For a period of time, I made fabric and paper quilts using vintage maps. I stitched a collage of fabric to make the bird (and sometimes flowers, too), then stitched the bird (and flowers) onto the maps.
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.
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.
When all the prep work is done on your art quilts
and it's time to start the actual quilting, you have many choices. On
pieced quilts you can simple stitch in the ditch (where the fabric
pieces meet at the seams).
You don't have to have scores of computerized embroidery stitches on
your sewing machine to create beautiful machine embroidery designs. Just
a few stitches and tutorials from free-motion embroidery experts will
allow you to achieve the artistry you're looking for.
At our show-and-tell circle at the Quilting Arts-Stitch-Cloth Paper Scissors offices this week, Stitch Editor Amber Eden showed us a spread in a major fashion magazine that revealed quilting is a fashion trend.
In Quilt Embellishments: 5 Free Quilt Embellishment Ideas including Crazy Quilting and Surface Embellishment, you'll find inspiration and how-tos for creating embellished fiber art in a contemporary way.
Here's a fun and easy project that will not only help you use up large fabric scraps
but will serve as a useful decoration in your studio, bedroom, or a
college dorm. You could even piece the covers from smaller scraps for a
The feather stitch is one of the most popular free-motion quilting designs. But it can also be one of the most difficult to master. Two quilt artists who have done that are Heather Thomas and Ana Buzzalino, so today I'm sharing their tips with you.
I must have dozens of textural novelty yarns that I couldn't resist buying--or taking off of someone else's hands. I use them most often in my prayer flags and nest quilt designs, along with other snippets of fibers.
In The Art of Thread Sketching: Free Thread Drawing and Thread Painting Techniques, five quilt artists show you how to turn machine stitching into drawings with thread. Depending on the style and density of the stitching, thread sketching and thread painting can stand on its own or be combined with other techniques to give your quilt motifs dimension and life.
flowers lend beauty and texture to a piece of fiber art, but they are
not easily accomplished. When I saw Barb Forrister's demonstration of
how to make realistic looking flowers with a combination of machine
embroidery and surface design techniques, however, I was intrigued and
wanted to share the process with you.
In the April/May issue of Quilting Arts I have an interview with artist Kate Themel, and I'm so excited by her painterly machine quilting and our conversation, I decided to give you a sneak peek.