We all know what bad tension looks like: loops on the top of the quilt sandwich or on the backing. Good tension results in sewing machine stitches that are nearly identical on the back and front of your work.
I love it when two popular art techniques come together. In this case: free-motion quilting motifs and Zentangle®.
Artist Susan Brubaker Knapp is known for her beautifully detailed quilts accomplished by painting on fabric and thread sketching. But when she wanted to add quotes to her quilts, she found fabric paints too heavy for writing on fabric, especially to achieve the fine lines and small printing she desired.
It's summer here in Quilting Daily land, so we've rounded up eight of our favorite summertime quilting and surface design projects and techniques for you to enjoy.
What does the terms "sewing appliques" mean to you? Do you think of hand applique? Machine applique? The applique stitch?
Matchstick-style machine quilting is a sophisticated way to give your quilt a modern look. But it also works well any time you want to fill in an area on your quilt--and looks especially nice on solid fabrics.
Mother's Day is just a few weeks away. If your mom sews, quilts, or just likes to receive quilted gifts from you (of course she does!), then you will love these free patterns, downloads, and projects to make easy handmade gifts.
In my experience most quilters' stitching falls into one of two general categories. First are the ones who can quilt motifs in even, well-spaced, patterns. These stitchers are usually very good at teaching how to machine quilt.
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.
When it comes to quilt finishing, I've always resorted to an easy quilt binding like the pillowcase method. Sometimes I even leave a raw edge. Because I usually make small fabric collage quilts, these techniques have worked.
Quilters from across the world share a passion for unique accessories to wear. But you don't have to travel the world for an exotic adornment. With snippets of fabrics you probably already have in your stash and machine embroidery, you can create your own
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.
Did you resolve to make more fiber art this year? Learn new sewing techniques? Decrease the size of your scrap stash? Finish your UFOs?
Looking back over the last 12 months, I'd have to say that portraiture was a big trend in modern and creative quilting. From pixel quilts made of tiny fabric squares to mixed-media quilts that enhanced fabric with paint or colored pencil, quilt artists made a lot of faces.
Remember the paper snowflakes we made as kids? Well, here's a little twist on them. These fabric snowflake coasters are made using freezer paper stencils and painting on fabric.