A note from Vivika: While I'm on medical leave, my dog, Elvis,
has been keeping me company. His presence--and frequent antics--lift my
spirits. Pets are so important in our lives--and often in our fabric art--so today I thought I'd share this Q&A with Quilting Daily Community member Martha Tabis from 2010.
In The Art of Thread Sketching: Free Thread Drawing and Thread Painting Techniques, five quilt artists show you how to turn machine stitching into drawings with thread. Depending on the style and density of the stitching, thread sketching and thread painting can stand on its own or be combined with other techniques to give your quilt motifs dimension and life.
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.
At its essence, making a quilt is simple: create a quilt sandwich with top fabric, backing fabric, and batting between them and stitch it all together.
flowers lend beauty and texture to a piece of fiber art, but they are
not easily accomplished. When I saw Barb Forrister's demonstration of
how to make realistic looking flowers with a combination of machine
embroidery and surface design techniques, however, I was intrigued and
wanted to share the process with you.
Who doesn't love a quick and clever patchwork project, especially if the combination of fabrics and design practically guarantee the project will brighten your day?
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!
QuiltCon, the quilt show and convention presented by The Modern Quilt Guild last month was energetic and fun in so many ways. A real celebration of the art of quilting.
In the April/May issue of Quilting Arts I have an interview with artist Kate Themel, and I'm so excited by her painterly machine quilting and our conversation, I decided to give you a sneak peek.
About three years ago my friend Linda got me hooked on Pojagi. Ever since she told me about this beautiful Korean form of patchwork quilting, I've been experimenting with it
I enjoy raw-edge appliqué for many reasons. It's certainly a faster way of appliqué quilting than than hand appliqué and I like the extra texture it brings to my fiber art.
This morning, while the Quilting Arts team reviewed the projects we have for this year's issue of Modern Patchwork magazine, we noticed we have several patchwork pillows.
In this free eBook, Sewing Techniques for Quilters: 5 Free Articles on How to Sew a Quilt Including a Sewing Tutorial on English Paper Piecing, we give you four options for how to sew a quilt from expert quilt artists, plus a basic guide to sewing machine techniques, including a quick reference guide to basic tools and terms.
A lot of contemporary art quilters swear by fusing their fabric art. But if you've had a bad experience with fusing, maybe you just swear.
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: