You would think that everything you could do with fabric, fibers, and
shapes had been done before. But from art quilts to modern quilts to
traditional quilts, each one offered a new experience in fiber art.
Every year I set aside one or two Saturdays to sew something special for
the women in my life that would treasure a handmade gift. I usually
work production-style, cutting, basting, sewing, and finishing, until I
have an array of small gifts ready to go.
Fall has definitely arrived here in New England. Time to haul out the patchwork comforters, haul in the firewood, and make sure there are plenty of cocoa fixings in the cupboard.
Many people ask me for beginning quilting
projects. When you are learning how to quilt, often it's best to start
with a easy sewing project that has quilted or patchwork element, like
coasters, place mats, or a little bag.
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.
There is something about crafting the items you use around the house that elevates them from just functional to both fabulous and functional.
As the school year begins, I wonder: Is this the year I will finally
figure out the perfect solution to organizing the family? With only two
kids still at home, will the magic formula for corralling papers,
supplies, keys, and permissions slips present itself?
The new school year starts in a few days, and as soon as I get the kids' supplies in order, I will start thinking about teacher gifts.
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
One of the recent trends that seems to have come out of nowhere is the popularity of English paper piecing patterns. They're everywhere you look!
In this free webinar, Creative Eye Opener: Turning Your Casual Photos into Patchwork, Christina Lane and Diane Gilleland will show you how to use those images as inspiration to create patchwork patterns.
The popularity of pre-cut fabric packs like jelly rolls has made it easier than ever to put together modern patchwork projects. Pre-cuts are a real time-saver, especially if you're making a full-size patchwork quilt.
I'm a sucker for bag and purse patterns. If they feature appliqué hexagons or are made with a fun, contemporary fabric, so much the better.
Several years ago I was helping a friend clean out her neighbor's sewing room and we came across a beautiful piece of handwork. It was a hand-pieced patchwork block from a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt and it captured my heart immediately. Not only was it pretty and colorful, it also told an intriguing story.