I was so happy to see so many hand embroidery designs at Quilt Market last month. I began learning hand sewing techniques as a young girl, and hand embroidery is still one of my favorite pastimes.
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.
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.
Hand-sewing techniques and embroidery are so much easier if you use the right tools. Sharp needles, tiny scissors, and exquisite threads are in every sewing kit, but the humble thimble is often overlooked.
I enjoy raw-edge appliqué for many reasons. It's certainly a faster way of appliqué quilting than than hand appliqué and I like the extra texture it brings to my fiber art.
During almost a year of sharing quilting ideas with you via the Quilting Daily blog, I've noticed something interesting: circles are popular. Whether the circles are sewn with hand stitching or machine quilting doesn't matter. Every time I write about circle motifs, the post gets a big response.
Small art quilts are fun to make and generally take less time than larger art quilting projects. I especially like working on small quilt wall hanging and fiber art pieces like prayer flags because they are usually portable.
I may have my favorite methods of doing things in my studio, but I'm always open to new ideas, techniques, and tools. I say, if it makes my art experience easier or better, it's worth trying.
Quilt art can come in many forms. From wall hangings and landscape quilts to paper quilts and fiber art that fits in the palm of your hand, quilters' art options are unlimited.
I started Cloth Paper Scissors magazine back in 2004 in part to give voice to forms of art that mixed fabric and stitch with paint, glue, and embellishment but were not strictly speaking art quilts. Forms like altered books, fabric and paint collages, shrines, assemblages, and paper quilts.