Mixed-media fiber artist Lesley Riley has been telling stories with photo quilts for many years. But recently I discovered her love of old photos and inspirational quotations began well before her art career, making picture quilts with image transfer techniques and digital imagery.
When you learn to quilt, the first lesson is that a quilt is made up of three elements: the top, the batting, and the backing fabric. Together they are known as a quilt sandwich.
If I told you to go to you LQS to get some PFD so you could finish your ATC you HST, would you know what I was talking about? Quilters use many abbreviations to communicate basic quilting terms.
My favorite work day is Tuesday, because that's when our office holds show-and-tell. Given the array of quilters, sewists, and mixed-media artists in our group (many of whom also knit, crochet, and make jewelry), you never know what to expect.
Many people--me among them--admire Jane LaFazio's approach to quilt making. She has a way of combining hand stitching, machine stitching, surface design, mixed-media, and even machine needle felting to create beautiful and unusual pieces of fiber art.
Many art quilters find fusible web indispensable for quilt making. Fusible web is basically a sheet of glue that melts when you press fabric onto it with a hot iron, sticking the pieces of fabric together.
Why did I ever take up quilting? Necessity! I was 16 years old and redecorating my impossibly small bedroom.
Kevin Kosbab, of Feed Dog Designs, is one of a small but extremely
talented group of male quilters in the female-dominated world of fiber
art. Kevin has designed projects for our sister publication Stitch since the second issue and more recently his designs have been featured in Modern Patchwork magazine.
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.
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.
One of the easiest ways to make a quilt top is to fuse the fabric pieces in place to create the design. Fabric fusing is the perfect method for contemporary quilt artists who like to improvise in their quilt making.
When you make a quilt, at some point you will have to consider the quilt binding. You may opt for an elaborate binding that makes an impact on the overall design, a simple and subtle binding, or no binding at all.
I'm an equal-opportunity fabric monger: I drool just as much over hand surface-designed fabrics. I gobble up every new technique and have even tried some fabric stamping, ice dyeing, resist dyeing, and fabric painting. I love it.
Here's a way to practice your free-motion stitching
skills and add a mixed-media element to your machine quilting. In honor
of Valentine's Day, it's heart art from our sister publication Cloth Paper Scissors, one of my favorite sources of fiber art inspiration.
Our foremothers knew how to make a quilt using only what they had, from scraps of fabric to natural dyes. But, quilt making the frugal and eco-friendly way was easier for them: