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.
I love it when two popular art techniques come together. In this case: free-motion quilting motifs and Zentangle®.
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.
What does the terms "sewing appliques" mean to you? Do you think of hand applique? Machine applique? The applique stitch?
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?
Most quilt artists have a good eye for color, pattern, and what goes together. If they didn't, they probably wouldn't be quilting. But when deciding how to make a patchwork quilt design, your fabric choices can make a big difference in how the overall design looks.
What do you get out of fiber and quilting arts? A pile of quilts? An expression of your creativity? A way to escape the world? An excuse to go to the fabric store? As quilting artists, we all have our reasons--and they're all valid
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.
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
Is it a coincidence that the word "text" can be found in "texture" and "textiles"? Maybe so. But whether you scribble on background fabric with a permanent pen or make a focal point with 3-D embellished letters, text adds texture to textiles.
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.
I think it's safe to say that most anyone who has ever created something beautiful--from art quilts to knitted scarves to jewelry--has been told, "You should sell these!"
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.