What do you get out of fiber and quilting arts? A pile of quilts? An expression of your creativity? A way to escape the world? An excuse to go to the fabric store? As quilting artists, we all have our reasons--and they're all valid
Is it a coincidence that the word "text" can be found in "texture" and "textiles"? Maybe so. But whether you scribble on background fabric with a permanent pen or make a focal point with 3-D embellished letters, text adds texture to textiles.
Exquisite quilt art arrives at our offices every day. As a quilter myself, I know how scary it can be to wrap one of my "babies" up and ship it off to a magazine, client, or venue.
I think it's safe to say that most anyone who has ever created something beautiful--from art quilts to knitted scarves to jewelry--has been told, "You should sell these!"
Looking back over the last 12 months, I'd have to say that portraiture was a big trend in modern and creative quilting. From pixel quilts made of tiny fabric squares to mixed-media quilts that enhanced fabric with paint or colored pencil, quilt artists made a lot of faces.
When some people pass glittering tulle, pastel sheers, sequins and beads, and rows of embroidered trim at the fabric store, they see costumes. Art quilters see stash.
Where do you get your inspiration for art quilts? Quilting artists get asked that question all the time.
Today I'm sharing some of my favorite gift ideas to make for your friends and family, as well as gifts for quilters that would be welcome at your guild's holiday party swap--or under your own tree.
Have you ever wanted to paint a landscape with fabric, thread and fibers? There are many different ways to approach landscape quilts, from abstract designs using primarily fused fabric to mixed media quilts that bring a scene to life with paint and embellishments.
With our eBook Handmade Christmas Decorations & Holiday Décor: 5 Free Christmas Quilting Patterns, you'll get handmade ornament ideas, a Christmas tree skirt pattern, easy-to-make adorable hot pads, holiday table runners, and more.
For some prolific quilt artists, inspiration just seems to flow. But I can guarantee you that everyone--even artists who churn out art quilts left and right--eventually experiences a creative block.
I'm so excited to share a new season of" Quilting Arts TV" with you, especially the debut of our new host, Susan Brubaker Knapp.
When creating quilted wall hangings, what do you use for inspiration? Many quilt artists take their cue from their own photos.
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.
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.