Current Issue

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!

 


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Recent Issues

  • Quilting Arts Magazine, Feb./March 2014

    This issue of Quilting Arts Magazine is all about creating with color. Add color to your quilts with thread and stitch by hand or machine. Be inspired by over 30 gorgeous art quilts. See how cover artist Kate Stiassni uses bold and luscious color in her quilts. Lynn Krawczyk begins a new series, Nurturing Your Creative Self, and shares art-on-the-go ideas.

     

    Enjoy articles on innovative surface design techniques such as digital fabric design by Diane Rusin Doran, soy wax shibori by Susan Purney Mark, and two different styles of painting on fabric with Barbara Warholic and Cheryl Sleboda. Jamie Fingal shares her journey on becoming a fabric designer, Candy Glendening creates a free-motion quilting sampler book, Leslie Tucker Jenison introduces a new way to document your quilts, and more including the results from our "Friendship & Devotion" Reader Challenge.

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  • Quilting Arts Magazine, Dec. 2013/Jan. 2014

    Ring in the new year and jump-start your art with paint, print and stitch with this issue of Quilting Arts.

     

    You'll discover over 25 inspiring art quilts, must-try techniques, project inspiration, and much more. This issue is filled to the brim with ideas to keep you busy--get started today!

     

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  • Quilting Arts Magazine, Oct./Nov. 2013

    In this issue of Quilting Arts® Magazine, we celebrate how quilt artists use their talents and passion to reach out to others. This issue is filled with examples of how artists give back to their communities. Learn about how the International Quilt Festival Pet Postcard Project initiated by Pokey Bolton has raised thousands of dollars for pets in need. Read interviews with Ami Simms of the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative and Berene Campbell who initiated the To Boston with Love project. Jane LaFazio shares her perspective on prayer flags and describes how they are used to show concern for others. And don't miss the new reader challenge, encouraging you to join the prayer flag movement with miniature flags of your own.

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  • Quilting Arts Magazine, Aug./Sept. 2013

    In this issue of Quilting Arts® Magazine, we take a close look at the use of text on quilts. You'll get ideas for adding words to your art quilts, giving new meaning and a deeper understanding to your artistry. This beautiful art form opens limitless typographical outlets and produces eye-catching design elements. You'll be inspired to play with words, letters, phrases, and more. Be daring with your art quilts and try out all the techniques and advice from this issue.

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  • Quilting Arts Magazine, June/July 2013

    Take an art quilting journey with our travel-themed issue full of must-try art techniques. Jamie Fingal shares how an Airstream trailer inspired her to get sketching and quilting. Enjoy working outdoors with Mickey Lawler's painting techniques using sun and sand for unique results, or set up a dyeing work space and try Kathy York's tips for making hand-dyed motifs using wax batik and bleach. Jane LaFazio shows several techniques for incorporating stencils with stitch and paint. Enjoy the undersea creations of Eileen Williams and hand-stitch inspiration from Rita Summers. Martha Sielman shares a gallery of quilts from her book about people and portraits, and she offers insight on creating realistic portraits. Check out our readers' interpretations of the theme "Map It Out" in our Reader Challenge Gallery.

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  • Quilting Arts Magazine, April/May 2013

    Sit down with a cup of your favorite hot beverage and enjoy our coffee or tea themed issue. You'll find a foaming latte among the projects Jeannie Palmer Moore shows in her article about using Tsukineko Inks and colored newspaper transfer in your quilts or explore Connie Fahrion's innovative paper quilts incorporating painted coffee filters. Learn how to  enhance a collage using stitched organza with Leslie Tucker Jenison or paint a shibori forest with Holly McLean. Be inspired by over 30 quilts including works from Kate Themel, Melody Randol, and Studio Art Quilt Associates' "Seasonal Palette" exhibition plus enjoy the results of our "Coffee or Tea?" Reader Challenge.

