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.
Learning how to sew a quilt with curved piecing takes practice. All sewing techniques do. But experienced quilters know that some simple tricks can also make it easier to piece curves.
Many of us cherish the heirloom block quilts handed down to us--or even the ones we discover at flea markets and thrift shops. But when it comes to our own quilting, we like a more contemporary style.
I love dyeing fabric with Procion-MX Fiber Reactive dyes, they allow me to create fabric that is just the color and visual texture that I need for each of my textile art projects
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.
Who says ornaments are just for Christmas? Many people decorate branches with egg ornaments to celebrate all things springy--and with my fondness for fabric art featuring nests and birds you know I can't resist eggs either.
In my travels to quilt shows, exhibits, and "Quilting Arts TV" tapings, as well as virtual traveling via social media, I'm seeing a big return to some of the traditional sewing crafts like smocking, tucking, and hand appliqué.
Looking to stir up a little fun in the kitchen? Try dyeing with resists from the kitchen! You can create many of the same effects as wax batik techniques using resists off your pantry shelf.
Why did I ever take up quilting? Necessity! I was 16 years old and redecorating my impossibly small bedroom.
If it's March, it must be National Craft Month, a time to celebrate our artistic pursuits and explore all the delights of new products, techniques, and spring fabric lines.
I know quilters who enjoy piecing quilts and quilters who enjoy free-motion stitching quilts. But I don't know too many whose favorite part of quilting is cutting the fabric--especially if they're preparing to make a large patchwork quilt. Cutting takes a long time and it can be back-breaking work.
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.
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.