Tag: Art Quilt

Fiber Art That Takes a Stand

“May you live in interesting times.” – An old Chinese curse What is it about making art and taking a stand that goes hand in hand? Lately, we’ve been seeing a resurgence of social awareness, personal politics, and activism in the fiber arts. Controversial topics in art are nothing new: from the depictions of the…

Quilting Arts Magazine August/September 2017

Parks to sandy beaches at the seashore, we all enjoy a vacation now and then. Whether this year’s trip is a “staycation” or sent you across the ocean, this issue of Quilting Arts is for you. Think about your travels as the source of inspiration for your artwork as you learn about new surface design…

Quilting Arts Magazine June/July 2017

The long days of summer offer the perfect opportunity to explore new possibilities and techniques with fabric and thread. And you don’t need to leave your own studio—why not schedule a “staycation” and try something new? The June/July 2017 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine provides loads of inspiration from top fiber artists for you to explore…

Portrait quilt by Laurie Ceesay embellished with yarn, beads, and more

Let Your Hair Down: Portrait Quilt Techniques to Try

As the daughter of a hairstylist, I constantly find myself looking at hair–whether it’s people in movies, photographs, or in person, my eye is naturally drawn to their tresses. The cut, the color, the texture—there is so much to look at and everyone’s hair is different! With such affection for hair, I can’t help but…

Pet portrait of a dog using complementary colors.

Pet Portrait Quilts: Choosing a Dynamic Color Palette

Portrait quilts, especially pet portraits, make some of the most intriguing art and memory quilts. You can make them using a variety of techniques including appliqué, piecing, or thread painting.  They can be realistic, abstract, or somewhere in between. Make them as small as a postcard or as large as your heart desires. Whatever size…

Enter ‘Flower’ Reader Challenge now!

There’s still time to enter Quilting Arts Magazine’s “The Language of Flowers” Reader Challenge but act fast!–entries are due Nov. 13. Flowers mimic our own human lives … a seed is planted, it grows and blossoms, it becomes magnificent, and it, alas, withers and dies. Flowers also seem to have moods, preferences, and, certainly, language.…

Art Quilting Inspiration Anyone?

Do you ever go to quilting or sewing shows? It’s such a thrill to see so many sewists and quilters in one place joined by our shared passion. They are a great place to see what other people in the community are working on, to check out new sewing techniques, and to soak up inspiration.…

Free-Motion Quilting Inspired by the Masters

We’ve all walked through museums to soak up inspiration as we stop to inspect the work of our favorite artists. There is something about the excitement and wonderment that accompanies this sacred march through galleries filled with works of art. I was reminded of that feeling as I looked through the pages of the eighth…

Quilting Arts Magazine, October/November 2016

Make time to explore dozens of innovative and creative possibilities found in the 2016 October/November issue of Quilting Arts Magazine. For those who love machine quilting and want to improve their skills, learn about stitching organic backgrounds and creating beautiful feathers.   Have you tried painting on fabric? Learn two techniques: spontaneous fabric painting and…