I love teaching! So when offered the opportunity not only to teach at Quilting Live! in Atlanta (September 11-13), but to choose what I'd like to teach--well, that's about as good as it gets.
Whether you are an experienced quilter looking to make contemporary patchwork-style quilts or are just beginning quilting, here's an opportunity to pick up basic quilting tips and tricks from one of the top pros.
If it's March, it must be National Craft Month, a time to celebrate our artistic pursuits and explore all the delights of new products, techniques, and spring fabric lines.
Of all the ways of finishing a quilt, creating a facing will give an art quilt the most contemporary, clean look, says Susan Brubaker Knapp.
At our weekly office show-and-tell, assistant editors Kristine Lundblad and Barbara Delaney both had quilts to reveal. Barb showed hers without a quilt binding, because as soon as she finished adding it, she will rush to the post office and mail the quilt to her new baby granddaughter.
What's black and white and fun all over? One of Jamie Fingal's quilts. Jamie considers herself a rebel quilter, saying "no" to batting, bindings, pins, and rules
Want to know how to machine quilt or improve your existing skills? Join artist Sarah Ann Smith for an informative web seminar, Mechanics of Machine Quilting, on Thursday, September 5, at 12p.m. EST. Learn the fundamentals of the quilting process!
When you make a quilt, at some point you will have to consider the quilt binding. You may opt for an elaborate binding that makes an impact on the overall design, a simple and subtle binding, or no binding at all.
How did you learn to quilt? In my family, the women passed down needlecraft techniques like sewing, embroidery, knitting, and quilting.
If you think quilt binding and finishing is the least creative part of your quilt making, think again. Our free ebook Quilt Binding and Finishing: Free Tutorials on How to Bind a Quilt Plus Tips on Finishing a Quilt has been updated, with 13 creative—yet easy—techniques for finishing and binding a quilt.
Put this in the category of "Why didn't I think of that?" A few weeks ago, Assistant Editor Kristine Lundblad came up with a terrific way to solve a problem we have at Quilting Arts.
I may have mentioned that binding a quilt is my least favorite part of the quilt-making process. But I've realized that if I'm going to reduce the number of UFOs in my studio, I'm going to have to learn how to bind a quilt in a way that I enjoy.
If I had to create a basic lesson plan for how to make a quilt it would be broken down into these three basic steps:
Quilt making doesn't have to be complex, with hours of cutting, piecing, and sewing tiny seams. In this free ebook, How to Quilt: 4 Free Projects to Learn How to Make a Quilt, you'll learn how to quilt using fabric scraps, craft-store flowers, a fish, and canvas and paint.
One thing that always surprises me is that when we require the finalists of any challenge to attach a quilt sleeve for hanging, we get numerous emails asking, "How do you make a quilt sleeve?" Or, "Exactly what kind of quilt sleeve do you want?"