Living in New England, you're never too far from the coastline. There, the light and water play off each other to create some of the most beautiful colors, not just in summer, but year-round.
Welcome to another Block Friday, our December alternative to Black Friday where we feature a quilt block. Today it's a nine-patch--PLUS!
Our team has offered to be your personal shopper, selecting unique items from the Interweave store and others to help you find the perfect gift for the fiber artists in your life.
Today is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., a day when we gather with family and friends, stuff ourselves with traditional foods (or their vegetarian, gluten-free, low-sodium versions), and reflect on what we are thankful for. Some of us also watch football.
I've used the walking foot attachment for years as a valuable tool to help me sew even stitches with slippery material and as a tool for machine quilting.
Where do you get your inspiration for art quilts? Quilting artists get asked that question all the time.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do you create quilt designs like a child? Some people might be offended by that question, but I'm not. When I reminisce over my children's early drawings, I see freedom.
In my journey as a quilter, I have learned much about design principles. I'm always pleasantly surprised by how you can create unlimited quilt designs from the same blocks or shapes simply by changing the colors or the scale.
"Solids and nearly solids play such a big role in contemporary quilting, and especially in improv piecing. But many people find it hard to choose dynamic color combinations when they don't have a place to start," writes modern quilt artist Christine Ravish in the Summer 2014 issue of Modern Patchwork magazine.