My favorite work day is Tuesday, because that's when our office holds show-and-tell. Given the array of quilters, sewists, and mixed-media artists in our group (many of whom also knit, crochet, and make jewelry), you never know what to expect.
Memory quilts can take many forms and fiber artists create them for many reasons. A memory quilt can be made with clothing, such as a t-shirt quilt or an art quilt that features fabric or even an entire garment from a loved one.
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.
Do you long to make a quilt but don't know where to start? Or do you have a friend who could lessons on quilting for beginners? We have the perfect starter's guide, and it includes free quilt patterns for beginners!
Whether you are an experienced quilter looking to make contemporary patchwork-style quilts or are just beginning quilting, here's an opportunity to pick up basic quilting tips and tricks from one of the top pros.
In my experience, quilters are a giving sort. Any occasion--celebratory, sorrowful, and everything in between--will prompt a quilter to head to the studio and make a quilt for someone else.
Many art quilters find fusible web indispensable for quilt making. Fusible web is basically a sheet of glue that melts when you press fabric onto it with a hot iron, sticking the pieces of fabric together.
Why did I ever take up quilting? Necessity! I was 16 years old and redecorating my impossibly small bedroom.
Of all the ways of finishing a quilt, creating a facing will give an art quilt the most contemporary, clean look, says Susan Brubaker Knapp.
Kevin Kosbab, of Feed Dog Designs, is one of a small but extremely
talented group of male quilters in the female-dominated world of fiber
art. Kevin has designed projects for our sister publication Stitch since the second issue and more recently his designs have been featured in Modern Patchwork magazine.
In our downloadable ebook Create Fabric Wall Hangings: 5 Free Quilted Wall Hanging Patterns, you'll find patterns and instruction by some of the most respected quilt and fiber artists.
When anyone asks me how to make quilts with free-form, contemporary designs, I often want tell them I can sum it up in two words: trial and error.
When you make a quilt, at some point you will have to consider the quilt binding. You may opt for an elaborate binding that makes an impact on the overall design, a simple and subtle binding, or no binding at all.
I'm an equal-opportunity fabric monger: I drool just as much over hand surface-designed fabrics. I gobble up every new technique and have even tried some fabric stamping, ice dyeing, resist dyeing, and fabric painting. I love it.
Our foremothers knew how to make a quilt using only what they had, from scraps of fabric to natural dyes. But, quilt making the frugal and eco-friendly way was easier for them: