How to Make a 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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  • Good news, we have extended our submissions deadline for International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene to May 20 and we'd love to hear from you! International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene is our annual issue of fresh ideas for today's quilter, including
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  • Treat your mom (yourself, or a friend) this Mother's Day!
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  • Last year about this time, I was inspired by a group dyeing adventure at the Interweave offices to host my own dyeing party at home .
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  • The more closely I watch birds, the more fascinated I have become with trying to capture their colors and textures using fabric and stitchery . I have developed a design and sewing technique for "capturing the moment" in cloth and quilting stitches.
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  • Take an art quilting journey with our travel-themed issue full of must-try art techniques. Jamie Fingal shares how an Airstream trailer inspired her to get sketching and quilting. Enjoy working outdoors with Mickey Lawler's painting techniques using sun and sand for unique results, or set up a dyeing
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  • A unique tag can express your creativity and show your affection for the gift's recipient. A gift tag even makes a clever ornament after it serves its first purpose.
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  • In The Art of Thread Sketching: Free Thread Drawing and Thread Painting Techniques , five quilt artists show you how to turn machine stitching into drawings with thread. Depending on the style and density of the stitching, thread sketching and thread painting can stand on its own or be combined with
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  • I'm an equal-opportunity fabric monger: I drool just as much over hand surface-designed fabrics. I gobble up every new technique and have even tried some fabric stamping , ice dyeing, resist dyeing, and fabric painting. I love it.
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  • What's the best way to see your quilt or project in the pages of Modern Patchwork or International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene ? Submit your work to us! Modern Patchwork is our semiannual special issue focused on fresh and contemporary projects in
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  • My mother used to say to me, "Patience is a virtue." And I used to respond, "Why?" I am not a naturally patient person, and while I now understand the value of this virtue, I still like to skip to the "fun parts" whenever possible.
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  • At its essence, making a quilt is simple: create a quilt sandwich with top fabric, backing fabric, and batting between them and stitch it all together.
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  • Dimensional flowers lend beauty and texture to a piece of fiber art, but they are not easily accomplished. When I saw Barb Forrister's demonstration of how to make realistic looking flowers with a combination of machine embroidery and surface design techniques, however, I was intrigued and wanted
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  • Here's a little exercise that gives you a chance to flex your mixed-media stitch muscles and produce a little piece of fabric art .
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  • Last year when Pantone announced its Color of the Year — Tangerine Tango — I was a fan. I like cheerful, sunny colors, and this one hit the spot for me. I could see using it in different modes, from fabric to embroidery, to surface design techniques .
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  • I'm a sucker for bag and purse patterns. If they feature appliqué hexagons or are made with a fun, contemporary fabric, so much the better.
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  • Usually when we hear the word shibori, we think of dyeing . Shibori dyeing come from the Japanese term for several methods of resist dyeing using binding or tying, stitching, folding, twisting, compressing it, or capping to create patterns.
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  • Several years ago I was helping a friend clean out her neighbor's sewing room and we came across a beautiful piece of handwork. It was a hand-pieced patchwork block from a Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt and it captured my heart immediately. Not only was it pretty and colorful, it also told
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  • Recently, I was looking through pictures of bird art I've made over the years. After the winter we've had, just seeing this bird building its nest on the flowering apple branch makes me happy! Spring has arrived (by the calendar, at least) with coming soon, and that means that even if it snows
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  • Sit down with a cup of your favorite hot beverage and enjoy our coffee or tea themed issue. You'll find a foaming latte among the projects Jeannie Palmer Moore shows in her article about using Tsukineko Inks and colored newspaper transfer in your quilts or explore Connie Fahrion's innovative
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  • Are you thinking of turning your art into a business? Do you have an art business but aren't sure how to spread the word? Do you want to use social media to promote you art, but aren't sure how to go about it?
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  • In the February/March 2013 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine , we introduced our latest reader challenge, "Text Me!", encouraging you to make a quilt about how text inspires you. There is still time to submit your creation--the deadline is Friday
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  • Where I live in New England, it gets dark at about 4:30 p.m. in the depths of winter. So when Daylight Savings Time kicks in and the snow banks start to melt, I'm itching to get outside and do some fabric painting and dyeing.
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  • Finishing a large quilting project is always satisfying. I feel such a sense of accomplishment. But I have to admit: finishing small quilting projects is almost as gratifying, and I can get that feeling of accomplishment so much faster!
