Here's an easy way to put a modern patchwork twist on simple quilt squares: insert a decorative strip of fabric.
I have tried hand stitching of all kinds. Anything to do with needles and thread has been in my project basket at one time or another. But every so often I discover something new.
Strip quilting, literally stitching strips of fabric together, is one of the easiest ways to create a modern-looking patchwork quilt or quilt project.
Here's a quick and easy way to incorporate color, design, and fiber art in any décor: these Fabric Frames by Jenean Morrison make great gifts and use up fabric scraps.
Matchstick-style machine quilting is a sophisticated way to give your quilt a modern look. But it also works well any time you want to fill in an area on your quilt--and looks especially nice on solid fabrics.
I am a big fan of handmade objects and hands-on techniques. Technology is not always my friend. But my perspective changed when I saw Diane Rusin Doran create awesome hand dyed-fabric effects with digital quilting imagery.
Novice quilters looking for their first big projects can be intimidated by elaborate patterns with complicated piecing. On the other hand, many beginner quilt patterns lack the wow factor that today's quilters crave.
So many of today's fiber artists have a desire to design their own fabrics. We can do it in our studios with surface design techniques and create a single piece of fabric, or we can design the fabric online and have it printed by an on-demand printing company.
Mother's Day is just a few weeks away. If your mom sews, quilts, or just likes to receive quilted gifts from you (of course she does!), then you will love these free patterns, downloads, and projects to make easy handmade gifts.
Mixed-media fiber artist Lesley Riley has been telling stories with photo quilts for many years. But recently I discovered her love of old photos and inspirational quotations began well before her art career, making picture quilts with image transfer techniques and digital imagery.
We all have days when we get bored with our everyday routine, don't we? But what if we could simply redirect the ordinary, turn the common into the uncommon, or make the expected unexpected?
Many people--me among them--admire Jane LaFazio's approach to fiber art and quilt making. Jane's ability to pull from different sources and mix a variety of techniques--while keeping with a common theme--makes her work distinctive.
Most quilt artists have a good eye for color, pattern, and what goes together. If they didn't, they probably wouldn't be quilting. But when deciding how to make a patchwork quilt design, your fabric choices can make a big difference in how the overall design looks.
When I first discovered art quilting, heavily encrusted, beaded quilts were very popular due to a revival of crazy quilting. For a while, paint, needle felting, and fabric manipulation became more popular as surface embellishment--and that's still true. But I see beaded embellishments are making a comeback, especially in combination with embroidery.
Many quilters who use appliqué, patchwork patterns, or repeated motifs in their art swear by die-cut machines. The machines can save time, make cutting easier on the hands and back (no endless hours with the rotary cutter and mat), and improve accuracy.