When I'm on vacation I always like to set aside a few hours in the studio for catching up on fiber art techniques I've wanted to explore. With a New Year beginning, it's a great time to make a list of art goals and then strategize on ways to learn techniques, explore supplies, and improve your skills.
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.
I've found that setting aside 15-20 minutes a day of "play time" works for me. Whether it is spent hand quilting, making a patchwork quilt for a friend, or spreading paints or inks on fabric in my studio for some surface design fun—it doesn't matter to me as long as I am tapping into my creativity.
Judging by the comments on the Quilting Daily Facebook page, a lot of you received fabric and new quilting gadgets for Christmas—perhaps even a new sewing machine? If you're like me, you're now itching to use those new goodies in quilting projects.
I always smile when I see the Fiesta Ornaments that Judy Coates Perez makes by painting on fabric, quilting the painted motifs, and then stitching on a frame of embossed craft metal.
We'll never see another date like 12-12-12 in our lifetime, so we're celebrating with a special sale featuring 12 top products from the Quilting Daily Shop at a very special price: $12.12.
On this Cyber Monday, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite digital products from the Quilting Daily Shop. If I didn't already have these inspirational and educational sources of quilting and surface design techniques, they would be tops on my wish list.
I have a long history of finding, buying, hoarding, and using Japanese fabric. I can't bear to part with even the tiniest scrap. I am always looking to incorporate a piece in my patchwork projects.
When I first became interested in quilting, I spent hours staring at traditional quilt squares trying to figure out how they were pieced. Some, like the log cabin pattern, are pretty obvious.
Last week, my colleague, friend, and co-conspirator Helen Gregory took over the reins as Editorial Director for Interweave's Quilt, Paper, and Sewing Group.
On this Thanksgiving Day I am in transition. I'm settling into my new Houston digs in preparation for my fresh adventure with Quilts Inc. while still consulting for Quilting Arts and preparing for the next season of "Quilting Arts TV."
Just as the summer is winding down (sniff!), so is the celebration of 10 years of Quilting Arts Magazine. It's not a sad ending, though, because it's been really gratifying to revisit all the talented artists we've worked with and all the gorgeous artwork that has come through our offices and into our pages.
Contemporary patchwork projects are everywhere these days. Even the artists contributing to our sister publication, Cloth Paper Scissors are getting into the act--but they're using paper!
When I post pictures on Facebook of the team wearing sparkling leprechaun bowlers or upload a YouTube video of us getting our jingle on, you probably think it's just all fun and games here at Quilting Arts.