ATC (Artist Trading Card)

What is an ATC?

Artist Trading Cards by Janet Ghio from the Free Quilt Art Download
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 card—2.5" x 3.5"—and is mounted on heavy card stock. The face of the card can be stamped, painted, collaged, beaded, stitched—anything goes.

ATCs have gained worldwide popularity among many different types of artists including printmakers, collage artists, stampers, even fiber artists. Often artist groups will host swaps where each artist makes a certain number of ATCs, depending upon the number of participants. In turn, each artist receives an ATC from all the other contributors—a wonderful way to network and expose artists to different styles of art.

Excerpt from "I'll Trade Ya" by Janey Ghio from Quilting Arts Magazine Spring 2004

The History of Artist Trading Cards

The trading card started out as a “trade” (as in commerce) card, an advertisement for goods or services, or as an enticing premium in tobacco pouches or cigarette boxes. While some premiums were actual cards, others were printed on silk.

Quilting Arts, Winter 2004: Digital Edition
A historical example of ATCs, from the "Finding a Way to the ATC"
article in Quilting Arts Magazine Winter 2004

The introduction of colorful trade cards at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia was a huge innovation in advertising. Prior to 1876, advertising was most often in black and white and consisted of cards, handbills, posters, and fliers. But the people of that time were madly in love with the chromolithographic process, which permitted high detail and rich color. Nearly everyone could and did have a “chromo” art print on their walls. The process was also used for printed scrap and album cards, another Victorian collecting passion. Advertisers took note.

But when did the modest trading card become the Artist Trading Card? It was 1988, and the place was the Calgary Olympic Winter Games. Swiss artist M. Vanci Stirnemann was visiting fellow artist Don Mabie during that time and they found that, besides the arts, they shared a common interest in hockey. Mabie revealed that he collected hockey cards. Soon Stirnemann himself was collecting, enjoying sitting at tables swapping cards and ideas with other fans and artists.

Later, he wanted to document his time as an artist in residence in Calgary, and the card format seemed best suited to his purpose. In 1997 he held a show in Zurich where he displayed more than a thousand of his cards, each hand made. Mabie remembers them as “…pencil drawings, watercolors, rubberstamp works, and text works done on an old-fashioned typewriter.” None of the cards at the show was offered for sale, but Stirnemann did offer to trade them for similar works by other artists and visitors.

One of the best aspects of ATCs is that to make and trade them, you don’t have to be “an artist,” a title some people feel shy taking on. The ATC is small and inviting, and very versatile. You can use a technique you are hugely confident in. You can try something you are a little afraid of. The cards can be highly detailed, or decidedly simple. And when it is time to take your creativity out to play with others, you can find a “meet-up” or a trading session in just about any part of the world via the Internet.

Excerpt from "Finding a Way to the ATC" by Deborah P. Abramovitz from Quilting Arts Magazine Winter 2004


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  • Art quilts are not just for hanging on the wall. Contemporary quilting can be found all around the house. We begin with guest artist Sue Bleiweiss as she adds a touch of whimsy to your table with a house-themed table runner. Then, meet Cheryl Sleboda
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  • Quilts--the kind you put on a bed--are seen as comforting. But even art quilts , made to hang on a wall, can bring comfort when they are created for a cause.
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  • In my book, there are few fiber art projects that can't be improved with a little hand embroidery . Hand stitches add interest, texture, and the personal touch of the artist.
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  • The popularity of pre-cut fabric packs like jelly rolls has made it easier than ever to put together modern patchwork projects . Pre-cuts are a real time-saver, especially if you're making a full-size patchwork quilt.
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  • In this 11th volume of Quilting Arts in Stitches , you'll be entranced by an assortment of photo-inspired articles for your enjoyment and education, stunning art quilts by fellow quilt enthusiasts , innovative techniques that will transform your own quilt projects, and so much more. Get all this
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  • I must have dozens of textural novelty yarns that I couldn't resist buying--or taking off of someone else's hands. I use them most often in my prayer flags and nest quilt designs , along with other snippets of fibers.
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  • Shells hold a particular fascination for many fiber and mixed-media artists. You can use found shells to embellish an art quilt. Or the colors, textures, patterns, and matte or iridescent surfaces of shells can be interpreted in fabric, surface design, beadwork, and fibers.
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  • In this issue of Quilting Arts® Magazine, we take a close look at the use of text on quilts. You'll get ideas for adding words to your art quilts, giving new meaning and a deeper understanding to your artistry. This beautiful art form opens limitless typographical outlets and produces eye-catching
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  • This summer has hardly begun, and it's already been a busy one for my family: graduation, a college orientation trip, camp drop-offs, and even a few hours of gardening.
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  • So often when we approach a quilting project, we focus on the fabric. But thread art --from the color choice to the free-motion quilting or thread sketching--is also a key design element.
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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.
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  • I have never been one to get excited about car trips. Although I have great memories of family vacations up and down the East coast, I also remember being stuck in the back seat of a hot car, wedged between my brother and sister, as my parents negotiated unfamiliar roads and last minute detours. I always
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  • Want to stay cool with a hot surface design technique this summer? Learn How to Dye Fabric with Ice from expert Lynda Heines.
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  • In the April/May 2013 issue of Quilting Arts , we challenged our readers to create a 10" x 10" art quilt based on the word "Passages." Over 125 readers were moved to make a quilt for the challenge. We were touched by the artistry,
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  • So many factors go into your art quilt's design. Fabric selection, design principles, and the appeal of the focal point-especially with a pictorial or landscape quilt-are all important factors that can make or break an art quilt.
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  • What are your favorite color combinations for quilt art and surface design ? I particularly love the combination of hot pink with orange and turquoise. Or red, yellow, and orange together. And then there are the sun-washed combinations of yellow, blue, and green.
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  • A few years ago I made a series of quilted fabric collage pet portraits on commission. I enjoyed making these quilts immensely, even though they were labor-intensive.
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  • Where do you find inspiration for your quilt designs? Many quilt artists, like our June/July 2013 cover artist Jamie Fingal, record inspiration and plan out their quilt designs in a sketchbook.
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  • In the April/May 2013 issue of Quilting Arts , we challenged our readers to create a 10" x 10" art quilt based on the word "Passages." Have you sent in your entry? If not, there's still time but hurry! Australian artist Rita Summers
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  • A quilt that is going to be used and washed needs a proper binding to keep it together. But with quilt art that hangs on a wall (such as mini-quilts) or is meant for other artistic purposes (such as artist trading cards, inchies, etc.), your options are wide open.
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  • Printing on fabric is one of the easiest ways to create your own unique textiles. In our free eBook, Techniques For Printing on Fabric: Free Tutorials for DIY Screen Printing, Monoprinting and More , you'll learn how to make a silk screen, how to screen printing, gelatin and collograph monoprinting
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  • Do you know the difference between tulle and mesh? Organza and chiffon? Sheer fabrics can be a sheer delight in your fiber art. But there are special tricks and tips to selcting and stitching sheer materials in fabric collage.
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  • Of all the embellishment techniques you've used in your quilting, have you ever tried laminated imagery? I know I haven't. But when Stella Belikiewicz submitted her tutorial for using lamination to embellish her art quilts, we were captivated by the results.
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  • When you make a quilt, at some point you will have to consider the quilt binding . You may opt for an elaborate binding that makes an impact on the overall design, a simple and subtle binding, or no binding at all.
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  • Good news, we have extended our submissions deadline for International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene to May 20 and we'd love to hear from you! International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene is our annual issue of fresh ideas for today's quilter, including
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  • Take an art quilting journey with our travel-themed issue full of must-try art techniques. Jamie Fingal shares how an Airstream trailer inspired her to get sketching and quilting. Enjoy working outdoors with Mickey Lawler's painting techniques using sun and sand for unique results, or set up a dyeing
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  • Fiber artist Deborah Boschert loves to include unexpected and surprising materials in her fabric collages-window screening, telephone cording, paint chips-it's all fodder for her fabric art.
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  • In The Art of Thread Sketching: Free Thread Drawing and Thread Painting Techniques , five quilt artists show you how to turn machine stitching into drawings with thread. Depending on the style and density of the stitching, thread sketching and thread painting can stand on its own or be combined with
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  • I'm an equal-opportunity fabric monger: I drool just as much over hand surface-designed fabrics. I gobble up every new technique and have even tried some fabric stamping , ice dyeing, resist dyeing, and fabric painting. I love it.
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  • What's the best way to see your quilt or project in the pages of Modern Patchwork or International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene ? Submit your work to us! Modern Patchwork is our semiannual special issue focused on fresh and contemporary projects in
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  • One of the most fun aspects of working on Modern Patchwork magazine is poring over all the contemporary fabric collections we review. Collections are released throughout the year, but spring is an especially inspiring time to shop for new fabrics.
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  • My mother used to say to me, "Patience is a virtue." And I used to respond, "Why?" I am not a naturally patient person, and while I now understand the value of this virtue, I still like to skip to the "fun parts" whenever possible.
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  • Here's a little exercise that gives you a chance to flex your mixed-media stitch muscles and produce a little piece of fabric art .
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  • I'm a sucker for bag and purse patterns. If they feature appliqué hexagons or are made with a fun, contemporary fabric, so much the better.
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  • Recently, I was looking through pictures of bird art I've made over the years. After the winter we've had, just seeing this bird building its nest on the flowering apple branch makes me happy! Spring has arrived (by the calendar, at least) with coming soon, and that means that even if it snows
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  • Calling all quilters and fiber artists! The deadline for submitting to Quilting Arts Gifts has been extended to Tuesday, April 2nd !
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  • Who doesn't love a quick and clever patchwork project, especially if the combination of fabrics and design practically guarantee the project will brighten your day?
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  • Sit down with a cup of your favorite hot beverage and enjoy our coffee or tea themed issue. You'll find a foaming latte among the projects Jeannie Palmer Moore shows in her article about using Tsukineko Inks and colored newspaper transfer in your quilts or explore Connie Fahrion's innovative
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  • Are you thinking of turning your art into a business? Do you have an art business but aren't sure how to spread the word? Do you want to use social media to promote you art, but aren't sure how to go about it?
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  • In the February/March 2013 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine , we introduced our latest reader challenge, "Text Me!", encouraging you to make a quilt about how text inspires you. There is still time to submit your creation--the deadline is Friday
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  • Where I live in New England, it gets dark at about 4:30 p.m. in the depths of winter. So when Daylight Savings Time kicks in and the snow banks start to melt, I'm itching to get outside and do some fabric painting and dyeing.
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  • QuiltCon, the quilt show and convention presented by The Modern Quilt Guild last month was energetic and fun in so many ways. A real celebration of the art of quilting .
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  • Here at Quilting Daily, we like to think ahead. That's why we're already planning our next issue of Quilting Arts Gifts , a special annual issue devoted to the art of holiday gift-giving. And we want you to contribute!
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  • In the April/May issue of Quilting Arts I have an interview with artist Kate Themel, and I'm so excited by her painterly machine quilting and our conversation, I decided to give you a sneak peek.
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  • I've been playing with screen printing for fiber art a lot lately, in preparation for a surprise the Quilting Arts team has in store for you. (Trust me, you will love it.)
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  • I have some news I think you're just going to love: Quilting Daily is hosting its first live online seminar Thursday February 28, Enhance your Quilting with Surface Design Techniques: Creating Brushes in Photoshop Elements , with talented mixed-media fiber artist Margaret Applin.
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  • The day has arrived to announce the Havel's/Fingal/Quilting Arts giveaway package winners. It was so hard to pick from all your wonderful comments, so I used a random number generator.
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  • About three years ago my friend Linda got me hooked on Pojagi. Ever since she told me about this beautiful Korean form of patchwork quilting , I've been experimenting with it
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  • If you like to cut and fuse fabric, this giveaway is for you! If you're a regular reader of Quilting Arts , and of course I hope you are, you may recall Jamie Fingal's "Out of the Toolbox" article in the October/November 2012 issue .
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  • In addition to live music, great food, a hip downtown, and an energizing Texas vibe, Austin will add one more credential to its impressive resume: home of QuiltCon! A basket of goodies similar to this one--worth over $500!--will be raffled at QuiltCon
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  • If you want to give your art quilts or fiber art a unique design, one of the easiest ways is with fabric painting and surface design techniques. And one of the simplest ways to apply fabric paints or inks in a unique way is with monoprinting.
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  • Words have captivated humans since the dawn of the alphabet. Who has not been inspired by a Shakespearian soliloquy, riveted by a newspaper headline, petrified by a Stephen King novel, or touched by a child's first written word? Generations of artists
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  • The modern quilt aesthetic has many elements that identify its style and we'll take a look at a few of them today. We begin with Penny McMorris and Anne Marie Chany, and a project that interprets modern quilts and offers a design challenge. Then,
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  • The lines keep blurring between types of design. Design trends evolve and elements of traditional quilting find their place in modern design, and art quilting influences some very traditional looks. On today's show the two styles meet with great results
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  • On QA TV we've always taken a contemporary approach to quilting. But did you know there is an entire movement known as modern quilting? It's a new aesthetic with clean lines and a graphic style all its own. On today's show we'll be exploring
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  • This morning, while the Quilting Arts team reviewed the projects we have for this year's issue of Modern Patchwork magazine, we noticed we have several patchwork pillows.
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  • Did you know I have a crystal ball? Oh yes! It's heavily embellished and gives me insight into what you can expect to see in creative quilting during the coming year. Detail of "Tranquil Marsh-Wild Iris" by Elena Stokes. (Photo by Elena
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  • Have you ever dressed to match your quilt? Accidentally or on purpose? My quilt and I match! Here at Interweave, the teams of Quilting Arts , Stitch , and Cloth Paper Scissors magazines take a few moments out each week to gather together for Show and
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  • A lot of contemporary art quilters swear by fusing their fabric art . But if you've had a bad experience with fusing, maybe you just swear.
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  • Our foremothers knew how to make a quilt using only what they had, from scraps of fabric to natural dyes. But, quilt making the frugal and eco-friendly way was easier for them:
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  • Explore the cutting-edge art of 3-D quilts in Quilting Arts Magazine . This issue is packed with information and ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Spotlight artist Diane Núñez shares the techniques she uses for moving her quilts away from the wall with an innovative system of metal
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  • Clean lines and contemporary versions of traditional quilt patterns are the hallmarks of modern quilting designs . And while many modern-style quilters like to use simple, straight quilting patterns, others like to use the wide-open fields of solid fabric to display a variety of quilting motifs.
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  • In the coming year, I hope to spend more time focused on the things I am most passionate about, and my family and my creative pursuits top the list. Maybe I'll even combine the two, making a photo quilt !
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  • Judging by the comments on the Quilting Daily Facebook page, a lot of you received fabric and new quilting gadgets for Christmas — perhaps even a new sewing machine? If you're like me, you're now itching to use those new goodies in quilting projects .
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  • Whether or not you are celebrating Christmas, I hope you will think about setting aside some time — today or in the New Year — to think about one special gift: your ability to create art quilts and other fiber art. Is 2013 the year you will to bring your quilt art to a wider audience?
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  • So many of you have told me that you learned how to quilt — or at least how to sew — at a young age. While passing on the tradition of how to make quilts went by the wayside for a couple of decades, recently quilting lessons had seen a resurgence, and many young people are signing up for
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  • Kit Robinson is a passionate quilter whose work reflects her love of color and nature. Though many of the quilts she creates reflect the beauty of the landscapes near her Colorado home, she also has a number of thought-provoking pieces that express her political views. Kit was kind enough to take the
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  • Recently, I shared Marcia Derse's tips for making your own fabric stamps for resist dyeing . The way that Marcia came to surface design and incorporates fabric painting and dyeing techniques into her quilt art fascinates me so much, I thought I'd give you some insight into her thought process
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  • We'll never see another date like 12-12-12 in our lifetime, so we're celebrating with a special sale featuring 12 top products from the Quilting Daily Shop at a very special price: $12.12.
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  • When making quilt art , whether you're creating artist trading cards (ATCs), mini quilts, or a larger wall quilt, there are certain tricks that can help you achieve a balanced and pleasing design.
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  • Modern quilting , with its bold new contemporary style marked by graphic designs made from bright fabrics, is attracting young and old, new and experienced quilters.
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  • When I first laid eyes on Dijanne Cevaal's "Blue Travelers' Blanket," a rich example of appliqué quilting , I fell in love with it.
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  • Art quilting can be an expensive hobby. A good-quality sewing machine, specialty threads, and stacks and stacks of fat quarters, are just the beginning. It always seems like there's some new gadget, tool, or surface-design supply I absolutely must have.
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  • On this Cyber Monday, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite digital products from the Quilting Daily Shop. If I didn't already have these inspirational and educational sources of quilting and surface design techniques, they would be tops on my wish list.
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  • How did you learn to quilt ? In my family, the women passed down needlecraft techniques like sewing, embroidery, knitting, and quilting.
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  • Indulge your passion for fabric and thread in this issue of Quilting Arts. Experiment with stitch, print, dye, and paint and discover ways to develop your own personal imagery. Learn techniques such as collaged imagery with Margaret Applin, piecing with Ann Brauer, itajime dyeing with Jeanne Aird, deconstructed
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  • Did you ever have one of those quilts that was almos t finished, but just needed a little something ? A little sparkle, a little more texture, a little oomph to catch the eye? Chances are, what the quilt needed was some embellishment.
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  • Though we here at Quilting Arts are always looking to the future for the newest techniques and the most talented up-and-coming art quilters, I thought it would be a fun ode to Fall to take another look at some of the autumn-inspired art quilts from past Fall issues of Quilting Arts Magazine . So put
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  • Ever since 2009, artists Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison have curated an annual juried invitational exhibit for a group of artists they call Dinner at Eight. This year's exhibit, with the theme "Rituals," debuted at the 2012 International Quilt Festival in Long Beach, California
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  • When I saw Lynn Krawczyk's Wishing Owl plushies in International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene magazine last fall, I knew I had to make some of my own. Encouraged by her suggestion to jazz them up in your own way, I gave mine patchwork bodies made from vintage feed sack fabrics.
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  • Quilting Arts Magazine and Quilts, Inc. are proud to bring you the fourth annual edition of International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene ! With this latest issue, you will capture the best of the contemporary quilt world in a super-sized 148-page special issue. Discover incredible features including: •
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  • We can't help noticing: the only thing that gets quilters going more than fabric and thread is a dose of their favorite morning beverage. Some can't function before pouring a mug of Joe. Others don't feel complete without breathing in the
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  • Like many, my mornings could not begin without a cup of coffee or two. OK, usually three. It is a routine, a ritual that I do automatically, always the same way. It starts my day with structure and familiarity. Atomic Coffee Break by bofogray Later, I
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  • Every Tuesday, the teams from Quilting Arts , Cloth Paper Scissors , and Stitch magazines gather in the common area of our office space for show and tell. Each week, we ooh and aah over projects big and small-from handmade quilts to encaustic experiments to toss pillow covers.
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  • It seems to me that the one constant on which we can rely in this world of technology is change. Just when I feel comfortable with a new piece of software or the latest digital platform, something changes.
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  • Maybe the most important lesson I've learned from Rayna is that rules and perfection are overrated — at least when it comes to surface design and art quilting. In fact, I think it's her laid-back attitude, coupled with a keen eye for color and design, that makes her such a brilliant artist
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  • Put this in the category of "Why didn't I think of that?" A few weeks ago, Assistant Editor Kristine Lundblad came up with a terrific way to solve a problem we have at Quilting Arts .
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  • Digital imagery and products like digital ground make it easier than ever to print on fabric and create photo quilts . One artist who continually experiments with how to make a photo quilt is Wen Redmond.
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  • Join the do-it-yourself movement with ideas and techniques from the contributing artists of Quilting Arts Magazine. Learn a versatile surface design technique from Carolyn T. Abbott to personalized your own fabrics, ways to improve your quilt photography with Maria Elkins, how to dye your own cloth with
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  • Are you a hopeless romantic or a fool for poetry? Have you kept the love letters of your youth tucked in the corner of a lavender-scented shoe box? Has your idea of love and romance been shaped by a particularly juicy novel or a Hollywood heart-throb? The editorial team at Quilting Arts wants to know
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  • I am a hopeless romantic. My knight in shining armor is one, too. Every day, we show each other what's in our hearts with notes, texts, photos, and other tokens of affection. ATC by Pat Hobbs Well, you can show us "What's in Your Heart"
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  • I always love to hear how people began quilting. Did they make their first patchwork quilt at their grandmother's knee? Did they get bored and take a class that led to a passion? Did a friend drag them to a quilt show, and they were hooked?
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  • You asked and we delivered! Starting today you can download Quilting Arts In Stitches volume 7 for your PC and Mac desktop computers, as well as for your iPad . We've arranged a fun tour of the blogs of some of the participating artists, so follow along and discover some fabulous art.
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  • One of the differences between art quilting and traditional quilting as that in art quilting, thread is almost always part of the design. The choice of thread in machine embroidery , in particular, can affect the look of the quilt.
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  • In this new downloadable eBook from Quilting Daily, 4 Free Patterns for Quilted Table Linens including Quilted Placemats, Napkins, and Quilted Table Runners , you'll find projects that will help you set an artful table.
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  • Today's the day! Thank you so much to everyone who "liked" our Quilting Daily Facebook page and participated in our Sew Steady Table giveaway contest. We hope you'll continute to join in on the discussons we have there and learn about
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  • Sometimes fiber art is for art's sake: the joy of creating with color and texture. Sometimes, though, we imbue our artwork with meaning: memory quilts to honor a loved one's passing, journal quilts that recall special-and ordinary-days, story quilts that tell the world how you feel about an issue
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  • As a woman with a job, teens and pre-teens living under my roof, a husband I like to spend time with, a large extended family, and a long commute, I don't have much opportunity to be spontaneous. Even my art quilting is often pre-determined, as I try to complete long-promised gifts or projects for
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  • Discovery and creativity abound in the newest issue of Quilting Arts Magazine. Focused on the art of the embellished quilt, this issue is overflowing with unique applications of beads, paint, ink, felting, and more. Explore profile artist Diane Savona's unique methods of burying embellishments under
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  • I may have mentioned that binding a quilt is my least favorite part of the quilt-making process. But I've realized that if I'm going to reduce the number of UFOs in my studio, I'm going to have to learn how to bind a quilt in a way that I enjoy.
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  • What could be better than sea breezes and New England cottage gardens? Fabric with sea and floral motifs, of course! I have two rolls of Moda fabric, and I'm giving them away to two lucky commenters. Summers in New England are pretty idyllic. With
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  • Stitch Technical Editor Mary Walter has a long history with quilt art including running a quilt shop, teaching classes, and judging contests. Here, she shares one of her own projects that includes art quilting techniques that create dimension.
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  • There are so many beautiful fabrics and fibers in the world, why limit yourself to making quilts with them? No reason at all! Especially when you have this free eBook, Textile Art Techniques for Quilters: 5 Free Fiber Art and Fabric Art Projects .
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  • Last week I was at a photo shoot with Quilting Arts Editor Vivika DeNegre and Art Director Larissa Davis at the studio of photographer Larry Stein. What a fabulous experience! Larry, right, sits at the computer while Dan and Larissa style a shot in the
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  • A note from Vivika: Today our topic is mixing fiber art with wet media (specifically watercolor) to use in surface design . So, I called in my mixed-media colleague Cate Prato, Editor of Cloth Paper Scissors Today , to serve as guest blogger. Take it away, Cate!
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  • Fiber artist Cynthia St. Charles, a former first-grade teacher, has this gift. Watching her demonstrate how to design your own quilt using hand-carved printing blocks, I was so impressed by her ability to explain the process clearly, artist to artist.
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  • Now that you've dyed a spectacular piece(s) of multi-colored fabric , it's time to show it off. What better way than to make a one-of-a-kind Sketchbook? Featuring a piece of multicolor fabric with a thread-sketched abstract mum design on the cover, this cover holds a 7" x 10" coil-bound
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  • What does "modern quilting" mean? There are a lot of opinions on what modern quilting is — and isn't. But one thing's for sure, modern patchwork quilting is hot right now.
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  • The editorial team at Quilting Arts Magazine ® is inviting fiber artists from around the world to make a fabric art ornament for our first Quilting Arts Gifts reader challenge. We'd love to see your interpretations of our theme: Winter Wonderland
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  • The June/July issue of Quilting Arts Magazine is here and it is my first complete issue--I joined the team in February as Assistant Editor. Putting an issue of Quilting Arts together is both complicated and exhilarating. There are proposals to review
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  • 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.
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  • Lately I've become interested in adding paper to my quilt art . There are so many different ways to do this; I could make a paper quilt, make fabric paper to use in an art quilt, or even just stitch paper directly onto a fabric collage.
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  • Some things in life are worth celebrating, like the launch Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts . This new book is a huge milestone for quilt artists Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen, two pioneers in the modern quilting movement!
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  • OK, first off the winner of last weeks fabric giveaway is danby miller ! Please send your mailing address to me at lmurray@interweave.com so I can send the fabric to you! How to make Etsy work for you An interview with artist, author, and dedicated Etsy
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  • My head is still full of all the sights and textures of Quilt Market in Kansas City. I'm processing all the trends I saw there and considering how they translate to the kind of quilting and fiber art we do here in the Quilting Daily community.
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  • Our “Staycation” issue is full of fresh and innovative techniques, including creating hand-dyed fabric, surface design, and machine quilting. Enjoy inspiring work from our talented readers, an exhibit from the QUILTART group, and much more!
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  • I often look at someone's art and wonder who inspired them to quilt, embroider, and stitch. Did they start by hand sewing or go straight to the machine?
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  • It’s hard to define the common elements of an art quilt, but at the most basic level all have stitching, quilting, and finishing plus the added element of a contemporary attitude. This episode begins with a segment taped on location with Valori
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  • Every once in a while we need to jump-start our creativity. Maybe it’s finding a new source of inspiration or a new supply, and sometimes it’s as simple as learning a new technique. This episode does all three. First it’s simple shibori
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  • Free-motion stitching is a favorite topic for art quilters; unique thread patterns are an all-important layer in contemporary quilting. We begin with Ellen Anne Eddy and her free-motion techniques for making flower motifs. She’s making pattern-free
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  • Small art quilts are fun to make and generally take less time than larger art quilting projects. I especially like working on small quilt wall hanging and fiber art pieces like prayer flags because they are usually portable.
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  • First of all, Congratulations to Quilnan for winning the fabric! Please send me an email with your mailing address so I can send the fabric out to you! This past weekend, my fiancé and I went to the Brimfield fair. I have been hearing about this
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  • What do you do with a sick child? After the visit to the pediatrician, the diagnosis of strep throat, the journey home via the pharmacy and supermarket (Popsicles), and before plopping in front of the television ("Toy Story"), we made some fabric art .
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  • Carol Taylor is one of my very favorite quilt artists, and I was thrilled to be able to feature her work on the cover of the April/May issue of Quilting Arts . Carol uses color to stunning affect in her quilting designs , and I thought you would be interested in reading about her approach to color.
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  • Fiber artist Deborah Boschert and I share a love of hand embroidery . Although hand embroidery stitches are often associated with antique and vintage textiles, Deborah uses classic embroidery stitches to add interest and texture to her contemporary quilts and fabric collages.
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  • What's better than a weekend away with the girls? Adding quilting, of course! I was lucky to get away with six friends recently, and we rented a house for the weekend in Rockport, Massachusetts.
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  • I'm past the stage where I am making baby quilts for my children. This picture shows the first baby quilt I ever made-for my baby Sam (now 13 years old). I love that this quilt is worn and stained. I love that it is well-used and cherished, and that it carries my special message to my baby boy written
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  • I might have mentioned a few weeks back that my fiancé and I were moving into our first house. We LOVE the house, are thrilled to be in it, and are slowly making it our own. I am trying to keep costs down by thrifting, using what we already have
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  • I have just realized — like so many others with busy lives — that if I'm going to get any of my own artwork done, I'm going to have to squeeze it in on the fly, embroidering by hand here and sewing embellishments there.
