Quilt Designs

When you design a quilt, you should consider many factors, from whether to use hand-dyed or contemporary fabric to whether you will use complementary or contrasting quilt borders–or any borders at all. You can use a contemporary patchwork design, select from traditional quilt patterns, or make a wholecloth quilt design. The choice is yours!

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Festive & Fun Stitched Bird Ornaments

Have you kicked off your handmade holiday season yet? I’m happy to report; I’ve overcome my status as a procrastinator and have already begun working on quilted gifts for my family and friends. The small quilt patterns and fabric art projects from our new curated collection Trendy Modern Quilts and Gifts to Make And Give…

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Using a Kit to Design Your Own Quilt

There’s no doubt about it, quilt kits are handy. Not only is all of the fabric conveniently portioned, but the pattern and fabric are bundled together in one convenient package. Quilt kits come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. There are kits where you cut your own fabric and ones that use precuts including fat…

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Creative Machine Art Techniques at Home

I’ll admit it, I love learning. To me there is nothing better than learning something new. I usually get so excited about it that I feel compelled to share the technique with friends–or even strangers. Lucky for the person who stands next to me in the checkout line, I can eagerly share my favorite techniques…

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Texture in Art Quilts: How to Make Custom Rubbing Plates

One of my favorite aspects of art quilts is the artists’ use of texture. I love the way you can layer technique over technique to create a dynamic design that begs for closer inspection. And there are so many ways to create texture! Stamping, stenciling, stitching… I confess, as an indecisive person it can be…

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Birds of a Feather Flock Together: How to Make 4 Flying Geese Units

From precise paper-pieced angles to the tried-and-true HST, triangle quilts are everywhere right now. In her book, Quilting from Every Angle, Nancy Purvis uses blocks featuring three-sided shapes including Flying Geese, Half-Square Triangles, Half-Rectangle Triangles, and more to create graphic modern quilts. Many quilters, whether they prefer traditional or modern quilt design, use the Flying…

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How to Quilt with Color: Perception is Everything

Seeing color, let alone talking about it, can be a challenge. When you think about it, you never really see a color on its own; it’s always affected by its surroundings. Therefore, it’s incredibly important for quilters to understand how colors fit within the greater context of a quilt composition. While on the hunt for…

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Make It! Patchwork Summer 2016

Welcome summer with more that 25 designs that range from full-size quilts to gifts you can finish in an afternoon—the summer issue of Make it! Patchwork is sure to please. Order or instantly download your copy of the summer issue of Make it! Patchwork magazine today! In addition to four galleries of projects, read interesting and on-trend articles: Paper Piecing, Here’s…

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Confetti Backgrounds for Art Quilts

Have you ever noticed how the background in a photograph tends to be blurred while the focal point is in sharp focus? Andrea Brokenshire observed this in her photos of flowers. In an attempt to capture and recreate this effect in her art quilts, Andrea uses batik fabrics and fusible web to create a highly…