My favorite pincushion is made of felted wool, and was probably made by felting a "log" of wool together, and cutting it into 2" slices. Once, I was using this pincushion near my machine and it kept rolling away, so I set in on top of a Mason jar holding small fabric scraps.
It's not every day you get to pose as an artist's model. But that's just what I did when Carrie Bloomston needed a volunteer to pose (fully clothed!) while she demonstrated a drawing exercise.
Whether you are preparing for a craft or art fair or you want to get a start on quilted gifts for the holidays, it pays to get organized. That way, you won't be swamped as the deadline approaches, and you'll have more time to enjoy your customers or time with friends and family.
Thermofax screen printing is one of the easiest ways of printing on fabric. Once you had to have your own Thermofax machine to create your screens, but today you can design your own screen and send it off to a service to be made, or simply buy a screen design "off the rack" for a modest sum.
I love teaching! So when offered the opportunity not only to teach at Quilting Live! in Atlanta (September 11-13), but to choose what I'd like to teach--well, that's about as good as it gets.
More than 60 quilters have entered the challenge we're hosting with SINGER, creating a 12" square quilt block with at least one full circle incorporated into the design. You can still enter the challenge until August 31, 2014, but hurry, because voting has begun.
One of my favorite parts of being a fiber artist is that it gives me permission to play. Rearranging colorful squares of fabric, printing and painting on fabric--they all lighten my mood and bring out the kid in me.
Pressed for time (or new to quilting) but still want to sew quilt projects that sing? Try the simple quilting patterns in our updated free eBook, Quick & Easy Quilts: 4 Free Easy Quilt Patterns.
I'm what you might call a hasty (read: impatient) stitcher. Methodical is not in my vocabulary. As a result, I make a lot of mistakes that I have to undo when embroidering or sewing beads on fabric. More often than not, I end up cutting the thread and starting over, all the while trying to block out the sound of my mother's voice in my head tsking, "Haste makes waste."
Quilted bags are among my favorite sewing projects. Why? They are easy to make and it's one project where no one ever asks, "What are you going to do with it?" Everyone knows how useful bags--especially quilted tote bags--can be. In my opinion, you can never have enough.
No matter which fabric dyeing techniques you use, dyeing fabric can be a fun--some might even say transformative--creative experience. Pulling the hand-dyed fabric from the dye bath to reveal the colors and patterns you have created is absolutely magical.
In the June/July issue we challenged readers to create an 8" x 10" art quilt with the theme "Changing Seasons," reflecting on changing seasons in the world and in our lives. We received almost 100 entries and thank you all for contributing...
For some prolific quilt artists, inspiration just seems to flow. But I can guarantee you that everyone--even artists who churn out art quilts left and right--eventually experiences a creative block.
When I think about it, I'm astounded by the variety of ways you can learn how to machine quilt these days. Many of us learned straight machine quilting or free-motion quilting from a family member
Let's face it, lately quilters and fiber artists seem to love creating portraits--from pixel quilt designs, to collaged faces, to thread painting and sketching techniques.