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  • As you read this, picture me curled up on a comfortable chair by the fire, hand sewing . Although that's probably not the case, it's certainly what I would like to be doing on a cold, snowy day, wouldn't you?
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  • QuiltCon, the quilt show and convention presented by The Modern Quilt Guild last month was energetic and fun in so many ways. A real celebration of the art of quilting .
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  • When I returned to New England from QuiltCon in Austin, Texas, this week, I couldn't help but notice: it snowed again while I was gone. Yes, while I was in the climate-controlled comfort of the exhibit halls surrounded by colorful quilts--and quilters--Mother Nature had thrown another heavy blanket
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  • In the April/May issue of Quilting Arts I have an interview with artist Kate Themel, and I'm so excited by her painterly machine quilting and our conversation, I decided to give you a sneak peek.
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  • I've been playing with screen printing for fiber art a lot lately, in preparation for a surprise the Quilting Arts team has in store for you. (Trust me, you will love it.)
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  • I have some news I think you're just going to love: Quilting Daily is hosting its first live online seminar Thursday February 28, Enhance your Quilting with Surface Design Techniques: Creating Brushes in Photoshop Elements , with talented mixed-media fiber artist Margaret Applin.
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  • If you like to cut and fuse fabric, this giveaway is for you! If you're a regular reader of Quilting Arts , and of course I hope you are, you may recall Jamie Fingal's "Out of the Toolbox" article in the October/November 2012 issue .
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  • Here's a way to practice your free-motion stitching skills and add a mixed-media element to your machine quilting. In honor of Valentine's Day, it's heart art from our sister publication Cloth Paper Scissors, one of my favorite sources of fiber art inspiration.
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  • Hand-sewing techniques and embroidery are so much easier if you use the right tools. Sharp needles, tiny scissors, and exquisite threads are in every sewing kit, but the humble thimble is often overlooked.
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  • I've found that setting aside 15-20 minutes a day of "play time" works for me. Whether it is spent hand quilting, making a patchwork quilt for a friend, or spreading paints or inks on fabric in my studio for some surface design fun — it doesn't matter to me as long as I am tapping
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  • I enjoy raw-edge appliqué for many reasons. It's certainly a faster way of appliqué quilting than than hand appliqué and I like the extra texture it brings to my fiber art.
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  • If you want to give your art quilts or fiber art a unique design, one of the easiest ways is with fabric painting and surface design techniques. And one of the simplest ways to apply fabric paints or inks in a unique way is with monoprinting.
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  • Last week I shared a pillow project by Candy Glendening, noting how the simplicity of the design allowed her hand-dyed fabrics to take center stage. Today I thought give you some insight into Candy's fabric dyeing process.
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  • Whether by hand or machine, there is an endless array of patterns and designs to enhance your quilts. Laura Wasilowski starts out with tips for adding hand stitches to abstract quilt blocks for texture and style. Then, Angela Walters introduces the "tiles"
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  • There are many different materials and techniques for giving your quilts added texture. Ellen Anne Eddy is back with a continuation of a previous lesson. She has unique ideas on couching including a discussion of the feet to use. Then, Jane LaFazio returns
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  • Stitching can be its own art form and transform your quilt design. Our first guest is Ellen Anne Eddy. She has a basic lesson on darning feet and tips for choosing batting. Then, meet Laura Wasilowski as she "arts up" a traditional quilt block
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  • We couldn't think of a better word than nifty to describe this segment's projects-they're surprising, innovative, and different! Ellen Anne Eddy is up first with corded buttonhole binding-it's a unique and nifty design element. Then, meet
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  • We all approach projects in our own way-sometimes we start with a color, sometimes it's a technique, and sometimes we unearth a forgotten tool to get us motivated. Libby Lehman is back with her favorite presser feet. Then, meet Luana Rubin for a discussion
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  • The lines keep blurring between types of design. Design trends evolve and elements of traditional quilting find their place in modern design, and art quilting influences some very traditional looks. On today's show the two styles meet with great results
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  • The creative process is not always a straight line from point A to point B. A big part of design is learning how to play! Ginny Eckley starts us out with a way to combine several surface designs with a twist on pleating and tie dyeing with soy wax. Then
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  • On QA TV we've always taken a contemporary approach to quilting. But did you know there is an entire movement known as modern quilting? It's a new aesthetic with clean lines and a graphic style all its own. On today's show we'll be exploring
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  • This morning, while the Quilting Arts team reviewed the projects we have for this year's issue of Modern Patchwork magazine, we noticed we have several patchwork pillows.
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  • What do you think? We want to know! Please take a look at the questions listed here and leave your answers in the comments section below.
