Every sewing project comes down to two simple tools: needle and thread. But choosing the right needle and thread for the job is a more complicated task. Much depends on the fabric, the type of stitching, and the overall look you're trying to achieve with your stitching.
on textile art refers to changing the look of fabric through techniques
such as low-water immersion dyeing, batik, and discharge dyeing (or
removing the color from the fabric), or stamping, stenciling, and
When all the prep work is done on your art quilts
and it's time to start the actual quilting, you have many choices. On
pieced quilts you can simple stitch in the ditch (where the fabric
pieces meet at the seams).
There's a saying, "It doesn't matter where you start, it matters where
you finish." Looking at the quilting scene today, I'd say the first part
of that quote, at least, applies to our craft.
Have you taken any photos lately and thought, "That would make a great quilt"?
What is modern quilting? There's no set definition. Typically, though, modern quilts have large fields of solid colors, take an improvisational approach to cutting and piecing, and highlight contemporary commercial fabrics.
Holiday cards provide the perfect canvas on which to display your fiber art techniques and make your seasonal message extra special.
You would think that everything you could do with fabric, fibers, and
shapes had been done before. But from art quilts to modern quilts to
traditional quilts, each one offered a new experience in fiber art.
Beth Maitland may be an internationally known soap star. But when it comes to shopping for quilting fabric, she's just like you and me: She likes to touch the goods and buy, buy, buy.
I'm at International Quilt Market and Festival in Houston this week, soaking up all the fabric, quilting, and surface design ideas I can and meeting up with old and new fiber art friends.
hen you paint on fabric, you have to be open to serendipity, because no
two pieces of painted fabric are alike. With our free eBook How to Paint on Fabric: Free Fabric Painting Techniques for Texture and Interest, you'll learn how to get beautiful results.
English artist Lucie Summers's fabrics and quilting projects should be familiar to readers of our publications. Her modern quilting techniques, cheerful colors, and contemporary screen print designs with a hint of Scandinavian style stand out from the crowd.
Because the theme of the October/November 2013 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine
is "Artists Give Back," we asked contributors what they do to give back
to their communities. Here's a selection of their answers:
Last Tuesday at our staff's weekly show & tell circle, our newest colleague, Stitch
magazine Assistant Editor Abby Kaufman, showed us a small quilt she's
working on. We were all very impressed with the project, especially as
she is quilting it by hand.
To me, Elin Waterston's art quilts are instantly recognizable. They
almost always feature clean designs with Elin's own brand of creative machine quilting that echoes the quilt's motifs.