Many quilters who use appliqué, patchwork patterns , or repeated motifs in their art swear by die-cut machines. The machines can save time, make cutting easier on the hands and back (no endless hours with the rotary cutter and mat), and improve accuracy. Die-cutting machines can make cutting fabric...
When some people pass glittering tulle, pastel sheers, sequins and beads, and rows of embroidered trim at the fabric store, they see costumes. Art quilters see stash. In fact, many art quilters have also had a hand in the theatre realm. At some point, they looked at the snips of this and that on their...
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 anyone asks me how to make quilts with free-form, contemporary designs, I often want tell them I can sum it up in two words: trial and error. 'Urban Storefront,' and example of how to make a quilt with improvisation techniques, by Rayna Gillman. That's not entirely true, of course. Most...
The first time I laid eyes on Malka Dubrawsky's quilts a few years back, I sat up and took notice. Now, here was someone who was taking basic patchwork quilt blocks and giving them a fresh and contemporary spin using color and freehand cutting and piecing. Since, then I have seen Malka's work...
12 Jun 2012
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You've heard the old adage "practice makes perfect," right? The same goes for free‑motion stitching. It takes time, patience, and commitment to get those stitches smooth and even, and your quilt motifs to look impeccable. In this free eBook, our most popular, we've added 14 new tips...