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.
When finishing a quilt, most quilters add some sort of binding and--if the quilt will be displayed on a wall--a hanging sleeve. But many forgo a label. Why?
In the old days of making photo quilts, several years back, I felt lucky if I was able to achieve a decent image transfer, let alone worry much about cropping the image in an 'artistic' way.
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.
Memory quilts can take many forms and fiber artists create them for many reasons. A memory quilt can be made with clothing, such as a t-shirt quilt or an art quilt that features fabric or even an entire garment from a loved one.
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.
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
Do you long to make a quilt but don't know where to start? Or do you have a friend who could lessons on quilting for beginners? We have the perfect starter's guide, and it includes free quilt patterns for beginners!
Whether you are an experienced quilter looking to make contemporary patchwork-style quilts or are just beginning quilting, here's an opportunity to pick up basic quilting tips and tricks from one of the top pros.
In my experience, quilters are a giving sort. Any occasion--celebratory, sorrowful, and everything in between--will prompt a quilter to head to the studio and make a quilt for someone else.
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.
We so enjoyed reading the 'learning how to quilt' stories from the bloggers who participated in our First Quilt Contest. Some were funny, some poignant, some pragmatic, and some serendipitous.
Why did I ever take up quilting? Necessity! I was 16 years old and redecorating my impossibly small bedroom.
Of all the ways of finishing a quilt, creating a facing will give an art quilt the most contemporary, clean look, says Susan Brubaker Knapp.
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.