5 Free Articles for Creative Quilting: Exploring Quilt Art through Artist Trading Cards, Inchies, Landscape Quilts, and More

Quilt art comes in many forms and is often inspired by the experiences, imagery, and ideas of the artist, rather than a traditional pattern. Sometimes known as art quilting, this form of art is a unique way to express creativity and explore new methods for creating quilts. Although the foundations of quilt art are the same as traditional quilting, many artists now incorporate a variety of processes including stamping, collage, piecing, and other mixed-media techniques into their designs.

In Exploring Quilt Art through Artist Trading Cards, Inchies, Landscape Quilts, and More, we examine the endless opportunities, sizes, and styles for creative quilting. Make a mini quilt in the form of ATCs or inchies to share and treasure. Use memorable locations as the inspiration for landscape quilts or capture your favorite season in art quilts that truly transport you to another place and time. Think outside the box with your material selections, and learn how tea bags create a distinctive element in an art quilt. The possibilities are endless! Download your free art quilting collection and get started creating quilt art today!


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In this free eBook from Quilting Daily, we've gathered five free articles to share the many options you have for creating art quilts. One of the most popular forms of art quilting are mini quilts known as Artist Trading Cards or ATCs. Quilter Janet Ghio helped make these cards popular in her article "I'll Trade Ya!" ATCs are very versatile and can be swapped at events, used in larger art quilts, be a way to practice new techniques, or used to showcase your expertise.

Just when you thought it was safe to throw away the tiniest scraps of fabric, inchies, the tiniest form of quilt art, come along. These super mini quilts can stand alone, be used in swaps similar to ATCs, assembled into a larger art quilt, or be made into a variety of useful items. Normajean Brevik shows you how to make them in her article "Art by the Inchie."

Then, learn how landscape quilts can expand your horizons, and how working from memorable scenes can create art quilts with texture and variation. Finally, join Judy Coates Perez in a mixed-media approach to art quilting using tea bags, stitch, and wildlife motifs to create paper quilts. Enjoy all five articles on art quilting when you download this free eBook from the experts at Quilting Daily!


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Article 1: ATCs (Mini Quilts)

"I'll Trade Ya!" by Janet Ghio

One of the most popular forms of mini quilts are the 2.5" x 3.5" mini works of art, lovingly known as Artist Trading Cards (ATCs). These original works of miniature quilt art, similar in size to baseball cards, are often traded with other artists. These mini quilts have gained worldwide popularity among quilters and many other types of artists. In this article, Janet shows you how to create these tiny gems of quilt art using your choice of materials, themes, and design elements. She also describes a quick way to transform fiber-based ATCs into wearable art pins.

Learn how to make inchies, tiny art quilts that are fun to make and exchange.

Article 2: Inchies (Mini Quilts)

"Art by the Inchie" by Normajean Brevik

Just when you thought it was safe to throw away those itsy-bitsy, too-small scraps of precious fabric, along come a new generation of mini quilts: inchies. These 1" to 1 1/2" fiber squares are tiny bits of quilt art that are embellished to the max. Because of their size, inchies are terrific take-along projects, and like ATCs, are fun to trade with other artists. Learn Normajean's straightforward approach to creating inchies, from creating an entire sheet at once to individually making a tiny work of quilt art.

Learn how to create landscape quilts using a variety of techniques.

Article 3: Landscape Quilts

"Expand Your Horizons: Landscape Techniques" by Joyce R. Becker

Next to the real thing, there is nothing more beautiful than a picturesque scene created with a colorful array of fabrics. Landscape quilts have no turned edges or piecing required, so quilters of all levels can design and create stunning art quilts in a day or two and have a beautiful work of quilt art in no time. In this article, Joyce shares a detailed, step-by-step approach to designing, basting, machine embroidering, and quilting landscape quilts. Her process is so easy that even beginners will feel confident in designing their own raw-edge art quilt.

Create seasonal art quilts with all the possibilities you will discover.

Article 4: Seasonal Creative Quilting

"Autumn Jewels: Capture the Season in Your Art Quilt" by Kirsten Chursinoff

Wonderful possibilities arise when fiber art and art quilting are united with the splendor of the seasons. Autumn is an especially fun time of year to capture in art quilts because you can celebrate with an explosion of color. Kirsten found that Autumn provides endless subject and motif possibilities, and began exploring their use in art quilts. In this article she demonstrates different techniques for creating the elements of the art quilt, from templates and stencils to creating skeletal leaves using water-soluble materials. Follow her entire process to create your own embellished art quilt today using the memories and imagery from your favorite season.

Create paper quilts using unusual materials such as tea bags and printed fabric.

Article 5: Paper Quilts

"Tea & Entomology: A Stitched Paper Quilt" by Judy Coates Perez

Judy has always loved to work with paper and fabric, and found the perfect opportunity for experimenting in a Make It University challenge. As she searched for a direction for the challenge, her eyes were drawn to the dried tea bag sitting next to her cup. Now her mind was alive with possibilities, and she immediately began creating paper quilts using dried tea bags, collage papers, printed fabric, stamps, and more. She lays the entire process out for creating these layered paper quilts, allowing you to follow along step-by-step or jump around to your liking. Expand your horizons using these and other materials to create your own paper quilts.


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