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.
Strip quilting, literally stitching strips of fabric together, is one of the easiest ways to create a modern-looking patchwork quilt or quilt project.
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.
In this eBook, A Quilters Guide to Art Quilting Supplies and Tools, we’ve assembled advice and instruction on some quilt supplies that are optimal for the art quilter.
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.
Recently, a young colleague who is an expert in other crafts but had never quilted expressed an interest in learning how to quilt.
Shibori techniques, or pattern resist dyeing, have been used for hundreds of years. The resulting shibori fabric (traditionally indigo blue) is treasured by fiber artists (I have an entire collection).
Of all the quilting supplies, straight pins are probably the ones we take most for granted. If you're like me, you might still have some from your grandmother's or mother's sewing kit
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.
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.
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.
When some people pass glittering tulle, pastel sheers, sequins and beads, and rows of embroidered trim at the fabric store, they see costumes. Art quilters see stash.
Our team has offered to be your personal shopper, selecting unique items from the Interweave store and others to help you find the perfect gift for the fiber artists in your life.
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.