Few quilting artists have all the time they want for creating fiber art & quilts. But accomplishing more--while still enjoying it and doing a good job--is often a matter of efficiency rather than speed. Here are some ways to work smarter and more efficiently without rushing or taking shortcuts that...
3 Jun 2015
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If I told you to go to your LQS to get some PFD so you could finish your ATC you HSY, would you know what I was talking about? Quilters use many abbreviations to communicate basic quilting terms. Some are practical: you don't want to have to write (or repeat) "half-square triangles" over...
23 Feb 2015
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Spring is such a busy time of year: graduations, wedding showers, barbecues, the end of the school year, and so on. It seems I always need an idea for a quick gift for a teacher, hostess, or guest of honor. That's when my bin of fabric scraps and list of fabric art projects come to the rescue. A...
What is modern quilting? There's no set definition. Typically, though, modern quilts have large fields of solid colors, take an improvisational approach to cutting and piecing, and highlight contemporary commercial fabrics. Modern Mountains Quilt by Krista Fleckenstein. One thing's for certain...
Patchwork Checkerboard, from 101 Patchwork Projects + Quilts With summer approaching and the school year ending, a lot of parents I know are looking for projects to keep their kids busy (and somewhat unplugged) in the coming weeks. This patchwork checkerboard designed by our assistant editor for special...
Designer Kaffe Fassett has said he finds much of his inspiration for his palettes and patterns from books on ethnic textiles and his own worldwide travels. "I follow women in the marketplace to get a look at the pattern on the edge of their skirts or the way they put a flower in their hair,"...