Take a look at modern and contemporary quilts: they often have an abstract design. An abstract quilt design immediately gives your piece a modern look, and many fiber artists just prefer abstract to representational designs.
Many people--me among them--admire Jane LaFazio's approach to fiber art and quilt making. Jane's ability to pull from different sources and mix a variety of techniques--while keeping with a common theme--makes her work distinctive.
Most quilt artists have a good eye for color, pattern, and what goes together. If they didn't, they probably wouldn't be quilting. But when deciding how to make a patchwork quilt design, your fabric choices can make a big difference in how the overall design looks.
Many quilters who use appliqué, patchwork patterns, or repeated motifs in their art swear by die-cut machines. The machines can save time, make cutting easier on the hands and back (no endless hours with the rotary cutter and mat), and improve accuracy.
The pebble stitch is a popular filler stitch for free-motion quilting backgrounds. It's easy to get into a Zen-like state while machine quilting little connecting circles over and over again.
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.
Today is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., a day when we gather with family and friends, stuff ourselves with traditional foods (or their vegetarian, gluten-free, low-sodium versions), and reflect on what we are thankful for. Some of us also watch football.
I've used the walking foot attachment for years as a valuable tool to help me sew even stitches with slippery material and as a tool for machine quilting.
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.
While October skies and falling leaves make most people think of pumpkins, harvest time, and Halloween, a quilt artist's fancy turns to the International Quilt Festival in Houston.
I'm jumping on the Throwback Thursday bandwagon (#tbt) and posting this image of me with a patchwork quilt I made many years ago. It was the second quilt I'd ever made, a wedding gift for a friend.
It's not every day you get to pose as an artist's model. But that's just what I did when Carrie Bloomston needed a volunteer to pose (fully clothed!) while she demonstrated a drawing exercise.
When I think about it, I'm astounded by the variety of ways you can learn how to machine quilt these days. Many of us learned straight machine quilting or free-motion quilting from a family member
Let's face it, lately quilters and fiber artists seem to love creating portraits--from pixel quilt designs, to collaged faces, to thread painting and sketching techniques.
Do you create quilt designs like a child? Some people might be offended by that question, but I'm not. When I reminisce over my children's early drawings, I see freedom.