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  • Whenever I visit my local quilt shop, I delight in the displays of fresh new fabrics, all cut and folded in beautiful and unique ways. Jelly rolls? I have them at the ready for strip quilting and quick patchwork projects . Fat quarters? They are tucked into baskets in my studio.
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  • I will be the first to admit that quilt binding is not my favorite part of the quilt-making process. I understand that binding a quilt frames it and, done correctly, enhances the design of the body of the fiber art piece. And of course, if you're going to use a quilt (rather than hang it on a wall
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  • When it comes to creating quilting designs , one of the most useful tools to have is a design wall. I know I'd be lost without mine (or at least, I would make good design decisions less consistently). There is something about taking your fabric pieces and other elements off the table, putting them
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  • I'm so inspired by fabrics and the endless combinations you can create. Maybe that's why I'm particularly drawn to patchwork sewing patterns . Once you start working with them, you can easily change out the fabrics and alter the arrangement.
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  • When I think of fabric painting , Mickey Lawler's Skydyes and the wholecloth quilts of Hollis Chatelain and Judy Coates Perez come to mind.
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  • From the moment we start learning to work with fabric, we're taught that shrinking means disaster. But when it comes to fabric art , shrinking — before or after you stitch — can be a friend to your design.
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  • If you've wanted to learn how to quilt but didn't know where to begin or didn't want to take on a big projects, our new free downloadable eBook, Quilting for Beginners: 5 Easy Quilt Patterns Plus Lessons on How to Quilt for Beginners , is for you!
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  • Over and over I've heard fiber artists talk about the power of keeping a sketchbook or art journal. Keeping a sketchbook can help you develop quilt designs and quilting motifs, record patterns and textures you see on your travels, and jumpstart your creativity when your muse is on vacation.
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  • We are pleased to announce the finalists of our latest reader challenge, From Sketch to Art Quilt. We received 114 entries, and the photos of your quilts and sketches truly impressed our editorial staff. This challenge seems to hit a chord with many of
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  • Whether you love hot pink or cherry red, deep navy or aqua blue, you probably have a signature color. The folks at Pantone® have decided that 'Tangerine Tango' is the 2012 color of the year, but maybe your personal palette leans towards a
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  • Indulge your passion for color in the newest issue of Quilting Arts Magazine. Create colorful cloth with stencils, rubbing plates, crayons, dye, and paint. Stitch together bright and bold scraps to make a unique canvas for embellishment, learn the modern quilting technique of perfect quilted circles
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  • Quilters are passionate about fabric, thread, embellishments, embroidery, surface design, and a whole lot more. But I think what we're most passionate about is sharing our artwork and techniques with others. To celebrate National Craft Month, Quilting
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  • We're just a week away from the deadline of our current reader challenge , "From Sketch to Art Quilt," and I can't wait to see the results from our talented readers. (You still have time to submit!)
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  • I love the new modern patchwork quilt designs with improvisational piecing and simple, clean lines. And I'm not alone: these graphic, contemporary quilts with off-kilter blocks and wide expanses of solid colors appeal to a wide range of quilt artists.
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  • The latest issue of Quilting Arts In Stitches (volume 6) features an abundance of stitching inspiration! Learn new techniques and exciting twists on existing techniques with interactive features such as colorful slideshows, pan-and-zoom photographs, informative videos and detailed illustrations. Get
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  • One reason why many quilt artists prefer to fuse rather than piece their quilts is because piecing can be time-consuming.
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  • Recently a coworker brought in a treasure she'd acquired while visiting a friend in the Midwest: six vintage handmade quilt squares. Each one had been carefully pieced using the tiniest of hand stitches.
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  • One of the things I'm looking most forward to as editor of Quilting Arts Magazine is learning more about surface design.
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  • Flowers are one of the most popular motifs in art, and quilting designs are no different. From antique quilts to the most contemporary quilt design, the flower often takes center stage.
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  • I love the idea of being able to repurpose some of my designs that I have painstakingly created in appliqué or collage, and printing them on fabric. It would be a wonderful way to quickly and easily make a whole coordinated line of fabrics that I could then use to make lovely fabric art gifts
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  • I love fabric and quilting supplies, and I try to keep them contained. But sometimes I look around my studio and think, who let the hurricane in?
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  • It's a new year: have you made any fiber art-related resolutions? One of mine goals for 2012 is to complete — or repurpose — at least one UFO (unfinished object) in my stash, and I'll bet that might be on your list, too.
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  • Guess what? Santa came a bit early to me this year, dropping a box of freshly printed copies of The Best of Quilting Arts: Your Ultimate Resource for Art Quilt Techniques and Inspiration on my doorstep.
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  • Celebrate art quilt collaboration in the newest issue of Quilting Arts . Learn about the award-winning Coastal Quilt Artists, a husband and wife quilting team, and the Twelve by Twelve challenge group. Create stitched fiber photographs, make a monoprinted art quilt, and construct an artful and embellished
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  • A couple of months ago I announced a few sizable changes at Quilting Arts (you can read more about those changes in this post ). Now I’d like to share the fantastic news that we have a new editor for Quilting Arts! Meet Vivika Hansen DeNegre, a
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  • A warm welcome to the December 2011/January 2012 Quilting Arts cover artist Cynthia St. Charles. Not only is Cynthia an incredibly talented and prolific quilt artist, but she's also a repeat Quilting Arts cover artist and a frequent contributor to
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  • Last week, my colleague, friend, and co-conspirator Helen Gregory took over the reins as Editorial Director for Interweave's Quilt, Paper, and Sewing Group.
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  • I usually have a variety of quilting designs kicking around in my head at any given time. But often, when I finally get around to actually designing a quilt, I draw a blank. Sometimes I'm overwhelmed by fabric and surface design choices. Other times, I just don't know where to start.
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  • As someone who has been looking at quilt art and photos of quilters' art for more than a decade, I can tell you that it's not that easy to get good pictures of fabric and fiber.
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  • On this Thanksgiving Day I am in transition. I'm settling into my new Houston digs in preparation for my fresh adventure with Quilts Inc. while still consulting for Quilting Arts and preparing for the next season of "Quilting Arts TV."
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  • Choosing the right machine quilting pattern for your piece is as important as the thread and fabric selections.
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  • A huge thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway for a Quilting Arts 2012 calendar. I loved reading your stories about your art quilting memories from 2011! The randomly chosen winner of the calendar is kjheaverlo. If you could please email me at
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  • I've been using digital photos as a basis for my quilt designs for quite some time now. Digital technology has improved so much, too.
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  • It has been so much fun looking at all the thoughtful and creative postcards Quilting Arts readers have sent to our offices to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Quilting Arts . A huge thank you to everyone who sent one in! Thinking back on all the postcards
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  • 'Dancing Trees' (detail) by Frieda Anderson. We choose to make art quilts (rather than traditional quilts) because we want to express our point of view with fabric and thread. With so many methods, tools, and techniques at our disposal, sometimes
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  • Quilting Arts has gone wild with our animal kingdom issue. Create stitched pet portraits, make a reptile raw-edge appliqué collage, and view a gallery of pet quilts from the Quilting Arts 2012 calendar contest. Don't miss articles on the latest art quilting techniques, including tips to create
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  • Do you like to follow a prepared pattern or design for your fiber art or start completely from scratch? Maybe your answer is "a little of both" or "it depends on the project."
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  • If I had to create a basic lesson plan for how to make a quilt it would be broken down into these three basic steps:
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  • We want YOU to submit to one of our publications! Have you ever checked out the submissions page on our website? We have calls for submissions for our publications – and are always thrilled when we get submissions from you. Right now we have a special
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  • Hello! November is right around the corner and for us at Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors that means we are packing like crazy to get everything ready for The International Quilt Festival in Houston. We all love this show, it is so alive with energy
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  • From inspiration, to design, to finished piece, there are certainly times when working on an art quilt can be a challenge. Luckily the kind of challenge I'm referring to today is the fun kind: a Quilting Arts Reader Challenge. There have been quite
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  • We art quilters march to a different drummer and dance to our own tune. If we follow rules at all, we see them more as guidelines, jumping off points for improvisation.
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  • It's easy to get down these days, with all the tough times people are having. Especially if you're the one who's having the difficulties. But this is why I think it's so great to be an artist: you have a creative outlet for your woes.
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  • This is the third annual special issue from Quilting Arts Magazine and Quilts, Inc., packed with 148 pages of feature articles, projects, and beautiful photography celebrating the best in contemporary quilting. Quilting Arts Magazine and Quilts, Inc. are proud to bring you the third annual edition of
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  • The October/November issue of Quilting Arts magazine has the perfect autumn cover, featuring fall leaves that are both printed and stitched in a lively design. The artist behind this piece, Enid Gjelten Weichselbaum, shares her easy-to-make reusable silk
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  • I'm always intrigued to learn what started people on the path to quilt making . Did they stumble into it in mid-life or did they grow up among quilters, stitchers, and textile artists?
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  • See this picture? It's one of my favorite pictures taken this last year, and is of my favorite quilting gal pal, Helen Gregory and me right before we taped a segment with her for Quilting Arts TV. She's been our Managing Editor for the Quilt &
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  • Have you ever wanted to bring an expert home with you? Well, here's your chance. The third edition of Quilting Arts in Stitches is now available!
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  • Our Quilt Shop Spotlight continues with a visit to Cool Cottons in Portland, Oregon. Owner Marie Ritten was kind enough to share the story of how her shop got its start, how Cool Cottons fits into Portland's DIY scene, and what unique fabrics and
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  • Introducing the second volume of Quilting Arts in Stitches! Our first dynamic digital eMag was a great success, so we couldn't wait to bring you volume 2!
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  • What would we do without fusible web? It holds our quilt sandwiches together while we sew, makes appliqu é a breeze, and can even hem a skirt in an emergency.
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  • Quilting Arts Magazine® and Quilts, Inc. , are proud to bring you the second annual edition of International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene! Quilt Scene celebrates everything we love about quilting today. It’s like an entire quilt show packed into a super-sized 148-page special issue.
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  • This special issue from Quilting Arts and International Quilt Festival captures the energy, beauty, and community of today's quilt scene. Packed with feature articles, projects, and beautiful photography, this 148-page issue debuted at the International Quilt Festival in Houston this fall.
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  • Quilting Arts Gifts is a special issue of Quilting Arts Magazine devoted to the art of gift-giving. Inside this whopping 148-page issue, you'll find 20 festive gift projects, 14 seasonal décor ideas, dozens of recommendations from our editors on the newest and best tools and gadgets, and much
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  • Welcome to our holiday gift to you, our largest issue ever! In this special edition of Quilting Arts Gifts you'll find a number of inspiring articles relating to seasonal home décor and gift-making for friends and loved ones.
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  • We love to celebrate here at Quilting Arts. Whether we've just finished wrapping up an issue, found an exciting new product we want to share, or discovered a new artist we can't wait to work with, there are certainly a multitude of reasons to
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  • Master your machine quilting with our stitch intensive issue. Explore new free-motion quilting motifs and learn how to use zippers to embellish your art quilts. Judy Coates Perez shares her guide to machine quilting success, Margaret Applin takes art quilts from flat to fabulous with digital monoprinting
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  • No matter what kind of quilts or fiber art you create, fiber and fabric scraps are a fact of life.
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  • Three years ago I gave my studio an extreme makeover. I not only redecorated in my favorite colors, I changed the layout for better function, and organized my tools and embellishments.
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  • Just as the summer is winding down (sniff!), so is the celebration of 10 years of Quilting Arts Magazine . It's not a sad ending, though, because it's been really gratifying to revisit all the talented artists we've worked with and all the gorgeous artwork that has come through our offices
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  • Thank you to everyone who took the time to participate in the giveaway by sharing tips, tricks, and words of wisdom on how to incorporate depth and perspective into art quilts. It was so much fun to learn more about how different quilters tackle design
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  • Quilt art can come in many forms. From wall hangings and landscape quilts to paper quilts and fiber art that fits in the palm of your hand, quilters' art options are unlimited.
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  • Ok, you Quilting Arts readers are pretty hilarious. We laughed ourselves silly at all of the entries, and we just couldn't winnow the lot down to our top favorites. Some of your pet peeves are hysterical (and hysterically depicted)! Some of them are
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  • There are a number of design considerations to think about when planning an art quilt---composition, color theory, texture, value. Working at Quilting Arts Magazine , I feel pretty lucky to have the opportunity to see on a daily basis how individual artists
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  • I thought, wouldn't it be funny to send postcards from my studio? You know, instead of showing me grinning in front of the Grand Canyon, the postcard would reveal what I'd been up to in my studio via a collage of surface designed fabrics or papers.
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  • I love hot weather. But this summer there have been some days so hot that even I felt it was too hot to move, let alone quilt.
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  • I love summer. But unlike at some places where the warm weather and beckoning beaches slow down the pace, at Quilting Arts summer is one of our busiest times of the year. Still, even with all the deadlines and projects we have going on around here, I make sure to spend as many of my off hours as possible
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  • We had a wild and wonderful time at International Quilt Festival/Long Beach last week! Now I'm catching up on emails and sleep. And with all the new ideas swirling around my head from the show, I'm also trying to catch a few minutes in the studio.
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  • I seem to be celebrating a lot of zeros this year. First, there's the year-long celebration of Quilting Arts Magazine @10. Last weekend I helped my mom celebrate the big 6-0. I have a ( cough ) birthday coming up that ends with a zero.
