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.
When finishing a quilt, most quilters add some sort of binding and--if the quilt will be displayed on a wall--a hanging sleeve. But many forgo a label. Why?
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.
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.
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.
Did you resolve to make more fiber art this year? Learn new sewing techniques? Decrease the size of your scrap stash? Finish your UFOs?
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.
It's Block Friday again-our celebration of block quilting in the month of December. Today we're focusing on paper piecing, also known as foundation piecing.
No matter how fancy your current sewing machine, no matter whether you make tiny quilts or wall-sized ones, chances are, your first experience with needle and thread was hand sewing.
Remember the paper snowflakes we made as kids? Well, here's a little twist on them. These fabric snowflake coasters are made using freezer paper stencils and painting on fabric.
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.
Two items I'm always short on: storage and gift wrap. Two things I always have plenty of: fabric and the urge to play in my studio. This fabric painting project by Lynn Krawczyk solves both problems with my favorite solutions
I've used the walking foot attachment for years as a valuable tool to help me sew even stitches with slippery material and as a tool for machine quilting.
Anyone wondering how to make a patchwork quilt with their scrap stash or using some of the fun, new commercial fabrics should learn the half-square triangle technique.
Where do you get your inspiration for art quilts? Quilting artists get asked that question all the time.