A listing of art quilting terms, supplies, and techniques you’ll want to know when learning how to make modern art quilts.



ATC – Artist Trading Card

What is an ATC? Get this ATC project by Janet Ghio for free in the art quilt eBook. Artist Trading Cards, (commonly referred to as ATCs), are original miniature works of art, similar in size to baseball cards, that are traded with other artists. An ATC is typically the same size as a regular playing…



Crazy Quilting

Here’s an example of Genevieve’s technique on a crazy quilt block. A crazy quilt has blocks assembled from irregular and sometimes scrap pieces; there is no set pattern or design. This type of quilt pattern was popular during the Victorian period when they were made with silks and velvets and heavily embellished with embroidery. However,…



Needle Felting

An example from Jill Gully on using fibers to create felted fiber art, from Quilting Arts Magazine Winter 2001. Felt comes from a simple process that can be achieved in any kitchen. In the felting process, natural fibers (usually wool) are agitated causing them to come together to produce something wondrous: real felt. If you’re…



Pébéo Acrylic Gel Medium

Examples of what you can do with acrylic gel mediums (like Pébéo gel) from Quilting Arts Magazine Fall 2004 Top-left: Uncolored heavy gel (matte) stenciled on satin. Top-right: Uncolored glass bead gel. Bottom: Pumice mixed with luster/pearl powders and heavy gel (gloss and matte) all stenciled onto dyed cotton poplin. For many creative textile artists,…



Reverse applique

You can find directions for this small reverse appliqué sampler (by Beryl Taylor) that can be left as is, further embellished, or perhaps even inspire a series of work. From Quilting Arts Magazine Dec 2010/Jan 2011 Most everyone is familiar with raw-edge or needle-turn appliqué, but unlike these more conventional types, reverse appliqué can offer…




You can find directions to create shibori fabrics, like this one by Jeannie Palmer Moore, in Quilting Arts Magazine Dec 2011/Jan 2012 This is the Japanese term for many resist-dye textile techniques, commonly translated as shaped resist dyeing (which is not unlike Western tie-dye). Common types include Kanoko (binding), Muira (looped binding; using a hooked…


Shisha Mirrors

A beautiful example of shisha mirrors on fabric, from the tutorial in Quilting Arts Magazine Spring 2002. Shisha Simplified Shisha mirrors are small, round mirrors used to decorate fabric, often a feature of Asian/Indian clothing. Shisha embroidery – almost as old as glass itself – has long adorned the clothing of dignitaries and common folk…


Silk Cocoons

Here, hand-dyed silk cocoons in a variety of colors are ready to be embellished and made into art. Silk cocoons, the purest form of silk, can be stretched and spun into yarn or left whole for collage and other fiber art projects. They can be bought pre-dyed or ready for dyeing and/or hand painting. Often…

Silk Rods

Here’s an example of what a silk rod looks like, also shown are silk cocoons. What are silk rods? Silk rods (known as silk carrier rods) are a byproduct of the process of winding silk from cocoons during the first stage of silk yarn production. The rods are about 4″ to 5″ long and resemble…



Thread Painting

This beautiful work by Anne Eckley was featured in the “Thread Painting” article from Quilting Arts Magazine Winter 2003. Simply put thread painting is using a sewing machine like a paintbrush; free-motion stitching images and designs. It’s such a simple process — all it requires is a sewing machine, fabric or canvas, thread, and patience.…


Transfer Artist Paper (TAP™)

You can find directions for creating transfers like these in “Tapping into Image Transfers” from Quilting Arts Magazine Apr/May 2009 A transfer occurs when you take a photo printed on one surface and move it to another. Transfer Artist Paper™ or TAP™ is the latest technology in iron-on transfer paper. What makes this transfer paper…



Water-soluble stabilizer

Learn how to create pieces like these in this free water-soluble stabilizers tutorial. What is it? Water-soluble stabilizer is a fine polyvinyl fabric feels like very thin plastic. It needs to be doubled in an embroidery hoop to be stitched on, but is ideal for creating lacy patterns. When immersed in hot water, the background…




Here’s a close-up example of Xpandaprint as a three-dimensional element in quilts (quilt by Linda S. Schmidt). So, what is it? Xpandaprint™ is a thick, creamy medium that can be applied with a brush, roller, or sponge. It expands when heated, can be painted, and is non-toxic. You might know it by a different name,…