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  • Here at Quilting Arts , just one of the many reasons we enjoy receiving Letters to the Editor is that it gives us a chance to know exactly what you thought of the latest issue and what suggestions and feedback you have to make QA even better. In the upcoming
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  • Machine and hand embroidery are the hallmarks of art quilt design and construction. Depending on the stitch and the thread or fiber used, embroidery techniques can give your quilts a contemporary edge or vintage charm. In this free eBook, Essential Embroidery Stitches: Free Hand and Machine Embroidery
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  • What's your pet peeve? One of mine is when my cat, Dickens, sits on my fabric. Another is when Dickens hogs the bed. It's irritating, but I can't get too stressed about it: Dickens is, after all, a cat. And cats do what they want, where they want. It's just that . . . he's a very
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  • 812 Landscape Quilting The world around us is a perfect inspiration for design. On today’s show we explore landscape quilting from the perspective of 3 different artists – they all view the world just a little bit differently from each other
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  • 811 Quilts Gone Wild Our Quilts have gone wild today- we’ve got 3 examples of designers who think not only outside the box – but off the quilt as they incorporate some really interesting materials into their art quilts. First up, Mary Pal
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  • 810 Design Part of the premise of Quilting Arts it so give you the opportunity to meet some of the top quilt artists and get to know them a little better, and to get inspiration from their design ideas. On today’s show, it is 3 different perspectives
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  • 809 Mixed-Media Quilting Today’s art quilt movement has opened up a whole new world of materials for quilting. Mixed-media is a very hot topic where our fabric is joined by fibers, thread, paint and so much more to create a new fresh look. It opens
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  • 807 Gone to the Dogs QA has really gone to the dogs! Join us as our pets take over today’s show. For many of us, our dogs are more than just pets – they are part of the family. So what could be more fitting than making a portrait of your favorite
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  • 806 Do it Yourself Fabrics for Quilting For some people, one of the most interesting parts of art quilting is actually creating their own fabric. Today, Lisa Kerpoe raid the kitchen cabinets for items like oatmeal and mashed potatoes for some very unique
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  • [View: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QMAvUixzsM ] 805 Quick Quilt Gifts and Decor Art quilting is such a personal experience, but we’ve decided to share our quilts – we’re making gifts and personalizing our own work space with examples
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  • [View: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BnRXJ1EkS0 ] 804 Stitch Intensive Contemporary Quilting has so many faces and ideas. On today’s show we’ll spend some time again with Ana Buzzalino as she embodies the spirit of contemporary art quilting
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  • Check out our surface design issue, full of fresh techniques to create your own fabrics. Stamp and stencil with unusual objects, learn to dye with ice, explore finger painting on cloth, and much more; plus art quilts meet mixed media, color theory for art quilters, tips on working in a series, and our
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  • It seems as if summer is just flying by and I can't believe we're already well into July. Here at the Quilting Arts offices we're hard at work on the August/September 2011 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine. And while I can't wait for this
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  • Your trusty Quilting Arts team is getting ready for one of our very favorite shows that we look forward to all year long: International Quilt Festival/Long Beach . This year is no different and in fact we have a lot of fun activities planned at Make It
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  • 802 It might be a technique we can’t wait to try – or maybe a favorite motif or color and sometimes we’re inspired by new media. Today’s guests share some rather novel approached. We begin with Ana Buzzalino and her technique of
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  • 801 Animal Kingdom This episode features two unique approaches to embellishment. First, you’ll learn how to dye embellishments with Dianne Giancola, who shows how to color a range of materials to match your quilts, from buttons and bamboo sticks
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  • The Art Quilt Gallery NYC has generated quite the buzz since it opened in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City this past April. It's no wonder considering the lineup of incredible quilt artists they've already booked for shows including Noriko
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  • Thread sketching? Love it! Using free-motion stitching with your sewing machine to create what looks like pen-and-ink drawings lends a real "hand of the artist" look to a quilt. The technique is also an effective way to add stitched imagery to fabric collages.
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  • June 27, 1951, was a busy day in Burbank, CA, and not just because Walt Disney was making animated movies at Disney Studios, but across the street at the hospital, Kathleen Patricia Nichols, my good old mom, was born. Yes, today is my mom’s 60th
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  • Quilt making doesn't have to be complex, with hours of cutting, piecing, and sewing tiny seams. In this free ebook, How to Quilt: 4 Free Projects to Learn How to Make a Quilt , you'll learn how to quilt using fabric scraps, craft-store flowers, a fish, and canvas and paint.
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  • It's no secret that quilters are willing to go the distance for their love of quilts and quilting. So when I learned that June/July 2011 Quilting Arts artist Lea McComas traveled to Switzerland earlier this year to attend an art quilt opening at the
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  • Letters and words aren’t just used to communicate, tell stories, or relay our thoughts. They can also be used to make our mark, so to speak. Some of us scribble in haste, others embellish with large, flourishing sweeps of the pen. But no matter
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  • In celebration of Father's Day, we turn to Dutch quilt artist Anneke de Jong whose work commemorates her father in stitch and fabric. Anneke was kind enough to talk about her work process, inspiration, and how her father influenced her as an artist
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  • Introducing our "Greatest Pet Peeve" Reader Challenge We have so much fun at the Quilting Arts offices when it's time to come up with a new reader challenge. The editorial team has a brainstorming session that I can only describe as fast
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  • 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 projects, Lindsey Murray, is perfect for teaching quilting
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  • We moved the Quilting Arts offices earlier this spring, and the change has given me a whole new outlook — literally. Whereas my former office didn't have much of a view, this one has windows that look out onto the wooded buffer between the office complex and the street.
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  • Quilting Arts is kicking off our very first "Comment-A-Thon" in our forums . This week (Monday, June 6th -Friday, June 10th), we invite you to participate in the "Comment-A-Thon" by visiting the Quilting Arts Gallery and leaving positive
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  • The June/July 2011 cover of Quilting Arts Magazine has a wonderful summery feel to me-the cheerful dog about to go on a walk, the shadows cast by the warm sun, the comfortable sandals-it all seems to fit together just right. I can't help but wonder
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  • Now that the weather has finally turned and we have warmer, sunnier days ahead, I can't wait to bring out the portable tables and dye equipment to my driveway to screen and paint yards and yards of fabric.
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  • WEEKEND PLANS and a GIVE AWAY! Ready for the long weekend? I am excited for two main reasons: the sun is supposed to be out in Boston and I have set aside some much needed craft time. I can’t tell you how relaxing it is to just think about sitting
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  • At first glance, the worlds of traditional and modern quilting don't seem to have much in common, other than fabric and thread. But of course, modern quilting has its roots in the traditional methods. And, in fact, many contemporary quilters began as traditional or Victorian-style crazy quilters
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  • A big thank you to everyone who entered the Quilting Arts 2012 Calendar giveaway . I loved reading all the comments about the animals in your life! The randomly chosen winner is mummszyv . If you could please email me your address, I will make sure you
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  • Hand stitching or machine stitching , which do you prefer? If you ask me, the answer would depend on the day or the project. Hand stitching is meditative, tactile, and personal. Machine stitching is fast, even, easier on the hands, and less likely to be interrupted by certain four-legged friends.
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  • When Pokey announced the finalists of the 2012 Quilting Arts "Feeling Pet-ty" calendar contest on her blog back in February, I couldn't wait for the artwork to start arriving at our offices. As we unwrapped each 12" x 12" quilt
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  • Update to this post! Fabric winner announced at the bottom of this entry. More giveaways coming Wednesday! Despite consistently dreary, rainy days with highs in the lower 50s here in Sudbury, MA, the calendar does indeed say it's May, and that means
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  • I was pulling laundry out of the dryer the other day when I spied something among the folds that looked black, fuzzy, and about the size of a quarter. I dropped the laundry basket and jumped back, convinced I had just seen a giant spider.
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  • Summer is coming and I'm getting ready for the three Bs: bikinis, beaches, and books. I read year-round, but I especially look forward to those summer beach books, even if most of the time I'm just catching a few sun-screened rays on my deck. And while I don't mind getting a little lotion
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  • Don’t miss our portrait issue! Translate your photos into art quilts with Joan Sowada, explore detailed thread painting with Jennifer Day, and discover how to make a simple portrait quilt top in a weekend with Jen Eskridge. Stitch yourself silly with monoprinted art dolls by Tracy Stilwell and
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  • Have you ever been to an International Quilt Festival? More specifically have you ever visited th e Make it University ™ section of the show? If you haven’t then you have been missing out! if you have, then you know how much fun it is! MIU
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  • Contemporary patchwork projects are everywhere these days. Even the artists contributing to our sister publication, Cloth Paper Scissors are getting into the act--but they're using paper!
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  • Have you experienced fiber art creep? You know, when you learn one fiber genre, let's say quilting, leads to dyeing your own fabric, which may lead to screen printing or felting...which may lead to spinning...or paper making...and so on?
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  • One of the perks of living in Colorado is having ready access to the amazing number of highly talented fiber artists that live and create in the Front Range area. In Boulder alone, there are so many textile and mixed-media fiber artists that when I attended the annual open studios tour last fall, I couldn't
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  • Everyone knows the saying "April showers bring May flowers." Well, it's most certainly raining here in Massachusetts and I'm ready for the flowers! Yesterday I saw a few courageous daffodils in my yard. I was overjoyed by the burst of
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  • People the world over have used hand sewing and needlework for centuries not just to stitch two pieces of fabric together, but to add color, pattern, and interest to their clothing and home décor.
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  • If there was just one tip I could give a designer of wall art looking to improve her compositions, it would be: use a design wall. Experienced art quilters wouldn't live without one.
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  • One of the most enjoyable times here at Quilting Arts is when we've announced a new reader challenge. I get excited by the opportunity to see original artwork from Quilting Arts readers and I eagerly look forward to the numerous ways readers surprise
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  • A warm welcome to Quilting Arts April/May 2011 cover artist Paula Chung! Paula’s raw-edge silk appliqué quilts predominately feature floral imagery and I was curious to learn more about the inspiration behind her work and how her home state
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  • I have worked with many, many talented art quilters in my day. Some I admire most for their artistry, some for their ingenuity, some for their ability to teach, and some because they are just a blast to be around.
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  • When I post pictures on Facebook of the team wearing sparkling leprechaun bowlers or upload a YouTube video of us getting our jingle on, you probably think it's just all fun and games here at Quilting Arts .
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  • Hello! First, to take care of some prize buisness. I know I am a few days late posting this, but Penelope14 you are the winner of the Moda fabric from my St. Paddy's day post! Please email me at lmurray@interweave.com with your mailing information
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  • Free-motion machine stitching is a hallmark of contemporary quilting. But, my friends, it does not always come easily. Practice and experience are key, and if you're like me, you also get by with some help from your expert friends.
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  • Celebrate spring with our nature issue! Get creative with Zen doodle quilts by Laura Wasilowski. Make a sweet little series of free-motion stitched wildflower quilts by Jeanelle McCall. Join Margaret Applin as she uses digital imagery in quilted collages. Check out our new materials column, Out of the
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  • I was first exposed to spunbonded "fabrics" like Lutradur and Tyvek several years ago and was captivated by their seemingly infinite possibilties for textures, surface design, construction, and more in your fabric art. You can paint them, heat-distress them, stamp on them, print on them, foil
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  • When someone asks me what's the difference between contemporary art quilts and traditional quilts, one of the first things I think of is embellishment, especially beads and encrustation.
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  • The art of appliqué quilting has long been a way for quilters to add designs to their fabric, in addition to piecing. But while traditional quilters used the hand appliqué stitch to place their fabric motifs, contemporary quilters are more apt to fuse or machine appliqué, opening
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  • First things first: The winner of the Quilting Arts TV DVD set from my last post goes to Von8. Congratulations! Please email Lindsey Murray (lmurray@interweave.com) with your address and she'll send the DVD set out to you. Now onto some pictures and
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  • I have collected a ton of fibers in my career as a quilt artist. Everything from novelty yarns, to silk carrier rods and cocoons, to felt balls, ribbons and metallic threads, wool and silk roving. Not to mention the scraps of thousands of quilting fabrics, sheers, gauzes, saris, and the like. And don't
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  • Aren't we all craving signs of spring right about now? I know I am. Heck, I'd be happy to go right to summer! Back at Quilting Arts headquarters in Massachusetts, spring is slow to arrive. In fact, we can have snow as late as May.
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  • 101 Patchwork Projects + Quilts is a groundbreaking, super-sized publication packed with ideas for today’s quilter/sewer/crafter looking to create quick and stylish items with the latest fabrics and a modern-day appeal. From the publishers of Quilting Arts Magazine , this 196-page special issue
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  • I love the sparkle and shine metallic thread gives to my fabric art, but the hassles--shredding, the curling, the broken threads-give me such a headache. I always approach metallic threads with trepidation, and I could swear the spool can smell my fear.
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  • I just completed a huge move so I can be closer to the QUILTING ARTS office. One of the best parts about moving is undoubtedly when all the hard work is done and it’s finally time to unpack the boxes, set everything up, and begin a new craft project
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  • I almost fell off my chair laughing when I saw this fiber art postcard from U.K. artist Priscilla O'Rourke. It seems no sooner had she received her copy of the February/March issue of Quilting Arts Magazine than she turned a photo of the staff she found on the Editor's note page into quilted
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  • Let's face it. Some of us are just a tad obsessed with our pets. I'm not naming names or anything... Above: Sophie our Golden mut getting some love from Dickens, our huge Maine Coon cat. This year’s theme, Getting Pet-ty inspired hundreds
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  • I would say that unless you work full time in a dedicated studio, finding time to create is one of hardest things about being an artist. For most people, especially women, art has to get made in between "real jobs," kids, pets, and other responsibilities.
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  • One thing that always surprises me is that when we require the finalists of any challenge to attach a quilt sleeve for hanging, we get numerous emails asking, "How do you make a quilt sleeve?" Or, "Exactly what kind of quilt sleeve do you want?"
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  • To anyone who loves fabric and thread, making a handmade quilt is often the ultimate creative experience. The contemplative act of hand quilting-needle moving rhythmically over and under fabric-is a pleasure even for those who primarily rely on machine quilting enjoy.
