Quilting Arts Magazine, April/May 2014

This issue of Quilting Arts explores a variety of techniques for creating portraits in cloth, and offers tips for both the beginner and experienced fiber artist.

If you enjoy sketching or painting your subjects first, you might try the techniques described by Sharon Hendry in our Off the Page series. Pauline Salzman, known for creating pet portraits, shares her easy technique using a photograph as a guide for people portraits. And for all of those thread sketching and machine quilting enthusiasts, Melissa Averinos demonstrates how to use a sewing machine as a drawing tool.

For your inspiration enjoy the extraordinary portrait work of Deborah Hyde, Sandra Bruce, and Cindy Hickok; a gallery of quilts from the SAQA exhibit, Text Messages; an interview with Ann Johnston; results from the "Fly Your Flag" Prayer Flag Reader Challenge and more!






"Wishful Thinking" by Deborah Hyde


View more artwork by Melissa Averinos, Deborah Hyde, and Pauline Salzman.

Additional prayer flags from the "Fly Your Flag" Reader Challenge are also online.

Check out the latest Call for Entries listing from around the world.

Check out the latest digital media products from Quilting Arts.

Learn about the newest Quilting Arts reader challenge.


Artist Profile: Deborah Hyde
Jane Dávila

In the Spotlight
Cindy Hickok

Q&A with Ann Johnston
Vivika Hansen DeNegre

Gallery: SAQA Exhibit, Text Messages
Introduction by Georgianne Kandler

In the Spotlight
Sandra Bruce

'Fly Your Flag'
Results from the Prayer Flags Reader Challenge


Thread portrait by Melissa Averinos



Editor's Note

It's Your Turn

Call for Submissions

About Our Contributors

Reader Challenge Announcement:
Opposites Attract

Media We Like


Classifieds and Ad Index

Goddess of the Last Minute
Robbi Joy Eklow



"Alice" by Pauline Salzman



Simple Portraits in Thread
Melissa Averinos
Using your sewing machine as a drawing tool

Off the Page: Sketchbook Keeping for Textile Artists
Sharon Hendry
From sketch to stitch, from head to toe

Nurturing Your Creative Self
Lynn Krawczyk
Embracing mistakes

Portrait Quilts Made Easy          
Pauline Salzman

Die-Cut Trapunto
Ebony Love

Thread Sketching for Beginners
Susan Brubaker Knapp
Yes, you can!

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