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  • Did you know I have a crystal ball? Oh yes! It's heavily embellished and gives me insight into what you can expect to see in creative quilting during the coming year. Detail of "Tranquil Marsh-Wild Iris" by Elena Stokes. (Photo by Elena
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  • Though Hurricane Sandy wreaked its havoc nearly three months ago, those most affected by the storm are still working to put their homes--and their lives--back together. The rest of the country has moved on, but relief efforts still continue in parts of New York and New Jersey, where the damage was most
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  • In this free eBook, Sewing Techniques for Quilters: 5 Free Articles on How to Sew a Quilt Including a Sewing Tutorial on English Paper Piecing , we give you four options for how to sew a quilt from expert quilt artists, plus a basic guide to sewing machine techniques, including a quick reference guide
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  • A lot of contemporary art quilters swear by fusing their fabric art . But if you've had a bad experience with fusing, maybe you just swear.
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  • Our foremothers knew how to make a quilt using only what they had, from scraps of fabric to natural dyes. But, quilt making the frugal and eco-friendly way was easier for them:
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  • Explore the cutting-edge art of 3-D quilts in Quilting Arts Magazine . This issue is packed with information and ideas to get your creative juices flowing. Spotlight artist Diane Núñez shares the techniques she uses for moving her quilts away from the wall with an innovative system of metal
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  • Clean lines and contemporary versions of traditional quilt patterns are the hallmarks of modern quilting designs . And while many modern-style quilters like to use simple, straight quilting patterns, others like to use the wide-open fields of solid fabric to display a variety of quilting motifs.
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  • In the coming year, I hope to spend more time focused on the things I am most passionate about, and my family and my creative pursuits top the list. Maybe I'll even combine the two, making a photo quilt !
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  • Judging by the comments on the Quilting Daily Facebook page, a lot of you received fabric and new quilting gadgets for Christmas — perhaps even a new sewing machine? If you're like me, you're now itching to use those new goodies in quilting projects .
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  • As you read this I am on vacation, happily snuggled in on a chair by the fire with my pug, Elvis, peacefully hand stitching .
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  • Whether or not you are celebrating Christmas, I hope you will think about setting aside some time — today or in the New Year — to think about one special gift: your ability to create art quilts and other fiber art. Is 2013 the year you will to bring your quilt art to a wider audience?
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  • So many of you have told me that you learned how to quilt — or at least how to sew — at a young age. While passing on the tradition of how to make quilts went by the wayside for a couple of decades, recently quilting lessons had seen a resurgence, and many young people are signing up for
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  • I hate to admit it to myself and to others, but I really did just ruin a small pillow top by machine quilting it. You read correctly: I ruined a perfectly nice piece of patchwork.
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  • I always smile when I see the Fiesta Ornaments that Judy Coates Perez makes by painting on fabric , quilting the painted motifs, and then stitching on a frame of embossed craft metal.
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  • Welcome to Quilting Arts In Stitches! This issue is full of wonderful techniques that will inspire you to create beautiful and unique quilt art. You can view colorful slideshows of step-by-step processes, zoom in and out on photographs to get an up-close look at the tiniest of detail, pause and replay
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  • Recently, I shared Marcia Derse's tips for making your own fabric stamps for resist dyeing . The way that Marcia came to surface design and incorporates fabric painting and dyeing techniques into her quilt art fascinates me so much, I thought I'd give you some insight into her thought process
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  • We'll never see another date like 12-12-12 in our lifetime, so we're celebrating with a special sale featuring 12 top products from the Quilting Daily Shop at a very special price: $12.12.
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  • Welcome to Quilting Arts In Stitches! This dynamic format is the ideal studio companion. You can listen to informative videos, zoom in on glorious photographs, and find inspiration in gallery slideshows.
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  • Quilting Arts In Stitches features an abundance of stitching inspiration! In Issue 7, find articles about needle-felting, decorative stitching by hand and machine, fabric beads, stitch samplers, conceptual art quilts, free-motion machine lace, and much more.
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  • Right now, I'm looking for quick quilting projects to make. Running through the file of quilting ideas I keep in my head, I remembered these sweet little free-motion stitched stockings by Diane Rusin Doran from Quilting Arts Gifts 2011.
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  • When I first laid eyes on Dijanne Cevaal's "Blue Travelers' Blanket," a rich example of appliqué quilting , I fell in love with it.