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  • 113 Flower Power Nature is a great source of inspiration for our quilting projects. First, we go from a floral photo to a funky wholecloth flower quiltlet that blossoms with color. Then featured guest Robbie Joy Eklow displays a small quilt in her graphic
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  • 108 Photo Fabric Collage Manipulating photos on the computer is a growing area of quilt design. New software and scanners are making it easier than ever to change the size, color, and tone of your photos and then transfer them to fabric. First Lesley
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  • 107 Quilting Every Day Experienced artists in every discipline know that creating a little art every day is a great way to hone skills and find inspiration. We start out with baseball card-sized artist trading cards; they are little and quick and great
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  • 104 Landscape Quilts Learn the tricks quilt artists use to create impressive landscape quilts. First Laura Cater-Woods helps make a whimsical landscape quilt. Then she returns with accordion-style landscapes. Next, Shelly Stokes creates the illusion of
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  • 205 Thread is the Focus The hallmark of contemporary quilting is the use of thread in a new way. Instead of being content to only use thread as a way to quilt pieces of fabric or stitch on an applique, today's quilter uses thread as its own feature
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  • 204 Embellishment Contemporary quilts often include some form of surface embellishment such as charms or fiber, or maybe the addition of paint or another surface design. First is a lesson on using puff paints to create dimension on your quilts. Then Ruth
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  • 306 Home Dec: turning your art quilts into functional home décor. The first design is a table runner by Frieda Anderson. Then it’s on location with Kelli Perkins and creating stitchable transfers. Last up, we create pin woven portraits with
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  • 307 Digital Designs and More : the latest digital tools for contemporary quilting. Melanie Testa is our first guest with a demonstration of a “machine drawn line” to add additional layers to your machine quilted surface. Then Jeanie Sumrall
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  • 304 Stitching with Alternate fabrics : quilting with a variety of fabrics and textures. First is using batting as an exciting surface for stitching. Then meet Melanie Testa for a purse using organza and freezer paper screen printing. Next Jane LaFazio
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  • 303 Fruits, Veggies and Flowers : the art quilt garden First designer, Lyric Kinard returns to create fabric with paint and veggies and a lesson on color theory. Then it’s off to a quilt show with Laura Wasilowski and bias fusing techniques for
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  • 302 Lifestyle Sewing : bringing artful sewing to your everyday life. First learn how to integrate color and pattern on every day quilted items with Anna Maria Horner. Next we explore journal quilting with Karey Bresnahan on location in Chicago. Journal
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  • 301 Fabric Collage : mix and match textures and techniques. Learn to mount a small collage onto a painted, gallery wrapped canvas with Lyric Kinard. Then meet designer Jane LaFazio; working with paper, canvas, and surface design techniques, she creates
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  • It wasn't until I packed away all the Christmas decorations, swept up the crumbs from the goodies we'd been nibbling, and tidied the house for my mom's visit last weekend, that I realized: something was missing.
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  • 409 Get ready to be inspired by innovative designers with the latest in contemporary quilting. We begin our show today with designer Terry White. She’s going to demonstrate thread painting techniques with her stitch samplers. Next, it’s mixed
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  • 403 Today’s show is about technique. To get started on a new project sometimes we begin with a design, or maybe a pattern or even a new medium - but how about using a technique as your starting point? Carol Ingram is our first designer with techniques
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  • 402 First, is Jay McCarroll of project runway fame. He’s going to share with us a little bit about his inspiration, how he entered the quilt world, and some of the challenges of designing his first line of fabrics. Then, meet designer Alisa Burke
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  • 401 First up, today is Laura Wasilowski. She demonstrates how to transform the surface of a small art quilt with threads and hand sewing plus an interesting fusing technique. Then, meet artist Yvonne Porcella as she creates an embellished frame around
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  • 513 Susan Brubaker Knapp returns as our first guest. Her inspiration was a plant from her garden. She starts out with a photo of a coleus leaf and creates a small art quilt using white fabric, textile paint, and thread. Then Jeanne Delpit is inspired
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  • 511 First are some of the quilts from Quilt National—one of the most prestigious international showcases for contemporary quilts. Next, we’ll meet Paula Prass for a still-life framed art quilt. Then it’s time for Bonnie McCaffery and
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  • 507 Sue Cavanaugh starts us out with a demonstration of the special stitches that she uses to pattern her art quilts. Then, we have two on-location segments back-to-back. First, meet Kristal Wick and learn a brand new way to use fabric to create beads
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  • 506 Today’s episode introduces us to some new materials to incorporate into our art quilting. Mary Hettmansperger leads off with metal embellishments on a quilted wall panel. Her experiences as a mixed-media artist, weaver, and jewelry designer
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  • 503 Make sure you have your machine threaded and ready. As we feature machine quilting. Our first guest is Teri Lucas. She’ll demonstrate her innovative free-motion designs and give us tips and hints for machine quilting. Up next is Carol Ingram
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  • 713 Unique Quilt Embellishments This episode features two unique approaches to embellishment. First, you’ll learn how to dye embellishments with Dianne Giancola, who shows how to color a range of materials to match your quilts, from buttons and
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  • 711 Quick Quilt Gifts and Décor Quilting Arts celebrates the way artists are taking a contemporary approach to quilting by blending their passion for various textile arts. Valori Wells opens this episode with a mixed-media shadow box, combining
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  • 710 Colorful Mixed-Media Quilting This episode focuses on how to create a series of quilts. First, Beryl Taylor demonstrates her series Never Ending Circles, vibrant and whimsical pieces of fiber art which are constructed with reverse machine appliqué
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  • 709 Quilts Gone 3D Visit any movie theater and the latest trend is 3D films. Quilters are not to be left behind in the movement, which is why this episode features textiles with dimension. First, Candy Glendening creates mod house ornaments, small structures
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  • 708 New Styles for Quilt Designs Art quilting can take on so many forms, from an emphasis on mixed-media to embellishments or unusual piecing. This episode explores two different styles for making contemporary quilts. First up are piecing techniques from
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  • 707 Stitch Intensive Use your sewing machine in creative ways! In this episode, two top designers share their unique stitched projects. First, Jamie Fingal teaches new ways to use free-motion zigzag stitching and zippers to create one-of-a-kind art quilts
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  • 706 Patchwork Party Contemporary patchwork is in, and today’s episode opens with a discussion of fabric choices between Pokey and Pippa Eccles, who also show how to create a table runner for all seasons. Next, learn a unique method for piecing from
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  • 703 Totes and Bags Time to tout your totes! First up on this episode is Candy Glendening, who shows how to create a messenger bag filled with pockets that will keep you organized, and a flap that is a beautiful piece of fabric art. Then Valori Wells demonstrates
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  • 702 Upcycling The motto of this show is “don’t throw it away!” This episode teaches how to upcycle scraps into stitched treasures. First, learn about the inspiration and techniques behind Victoria Gertenbach’s Work Quilt series
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  • 701 Quilt Design This show features some of the most innovative fiber artists of today as they share their ideas for making one-of-a-kind quilts. Jean Wells is first and demonstrates how to create an elegant portrait finish for art quilts. Then Jeannie
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  • Cheryl Johnson decided to change up the way that she displayed and created Artist Trading Cards. For some inspiration on how to spice up your own ATC collection read on. What was your inspiration when you decided to change up the shape of ATC’s
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  • In celebration of 10 years of Quilting Arts, I offer my 2nd (of 10) giveaways this month. This time I am giving away a stash of my own hand-dyed, screen-printed fabrics, some of which look something like this: My question to you: What is on your art quilting
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  • One thing I've learned, and that I love, about contemporary art quilting is that you can't really make a mistake. Everything that happens is grist for the creative mill and happy accidents often serve as "aha!" moments. On the other hand,
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  • What does your studio look like right about now? If it's like mine, there are scraps of fused fabric here, wrapping and collage papers there, plus bits of ribbon, piles of magazines and catalogs, and, yes, I'll admit it, even some crumpled candy wrappers (Santa remembered my sweet tooth).
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  • I've been enjoying the stories over on the QA community discussion board where members are sharing how they learned to sew. Everyone has their own unique story (some funny, some bittersweet) but most people seem to have learned to sew from: their mothers, their 8 th -grade home ec class, or from
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  • Last week while back in Massachusetts I picked up a few essential Christmas mementos to send to our new Colorado home. As I was packing them up at Quilting Arts headquarters, people gathered around to comment.
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  • If I could sum up the way the world looks to me during the holiday season in one word, it would be "sparkle." Sparkle is are everywhere, from the moonlit snow that twinkles like diamond dust to the strings of Christmas lights up on the rooftops, to the flickering candles lit for Hanukkah and
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  • I confess, I have made some unfortunate fabric choices in my time. Patterns that looked "vintage" in the store but "granny" when I got them home. Colors that caught my eye on the bolt but practically blinded me in the studio. Designs intended to take me outside my comfort zone. And
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  • The world of art quilting is partially defined by traditions that have existed since its inception and stood the test of time. One of these notable events is the exhibition “Quilts=Art=Quilts,” a juried show held annually at the Schweinfurth
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  • I'll bet that if you're been a fiber or mixed-media artist for a while, then you've accumulated a rather large array of tools, gadgets, how-to books and the like. And I'm also willing to bet that, like me, you use only a handful of those items over and over again.
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  • Congratulations to Barb Forrister on being this week’s Facebook blogger of the week! When Pippa and I were going through all of the blogs that were entered this past week we were amazed by how awesome they all were – it was a tough to choose
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  • I may have mentioned a few weeks back that I found the perfect studio worktable. I scored a good price for it online and it looks great in our Colorado home. It's just the right height and width for spreading out and slicing up fabric. Just one problem: it's our dining table.
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  • Kathy York’s quilt, "Fifty and Female and Fearless", graced the cover of Quilting Arts for the October/ November 2010 issue. At Quilt Festival a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Kathy, and I learned that she is not only a talented
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  • Celebrate Quilting Arts 10th Anniversary with 10 innovative techniques! From adding LED lights to your art quilts to screen printing with natural items and creating machine stitched reverse applique pieces, you're sure to find a unique art quilting process that catches your fancy. Learn strategies
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  • If you opened up your GPS or Google maps and did a search for the intersection of traditional and modern quilting, I bet the pin would drop right on top of Malka Dubrawsky. Malka has an amazing eye for taking basic patchwork quilt blocks and giving them a fresh and contemporary spin using color and freehand
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  • Having studied French for many years, I’ve read The Little Prince , by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, dozens of times. So Heather Reid’s entry for our “How Entertaining!” Reader Challenge, based on this charming story, naturally
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  • Last week we asked our Facebook fans to share with us one of their blog entries in hopes of becoming the first Quilting Arts Facebook blogger of the week. There were so many great blogs that were posted it was nearly impossible to choose one! in the end
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  • A couple weeks ago, I asked you all to send in your quick and easy, contemporary patchwork project submissions for our new publication, 101 Patchwork Projects. Let's just say, we were more than a little impressed by the wonderful ideas that we received
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  • Hard to believe Quilt Market has come and gone already and the eve of International Quilt Festival is upon us! As I’m running around like a crazy woman getting everything ready for Festival and Make It University!, I’ll keep this brief. I
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  • We always want to capture what's new on the scene and of interest to you at the moment. But while machine stitching, hand stitching, surface design, embellishment and the other big topics of contemporary art quilting are always covered, the trends in those areas change.
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  • As many of you may know by now, the editors of Quilting Arts are thrilled to introduce the newest magazine to join our family: 101 Patchwork Projects. This super-sized issue is going to be packed with quick, easy, and contemporary patchwork projects,
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  • Pokey and guest Helen Gregory open episode 609 with a lesson on creating easy fabric-collaged animal portraits. Carol Ingram appears next, demonstrating how to make a quick and versatile mini-satchel. Last, Terry Grant is back with nifty finishing techniques
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  • Episode 603 focuses on surface design. Jane Dunnewold returns as the first guest. She demonstrates stenciling and stamping hot soy wax and adding color with fabric paints. Then, Susie Monday shows how to make colorful screen-printed fabrics using water
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  • 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,"
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  • This weekend, I took a little break from my usual quilt making to sew Halloween costumes. My fiancé and I decided to dress up as gummy bears (well, I decided and he has somewhat reluctantly obliged), so I stitched up some very basic hats and bought
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  • If my math is correct, I’ve spent more than 100 nights in Houston over the past 10 years, yet I’ve never claimed residency there. That’s more than a season! I’ve stayed all over the city: At the Holiday Inn in the Medical Center
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  • When I look at Kathy York's body of work, it's hard to believe she has only been making art quilts since 2003. Her award-winning quilts are easily recognizable for their bold and graphic styles, bright colors, and whimsical or humorous topics. I'm an especially big fan of her three-dimensional
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  • We’re all familiar with mixed-media art quilting, but rarely does one see this medium interpreted in wood. Nonetheless, mandolin maker Rolfe Gerhardt was inspired by his wife’s quilting (her piece "Fall Splendor" is shown here),
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  • Last week I literally got back in the saddle, taking a horseback riding lesson for the first time in 20 years. It was an exhilarating but odd experience: familiar, and yet different from my encounters with horseback riding back in my younger days. It occurs to me that this very-familiar-yet-strangely
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  • You may recall from a previous Quilting Daily blog post that the first day I taped an episode of "Quilting Arts TV" I was having a very bad hair day. This stemmed from the fact that I had forgotten my shampoo and had to wash my hair with a bar of hotel soap. This left the show hairstylist little
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  • Judith Trager's Maine Coon, Pumpkin, sleeping on the job on top of Judith's art quilts. I had a sublime 10/10/10 weekend. Just perfect, and much of it had to do with Boulder's city-wide Open Studios program that take place four weekends a
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  • Ten years ago Quilting Arts was a little magazine that I lovingly sent out on its first flight into the big world. As it happens, this week also marks the one-year anniversary of launching Quilting Daily, as well as, drum roll...my birthday!
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  • A quick glance at my calendar for the next few months shows me that if I am going get fabric art gifts made for all the events coming up this season, I better grab my quilting fabric stash and get going. From weddings to fall parties (think hostess gifts) to Christmas, I need a reliable cache of textile
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  • The work of fellow artists is one of the richest sources of inspiration. So by showcasing the artwork of talented fiber artists in Quilting Arts Magazine, we hope to spread this inspiration to all of you! This is why it was such a delight to come across
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  • I'm not one of those people who dress their pets in cute costumes for Halloween or carry them in a special handbag-although my Min-Pin, Louie, would probably love it if I did. He's such a ham and he loves to be held. Still, when you have a sewing machine, a big stash of fabrics, and adorable
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  • You've heard the expression, "Don't judge a book by its cover," right? Well, at the recent taping of "Quilting Arts TV" Season 7, I learned you shouldn't judge an art quilt by its original fabric.
