Are you confident in your free-motion embroidery? Or do you just wish your free-motion quilting were more . . . free? Today's guest blogger, Candy Glendening, practices her free-motion motifs in sketchbooks
Many quilt artists dream of designing their own line of fabric. Maybe you constantly doodle designs in your sketchbook, or maybe you've created a pattern in your quilt art that you'd love to see repeated in yardage.
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).
English artist Lucie Summers's fabrics and quilting projects should be familiar to readers of our publications. Her modern quilting techniques, cheerful colors, and contemporary screen print designs with a hint of Scandinavian style stand out from the crowd.
Last Tuesday at our staff's weekly show & tell circle, our newest colleague, Stitch
magazine Assistant Editor Abby Kaufman, showed us a small quilt she's
working on. We were all very impressed with the project, especially as
she is quilting it by hand.
To me, Elin Waterston's art quilts are instantly recognizable. They
almost always feature clean designs with Elin's own brand of creative machine quilting that echoes the quilt's motifs.
Autumn is my favorite time of year, but this year, the colors are
different for me. October is on my radar as "pink month"--the first time
that I support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) as a
breast cancer survivor.
If you've never hand-dyed fabric before, the process can seem intimidating. Yet learning how to dye fabric is not that different from learning how to cook. If you follow the recipe and take simple safety precautions, you will almost always end up with a feast of delicious color.
The Internet has had a profound effect on how the quilting and fiber art communities communicate. Sharing and selling your art, learning about and teaching techniques--it can all be done from your computer.
The feather stitch is one of the most popular free-motion quilting designs. But it can also be one of the most difficult to master. Two quilt artists who have done that are Heather Thomas and Ana Buzzalino, so today I'm sharing their tips with you.
Quilts--the kind you put on a bed--are seen as comforting. But even art quilts, made to hang on a wall, can bring comfort when they are created for a cause.
The popularity of pre-cut fabric packs like jelly rolls has made it easier than ever to put together modern patchwork projects. Pre-cuts are a real time-saver, especially if you're making a full-size patchwork quilt.
I must have dozens of textural novelty yarns that I couldn't resist buying--or taking off of someone else's hands. I use them most often in my prayer flags and nest quilt designs, along with other snippets of fibers.
When anyone asks me how to make quilts with free-form, contemporary designs, I often want tell them I can sum it up in two words: trial and error.