What is modern quilting? There's no set definition. Typically, though, modern quilts have large fields of solid colors, take an improvisational approach to cutting and piecing, and highlight contemporary commercial fabrics.
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.
Fall has definitely arrived here in New England. Time to haul out the patchwork comforters, haul in the firewood, and make sure there are plenty of cocoa fixings in the cupboard.
Many people ask me for beginning quilting
projects. When you are learning how to quilt, often it's best to start
with a easy sewing project that has quilted or patchwork element, like
coasters, place mats, or a little bag.
What's black and white and fun all over? One of Jamie Fingal's quilts. Jamie considers herself a rebel quilter, saying "no" to batting, bindings, pins, and rules
When you're looking for a quick sewing project for your home or a gift, a pillow is the perfect solution. Whether you make a simple pillow cover from scratch or purchase a plain one, you can add a personal creative touch with a variety of embellishment techniques.
One of the recent trends that seems to have come out of nowhere is the popularity of English paper piecing patterns. They're everywhere you look!
Whether simply stitched or pieced and quilted, bag patterns come in many varieties. Once you find a couple of favorites, you can change the look and style just by changing the fabrics and embellishments.
A few years ago I made a series of quilted fabric collage pet portraits on commission. I enjoyed making these quilts immensely, even though they were labor-intensive.
flowers lend beauty and texture to a piece of fiber art, but they are
not easily accomplished. When I saw Barb Forrister's demonstration of
how to make realistic looking flowers with a combination of machine
embroidery and surface design techniques, however, I was intrigued and
wanted to share the process with you.
I enjoy raw-edge appliqué for many reasons. It's certainly a faster way of appliqué quilting than than hand appliqué and I like the extra texture it brings to my fiber art.
In this free eBook, Sewing Techniques for Quilters: 5 Free Articles on How to Sew a Quilt Including a Sewing Tutorial on English Paper Piecing, we give you four options for how to sew a quilt from expert quilt artists, plus a basic guide to sewing machine techniques, including a quick reference guide to basic tools and terms.
Our foremothers knew how to make a quilt using only what they had, from scraps of fabric to natural dyes. But, quilt making the frugal and eco-friendly way was easier for them:
Right now, I'm looking for quick quilting projects to make. Running through the file of quilting ideas I keep in my head, I remembered these sweet little free-motion stitched stockings by Diane Rusin Doran from Quilting Arts Gifts 2011.
When I first laid eyes on Dijanne Cevaal's "Blue Travelers' Blanket," a rich example of appliqué quilting, I fell in love with it.