Digital imagery and products like digital ground make it easier than ever to print on fabric and create photo quilts. One artist who continually experiments with how to make a photo quilt is Wen Redmond.
I always love to hear how people began quilting. Did they make their first patchwork quilt at their grandmother's knee? Did they get bored and take a class that led to a passion? Did a friend drag them to a quilt show, and they were hooked?
One of the differences between art quilting and traditional quilting as that in art quilting, thread is almost always part of the design. The choice of thread in machine embroidery, in particular, can affect the look of the quilt.
In this new downloadable eBook from Quilting Daily, 4 Free Patterns for Quilted Table Linens including Quilted Placemats, Napkins, and Quilted Table Runners, you'll find projects that will help you set an artful table.
Sometimes fiber art is for art's sake: the joy of creating with color and texture. Sometimes, though, we imbue our artwork with meaning: memory quilts to honor a loved one's passing, journal quilts that recall special-and ordinary-days, story quilts that tell the world how you feel about an issue.
As a woman with a job, teens and pre-teens living under my roof, a husband I like to spend time with, a large extended family, and a long commute, I don't have much opportunity to be spontaneous. Even my art quilting is often pre-determined, as I try to complete long-promised gifts or projects for Quilting Arts deadlines.
I may have mentioned that binding a quilt is my least favorite part of the quilt-making process. But I've realized that if I'm going to reduce the number of UFOs in my studio, I'm going to have to learn how to bind a quilt in a way that I enjoy.
Stitch Technical Editor Mary Walter has a long history with quilt art including running a quilt shop, teaching classes, and judging contests. Here, she shares one of her own projects that includes art quilting techniques that create dimension.
There are so many beautiful fabrics and fibers in the world, why limit yourself to making quilts with them? No reason at all! Especially when you have this free eBook, Textile Art Techniques for Quilters: 5 Free Fiber Art and Fabric Art Projects.
A note from Vivika: Today our topic is mixing fiber art with wet media (specifically watercolor) to use in surface design. So, I called in my mixed-media colleague Cate Prato, Editor of Cloth Paper Scissors Today, to serve as guest blogger. Take it away, Cate!
Fiber artist Cynthia St. Charles, a former first-grade teacher, has this gift. Watching her demonstrate how to design your own quilt using hand-carved printing blocks, I was so impressed by her ability to explain the process clearly, artist to artist.
What does "modern quilting" mean? There are a lot of opinions on what modern quilting is—and isn't. But one thing's for sure, modern patchwork quilting is hot right now.
The first time I laid eyes on Malka Dubrawsky's quilts a few years back, I sat up and took notice. Now, here was someone who was taking basic patchwork quilt blocks and giving them a fresh and contemporary spin using color and freehand cutting and piecing.
Lately I've become interested in adding paper to my quilt art. There are so many different ways to do this; I could make a paper quilt, make fabric paper to use in an art quilt, or even just stitch paper directly onto a fabric collage.