Guess what? Santa came a bit early to me this year, dropping a box of freshly printed copies of The Best of Quilting Arts: Your Ultimate Resource for Art Quilt Techniques and Inspiration on my doorstep.
Last week, my colleague, friend, and co-conspirator Helen Gregory took over the reins as Editorial Director for Interweave's Quilt, Paper, and Sewing Group.
I usually have a variety of quilting designs kicking around in my head at any given time. But often, when I finally get around to actually designing a quilt, I draw a blank. Sometimes I'm overwhelmed by fabric and surface design choices. Other times, I just don't know where to start.
As someone who has been looking at quilt art and photos of quilters' art for more than a decade, I can tell you that it's not that easy to get good pictures of fabric and fiber.
On this Thanksgiving Day I am in transition. I'm settling into my new Houston digs in preparation for my fresh adventure with Quilts Inc. while still consulting for Quilting Arts and preparing for the next season of "Quilting Arts TV."
Choosing the right machine quilting pattern for your piece is as important as the thread and fabric selections.
I've been using digital photos as a basis for my quilt designs for quite some time now. Digital technology has improved so much, too.
Do you like to follow a prepared pattern or design for your fiber art or start completely from scratch? Maybe your answer is "a little of both" or "it depends on the project."
If I had to create a basic lesson plan for how to make a quilt it would be broken down into these three basic steps:
We art quilters march to a different drummer and dance to our own tune. If we follow rules at all, we see them more as guidelines, jumping off points for improvisation.
It's easy to get down these days, with all the tough times people are having. Especially if you're the one who's having the difficulties. But this is why I think it's so great to be an artist: you have a creative outlet for your woes.
I'm always intrigued to learn what started people on the path to quilt making. Did they stumble into it in mid-life or did they grow up among quilters, stitchers, and textile artists?
What would we do without fusible web? It holds our quilt sandwiches together while we sew, makes appliqué a breeze, and can even hem a skirt in an emergency.
No matter what kind of quilts or fiber art you create, fiber and fabric scraps are a fact of life.