Three years ago I gave my studio an extreme makeover. I not only redecorated in my favorite colors, I changed the layout for better function, and organized my tools and embellishments.
Just as the summer is winding down (sniff!), so is the celebration of 10 years of Quilting Arts Magazine. It's not a sad ending, though, because it's been really gratifying to revisit all the talented artists we've worked with and all the gorgeous artwork that has come through our offices and into our pages.
Quilt art can come in many forms. From wall hangings and landscape quilts to paper quilts and fiber art that fits in the palm of your hand, quilters' art options are unlimited.
I thought, wouldn't it be funny to send postcards from my studio? You know, instead of showing me grinning in front of the Grand Canyon, the postcard would reveal what I'd been up to in my studio via a collage of surface designed fabrics or papers.
I love hot weather. But this summer there have been some days so hot that even I felt it was too hot to move, let alone quilt.
I love summer. But unlike at some places where the warm weather and beckoning beaches slow down the pace, at Quilting Arts summer is one of our busiest times of the year.Still, even with all the deadlines and projects we have going on around here, I make sure to spend as many of my off hours as possible outdoors
We had a wild and wonderful time at International Quilt Festival/Long Beach last week! Now I'm catching up on emails and sleep. And with all the new ideas swirling around my head from the show, I'm also trying to catch a few minutes in the studio.
I seem to be celebrating a lot of zeros this year.
First, there's the year-long celebration of Quilting Arts Magazine @10.
Last weekend I helped my mom celebrate the big 6-0.
I have a (cough) birthday coming up that ends with a zero.
Machine and hand embroidery are the hallmarks of art quilt design and construction. Depending on the stitch and the thread or fiber used, embroidery techniques can give your quilts a contemporary edge or vintage charm.In this free eBook, Essential Embroidery Stitches: Free Hand and Machine Embroidery Designs and Techniques, we've assembled four of our best articles on machine and hand embroidery techniques.
What's your pet peeve?
One of mine is when my cat, Dickens, sits on my fabric. Another is when Dickens hogs the bed.It's irritating, but I can't get too stressed about it: Dickens is, after all, a cat. And cats do what they want, where they want. It's just that . . . he's a very large cat!
Thread sketching? Love it! Using free-motion stitching with your sewing machine to create what looks like pen-and-ink drawings lends a real "hand of the artist" look to a quilt. The technique is also an effective way to add stitched imagery to fabric collages.
Quilt making doesn't have to be complex, with hours of cutting, piecing, and sewing tiny seams. In this free ebook, How to Quilt: 4 Free Projects to Learn How to Make a Quilt, you'll learn how to quilt using fabric scraps, craft-store flowers, a fish, and canvas and paint.
With summer approaching and the school year ending, a lot of parents I know are looking for projects to keep their kids busy (and somewhat unplugged) in the coming weeks.This patchwork checkerboard designed by our assistant editor for special projects, Lindsey Murray, is perfect for teaching quilting and hand stitching skills to beginners of any age.
We moved the Quilting Arts offices earlier this spring, and the change has given me a whole new outlook—literally.
Whereas my former office didn't have much of a view, this one has windows that look out onto the wooded buffer between the office complex and the street.
Now that the weather has finally turned and we have warmer, sunnier days ahead, I can't wait to bring out the portable tables and dye equipment to my driveway to screen and paint yards and yards of fabric.