Mother's Day is just a few weeks away. If your mom sews, quilts, or just likes to receive quilted gifts from you (of course she does!), then you will love these free patterns, downloads, and projects to make easy handmade gifts.
There is something deeply satisfying about taking one's time to work on a project that will honor the art and the maker, and last a lifetime. On the other hand, there is something to be said for finishing a quilt.
Scraps, scraps, scraps! If you create fiber art, fabric scraps are a way of life. Too pretty (or expensive) to throw away, too many to keep contained. They must be good for something!
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.
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.
Our family time was lots of fun and by the end of the week I had also finished a few UFOs, a quick quilt or two, and several small quilting projects to give as gifts.
Here's a fun and easy way to enjoy see your artistic friends, enjoy some delicious treats, and get some gift-making done in the process. First, choose easy gifts to make with a group.
For some prolific quilt artists, inspiration just seems to flow. But I can guarantee you that everyone--even artists who churn out art quilts left and right--eventually experiences a creative block.
Do you long to make a quilt but don't know where to start? Or do you have a friend who could lessons on quilting for beginners? We have the perfect starter's guide, and it includes free quilt patterns for beginners!
Whether you want to use up bits of this and that in your studio, experiment with a new supply or technique, practice your free-motion stitching, or you're just looking for something fun to quilt in a day, fabric postcards make great small quilting projects.
This week's free fabric giveaway is a stack of fat quarters called Surrounded by Love by Deb Strain for Moda. I can think of certain new graduates, expectant moms, and brides-to-be who would love quilt gifts made from this fabric.
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.
Sometimes, machine quilting plays a supporting role to color, fabric, and surface design on a quilt. Other times, free-motion quilting is the star.
In keeping with my goal this year of making art every day, I'm keeping my eye out for quick sewing and quilting projects.
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).