Why did I ever take up quilting? Necessity! I was 16 years old and redecorating my impossibly small bedroom.
I have quite a stash of hand-dyed silk ribbon, beads, buttons, and trims that I could use to embellish a quilt. The trouble is, aside from my small fabric collages, I haven't been making embellished quilts recently.
During the time when I was regularly creating prayer flags, I made a series with tiny paper tags attached. On the tag I glued words cut from old books--little phrases that fit the intention of the flag.
I love a good map. I think this fascination started as a child when my family took road trips all over New England. We would pile into the family sedan, my father always driving, and my mother always knitting in the front seat.
Sometimes, machine quilting plays a supporting role to color, fabric, and surface design on a quilt. Other times, free-motion quilting is the star.
Whether you create full-on embroidered quilts or just do a little hand stitching here and there, I bet you a have a favorite stitch or two.
To celebrate the debut of Kevin Kosbab's new book, The Quilter's Appliqué Workshop, Kevin and a cadre of contemporary appliqué artists--plus Quilting Daily--have gotten together for a blog hop, with giveaways and more.
What makes a quilter a quilter? Certainly, we are unique individuals with our own creative impulses and drives, but we do have so much in common--including a sense of humor.
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 new eBook, Interfacing & Fabric Stabilizer Guide: 4 Free Tutorials for Supporting Fabric, Thread, & Embellishments in Quilt Art, you will learn the most common types of stabilizers and how to use them.
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
"Quilt as desired." Those directions, often found at the end of a
tutorial on making a quilt or a quilted project, can be freeing or
frustrating. There are so many quilting techniques to choose from, how do you decide what works best?
Here it is, the second week of January, and I still haven't settled on
my Word of the Year. You know, the mantra that you use to help you focus
on what you want to accomplish before the next time the ball drops.
When I'm on vacation I always like to set aside a few hours in the studio for catching up on fiber art techniques I've wanted to explore. With a New Year beginning, it's a great time to make a list of art goals and then strategize on ways to learn techniques, explore supplies, and improve your skills.
Over the years I've learned several surface design techniques
for creating unique fabrics. Dyeing, fabric painting, discharge dyeing,
stamping, and screen printing--they all make me feel like a kid again,
getting creatively messy with color and pattern