If it's March, it must be National Craft Month, a time to celebrate our artistic pursuits and explore all the delights of new products, techniques, and spring fabric lines.
During the time when I was regularly creating prayer flags, I made a series with tiny paper tags attached. On the tag I glued words cut from old books--little phrases that fit the intention of the flag.
I know quilters who enjoy piecing quilts and quilters who enjoy free-motion stitching quilts. But I don't know too many whose favorite part of quilting is cutting the fabric--especially if they're preparing to make a large patchwork quilt. Cutting takes a long time and it can be back-breaking work.
Sometimes, machine quilting plays a supporting role to color, fabric, and surface design on a quilt. Other times, free-motion quilting is the star.
Of all the ways of finishing a quilt, creating a facing will give an art quilt the most contemporary, clean look, says Susan Brubaker Knapp.
Hand quilting is truly a labor of love. The choice to hand quilt instead of finishing by machine can be made for many reasons.
In keeping with my goal this year of making art every day, I'm keeping my eye out for quick sewing and quilting projects.
Every sewing project comes down to two simple tools: needle and thread. But choosing the right needle and thread for the job is a more complicated task. Much depends on the fabric, the type of stitching, and the overall look you're trying to achieve with your stitching.
"Quilt as desired." Those directions, often found at the end of a
tutorial on making a quilt or a quilted project, can be freeing or
frustrating. There are so many quilting techniques to choose from, how do you decide what works best?
When all the prep work is done on your art quilts
and it's time to start the actual quilting, you have many choices. On
pieced quilts you can simple stitch in the ditch (where the fabric
pieces meet at the seams).
Over the years I've learned several surface design techniques
for creating unique fabrics. Dyeing, fabric painting, discharge dyeing,
stamping, and screen printing--they all make me feel like a kid again,
getting creatively messy with color and pattern
Is there anything more gratifying than watching someone discover the joys of quilting? My son's girlfriend is learning how to make a simple quilt, and I am having so much fun watching her work on this project with her friends.
At our weekly office show-and-tell, assistant editors Kristine Lundblad and Barbara Delaney both had quilts to reveal. Barb showed hers without a quilt binding, because as soon as she finished adding it, she will rush to the post office and mail the quilt to her new baby granddaughter.
You don't have to have scores of computerized embroidery stitches on
your sewing machine to create beautiful machine embroidery designs. Just
a few stitches and tutorials from free-motion embroidery experts will
allow you to achieve the artistry you're looking for.