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.
When you learn to quilt, the first lesson is that a quilt is made up of three elements: the top, the batting, and the backing fabric. Together they are known as a quilt sandwich.
If I told you to go to you LQS to get some PFD so you could finish your ATC you HST, would you know what I was talking about? Quilters use many abbreviations to communicate basic quilting terms.
My favorite work day is Tuesday, because that's when our office holds show-and-tell. Given the array of quilters, sewists, and mixed-media artists in our group (many of whom also knit, crochet, and make jewelry), you never know what to expect.
In the old days of making photo quilts, several years back, I felt lucky if I was able to achieve a decent image transfer, let alone worry much about cropping the image in an 'artistic' way.
Many people--me among them--admire Jane LaFazio's approach to quilt making. She has a way of combining hand stitching, machine stitching, surface design, mixed-media, and even machine needle felting to create beautiful and unusual pieces of fiber art.
Memory quilts can take many forms and fiber artists create them for many reasons. A memory quilt can be made with clothing, such as a t-shirt quilt or an art quilt that features fabric or even an entire garment from a loved one.
Today is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., a day when we gather with family and friends, stuff ourselves with traditional foods (or their vegetarian, gluten-free, low-sodium versions), and reflect on what we are thankful for. Some of us also watch football.
Why did I ever take up quilting? Necessity! I was 16 years old and redecorating my impossibly small bedroom.
When you make a quilt, at some point you will have to consider the quilt binding. You may opt for an elaborate binding that makes an impact on the overall design, a simple and subtle binding, or no binding at all.
Treat your mom (yourself, or a friend) this Mother's Day!
I'm an equal-opportunity fabric monger: I drool just as much over hand surface-designed fabrics. I gobble up every new technique and have even tried some fabric stamping, ice dyeing, resist dyeing, and fabric painting. I love it.
Here's a way to practice your free-motion stitching
skills and add a mixed-media element to your machine quilting. In honor
of Valentine's Day, it's heart art from our sister publication Cloth Paper Scissors, one of my favorite sources of fiber art inspiration.
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:
In the coming year, I hope to spend more time focused on the things I am most passionate about, and my family and my creative pursuits top the list. Maybe I'll even combine the two, making a photo quilt!