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  • Fresh surface design techniques and much more! Screen printing with shredded paper; oatmeal resist; digital imagery; thread sketching; tie-transfer dyeing; wire embellishment; sell your art; and the list goes on! Learn strategies for selling your artwork at fairs and festivals from Jane Dávila’s
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  • For many, this is the time of year when nature beckons. The scorching summer heat has passed but the sun is still shining, and the great outdoors has so much appeal. I think this is one of many reasons that SharonV. Rotz’s colorful art quilts recently
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  • It's no secret I'm a surface design junkie. Over the years, I have amassed an overflowing stash of fabrics that have been dyed, printed, screened, stamped, and stenciled. Not only do I despair of ever using these fabrics up in art quilts, I have to admit that some of them aren't quite art
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  • Teaching workshops at last month's Cloth Paper Scissors CREATE art retreat just proved to me once again how much I love to share techniques. There's something so satisfying about watching someone create something, like a screen print, for the first time. Their whole body seems to light up with
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  • I'm excited to decorate our new home in Colorado, but lately I've had to do it on the fly--literally--ordering furniture online as I hop from airport to airport to attend the Cloth Paper Scissors CREATE art retreat and the taping of "QATV" Season
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  • When we first started Quilting Arts , one of the ways we spread the word about our fledgling magazine was by passing out lapel pins with funny, quilt art-related sayings on them at quilt shows. "Give me all your buttons and nobody gets hurt" was one. "I don't exaggerate, I embellish
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  • Quilts have long been associated with special moments and memories--even the nontraditional, custom quilts made by art quilters. At Quilting Arts , we're known for our innovative approach to quilting, so of course we wanted to think of how we could enliven the concept of a memory quilt and let you
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  • One of the hardest things for me at quilt shows is observing the no-touch rule. As much as I completely understand it, I often silently thank the quilt guardians for keeping me on my best behavior. It's so hard to resist all those touchable textiles!
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  • Our packed Fall 2010 issue of Stitch , available in early September, celebrates our passionate love of fabric. Get ready for fabulous projects and articles celebrating the wide world of textiles that inspire our sewing fantasies and fill our overflowing
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  • ON THE COVER: Patchwork Cube Slipcover features quilting the modern way Alissa Haight Carlton Contemporary quilting goes graphic + bold fabric visionary Marlene Blessing Christina Kim of global inspired design house Dosa projects off the couch Transform
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  • My head is spinning. This summer has been a traveling whirlwind for me since I've been traipsing about the country for Quilting Arts and adjusting to a Massachusetts/Colorado living situation. There have been a few mornings over the past several weeks
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  • I confess: sometimes I get so caught up in the "art" I forget about the "quilting." Let me explain. An idea for an art quilt forms in my mind based on, say, a favorite TV show such as (still--and forever) Tony Soprano. Or, a new line of gorgeous fabrics hits my desk and I have to
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  • Now that I can see the purple mountain's majesty from my back door most days, I have been giving a lot more thought to landscape quilting. The simple shapes and shades of the mountains against the expanse of sky seem to lend themselves to the muted patterns of the many (many, many ) batiks and hand
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  • What's the oddest thing you ever used to create a piece of fiber art? You know, something you just happened to have around that you were suddenly inspired to create with. One artist who constantly amazes me with her ability to create original pieces with commonplace materials and techniques is U
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  • "I wish I had more time to make art." I hear that all the time--from art quilters at shows, from my friends, the Quilting Arts staff...and out of my own mouth. Unless you're a full-time artist, you've probably said it yourself many times (and I'm willing to bet even full-time artists
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  • Don’t miss the first of our newest series: Mary Hettmansperger presents “Metal as a Surface Embellishment” and dives right in with copper foil. Explore more thread sketching strategies with Susan Brubaker Knapp, with a look at dimension. Be inspired to start your own small art group
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  • You'd think after 10 years and 45 issues of Quilting Arts Magazine , we would have written about every kind of process, technique, design, or supply that exists. But that's the beauty of contemporary art quilting: someone is always putting a new twist on an old technique, combining materials
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  • Taking classes is one of the most rewarding and eye-opening aspects of the artistic process, exposing you to new processes, materials, and fellow artists. While tracking down a single class every now and then is easy to do, it isn’t often that one
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  • I first became aware of Elin Waterston through the Quilting Arts reader challenges, particularly our annual calendar contests. Very quickly, our team came to recognize Elin's distinctive brand of well-thought-out, uncluttered design featuring a strong focal point.
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  • I'm a California girl who has lived for several years in New England and I am now spending more and more time in Colorado. Each region has its own distinct visual appeal and the artistic possibilities of life in the Rockies definitely intrigue me. The mountains, aspen trees, wildflowers, cacti, and
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  • I love quilts that have been encrusted with lots of beads, baubles, buttons, found objects...you name it. The more outrageous the embellishment, the better! So I can't wait to share with you our latest ready-to-download eBook, Fine Embellishment Techniques from Quilting Arts : 5 Innovative Ways To
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  • I love the ethereal effects you can achieve with water-soluble stabilizer, fibers, and free-motion machine embroidery. The combination can create a stunning focal point for an art quilt or wall-hanging, or even be used to create a garment. But working with the stabilizer can be tricky-unless you know
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  • Sometimes when I'm in a rut--in my studio or in my life--all I need is a change of scene to get me going again. In the past month, I've had the opportunity to experience a lot of new scenery: a family reunion by the ocean, a speaking engagement in New York City, a planning session in Houston
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  • With Independence Day coming right up, it's a good time to celebrate some of the great stitching legacies of the United States. Along with denim and blue jeans and Betsy Ross's' flags, patchwork quilts are probably the most iconic American
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  • It was hard to keep our mission a secret for so long, but now we can shout it from the rooftops: We were visiting artists like Melanie Testa and Beryl Taylor to shoot video for In Stitches , our new, interactive eMag which is available to you now. And let me tell you, this revolutionary digital magazine
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  • There’s nothing like spending a lazy summer afternoon with a good book. I’ll never forget reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula on a hot and hazy day, but still getting goosebumps on my arms. Or becoming so engrossed in Sara Gruen’s Water
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  • It's officially summer, and that means blueberry season. I'm lucky enough to live right next to my father-in-law's blueberry patch--more of a field, actually. While they last, I just have to walk out my back door and down the path to have access to fresh blueberries for breakfast, a snack
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  • I love to read-fiction, non-fiction, romance, instruction--you name it. And I love it when other hardcore readers suggest books they love and think I would enjoy, too. So today, I thought I'd give you a list of some of my favorite books of the art and craft variety, the ones I have on my studio shelf
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  • At about this time last year, I was setting out for a month-long trip to New Zealand and Australia. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with this region, full of friendly people, beautiful sites, and delicious kangaroo meat. But I was also impressed
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  • We live in a time of high-speed connectivity, with hundreds of thousands of books, magazines, and newspapers online and in print, with texting, Twitter, Facebook, and patterns available for instant download. It's hard to imagine a world without them. But long before instant communication, before
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  • You know how I feel about frogs , right? So when Karen Fricke submitted her thread-sketched frog quilt, "Coqui Up Close" to Quilting Arts Magazine back in 2007, I was captivated. And not just by the frog motif, but by her technique for turning a photo into a thread-sketched design on stabilizer
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  • Quilting Arts June/July 2010 issue has been on the newsstands for a few days now, so hopefully most of you have seen its fabulous cover quilt by Diane Nunez. The instant we saw this fun and funky art quilt with unusual embellishment techniques at the
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  • Is there such a thing as too much texture? I don't think so! Texture is what we art quilters are all about. Texture is what excites the quilt artist and it's what entices the art quilt viewer to come up and take a closer look. Plus, adding more texture to our quilts gives us a great excuse to
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  • Welcome to the first StitchBlog Q&A! We hope to make this a monthly blog feature, with interviews from interesting people from around the sewing world. When we were thinking about whom we should feature in our first Q&A, one designer immediately
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  • Every time I'm planning one of my crazy "Surviving the Runway" retro themes for Make It University! TM and we start scrounging up '80s prom dresses and Halloween costumes, the members of the staff who were teens in the '70s start going on about adding fringe trims to their bell
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  • I just got the opening graphic for the new "Save My U.F.O!" segment for our next series of Quilting Arts TV, and every time I see it, I crack up... Does your art quilt in progress need a little help? We are actively seeking more U.F.O.s for
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  • Of the many types of shows you might expect to see in Las Vegas, an art quilt show isn’t the first that comes to mind. But if you happen to be in Sin City before June 12 th , stop by the Reed Whipple Cultural Center to view the exhibit, “Double
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  • Digital technology has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for designing art quilts. Whether you want to apply image transfer techniques to make a photo memory quilt, use digital imagery to make abstract designs, or a combination, we'll show you how to make a quilt with photos when you download
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  • I started Cloth Paper Scissors magazine back in 2004 in part to give voice to forms of art that mixed fabric and stitch with paint, glue, and embellishment but were not strictly speaking art quilts. Forms like altered books, fabric and paint collages, shrines, assemblages, and paper quilts.
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  • I thought that headline might grab your attention. I recently took a brief three-day break to a beach before our publishing schedule vamps up this summer, and decided to turn my vacation a Stitch-cation. As summer approaches––and so do vacation
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  • Inspiration and techniques! Thread sketching; needle felting; hand stitching; recycled sweaters; 3-D embellishments; batik with soy wax; Dunnewold on design; circular quilts; “Inner Animal”; and more! Continue thread sketching with Susan Brubaker Knapp, with a focus on texture. Learn Jane
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  • While I'm gearing up for Quilt Market, I asked Studios Editor Cate Prato to update us on what's going on in the latest issue of Studios. Cate spent a day last week hunting for fabulous studio finds at the Brimfield flea market last week, so I know she's ready to show you some clever ways
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  • There's a whole lot happenin' here at Quilting Arts these days. We have a lot of art quilts here for various publications (including a top secret project that we can't wait to tell you about soon), and let's not forget the Quilting Arts
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  • Many of you probably know I have five furry, four-legged "children." But did you know I feel a similar motherly instinct toward Quilting Arts Magazine ? Asking me to choose a favorite issue is like asking me to choose a favorite child. I love them all equally!
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  • Thanks to everyone for participating in our "How Entertaining" art quilt challenge! As usual, you delighted us with your entertaining, witty, and amusing entries. One of my personal favorite submissions was a very funny depiction of James Gandolfini
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  • Since falling in love with the art quilting world more than a decade ago, I've seen thousands upon thousands of quilts. Despite the fact that each one is unique, I've noticed some themes and motifs that attract quilt artists repeatedly: nature, the sea, faces and memories of loved ones, and geometric
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  • I’ve gotten a few emails over the past couple of weeks from readers wondering what they should do for their “How Entertaining” reader challenge entry, (which has a fast approaching deadline of May 3rd)! Since the challenge looks at how
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  • I'm not sure there's such a thing as too much fabric. Art quilters, especially, have a need--yes, need --to keep even small scraps because you never know when your quilt or fabric collage is going to require a specific color, pattern, or texture. Sometimes, though, the scraps of fabric can start
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  • I'm suffering from a quilt show hangover, and no, it has nothing to do with alcohol, but rather everything to do with waking up in your own bed at home after being at a show for a few days. Attending quilt shows is a natural high: you gaze at amazing
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  • When it comes to celebrating Earth Day, art quilters and mixed-media fiber artists are lucky: for us, it's easy being green. Not that we don't love a bin full of crisp, new fat quarters, but finding creative ways to use reuse and recycle textiles and fibers--thus reducing what goes into the trash
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  • Is your studio harboring a heap of unfinished art quilts, just begging to be completed so they can be released and appreciated by the greater world? Not to worry, How to Bind a Quilt: 12 NEW Quilt Binding and Finishing Methods for Your Art Quilts has come to the rescue! Inside this free, downloadable
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  • 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.
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  • As you can tell from Pippa's latest entry , we've been doing a little road tripping lately... I'm thrilled to say the next stop is the International Quilt Festival/ Chicago ! Are you making your art to trade with others at the new Trading
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  • This past Wednesday and Thursday, the Quilting Arts editorial team (Pokey, Helen, and myself) decided to take a little road trip. As of right now, the purpose of our excursion can’t be divulged, so I’ll share some non-work-related tidbits
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  • Contemporary artists who work in mixed media and fiber know that including a texture background in their art projects makes for more interesting, cohesive pieces of art. Layering mixed-media techniques gives the final piece depth and polish. To help you
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  • Our staff is in the home stretch of our preparations for Make It University! TM with Cloth Paper Scissors ® at International Quilt Festival/Chicago , and boy are we getting excited. There is definitely a buzz in the air, and it's not just the bees that have come out of hibernation during the
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  • It’s been a few days since Quilting Arts April/May 2010 issue hit the newsstands, and many of you may have noticed that this is our animal-themed issue, containing 21 creaturely quilts, Pokey Bolton’s article on “Pet-ty Journal Portraits
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  • One of the things I most enjoy about International Quilt Festival is seeing all the little stitchers-in-training who attend with their moms, grandmothers, or aunts.
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  • I wonder if my love of dyeing came from coloring Easter eggs as a child. Setting out the little glass cups full of hot water and vinegar, mixing in the dye powder, and slowly lowering the hard-boiled eggs in one at a time, it seemed magical to me when they emerged all decked out in pretty pastels.
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  • Quilts can range from the functional to the memorial to the artistic—with most combining several of these qualities—and all types can be seen at “Quilts: 1700-2010,” at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London from March 20 th
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  • Here's a fun way to kick off the work week... Are you interested in winning a brand new BERNINA® aurora sewing machine? Have we got an opportunity for you! Quilting Arts & BERNINA present “ Stitch This! ” Here’s how to participate
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  • I recently returned from my beautiful homeland of San Francisco early last week where I attended the SAQA/SDA “Reinvention” conference. What a terrific time! I was also fortunate to host SAQA’s annual board meeting in my family’s
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  • Who would have thought that Barbie could serve as the inspiration for an art quilt? Well, Suzy Liss did when she created this mixed-media piece, “Mom’s Little Secret” (51" x 28"), which is embellished with the doll’s
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  • It’s officially spring, and not a moment too soon for me. I already traded my boots for open-toed shoes a few weeks ago--and I'm not going back! Now it’s time to open the windows, do some spring cleaning, and let some fresh air into my studio in the hopes that fresh ideas will float in
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  • In the April/May 2010 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine , treat yourself to: more thread sketching with Susan Brubaker Knapp, focusing on line; silk-screen printing onto disposable facial washcloths with Leslie Tucker Jenison; Pokey’s journal quilt-sized and fabric collaged pet portraits; Susan Carlson’s
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  • International Quilt Festival/Chicago commences April 16 in Rosemont, IL, and Yours Truly is counting down the days. If you haven't heard of Make It University!(TM), it's a hands-on area that takes place right on the show floor in the vendor area
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  • I'm pretty sure that when most people think about how to make a quilt, "metal" isn't the first thing that pops into their mind. But there are so many ways you can incorporate metal into your quilts and wall hangings, adding texture, dimension, shine, and that element of surprise. Here
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  • Knowing how popular patchwork is, we're offering you this FREE downloadable eBook, How to Make a Quilt: 6 FREE Patchwork Quilt Projects for Contemporary Quilts , that gives you six ways to use patchwork patterns.
