Today is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., a day when we gather with family and friends, stuff ourselves with traditional foods (or their vegetarian, gluten-free, low-sodium versions), and reflect on what we are thankful for. Some of us also watch football. Our entire Quilting Arts family feels especially...
26 Nov 2014
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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). But most quilting artists prefer to use one of a number of stitching motifs. Samples...
The sewing needle is the fiber artist's pencil: you're simply drawing with thread. When you hand stitch, you can guide the direction of the thread to make a design. And when you lower the feed dogs on your sewing machine, you can stitch in any direction, too. In The Art of Thread Sketching: Free...
One of the joys and privileges of working on Quilting Arts Magazine is that I get to talk to a wide variety of quilt artists and find out what makes them tick. 'Masked Self-Portrait,' 24½ " x 19", quilt art by Kate Themel. In the April/May issue of Quilting Arts I have an interview...
If you've wanted to learn how to quilt but didn't know where to begin or didn't want to take on a big project, our new free downloadable eBook, Quilting for Beginners: 5 Easy Quilt Patterns Plus Lessons on How to Quilt for Beginners , is for you! This eBook offers you basic quilting techniques...
We're just a week away from the deadline of our current reader challenge , "From Sketch to Art Quilt," and I can't wait to see the results from our talented readers. (You still have time to submit!) "Squirrely Treasures" by Cami A. Weaver I entered my first reader challenge...
7 Mar 2012
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Helen and I joke around on the "QATV" while tech guru Alan tries to adjust her microphone. Last week, my colleague, friend, and co-conspirator Helen Gregory took over the reins as Editorial Director for Interweave's Quilt, Paper, and Sewing Group. Many of you know Helen from working the...
Quilt making doesn't have to be complex, with hours of cutting, piecing, and sewing tiny seams. In this free eBook, How to Quilt: 4 Free Projects to Learn How to Make a Quilt , you'll learn how to quilt using fabric scraps, craft-store flowers, a fish, and canvas and paint. At the same time,...
23 Jun 2011
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Is there such a thing as too much texture? I don't think so! Texture is what we art quilters are all about. Texture is what excites the quilt artist and it's what entices the art quilt viewer to come up and take a closer look. Plus, adding more texture to our quilts gives us a great excuse to...