So often when we approach a quilting project, we focus on the fabric. But thread art--from the color choice to the free-motion quilting or thread sketching--is also a key design element.
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.
Here's a way to practice your free-motion stitching
skills and add a mixed-media element to your machine quilting. In honor
of Valentine's Day, it's heart art from our sister publication Cloth Paper Scissors, one of my favorite sources of fiber art inspiration.
In this free eBook, Sewing Techniques for Quilters: 5 Free Articles on How to Sew a Quilt Including a Sewing Tutorial on English Paper Piecing, we give you four options for how to sew a quilt from expert quilt artists, plus a basic guide to sewing machine techniques, including a quick reference guide to basic tools and terms.
Our foremothers knew how to make a quilt using only what they had, from scraps of fabric to natural dyes. But, quilt making the frugal and eco-friendly way was easier for them:
Clean lines and contemporary versions of traditional quilt patterns are the hallmarks of modern quilting designs. And while many modern-style quilters like to use simple, straight quilting patterns, others like to use the wide-open fields of solid fabric to display a variety of quilting motifs.
If you're looking for some ideas for handmade quilted gifts, I want to remind you of three of my favorites. Two are make-in-day projects. One is a little more involved, but worth the time, I think.
When I first laid eyes on Dijanne Cevaal's "Blue Travelers' Blanket," a rich example of appliqué quilting, I fell in love with it.
Last week I blogged about tricks for machine stitching in circles. Today, I thought I'd share how to appliqué a circle.
During almost a year of sharing quilting ideas with you via the Quilting Daily blog, I've noticed something interesting: circles are popular. Whether the circles are sewn with hand stitching or machine quilting doesn't matter. Every time I write about circle motifs, the post gets a big response.
I'd love to tell you that I am already working on my handmade holiday gifts, but honestly, it's not happening. I do like to give gifts with handmade elements like quilting and embroidery, but this year, I'll have to streamline those efforts if I'm going to get it all done.
My studio time is precious. When I get a chance to play with my fabrics and thread, I want to get a lot accomplished with few interruptions.