During the time when I was regularly creating prayer flags, I made a series with tiny paper tags attached. On the tag I glued words cut from old books--little phrases that fit the intention of the flag.
In keeping with my goal this year of making art every day, I'm keeping my eye out for quick sewing and quilting projects.
When all the prep work is done on your art quilts
and it's time to start the actual quilting, you have many choices. On
pieced quilts you can simple stitch in the ditch (where the fabric
pieces meet at the seams).
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.
Because the theme of the October/November 2013 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine
is "Artists Give Back," we asked contributors what they do to give back
to their communities. Here's a selection of their answers:
Last Tuesday at our staff's weekly show & tell circle, our newest colleague, Stitch
magazine Assistant Editor Abby Kaufman, showed us a small quilt she's
working on. We were all very impressed with the project, especially as
she is quilting it by hand.
When you're looking for a quick sewing project for your home or a gift, a pillow is the perfect solution. Whether you make a simple pillow cover from scratch or purchase a plain one, you can add a personal creative touch with a variety of embellishment techniques.
My mother used to say to me, "Patience is a virtue." And I used to respond, "Why?" I am not a naturally patient person, and while I now understand the value of this virtue, I still like to skip to the "fun parts" whenever possible.
Finishing a large quilting project is always satisfying. I feel such a sense of accomplishment. But I have to admit: finishing small quilting projects is almost as gratifying, and I can get that feeling of accomplishment so much faster!
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:
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.
When making quilt art, whether you're creating artist trading cards (ATCs), mini quilts, or a larger wall quilt, there are certain tricks that can help you achieve a balanced and pleasing design.
Right now, I'm looking for quick quilting projects to make. Running through the file of quilting ideas I keep in my head, I remembered these sweet little free-motion stitched stockings by Diane Rusin Doran from Quilting Arts Gifts 2011.
One really has to marvel at the talent of our quilting foremothers. With basic geometric shapes and materials they had at hand, these (mostly) women made quilt block patterns. Then they made them their own, taking the traditional quilt blocks and putting their own spin on the design.
Small quilting projects like table linens, accessories, and home décor are perfect for the quilter who wants to create a handmade gift or refresh their décor or wardrobe—but has little time to spare.