As the school year begins, I wonder: Is this the year I will finally
figure out the perfect solution to organizing the family? With only two
kids still at home, will the magic formula for corralling papers,
supplies, keys, and permissions slips present itself?
Do you learn better through watching a demonstration or by reading
directions? I fall into the former category, and I suspect many others with an
artistic eye do, too.
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.
If you've never hand-dyed fabric before, the process can seem intimidating. Yet learning how to dye fabric is not that different from learning how to cook. If you follow the recipe and take simple safety precautions, you will almost always end up with a feast of delicious color.
Is there such a thing as bad fabric? I don't think so. Every textile has
its place and purpose. But I admit that sometimes I make bad choices
with fabric. Those pieces languish for years waiting for the right
project-which will probably never happen.
One of the recent trends that seems to have come out of nowhere is the popularity of English paper piecing patterns. They're everywhere you look!
The Internet has had a profound effect on how the quilting and fiber art communities communicate. Sharing and selling your art, learning about and teaching techniques--it can all be done from your computer.
Quilts--the kind you put on a bed--are seen as comforting. But even art quilts, made to hang on a wall, can bring comfort when they are created for a cause.
In my book, there are few fiber art projects that can't be improved with a little hand embroidery. Hand stitches add interest, texture, and the personal touch of the artist.
The popularity of pre-cut fabric packs like jelly rolls has made it easier than ever to put together modern patchwork projects. Pre-cuts are a real time-saver, especially if you're making a full-size patchwork quilt.
I must have dozens of textural novelty yarns that I couldn't resist buying--or taking off of someone else's hands. I use them most often in my prayer flags and nest quilt designs, along with other snippets of fibers.
Shells hold a particular fascination for many fiber and mixed-media artists. You can use found shells to embellish an art quilt. Or the colors, textures, patterns, and matte or iridescent surfaces of shells can be interpreted in fabric, surface design, beadwork, and fibers.
This summer has hardly begun, and it's already been a busy one for my family: graduation, a college orientation trip, camp drop-offs, and even a few hours of gardening.
So often when we approach a quilting project, we focus on the fabric. But thread art--from the color choice to the free-motion quilting or thread sketching--is also a key design element.
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.