Tag: quilting lessons

Scrap Quilts: A Mini History Lesson

There’s no use denying it; I love history. From period dramas to documentaries and historical fiction to memoirs, I love learning about the past. So many actions, ideas, and practices have historic roots including our mutual pastime—quilting. Quilting itself has such a storied history, but so do the individual quilt blocks and the materials we…

Quilt Lessons: Choosing Your Quilt Batting

What is quilt batting? We all know it’s the filling of your quilt sandwich and the part of the quilt that keeps us warm, but what is it made of and how do we choose one type over another? For some reason, choosing batting has always been a struggle for me. I get overwhelmed standing…

Modern portrait quilt by Kim Soper called "Lincoln"

Preserve Modern Quilts Like a Pro

Quiltcon 2017 is just a couple days away! Are you ready? The buzz of excitement throughout the community, for those of us attending in person (or vicariously), is palpable. I love the way Vivika Hansen DeNegre, our Editorial Director, describes QuiltCon as “more than just a yearly quilt show with colorful eye candy, renowned speakers,…

Quilt Lessons: What is Stippling?

If you are new to free-motion quilting or unfamiliar with the terminology of various free-motion quilting motifs, you may have asked yourself, “What is stippling?” With so many quilt artists well-versed in the art of quilt stippling, it can be difficult to discern what stippling actually is. Personally, I’ve found Sulky’s explanation the most concise…

How to Pack and Ship Quilts: The Rolled Quilt Method

If you’ve decided this is the year you’re going to enter your quilts or fiber art into shows or magazines, you’re going to need to know how to ship them properly. No one wants the artwork you’ve lovingly labored over for countless hours to arrive at its destination damaged. Here at Quilting Arts Magazine we…

Quilt Lessons: How to Resize Quilt Blocks

For many quilters resizing blocks is something to avoid. And if you’ve ever tried to resize a quilt block, you know there’s some math involved.  Don’t let that scare you away! Changing the size of quilt blocks is much easier than it looks. Plus, learning how to modify the size of your quilt blocks can…

English Paper Piecing: The Basics

Do you English paper piece? This is one quilting technique that I’ve wanted to try, so I’ve decided to take the plunge. “What is English paper piecing?” you ask. It’s a patchwork technique that uses fabric covered templates to create geometric patterns. Fabric is stitched around the templates, oftentimes made of paper or thin plastic,…

Quilt Designs: The Value of Value

After choosing fabrics, piecing blocks, and quilting everything together, even the most beautiful quilt designs can make for lackluster quilts. Why is that? Most of us are quick to name color choice as the culprit of our (dare I say it) boring quilts, but commonly value, not color, is the offender. To avoid this outcome…