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  • Art quilting can be an expensive hobby. A good-quality sewing machine, specialty threads, and stacks and stacks of fat quarters, are just the beginning. It always seems like there's some new gadget, tool, or surface-design supply I absolutely must have.
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  • On this Cyber Monday, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite digital products from the Quilting Daily Shop. If I didn't already have these inspirational and educational sources of quilting and surface design techniques, they would be tops on my wish list.
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  • How did you learn to quilt ? In my family, the women passed down needlecraft techniques like sewing, embroidery, knitting, and quilting.
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  • The winners of a selection of parfait ice-dyed fabric are Jean from Alaska, Lolly from N.H., and Jean from Pennsylvania. These are the postcards they created for the challenge! In the June/July issue of Quilting Arts Magazine, our theme was staycation
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  • Two of the most creative words in the English language — and least when it comes to fiber art — have to be, "What if?"
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  • Indulge your passion for fabric and thread in this issue of Quilting Arts. Experiment with stitch, print, dye, and paint and discover ways to develop your own personal imagery. Learn techniques such as collaged imagery with Margaret Applin, piecing with Ann Brauer, itajime dyeing with Jeanne Aird, deconstructed
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  • In this free e-Book, Handmade & Holiday Gift Ideas: 6 Free Homemade Gift Ideas for Art Quilters , we offer you six easy gifts to make for your friends or your own home décor.
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  • Last week I blogged about tricks for machine stitching in circles . Today, I thought I'd share how to appliqué a circle.
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  • Hand sewing and machine stitching can happily coexist on the same fiber art piece. Personally, I love to add hand stitching to my sewing projects, even if the bulk of the stitching is done by machine.
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  • During almost a year of sharing quilting ideas with you via the Quilting Daily blog, I've noticed something interesting: circles are popular. Whether the circles are sewn with hand stitching or machine quilting doesn't matter. Every time I write about circle motifs, the post gets a big response
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  • I just returned from the Quilt Market trade show in Houston, and my head is buzzing with ideas. There was so much to see: so many colorful booths filled with the latest fabrics, embellishments, and tools for quilt making .
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  • Did you ever have one of those quilts that was almos t finished, but just needed a little something ? A little sparkle, a little more texture, a little oomph to catch the eye? Chances are, what the quilt needed was some embellishment.
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  • One really has to marvel at the talent of our quilting foremothers. With basic geometric shapes and materials they had at hand, these (mostly) women made quilt block patterns . Then they made them their own, taking the traditional quilt blocks and putting their own spin on the design.
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  • Though we here at Quilting Arts are always looking to the future for the newest techniques and the most talented up-and-coming art quilters, I thought it would be a fun ode to Fall to take another look at some of the autumn-inspired art quilts from past Fall issues of Quilting Arts Magazine . So put
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  • It is an occupational hazard ― I see patchwork quilts everywhere. My kitchen-inspired chevron patchwork pillow. I look down at hardwood floors, and see a strip quilt pattern underfoot. Walking past the stone walls in my neighborhood, I can hear feel free
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  • I'd love to tell you that I am already working on my handmade holiday gifts, but honestly, it's not happening. I do like to give gifts with handmade elements like quilting and embroidery , but this year, I'll have to streamline those efforts if I'm going to get it all done.
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  • My studio time is precious. When I get a chance to play with my fabrics and thread, I want to get a lot accomplished with few interruptions.
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  • If you think quilt binding and finishing is the least creative part of your quilt making, think again. Our free ebook Quilt Binding and Finishing: Free Tutorials on How to Bind a Quilt Plus Tips on Finishing a Quilt has been updated, with 13 creative — yet easy — techniques for finishing
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  • We quilters are fortunate to have so many wonderful tools and materials available these days. I for one could not create my quilt projects without my 'holy trinity': rotary cutters, self-healing mats, and acrylic rulers. I can't imagine tracing
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  • What do you get when six fiber artists pass a piece of fabric around, adding surface design as they go? When In Stitches Editor Jane Dávila first proposed the idea of applying the collaborative concept of a round robin to surface design , I was worried the result might be a mess.
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  • Ever since 2009, artists Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison have curated an annual juried invitational exhibit for a group of artists they call Dinner at Eight. This year's exhibit, with the theme "Rituals," debuted at the 2012 International Quilt Festival in Long Beach, California
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  • Fabric painting is a fun way to create your own distinctive fabrics for quilting and mixed-media fiber art. In the 2011/12 issue of International Quilt Festival/Quilt Scene , Bonita Rose Kempenich showed this very easy technique for how to paint fabric.