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  • Quilting Arts Magazine, February/March 2013

    Explore the cutting-edge art of 3-D quilts in Quilting Arts Magazine. This issue is packed with information and ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Spotlight artist Diane Núñez shares the techniques she uses for moving her quilts away from the wall with an innovative system of metal framework. After reading an interview with artist Jill Rumoshosky Werner, learn about how she meets the challenges of working as a conceptual artist. And don’t miss the profile of 3-D and abstract artist Barbara Schulman. In the Minding Your Business column, Jane Dávila explores ways to win commissions for public artwork. Surface-design enthusiasts will love the step-by-step instructions for creating stitched then dyed fabric from Susan Purney Mark and the method for making hot-cut appliqués from Stella Belikiewicz. And don’t miss the tips for creating your own group quilt from the makers of the cover quilt, “Exquisite Journey.” All this, plus a gallery of 10 inspiring 3-D art quilts from the 8 that Create Artists, and an array of charming Artist Trading Cards from our “What’s in Your Heart?” reader challenge.

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  • Quilting Arts Magazine, December 2012/January 2013

    Indulge your passion for fabric and thread in this issue of Quilting Arts. Experiment with stitch, print, dye, and paint and discover ways to develop your own personal imagery. Learn techniques such as collaged imagery with Margaret Applin, piecing with Ann Brauer, itajime dyeing with Jeanne Aird, deconstructed screen printing with Linda McLaughlin, and more! Plus be inspired by the "Sense of Scale" gallery from Studio Art Quilt Associates and the results of our "Staycation" Postcard reader challenge.

     

     

     

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  • Quilting Arts Magazine, October/November 2012

    Join the do-it-yourself movement with ideas and techniques from the contributing artists of Quilting Arts Magazine. Learn a versatile surface design technique from Carolyn T. Abbott to personalized your own fabrics, ways to improve your quilt photography with Maria Elkins, how to dye your own cloth with guidance from Marcia Derse, and even start your own art quilt group with a profile by Lynn Krawczyk of several groups. Plus, enjoy an inspiring gallery of art quilts from the Dinner At Eight Artists and the results of our "What's Your Signature Color?" Reader Challenge plus much more!

     

     

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  • Quilting Arts August/September 2012

    Discovery and creativity abound in the newest issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.  Focused on the art of the embellished quilt, this issue is overflowing with unique applications of beads, paint, ink, felting, and more. Explore profile artist Diane Savona's unique methods of burying embellishments under the surface of her quilts. Learn about the life and whimsical work of quilting pioneer Therese May. Hand stitching and machine felting are combined in Liz Kettle's fun and funky ruffled wool cuffs. We shine the spotlight on the beaded quilts and hand stitched artistry of Lisa Binkley. For those who use digital technology, check out Margaret Applin's article using Photoshop, and Jennifer Rapacki's comparison of prepared inkjet fabric sheets. All this and more than 30 gorgeous quilts for your inspiration!

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  • Quilting Arts June/July 2012

    Our “Staycation” issue is full of fresh and innovative techniques, including creating hand-dyed fabric, surface design, and machine quilting. Enjoy inspiring work from our talented readers, an exhibit from the QUILTART group, and much more!

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  • Quilting Arts April/May 2012

    Indulge your passion for color in the newest issue of Quilting Arts Magazine. Create colorful cloth with stencils, rubbing plates, crayons, dye, and paint. Stitch together bright and bold scraps to make a unique canvas for embellishment, learn the modern quilting technique of perfect quilted circles, and so much more. This issue is overflowing with gorgeous color and creative ideas from cover to cover!
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  • Quilting Arts February/March 2012

    Celebrate art quilt collaboration in the newest issue of Quilting Arts. Learn about the award-winning Coastal Quilt Artists, a husband and wife quilting team, and the Twelve by Twelve challenge group. Create stitched fiber photographs, make a monoprinted art quilt, and construct an artful and embellished fabric house. Plus all the latest art quilting techniques including how to create surfaces for stitch and remove color from fabric. Enjoy a gallery of inspiring art quilts and the results from the Quilting Arts Fabric Swap.  

     

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  • Quilting Arts December 2011/January 2012

     

    Quilting Arts has gone wild with our animal kingdom issue. Create stitched pet portraits, make a reptile raw-edge appliqué collage, and view a gallery of pet quilts from the Quilting Arts 2012 calendar contest. Don't miss articles on the latest art quilting techniques, including tips to create intense art cloth with surface design, an easy method to dye shibori fabrics, and an exploration of free-style free-motion quilting. Enjoy a profile on award-winning art quilter Sheila Frampton-Cooper and a gallery of humorous art quilts from the Quilting Arts "Greatest Pet Peeve" reader challenge. Plus so much more!

     

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