Most art quilters I know dabble in other forms of art--from painting to jewelry making. Our marketing manager, Ashley Lauwereins, is a jewelry maker who is learning about fabric art. Today, she's taking over the blog to share her experiences with art that crosses over both worlds.
Here's a fun and easy way to enjoy see your artistic friends, enjoy some delicious treats, and get some gift-making done in the process. First, choose easy gifts to make with a group.
Whether you are preparing for a craft or art fair or you want to get a start on quilted gifts for the holidays, it pays to get organized. That way, you won't be swamped as the deadline approaches, and you'll have more time to enjoy your customers or time with friends and family.
Spring is such a busy time of year: graduations, wedding showers, barbecues, the end of the school year, and so on. It seems I always need an idea for a quick gift for a teacher, hostess, or guest of honor.
That's when my bin of fabric scraps and list of fabric art projects come to the rescue.
This week's free fabric giveaway is a stack of fat quarters called Surrounded by Love by Deb Strain for Moda. I can think of certain new graduates, expectant moms, and brides-to-be who would love quilt gifts made from this fabric.
Any mom will tell you: from a salt dough hand-print paperweight to a beautifully stitched lap quilt, gifts from the hand and the heart are the best.
Our office is fairly bursting with babies. Two women are due this month, another is due in the summer, and last fall two coworkers became first-time grandmothers.
I am simply in love with Lotta Jansdotter's designs. Maybe it's our
shared Scandinavian heritage (she's Swedish; my ancestors hail from
Denmark), but there is something about her simple, colorful, and modern
fabric collections that I can't resist.
Every year I set aside one or two Saturdays to sew something special for
the women in my life that would treasure a handmade gift. I usually
work production-style, cutting, basting, sewing, and finishing, until I
have an array of small gifts ready to go.
The new school year starts in a few days, and as soon as I get the kids' supplies in order, I will start thinking about teacher gifts.
If you're looking for some ideas for handmade quilted gifts, I want to remind you of three of my favorites. Two are make-in-day projects. One is a little more involved, but worth the time, I think.
In this free e-Book, Handmade & Holiday Gift Ideas: 6 Free Homemade Gift Ideas for Art Quilters, we offer you six easy gifts to make for your friends or your own home décor.
I have made bed and lap quilts, holiday table runners, and other large-scale quilted gifts and décor. But more often I make small quilted gifts that come together quickly with the sewing machine and my abundance of fabric scraps.
I'm past the stage where I am making baby quilts for my children. This picture shows the first baby quilt I ever made-for my baby Sam (now 13 years old). I love that this quilt is worn and stained. I love that it is well-used and cherished, and that it carries my special message to my baby boy written on the label.