Mixed-media fiber artist Lesley Riley has been telling stories with photo quilts for many years. But recently I discovered her love of old photos and inspirational quotations began well before her art career, making picture quilts with image transfer techniques and digital imagery.
We all have days when we get bored with our everyday routine, don't we? But what if we could simply redirect the ordinary, turn the common into the uncommon, or make the expected unexpected?
Many people--me among them--admire Jane LaFazio's approach to fiber art and quilt making. Jane's ability to pull from different sources and mix a variety of techniques--while keeping with a common theme--makes her work distinctive.
Birds are a significant presence in the world and we celebrate them. From literature to paintings to quilts, birds are ever-present images in artwork. In the February/March issue, we challenged readers to create a 9" x 9" quilt representing...
Most quilt artists have a good eye for color, pattern, and what goes together. If they didn't, they probably wouldn't be quilting. But when deciding how to make a patchwork quilt design, your fabric choices can make a big difference in how the overall design looks.
What do you get out of fiber and quilting arts? A pile of quilts? An expression of your creativity? A way to escape the world? An excuse to go to the fabric store? As quilting artists, we all have our reasons--and they're all valid
When I first discovered art quilting, heavily encrusted, beaded quilts were very popular due to a revival of crazy quilting. For a while, paint, needle felting, and fabric manipulation became more popular as surface embellishment--and that's still true. But I see beaded embellishments are making a comeback, especially in combination with embroidery.
Of all the quilting supplies, straight pins are probably the ones we take most for granted. If you're like me, you might still have some from your grandmother's or mother's sewing kit
Many quilters who use appliqué, patchwork patterns, or repeated motifs in their art swear by die-cut machines. The machines can save time, make cutting easier on the hands and back (no endless hours with the rotary cutter and mat), and improve accuracy.
There is something deeply satisfying about taking one's time to work on a project that will honor the art and the maker, and last a lifetime. On the other hand, there is something to be said for finishing a quilt.
In June of 2011, I started a fiber art project, making a "prayer flag" every day. Each flag would be made in less than an hour with materials I had at hand, then hang outside for a while, its word and sentiment dissolving into the wind and being spread to all whom the wind touches
Anyone with a needle, thread, fabric, and batting can learn how to quilt. If you've been lured by pretty pieced pillows on Pinterest, or have some vintage family fabrics you'd like to make into a decorative display, or you've just always wanted to learn how to make quilts, there are many avenues for instruction.
Scraps, scraps, scraps! If you create fiber art, fabric scraps are a way of life. Too pretty (or expensive) to throw away, too many to keep contained. They must be good for something!
Last month at QuiltCon, the Modern Quilt Guild show, I noticed several trends, but one really stood out: portrait quilts. And one portrait quilt in particular stood out: Face #1.
When you learn to quilt, the first lesson is that a quilt is made up of three elements: the top, the batting, and the backing fabric. Together they are known as a quilt sandwich.