Patchwork

Patchwork, sometimes referred to as pieced work, refers to a method of sewing together smaller pieces of fabric (or other materials) to create a larger design. Traditionally, patchwork involves geometric shapes that are precisely cut to the same size, but contemporary methods often take a more freewheeling approach and use fabric pieces of different sizes and shapes.


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  • There's no doubt about it: patchwork is everywhere these days--from high-end fashion design to everyday home decor. Which is why we are so thrilled to announce the newest magazine to join the Quilting Arts family: 101 Patchwork Projects . This publication
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  • As many of you may now, our next issue marks the 10 year anniversary of Quilting Arts Magazine! And I don't know about all of you, but in my family, birthdays were always a very big deal. The birthday girl or boy would have their meal and cake of
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  • I love fall. Perhaps it’s the New Englander in me—I love running in the cool crisp weather, watching the changing leaves, and even returning to a sense of routine after the hectic summer months. There are so many little details that herald
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  • The holiday weekend is over, but hopefully this free sewing pattern will ease your transition back into the work week! I must confess, I never fully recovered from my childhood fondness for stuffed animals, and I returned from the Quilting Arts TV taping
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  • This month's Q&A is with Ayumi Takahashi, frequent Stitch designer and owner of the blog Pink Penguin. Ayumi combines a zakka-inspired aesthetic with fun, quirky projects that keep us on our toes. From bags to coasters to plastic bag dispensers
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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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  • Whenever I visit a new city, one of my favorite things to do is just walk. There’s no better way to soak in your surroundings and I find that wandering without purpose often turns up the most unexpectedly delightful finds. Of course, walking often
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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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  • 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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  • We're on Flickr ! We were thrilled to learn this week that an intrepid sewist named Layla has launched the Stitch Magazine Creations group on Flickr.com, a popular free photo-sharing site. Anyone can join and upload photos, as long as they're
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  • ON THE COVER: Asymmetrical Folds skirt about this issue A special issue devoted to the creative possibilities of sewing wearables, home decor, accessories, and gifts. Get a fresh perspective on sewing! Quilting Arts Stitch speaks to a new generation of
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Happy New Year to you all! I know I'm a little late, but I only just returned from an indulgent week-long trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where I spent all day every day swimming in the ocean, lying in the sun, and drinking mojitos. However, I did
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  • Until July 2008, Meg McElwee was a Montessori teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in rural Mexico. McElwee launched her sewing line, Sew Liberated, while living in Mexico and she now lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her husband and son, Finn. She writes
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  • Hey Everyone, Do you like to sew? How about read blogs? Then check out this blog tour and hop on board for a chance to win a copy of one of these new books. Hurry--it starts today! The Sew Liberated and I Love Patchwork Double-the-Fun Blog Tour: 2 Fabulous
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  • So, you're hosting a holiday party and you want to personalize your dining room table-and quick! Look no further. In our latest Free e-Book, Handmade Quilts with Quilting Arts: 6 Free Sewing Patterns for Beautiful Handmade Gifts , we offer you six festive quilting and sewing projects to personalize
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • I've been a little absent lately, but that's only because we're meeting a few deadlines. I will be back in full force soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to share a brief blog entry about Louie, that little Min Pin you see both in the digital
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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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  • 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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  • ON THE COVER: Asymmetrical Folds skirt features Sew Eco Elaine Lipson Organic + sustainable fabrics = lasting beauty Handsewing Revolution Marlene Blessing Natalie Chanin from Alabama Chanin: style and stitch visionary projects Gifted 10 luxurious fabric
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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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