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  • There is no doubt that Nancy Crow is one of the most influential individuals in the history of art quilting. From her intricate geometric pieced to quilts to her well-known teaching workshops and her co-founding of Quilt National in the 1970s, Nancy has
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  • Each time we gear up for another International Quilt Festival Make It University! TM with Cloth Paper Scissors® event, we try to balance keeping popular components with adding new features. As our staff brainstormed ideas for IQF/Chicago April 16-18, one thing we made sure to include was an art trade
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  • I'm packing my suitcase again, getting ready to fly to Cleveland to tape the sixth season of "Quilting Arts TV." As hectic as the shooting pace is, I always look forward to taping, because I get to learn new tricks and techniques in person
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  • I knew I had a difficult task ahead of me when my undergraduate thesis advisor informed me that my research on the history of the art quilting movement should focus on only a few innovative quilt artists. There were so many to choose from and narrowing
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  • Thanks to everyone who took the leap and posted a picture of an uncompleted art quilt in our Save My UFO gallery ! For this brand new segment for Quilting Arts TV, we thought to bring about 10 quilts, and cover the gamut in terms of art & design challenges
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  • Quilters tend to be savers. We save fabrics (no scrap is too tiny), embellishments, threads, tool, and even ideas. This is a good thing—we find inspiration all around us and build a collection of resources that allows us to act on it whenever our
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  • I was supposed to spend this past weekend at a friend’s wedding in Baltimore, but thanks to some bad weather forecasts, my flights were canceled and I found myself with an unexpectedly free Saturday afternoon. Naturally, I decided there was no better
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  • We received so many fun and interesting Let Out Your Inner Animal Challenge quilts from readers that the Quilting Arts editors decided we had to play, too.
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  • When something goes awry in the creative process—the ink splatters, the dye color is murky, the stitches have minds of their own—you have two choices. You can toss it and start over, or you can, as my favorite fashion designer advisor Tim Gunn would say, make it work.
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  • There isn’t normally a great deal of crossover between acting and art quilting , but textile artist Lalla Ward has crossed this unusual divide. Well-known for her role as alien Romana in the BBC television series Dr. Who, Lalla now devotes the majority
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  • Want your quilt-in-progress featured on Quilting Arts TV? Do you have an unfinished art quilt (otherwise known as a UFO for UnFinished Object) that’s got you stumped on how to complete? Have you stuffed it in the back of a dresser drawer in the
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  • Art quilters tend to stitch outside the box. Traditional squares and patches are not for them. But that doesn't mean that repetition and a sense of order isn't important. In fact, repetition is a key element in design. The concept of using a grid as a design element is classic--that's one
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  • This new month also means a new issue of Quilting Arts hits the newsstands! If you don't already have your copy of the February/March 2010 Quilting Arts , don't waste too much more time. This issue features an array of art quilting techniques
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  • We’re kicking off the new month with a new online feature: the Quilting Arts Community Spotlight. These spotlights will give us the opportunity to focus in on the work of some of our talented QA Community members, to share the stories behind their
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  • We're introducing a new feature to the Quilting Arts Community... Every month I will be cruising the site, noting what people are posting in the galleries and forums, and essentially looking to see how you--our cherished members--are utilizing our
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  • My Monday mornings recently became a bit less painful. You see, my three favorite TV shows held their season finales at the end of last year, which means I no longer stay up late on Sunday nights absorbed in the antics of: a serial killer, a womanizer
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  • It seems that by the time we actually put up our new calendars in January, they're already filled with quilt show dates, deadlines, goals, and to-do lists. In fact, it's not unusual for each person on our staff to have three Quilting Arts calendars open on the wall at a time, each turned to successive
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  • At some point, many artists must confront the successes and struggles that come with balancing between the creative and practical aspects of their process. By now, most of you are probably familiar with Jane D á vila's regular Quilting Arts
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  • I have an uncanny (some on my staff would say freaky) ability to remember exactly what artist's article appeared in which issue of Quilting Arts , going back to the very first issue nearly 10 years ago. And up until recently, I've been able to put my hand on the printed page more quickly than
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  • When I think of hearts, I immediately think of Beryl Taylor. And not just because she's such a sweet, warm-hearted person! After the fleur-de-lis, the heart is the motif I most associate with Beryl's mixed-media art. She punches them, paints them, stitches and beads them, and makes puffy heart
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  • Creating Figures in Fabric; Leftover Dye Pillows; Turning fabric dyeing mistakes into masterpieces; Experimentations in resist dyeing; Embellish your quilts with simple machine stitching; Lession 1: Focus on color; A conversation with art quilter Barbara Walter; Major works by leading artists; Creating
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  • When I think of 3-D movies, I think of the old sci-fi horror flicks my parents used to tell me about where people would wear those funny 3-D glasses. Back then, apparently, they didn’t really work that well and it seemed the glasses were more entertaining than the 3-D effects.
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  • This January, I’m all about soup. You see, I ate a little too much of this kind of thing while on vacation in Mexico: (the best chicken and mole I’ve ever had in my life) I received a glorious Le Creuset ® French oven for Christmas (basically
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  • Want to make a unique imprint on your handmade quilts? Learn how to create your own fabric with our latest FREE eBook, Fabric Painting: 5 Surface Design, Paint, and Monoprint Techniques from Quilting Arts . You'll learn how to paint fabric with textile paints, fabric paints, and oil sticks. Plus
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  • Happy new year from all of us here at Quilting Arts! We hope you managed to squeeze in some creative time during the holidays, along with special time with family, friends, and great food. In fact, if you created any unique gifts or projects, we want
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  • Of all the elements of design--line, color, texture, shape, form, value, and size--I think the most difficult one to grasp is value. Not only understanding what it is, but how to use it when you're in the process of designing a fiber art piece. How can you use value to your advantage? How do you
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  • I love the variety of novelty yarns and fibers available today: thick, thin, sparkly, variegated, fuzzy, sumptuous-and they come in every color you can imagine. They are a feast for the eyes and whenever I see a ball, skein, or even snippets of these yarns, I want to plunge my hands into them and get
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  • 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”
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  • I’ve always loved the past—I studied art history in college, after all—and therefore have a deep fascination with antique quilts. I’ve collected only a few so far, and this one (my first, actually) is my hands-down favorite: The
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  • My college motto, which got me through many tough exam seasons, was ‘work hard, party hard.’ And apparently these words of wisdom still apply. You see, even though we’ve been rather busy at the Quilting Arts office, we managed to find
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  • Though International Quilt Festival/Houston is certainly one of the most highly-anticipated and enjoyed events of the year for many quilters, the Quilt Scene is never ending; all year long, quilters are busily at work brainstorming, creating, and, of
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  • Achieving multicolored silkscreen prints; Taking stitch-resist shibori beyond the norm with Mokume and Ori-nui shibori stitches; Artist Profile: Marianne R. Williamson; Pushing the boundaries of geometrical art quilting; SAQA@20: Art & Excellence - A sampling from an art quilt exhibit; Create unique
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  • Aside from stitching and embellishing, is there anything more thrilling than finding a beautiful vintage textile or an unusual found object at a yard sale, thrift shop, or flea market? Especially at a great price? Such a piece can add just the right touch to make a contemporary art quilt or mixed-media
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  • Natalya Aikens recently whipped up some easy stitched leaves that she decorates with Pigma pens to add visual texture. You can dress them up with golden thread or just keep it simple and let the kids decorate them with "thankful" sayings or guests' names.
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  • No one knows more about pushing your artistic boundaries than Kelli Perkins, author of Stitch Alchemy: Combining Fabric & Paper for Mixed Media Art . Not only does her book contain a wide variety of projects, from bookmarks to beads and paper quilts
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  • One thing our editorial team loves to do is devise reader challenges, and usually during the brainstorming sessions, there is a lot of laughter around the conference table. This next reader challenge is no exception. I confess this one is of a personal
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  • Mixed-media fiber artist R. Paulette Lancaster chose Frida as the centerpiece of a collage of page-sized quilts made for a El Dia de los Muertos art exhibit. We thought this would be the perfect time to share the story of how she created this piece.
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  • That’s right, our newest publication, International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene , is finally here. As of today, Tuesday, October 27 th , you too can own a copy of this beautiful, 150 page special issue, packed with patterns, projects, tips, techniques
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  • It's almost inevitable: anyone who loves the pattern and colors of fabric has to be drawn to the vast variety of papers available, both commercial and found. Of course, like the children's story about giving a mouse a cookie, once you have an assortment of beautiful papers, you're going to
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  • Our readers and online followers instantly made the QA Community the place to come and chat, share, and play show-and-tell. But each month we've added new features or updated previous ones. If you haven't stopped by the Community in a while, here's what you might have missed.
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  • Brace yourselves! I think I'm about to set a world record in the Blogosphere for the number of photos in a single blog entry. I took nearly 250 shots at International Quilt Festival/Houston, but I cut the lot down to 49. (The ones I don’t post
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  • Maria Elkins couldn't wait to tell us the news, and no wonder. A few weeks ago, the International Quilt Association (IQA) notified her that two of her most recent quilts each won a category award in the fall Judged Show of the International Quilt Association's, Quilts: A World of Beauty.
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  • Who's joining me in making 35 ATCs (artist trading cards) to celebrate the 35th anniversary of International Quilt Festival/ Houston next week ? Last night I packed all of my Open Studios supplies and discovered I had gotten just a tad carried away
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  • Welcome to the Fall 09 Studios Tour! **Notice: For some reason, not all of the links here will "refresh" to today's new posts with the tours. I am particularly having trouble with blogs on blogspot. I have refreshed, cut and pasted into
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  • Designing Fabric; Sketches on fabric; Mixed-Media approach to quilting; dyeing technique; Sub Urban Art - selective Rusting; Edges; Monoprinting with texture plates; Journal quilts; Spontaneous explorations in color; Re-create your sketchbook images on cloth; Edges; Goddess at the last minute with Robbi
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  • The Make It University!(TM) workshop schedule and list of events have now been posted. Click the link below to get the dish on what we've got planned. (And I hope you'll join me in making 35 ATCs to celebrate 35 years of Festival!) Make It University
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  • I've just returned home from Cleveland where we taped our next series of QA TV (airing end of December). This new season promises to be a strong one! Not only did we tape some fabulous segments at International Quilt Festival/Chicago this past April
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  • Since starting work at Quilting Arts, I’ve received quite a few envious comments from fellow quilters—after all, what better job could a fabric and sewing lover ask for? And not to rub it in, but my first couple of weeks have only proven the
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  • Oh, I am so sad. Someone slip me a happy pill, please . It's actually over. 2009 International Quilt Festival/ Long Beach is now past, but what an indelible memory it left! International Quilt Festival/Long Beach, second year in the running, is, well
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  • A gelatin monoprint process; Asian-inspired, richly embroidered accessories; creating with silk: painted and beaded trees; printing with incised rubbing plates and non-toxic materials; the effective artist statement; The Lowell Fiber Studio; Artist Profile; The Whisper Challenge, and more. Cover quilt
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  • So here is my latest I2Q VidPrompt #3: ATC's Use techniques found in the my book Inspired to Quilt to create Artist Trading Cards to trade with me and fellow readers at the International Quilt Festival in Long Beach. I used the heart motif in 4 different
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  • OK, Everybody! It's time to take the “Quilting Arts Uncensored: The Stuff You're Not Supposed to Know” Quiz! Are you ready? Which of the following statements is true? A. For the very first Quilting Arts calendar we published in 2001
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  • Hello all! Hip, hip hooray for Vid Prompt #2. In which, we check out some supplies pertaining to visual journaling, I once again encourage you to draw (drat that darned word), and I talk about freezer paper. This Prompt deals with pages 28 through 33
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  • Long Beach is coming! Are you planning to be there? I am and I have an invitation for you. Please join me in creating and trading Artist's Trading Cards inspired by techniques found in my book! And the neat thing is, within the next two Video Prompts
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  • I recently returned from the annual SAQA conference that took place in Athens, Ohio on the Ohio University campus, and what an incredible time! For those who are unfamiliar with SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) , it is the non-profit organization to
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  • Expert tips for selling your art; fiber and stitch samplers; paper-fabric quilts; wilderness landscapes; creating unique fabrics with your computer; enhancing quilts with Paintstiks®; deconstructed rubbings for screenprinting and more; Goddess reminisces. Cover quilt by Karen Linduska.
