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.
In my experience most quilters' stitching falls into one of two general categories. First are the ones who can quilt motifs in even, well-spaced, patterns. These stitchers are usually very good at teaching how to machine quilt.
Fabric painting can take many forms, from applying fabric paint with a brush to stamping on fabric. In the February/March 2015 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine, Ana Buzzalino shows how to paint on fabric using Shiva® Paintstiks and handmade rubbing plates.
This winter has been so long and snow-filled in my part of the world, it seems spring might never come. Of course I know it WILL come, but in the meantime, I'm getting my color fix from fabric, fibers, and quilt art.