How to Quilt

There is no one way to make a quilt. Quilt artists use a vast range of techniques, from fabric dyeing and painting to machine and hand stitching. Many choose to experiment with different methods and approaches to their work. The Quilting Arts online community offers ideas, inspiration, and advice to help you along the way.

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Tips for Choosing Fabrics for Patchwork Quilts

Most quilt artists have a good eye for color, pattern, and what goes together. If they didn’t, they probably wouldn’t be quilting. But when deciding how to make a patchwork quilt design, your fabric choices can make a big difference in how the overall design looks. Whether you’re working from your stash or purchasing commercial…

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Which Die-Cutting Machine is Right for You?

Many quilters who use appliqué, patchwork patterns, or repeated motifs in their art swear by die-cut machines. The machines can save time, make cutting easier on the hands and back (no endless hours with the rotary cutter and mat), and improve accuracy. Depending on the machine, you can cut through several layers of fabric at…

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Basic Quilting Abbreviations: From ATC to WOF

If I told you to go to your LQS to get some PFD so you could finish your ATC you HSY, would you know what I was talking about? Quilters use many abbreviations to communicate basic quilting terms. Some are practical: you don’t want to have to write (or repeat) “half-square triangles” over and over…

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Learn How to Quilt in a Group

My favorite work day is Tuesday, because that’s when our office holds show-and-tell. Given the array of quilters, sewists, and mixed-media artists in our group (many of whom also knit, crochet, and make jewelry), you never know what to expect. Managing editor Rose deBoer (L) and Assistant editor Kristine Lundblad (R) made these quilts (each using…

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Modern Snails Trail Quilt Block: Easier (and Faster) Than it Looks

Black Friday comes once a year, but we can celebrate Block Friday every week, if we want, with how-tos for making contemporary designs from traditional quilt block patterns. I couldn’t wait to bring you this week’s design: a modern take on the Snail’s Trail quilt block by Malka Dubrawsky. It’s one of my favorite patterns…

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Thanks and Wishes from the Quilting Arts Team

Today is Thanksgiving Day in the U.S., a day when we gather with family and friends, stuff ourselves with traditional foods (or their vegetarian, gluten-free, low-sodium versions), and reflect on what we are thankful for. Some of us also watch football. Our entire Quilting Arts family feels especially thankful this year. Not just for the…

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Turn Textile Art into Jewelry in Three Easy Steps

A note from Vivika: Most art quilters I know dabble in other forms of art–from painting to jewelry making. Our marketing manager, Ashley Lauwereins, is a jewelry maker who is learning about fabric art. Today, she's taking over the blog to share her experiences with art that crosses over both worlds. Ashley Lauwereins When I…

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Patchwork Quilts Then and Now

I’m jumping on the Throwback Thursday bandwagon (#tbt) and posting this image of me with a patchwork quilt I made many years ago. It was the second quilt I’d ever made, a wedding gift for a friend, from pattern by Eleanor Burns. Me with my second patchwork quilt, about 25 years ago. It’s surprising, really,…