According to a friend of mine, New England has seen a preponderance of hummingbirds this summer. I've also read that Monarch butterflies--whose population had been diminishing--are on the rise again.
Few quilting artists have all the time they want for creating fiber art & quilts. But accomplishing more--while still enjoying it and doing a good job--is often a matter of efficiency rather than speed.
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.
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.
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.
Scraps, scraps, scraps! If you create fiber art, fabric scraps are a way of life. Too pretty (or expensive) to throw away, too many to keep contained. They must be good for something!
Fabric painting can take many forms, from applying fabric paint with a brush to stamping on fabric. In the February/March 2015 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine, Ana Buzzalino shows how to paint on fabric using Shiva® Paintstiks and handmade rubbing plates.
This winter has been so long and snow-filled in my part of the world, it seems spring might never come. Of course I know it WILL come, but in the meantime, I'm getting my color fix from fabric, fibers, and quilt art.
I left my heart in Austin...QuiltCon, the show put on by The Modern Quilt Guild (MQG), might be smaller in number of attendees and the amount of quilts on display than some of the larger shows
The 1970s were know for wild wallpaper, orange and brown plaid couches, and bell-bottoms--but quilt designs?
Exquisite quilt art arrives at our offices every day. As a quilter myself, I know how scary it can be to wrap one of my "babies" up and ship it off to a magazine, client, or venue.
Looking back over the last 12 months, I'd have to say that portraiture was a big trend in modern and creative quilting. From pixel quilts made of tiny fabric squares to mixed-media quilts that enhanced fabric with paint or colored pencil, quilt artists made a lot of faces.
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!