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  • When I saw Lynn Krawczyk's Wishing Owl plushies in International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene magazine last fall, I knew I had to make some of my own. Encouraged by her suggestion to jazz them up in your own way, I gave mine patchwork bodies made from vintage feed sack fabrics.
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  • Quilting Arts Magazine and Quilts, Inc. are proud to bring you the fourth annual edition of International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene ! With this latest issue, you will capture the best of the contemporary quilt world in a super-sized 148-page special issue. Discover incredible features including: •
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  • Every Tuesday, the teams from Quilting Arts , Cloth Paper Scissors , and Stitch magazines gather in the common area of our office space for show and tell. Each week, we ooh and aah over projects big and small-from handmade quilts to encaustic experiments to toss pillow covers.
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  • Small quilting projects like table linens, accessories, and home décor are perfect for the quilter who wants to create a handmade gift or refresh their décor or wardrobe — but has little time to spare.
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  • It seems to me that the one constant on which we can rely in this world of technology is change. Just when I feel comfortable with a new piece of software or the latest digital platform, something changes.
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  • Maybe the most important lesson I've learned from Rayna is that rules and perfection are overrated — at least when it comes to surface design and art quilting. In fact, I think it's her laid-back attitude, coupled with a keen eye for color and design, that makes her such a brilliant artist
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  • In the June/July issue of Quilting Arts Magazine, our theme was staycation and the fun things you can do with your fabric and art supplies without traveling far from home. We challenged our readers to create a staycation postcard - because who doesn't like getting a postcard from a friend or family
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  • Put this in the category of "Why didn't I think of that?" A few weeks ago, Assistant Editor Kristine Lundblad came up with a terrific way to solve a problem we have at Quilting Arts .
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  • This summer was one of the more eventful ones of my life. I graduated with my master’s degree from Boston University, got married, became an official resident of Massachusetts, started a new job with Interweave, and mourned the loss of my maternal grandmother—a woman who lived with my family
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  • Digital imagery and products like digital ground make it easier than ever to print on fabric and create photo quilts . One artist who continually experiments with how to make a photo quilt is Wen Redmond.
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  • Join the do-it-yourself movement with ideas and techniques from the contributing artists of Quilting Arts Magazine. Learn a versatile surface design technique from Carolyn T. Abbott to personalized your own fabrics, ways to improve your quilt photography with Maria Elkins, how to dye your own cloth with
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  • I always love to hear how people began quilting. Did they make their first patchwork quilt at their grandmother's knee? Did they get bored and take a class that led to a passion? Did a friend drag them to a quilt show, and they were hooked?
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  • One of the differences between art quilting and traditional quilting as that in art quilting, thread is almost always part of the design. The choice of thread in machine embroidery , in particular, can affect the look of the quilt.
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  • My living room sofa could use a few new pillows, which means I'm headed to the studio. I love making throw pillows, because they are easy sewing projects I can use to try out stitching designs and techniques.
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  • My wardrobe isn't fussy or frou-frou, but I do like to dress up and outfit with a unique — preferably handmade — accessories. For an evening out, especially around the holidays, I like to embellish with a little sparkle.
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  • Have you ever looked at a heavily stitched or textured textile and thought, "That would make a great pattern for printing?" Lace, embroidery, even free-motion stitching can all be inked up (or painted) for monoprinting and surface design .
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  • Hand sewing is the foundation of needlecraft, and quilting is no exception. But trust art quilters to take needlework and turn it on its head!
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  • Being on set when we taped the most recent Quilting Arts Workshop TM videos was a real education. Not only did I learn how the videos are taped (very efficiently!), but I also picked up lots of tips for quilting and fabric art .
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  • I have a long history of finding, buying, hoarding, and using Japanese fabric. I can't bear to part with even the tiniest scrap. I am always looking to incorporate a piece in my patchwork projects.
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  • I have made bed and lap quilts, holiday table runners, and other large-scale quilted gifts and décor. But more often I make small quilted gifts that come together quickly with the sewing machine and my abundance of fabric scraps.
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  • Blues and greens are perennial favorites in fabrics and surface design . I love them, too. But, would you be surprised to find out that several people respond to our question with "orange"?
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  • In the June/July issue of Quilting Arts Magazine we offered to share our stash of hand-dyed fabric strips with you, our readers, as part of our reader challenge: creating a "Staycation" postcard. We have been delighted by the postcards we have
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  • Discovery and creativity abound in the newest issue of Quilting Arts Magazine. Focused on the art of the embellished quilt, this issue is overflowing with unique applications of beads, paint, ink, felting, and more. Explore profile artist Diane Savona's unique methods of burying embellishments under
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  • I may have mentioned that binding a quilt is my least favorite part of the quilt-making process. But I've realized that if I'm going to reduce the number of UFOs in my studio, I'm going to have to learn how to bind a quilt in a way that I enjoy.
