Art Quilt

Art quilt is a broad term referring to contemporary textile art which has some or all of the basic structural characteristics of a traditional quilt, but incorporates a myriad of contemporary techniques and materials. Surface design, embellishment, hand stitching, and machine stitching are often used to create art quilts. Materials range from fabric and fibers, such as paper, to other mixed media, such as beads, buttons, and yarn.

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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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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…

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8 Steps to Successful Cyanotype Prints on Fabric

Did you know cyanotype has been around since the middle of the 19th century? This vivid blue printing technique was a popular way to reproduce photographs and documents quickly and inexpensively. In fact, cyanotype prints were often used to print maps and plans, that’s where we get the term blueprint. Nowadays you can buy pretreated…

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Photographic Inspiration for Abstract Art Quilts

Creating abstract art quilts can be a challenge. Finding interesting compositions takes practice. You can start with making free-motion sketches by sewing bits of fabric and paper onto notecards. Or you can pin pieces of fabric to your design wall and watch relationships between shape and color develop. Or you can look to a photograph…

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Blocking My Pixelated Quilt

Please enjoy Vivika’s journey creating a pixelated quilt. KL It’s done! My quilt, titled “Ed Note,” has finally moved officially from the UFO list and on to the Finished list. This quilt began as a lark. I met Andi Herman from YouPatch last year at QuiltCon and admired the software she and her husband developed…

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Your Art Quilts Will Bloom and Flutter with this Easy Applique Technique

According to a friend of mine, New England has seen a preponderance of hummingbirds this summer. I’ve also read that Monarch butterflies–whose population had been diminishing–are on the rise again. This makes me happy. I don’t think there are many more beautiful sights than these winged creatures flitting about the garden. Birds, especially, are a…

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How to Make a Photo Quilt: 5 Free Tutorials

Go to any quilt show or scan the Internet, and you’ll find that quilts incorporating photographs are very popular. Nowadays, it’s a snap to scan your favorite photos into your computer, then print them onto fabric that can easily be incorporated into a quilt. But how do you make your photo quilt stand out from…