Looking back over the last 12 months, I'd have to say that portraiture was a big trend in modern and creative quilting . From pixel quilts made of tiny fabric squares to mixed-media quilts that enhanced fabric with paint or colored pencil, quilt artists made a lot of faces. Judging by what I've...
31 Dec 2014
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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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Thread sketching can add lots of texture and movement to your quilts. But as anyone who has tried it knows--if you don't stabilize your work, your fabric will draw up and pull out of shape. In her thread sketching tutorial series in Quilting Arts, Susan Brubaker Knapp has addressed this issue: Stabilizing...
I love the soft shimmer of metal embellishment on a quilted surface. Just a touch of metal can act as an elegant focal point. An all-over quilting pattern of metallic thread, couched wire, or foil can add texture and make the quilt seem to glow from within. Two fiber artists who are renowned for their...
I’m sure many of you did a double take when you saw the cover of the December 2009/January 2010 issue of Quilting Arts . The quilt, “My Buddy and Me,” by Barbara McKie (featured in the exhibit “SAQA@20: Art and Excellence”), is so vivid and lifelike, it’s easy to imagine...