Susan Brubaker Knapp and I share something besides our love for creating fiber art. Our birthdays are side-by-side: mine is October 30 and hers is October 31. I can say--and I'm sure Susan agrees--that it's a lot of fun to have your birthday on or near Halloween. Everyone gets dressed up and there is a ton of candy!
Have you ever wanted to paint a landscape with fabric, thread and fibers? There are many different ways to approach landscape quilts, from abstract designs using primarily fused fabric to mixed media quilts that bring a scene to life with paint and embellishments.
Today, many contemporary quilters are taking a new angle on quilting square, with "wonky" improvisational piecing. We've embraced this creative trend and want to help you join the block party with six quilt block patterns--free!
Playing with your pre-programmed sewing machine stitches can be a wonderful way to spend a rainy afternoon. The plethora of stitches on some machines could keep you busy for hours--but what about some of the utilitarian stitches we all know and love?
As the days grow shorter here in New England, we're drawn to the warmth of firelight: from candles flickering inside grinning jack-o-lanterns to cozy nights by hearth.
Sashiko hand embroidery offers the ultimate Zen hand-sewing experience. From the needle's rhythmic rocking as you make the running stitch to the calming traditional white-on-blue color scheme, sashiko is the hand stitching equivalent of meditating while walking a labyrinth.
Fans of indigo-dyed fabrics, blue-and-white pottery, or just the color blue must love the results of the cyanotype printmaking process. Also known as blueprints, these gorgeous cyan blue-toned negatives or images emerge with printmaking supplies like cyanotype chemicals or pre-treated fabric.
Custom quilts to comfort a friend going through a tough time or to honor the memory of a loved one can take many forms. These personalized quilts can be as private as making memorial quilts from the ties or flannel shirts of a beloved grandfather or as public (but no less heartfelt) as worldwide endeavors like The Names Project - AIDS Memorial Quilt.
Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens are terrific but what are your favorite things? In the August/September issue of Quilting Arts , we challenged readers to interpret their own favorite thing(s) in a 9" x 12" art quilt. Here are the...
Hello, and welcome to the Reader Challenges blog. Today is the day we will post the finalists of the "Favorite Things" Reader Challenge. The list will be posted no later than 3 p.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time) today. Please check back then and...
While October skies and falling leaves make most people think of pumpkins, harvest time, and Halloween, a quilt artist's fancy turns to the International Quilt Festival in Houston.
Quilting Arts Magazine's latest Reader Challenge is "Favorite Things." What's your favorite thing? Share it with by creating an art quilt. For more information about the challenge and to check out the rules, click here . Gentle reminder...
How do you find time to work on your fabric art? It's a question I hear often (sometimes in my own head).
For a period of time, I made fabric and paper quilts using vintage maps. I stitched a collage of fabric to make the bird (and sometimes flowers, too), then stitched the bird (and flowers) onto the maps.
With our eBook Handmade Christmas Decorations & Holiday Décor: 5 Free Christmas Quilting Patterns, you'll get handmade ornament ideas, a Christmas tree skirt pattern, easy-to-make adorable hot pads, holiday table runners, and more.