to enter Quilting Arts Magazine’s “The Language of Flowers” Reader Challenge but act fast!–entries are due Nov. 13. Flowers mimic our own human lives … a seed is planted, it grows and blossoms, it becomes magnificent, and it, alas, withers and dies. Flowers also seem to have moods, preferences, and, certainly, language.…