Hand embroidery often has an old-fashioned connotation, especially if you grew up following hand embroidery patterns for cross stitch or hand stitching Bo Peep-like ladies on pillow cases. I love to incorporate vintage hand embroidery pieces in my fiber art, especially prayer flags. They are charming...
Whether you create full-on embroidered quilts or just do a little hand stitching here and there, I bet you a have a favorite stitch or two. Detail of Deborah Boschert's "Verdant Vista" quilt, with hand stitching and machine stitching. I find that the running stitch and back stitch can are...
A note from Vivika: Last year, Quilting Arts editors Rose DeBoer and Kristine Lundblad helped restore a coworker's heirloom handmade quilt that had been damaged seemingly beyond repair. With ingenuity and tiny stitches, Rose and Kristine revived the quilt's beauty and function. Today, I've...
"Quilt as desired." Those directions, often found at the end of a tutorial on making a quilt or a quilted project, can be freeing or frustrating. There are so many quilting techniques to choose from, how do you decide what works best? The echo quilting in this portrait by Maria Elkins helps...
I enjoy raw-edge appliqué for many reasons. It's certainly a faster way of appliqué quilting than hand appliqué and I like the extra texture it brings to my fiber art. For example, when I appliqué leaves and branches onto my nest quilts, the little wisps of thread that...
4 Feb 2013
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When it comes to quilting and sewing a quilt, you have a lot of options. You can choose to use a free-motion motif, add straight lines for a modern appeal, or even use a digitized pattern if your machine has the option. Likewise, there are many options for piecing a quilt. I usually piece my quilts by...
16 Jan 2013
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Every time I think that I am too busy to make any art, I come across an artist who has found a way to fit fiber art into her day — even if it is just a bit of hand sewing . Four of Kathy's "Daily Squares' sewing projects . Kathy Loomis's tiny, everyday sewing projects are the latest...
Echo quilting is a sewing technique that can add lush texture to art quilts. It is one of those quilting techniques that can take some practice and patience to learn, but it's well worth the effort. And a bit easier to do if you know a few tricks of the trade. Nancy G. Cook uses a dense echo quilting...
22 Feb 2012
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I love quilts that have been encrusted with lots of beads, baubles, buttons, found objects...you name it. The more outrageous the embellishment, the better! So I can't wait to share with you our latest ready-to-download eBook, Fine Embellishment Techniques from Quilting Arts : 5 Innovative Ways To...