Living in New England, you're never too far from the coastline. There, the light and water play off each other to create some of the most beautiful colors, not just in summer, but year-round.
Welcome to another Block Friday, our December alternative to Black Friday where we feature a quilt block. Today it's a nine-patch--PLUS!
When some people pass glittering tulle, pastel sheers, sequins and beads, and rows of embroidered trim at the fabric store, they see costumes. Art quilters see stash.
Today is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., a day when we gather with family and friends, stuff ourselves with traditional foods (or their vegetarian, gluten-free, low-sodium versions), and reflect on what we are thankful for. Some of us also watch football.
I've used the walking foot attachment for years as a valuable tool to help me sew even stitches with slippery material and as a tool for machine quilting.
Anyone wondering how to make a patchwork quilt with their scrap stash or using some of the fun, new commercial fabrics should learn the half-square triangle technique.
Playing with your pre-programmed sewing machine stitches can be a wonderful way to spend a rainy afternoon. The plethora of stitches on some machines could keep you busy for hours--but what about some of the utilitarian stitches we all know and love?
While October skies and falling leaves make most people think of pumpkins, harvest time, and Halloween, a quilt artist's fancy turns to the International Quilt Festival in Houston.
How do you find time to work on your fabric art? It's a question I hear often (sometimes in my own head).
It's not every day you get to pose as an artist's model. But that's just what I did when Carrie Bloomston needed a volunteer to pose (fully clothed!) while she demonstrated a drawing exercise.
Let's face it, lately quilters and fiber artists seem to love creating portraits--from pixel quilt designs, to collaged faces, to thread painting and sketching techniques.
Do you long to make a quilt but don't know where to start? Or do you have a friend who could lessons on quilting for beginners? We have the perfect starter's guide, and it includes free quilt patterns for beginners!
Do you create quilt designs like a child? Some people might be offended by that question, but I'm not. When I reminisce over my children's early drawings, I see freedom.
In my journey as a quilter, I have learned much about design principles. I'm always pleasantly surprised by how you can create unlimited quilt designs from the same blocks or shapes simply by changing the colors or the scale.
"Solids and nearly solids play such a big role in contemporary quilting, and especially in improv piecing. But many people find it hard to choose dynamic color combinations when they don't have a place to start," writes modern quilt artist Christine Ravish in the Summer 2014 issue of Modern Patchwork magazine.