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  • At long last...we have our own online community just for contemporary quilters! Like moving into a new house, it takes time to familiarize yourself with your surroundings, unpack your stuff, decorate your rooms, and meet the neighbors. To kick off move
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  • Above: Cheryl Sleboda sporting her '80s tiara We're back from Chicago and recovering from all of the beautiful art quilts we saw and the hilarity and fun we had in MIU. What a great time! I am in the process of uploading videos and images onto
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  • Thread painting; pieced landscapes; perspectives on art and quilting with Inge Mardal and Steen Hougs; inspiration from the Symbolists; time management for artists; inspiration from a Kenyan tradition; image transfers; “Rock On!” challenge results; print fabrics with hardware store finds;
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  • While we're working to prepare the final details for the covers of the "QATV" Series 400 DVDs, it's fun to reflect on the TV taping...now that we've been home for awhile. I can't believe that Pokey and I spent a whole week and
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  • I love this time of year. When April comes around, it means one kind of sock season is officially over (bye bye boots, hellooooo sandals), and another type of sock season officially begins! It also means it's time for the International Quilt Festival
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  • Apparently I am not the only one counting down the minutes until summer because we received more than 280 submissions for our "Life's a Beach!" Cloth Paper Scissors reader challenge. Submissions ranged from altered surf boards and flip-flops
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  • Quilting Arts TV taping for Series 400 has officially completed, and over the course of this week I will be posting photos and short videos to give you a flavor of what transpired on and off camera. I have more than 200 pictures and I'll also be loading
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  • I have kept mum about this for months but I can finally rip the duct tape off of my mouth and spill the news: Bernina is now the sewing machine sponsor of Quilting Arts TV! I have been a fan of Bernina and their sewing machines since Day One of Quilting
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  • Pokey Bolton chats with “Project Runway” winner Jay McCarroll; Venus-inspired art: from prehistoric times through the Renaissance; designing with ink pads; thread painting 101; hand embroidery; designing with Paintstiks®; glue gel resist; monoprinting fabrics, and many more art quilting
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  • Please note: These exciting workshops are open to non-SAQA members! Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) will be presenting 6 exciting 3-day workshops May 18-20, 2009 in Athens, Ohio. The 3-day workshops are open to all artists - you don't have to be
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  • We tape Quilting Arts TV Series 400 in just a couple of weeks, and I thought it might be fun to tell you who some of the guests will be this next season. (And this isn't the full list, just some I can remember off the top of my head!) Frieda Anderson
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  • This just in... "Treasure Map" by Susan Shie PRESIDENT OBAMA: A CELEBRATION IN ART QUILTS February 9-March 5, 2009 Opening Reception: Friday, February 13, 6-9 pm. Cafritz Foundation Arts Center Montgomery College 930 King Street Silver Spring
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  • Want to see a sneak peek of the cover for the February/March issue of Quilting Arts (on sale February 3rd)? This art quilt is by Kathy York (who some may remember from this particular Saturday night event ). Doesn't it make you wish for spring? Kathy
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  • In last Thursday’s post I posed the following question on the blog: If you could have a craft date with any artist, whom might you choose? The answers ran the gamut—from painters and musicians to creative embroiderers and art quilters.  Names that
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  •    Above: Debbi Crane, Pokey Bolton, and Cheryl Prater at Make It University! at International Quilt Festival/ Chicago in 2007.   We have a very special guest with us today: Debbi Crane , co-author of MIXED MANIA: RECIPES FOR DELICIOUS
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  • For all of us who survived Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, I hereby offer you Totally Free Tuesday! Well, at least a free offer from me in the form of a Christmas tree skirt article. Click on the image below  to download a piece I
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  • Since the economy is on all of our minds lately, I interrupt our regularly scheduled art quilt blogcast to share some humor with you: The fact that I woke up this morning and it was 18 degrees outside.   18 degrees…in November!  The mail that
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  • This past Saturday afternoon I realized I was critically low on black and white screen-printing paint, so I hightailed it to one of my favorite places on the planet:   *** Blick. Ooh la la...this place makes my heart beat nearly as fast as sifting
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  • OK, my boogie-loving, head-thrashing, air-guitar-playing quilters, how are those Rock On! art quilts comin ''? T minus 10 weeks until the due date, so I hope you're jammin' and quiltin' the night away. We've gotten a handful of
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  • I want to thank everybody so much for your in-depth responses to my questions about winter woes and planning a three-day art quilt retreat at my house. I was amazed at how long and thoughtful those responses were!  What many of you said:  Coping
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  • Here’s a good way to start the workweek: Want to buy an art quilt? Today the reverse auction commences to benefit SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates). I am on the SAQA Board and I can tell you this is a very organized, forward-thinking organization supporting
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  • Ever since I returned home from Houston, I've been suffering from what I dub PPQSD: post-partum quilt show disorder. I'm home from the show I look forward to most every year, and now I'm back in my sleepy, bucolic town of Stow, MA. Quilt show
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  • What an amazing, beautiful, surreal, funny, busy time we had in Houston! Thanks so much to everyone who participated in Make It University!(TM) I had every intention of blogging every day from the show floor. Ha ha, that's a good one. The laugh is
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  • Designing with sheer fabrics; soy wax for batik; quilts from photos and drawings; expert advice on selling your art; mixed-media canvas books; quilt storage and preservation; printing on fabric with Maggie Grey; collaged journal quilts; collaborative stitched book project; more “Go Green!”
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  • What's that saying: When the cat's away the mice will play? My husband's been out of town for the past week, and while he was gone, play I did… A few things have been on my mind lately: my beautiful hometown of San Francisco, the Grateful
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  • Virginia Spiegel’s e-newsletter popped into my in-box earlier this week, letting me know that another Collage Mania auction to raise funds for the American Cancer Society will be taking place. Virginia’s efforts to raise funds and rally artists for ACS
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  • Quilted pet portraits; rusting fabric; ArtQuilts at the Sedgwick; digital design; deconstructed screen printing; hand-dyed silk charmeuse in quilts; needle-felted landscape design; dyeing cottons with indigo; 2009 Calendar; the “Green” issue with “green” wall hangings, “Go
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  • I feel such a huge sense of elation, relief and utter joy; I want to jump up and down, dance around the office, or go run along the beach and holler into the breeze. Why am I so giddy? The Quilting Arts GIFTS issue officially went to press today. I'm
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  • Artist Alisa Burke poses with a fan. For those of you who didn't come to International Quilt Festival/Long Beach and Make It University!™ with Cloth Paper Scissors, we sure missed you! Some pictures for you… Surviving the Runway Luncheon (Thursday
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  • Fabric design with discharge dyeing, crayon rubbing, and painting; using your stash; digital design; machine needle felting; stamped fabrics with Adinkra symbols; designing with thread scraps; image transfers on fabric and paper; surface design in fabric collage; silk bowls; mounting quilts; “True
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  • A sample of my hand-dyed and screen-printed fabrics. What would you do if you had a month off and could do any one activity? If I could take this kind of time, I'd scamper off to some secret destination (preferably a small creekside cottage in Sedona
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  • Art quilter Mary Stori tagged me earlier this spring and as I just enjoyed a three-day weekend, I had a little time on my hands to finally put to paper a few bits about me. (And if you want to skip all that and jump to Quilt/ Collage news and the Fat
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  • As my friends know all too well, I am slightly obsessed with HBO's The Sopranos , and inspired by a recent call for entries for an upcoming show in Long Beach , I came darn close to formally entering an art quilt dedicated to my Jersey boys. But there
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  • International Quilt Festival/Chicago was such a blast––a heartfelt thanks to everyone who visited and participated in Make It University!(TM) with Cloth Paper Scissors. The area buzzed with energy, creativity, and laughs the entire weekend, thanks to
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  • Making stamps; painted backgrounds for art quilts; inspiration from Matisse; batik art quilts; profile of a hand embroiderer; thickened silk dyes; quilting with a longarm; finishing techniques for small quilt edges; free-motion machine quilting; working with transfer paints; stitched paper quilt design;
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  • Wanted! We have some very exciting publicity and publishing opportunities that I wanted you, dear blog reader, to find out about first. (Many of these aren’t even on the submissions pages yet on our website.) Go Green Quilt by Frances Holliday Alford
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  • Collaged fabric panels with found objects; wholecloth facing technique; monoprinting fabrics, including sheers; free-motion machine quilting; mounting and framing art quilts; flour paste resist with Jane Dunnewold; painterly quilt collage; eco-friendly journal quilting; 2007 Journal Quilt Project; Goddess
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  • We’ve started taping for Series 200 of QA TV and I thought to give you a special, behind-the-scenes sneak-peek at how we put this together. It all begins months in advance when Kathie Stull (owner/producer) and I discuss the themes for each episode. At
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  • Apologies for the two-week absence, but I have been bowled over by a few important deadlines this month and I’ve also managed to catch the flu (no fun). While I sip chicken broth, huddled under my great grandmother’s quilt, I thought to share some happenings
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  • For me ringing in the New Year often means a cozy night curled on the couch, TV clicker in hand, watching a frost-bitten *** Clark countdown to midnight. However, this New Year’s is a little more thrilling… because that stroke of midnight means Quilting
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  • The Kemshalls on inspiration and the creative journey; painted batting and interfacing as quilt surfaces; fabric collage techniques; discarded quilts re-worked with paint and stitch; profile of Pam RuBert; embellish with bead soup; needle-felted wonders; results from two challenges; Goddess on turning
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  • 1. Make It University! with Cloth Paper Scissors at International Quilt Festival is taking place in less than two weeks! If you can't come to the show (and we'll certainly miss you) you can still be a part of the fun if you send in some Fat Inchies
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  • Digital imagery; delicate design with silk, lace, flower petals, and machine embroidery; the Kemshalls on finishing with embroidery, foil, and color; quilted fabric sculpture; textural book wraps; large-scale photograph quilts; thread sketching on stabilizer; showing artwork; binding techniques; embellishments;
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  • We're mid-way through taping Quilting Arts TV so I thought it would be fun to share my journey with you thus far. Let the pictures do the talking... I had to chuckle when I boarded my flight to the taping and saw this on the back of the seat in front
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  • Machine needle felting with yarns, specialty fabrics, and digital image inspiration; the Kemshalls on quilting; binding techniques; autumn-themed art quilts; digital prints in fabric collage; discharging fabrics; India ink resist with Jane Dunnewold; 2008 Calendar; Inchies; from theme to series; Goddess
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  • The calendar says the summer solstice will blessedly be upon us in a few days, but in Editorial Land, this can only mean one thing: How are those holiday issues shapin' up? Admittedly I'm still thawing out from last winter, but while I'm deadheading
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  • Finding Inspiration; Scale, proportion, and balance; Finding Your Voice with Fabric Collage; silk painting with resist; understanding tone, value, and light and dark to create mood and feeling; Artist Profile: Frances Holliday Alford; five artists, one quilt; holographic effects; contour drawing with
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  • Almost here! 1000 Artist Trading Cards is not available until next month, but I got my advanced copy a short while ago. What I love most about this gallery-style book is that these ATCs bridge both the art quilt and collage worlds. Lots of styles, themes
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  • Theme-based work; Tim Gunn makes Wearables Work for You; designer labels; machine needle felting; Clear Vision: Part II; pricing your art; textural surfaces; The role of tradition in quiltmaking; MetroTextural; More results from our Abstract Art Quilt Reader Challenge; Goddess on knitting. On the Cover
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  • Art Design Primer: Color and Value; Xpandaprint; Artist Profile: Deidre Adams;create transparent quilt art; Frayed Edges group; water-soluble stabilizers; creating translucency; The making of an art quilt; creative coffee cuffs; magical card case; results from our Abstract Art Quilt Reader Challenge;
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  • I'm home in body but not in brain, so let the pictures of International Quilt Festival in Houston do the talking! See those relaxed, confident smiles on Virginia and Nancy's faces? Just the night before, they counted the loot from the FFAC postcards
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  • Now the countdown really begins--one week until the Houston festivities commence! Quilting Arts Magazine/Cloth Paper Scissors® are taking out four booths in the Make It University section (right smack in the middle of the vendor area) and we are planning
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  • Art Design Primer: Unity and Focal Point; Embellishing with Attitude; MajorMinors II South African Fibreworks Exhibition; Artist Profile: Karen Stiehl Osborn; Embellished Stitches & Exotic Threads; Interview with South African Artist: Rosalie Dace; Art Quilts at the Sedgwick; The Art of Journal Quilting;
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  • Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (code for cyberspace) a lonely, art-starved editor thought to free herself from her type-filled, copyediting, desk-chained days by hosting an ATC blog swap. Soon, news of the blog swap spread like spilled walnut
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  • I’m simply overwhelmed with the outpouring of support I’ve gotten over the past week. Thanks everyone for the kind words on my father. I’ve been feeling a maelstrom of emotions: grief, of course, coupled with compassion for all of you dealing with cancer
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  • I just got the sweetest letter yesterday from a seven-year-old boy named Will. I met him this past spring in Chicago at Make It U! and I remember finding him staring up at the wall of fabric ATCs we had displayed. Eyes wide, mouth agape, and neck craned
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  • Fellow Artists, If you sent in ATCs for the blog swap I'm starting to mail mine back next week. If you did not get a Grant of Rights form from me via email for the ATC book please email me directly-- editorial@quiltingdaily.com and put "Grant
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  • If you submitted ATCs for the blog swap in May, I’ll be sending mine to you in mid-July. So sorry it’s taken me a couple of months, but we’ve had a rather intense publishing schedule for both May and June. I also might have missed some people for the
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  • It’s been an exciting and busy May for us at Quilting Arts headquarters. Not only do we have a lot of material going to press, but we also visited beautiful Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN for the Spring Quilt Market. I was pleasantly surprised by the beauty
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  • I've been M.I.A. lately, simply because we have our hands in a lot of projects here at headquarters. One of our endeavors is pulling together artwork for a book on mixed-media ATCs. You heard it here first (well, unless you were in Chicago): Rockport
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  • We returned from Chicago late Sunday night/ Monday morning, and three days later we’ve finally chiseled our tired, groggy selves off the floor. Thanks so much to everybody who joined us in Chicago last week. We were stunned by the sheer number of people
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  • My latest obsession—experimenting with paper and stitch © Patricia Bolton Two weeks ago, I committed to making more than 200 ATCs for Spring Quilt Festival/Chicago next week (what was I thinking?!), so I’ve been in my studio late at night experimenting
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  • I've held such hope to enter the Journal Quilt Project since it's inception in 2003. I'm not alone. Every January the activity on the Quilt Art list surges as people like me who've never formally entered a show, are excited at the thought
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  • I'm so thrilled––International Quilt Festival/Spring and Make It U! with Cloth Paper Scissors® is just three short weeks away. I recently received the floor map of where the Make It U! section will be, and it's smack in the middle of the quilt
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  • I’ve always been slow to catch onto anything hip (proven by the fact that I’ve yet to watch a single episode of “Project Runway”). Yet I’d get email after email from friends and colleagues who’d apprise me that they were journaling on the Net, and for
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