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  • The scene I see from my kitchen window is never the same from day to day. The changing view reminds me that nothing in life is permanent. It reminds me to slow down and appreciate beauty when I see it. And to apply it to my fabric art whenever possible.
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  • Stitch Technical Editor Mary Walter has a long history with quilt art including running a quilt shop, teaching classes, and judging contests. Here, she shares one of her own projects that includes art quilting techniques that create dimension.
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  • I could easily while away a day — or a weekend — turning plain white fabric into a range of beautiful hues through fabric painting and dyeing.
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  • Every time I think I that I am too busy to make any art, I come across an artist who has found a way to fit fiber art into her day — even if it is just a bit of hand sewing .
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  • A few weeks ago I shared some of Margaret Applin's tips for creating a unique digital fabric design . Today I want to pass on her expertise for Thermofax screen printing .
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  • There are so many beautiful fabrics and fibers in the world, why limit yourself to making quilts with them? No reason at all! Especially when you have this free eBook, Textile Art Techniques for Quilters: 5 Free Fiber Art and Fabric Art Projects .
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  • A note from Vivika: Today our topic is mixing fiber art with wet media (specifically watercolor) to use in surface design . So, I called in my mixed-media colleague Cate Prato, Editor of Cloth Paper Scissors Today , to serve as guest blogger. Take it away, Cate!
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  • Fiber artist Cynthia St. Charles, a former first-grade teacher, has this gift. Watching her demonstrate how to design your own quilt using hand-carved printing blocks, I was so impressed by her ability to explain the process clearly, artist to artist.
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  • Idle hands were frowned upon in my house when I was growing up. There was always something to do. If I wanted to watch TV (and I wanted to watch TV!), I had to be doing something productive at the same time. So I would sit down with either knitting or embroidery , and watch to my heart's content
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  • A note from Vivika: The is the third in a series of guest posts by fiber artist and fabric dyeing expert Candy Glendening. Be sure to check out her tutorials on how to dye baby clothes and free-motion machine quilting a motif for a baby t-shirt , too
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  • Now that you've dyed a spectacular piece(s) of multi-colored fabric , it's time to show it off. What better way than to make a one-of-a-kind Sketchbook? Featuring a piece of multicolor fabric with a thread-sketched abstract mum design on the cover, this cover holds a 7" x 10" coil-bound
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  • Today is a true Boston Summer scorcher - and I couldn't be happier. The only thing that is getting me down is the fact that I am inside for this 100 degree weather. I do know, however, that a lot of people out there think that this weather constitutes
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  • Although I consider myself a mixed-media fiber artist, my media are mostly dry: fabric, fibers, paper, and thread. I do dye fabric. But fabric painting ? That's an area of surface design I haven't explored much.
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  • What does "modern quilting" mean? There are a lot of opinions on what modern quilting is — and isn't. But one thing's for sure, modern patchwork quilting is hot right now.
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  • I've heard it said that artists see what others don't see. Fiber artist Margaret Applin has a way of taking a familiar surface design technique and turning it inside-out to create designs and textures with a different look.
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  • Over the weekend I decided to go outside and get some color for my upcoming wedding (Yes, I was wearing sun screen!). I searched around for a good quilt to take outdoors and realized that I didn’t really have any I was willing to use outside. Then
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  • The first time I laid eyes on Malka Dubrawsky's quilts a few years back, I sat up and took notice. Now, here was someone who was taking basic patchwork quilt blocks and giving them a fresh and contemporary spin using color and freehand cutting and piecing.
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  • I'm pretty sure that when most people think about how to make a quilt , "metal" isn't the first thing that pops into their mind. But there are so many ways you can incorporate metal into your quilts and wall hangings, adding texture, dimension, shine, and that element of surprise.
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  • I for one am always impressed by quilts that have been quilted by hand. There is nothing like the texture of a quilt that has been hand quilted. While I admire other people's hand quilting , I have always found it to be a rather d aunting task. But
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  • Lately I've become interested in adding paper to my quilt art . There are so many different ways to do this; I could make a paper quilt, make fabric paper to use in an art quilt, or even just stitch paper directly onto a fabric collage.
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  • This post will show you how to sketch free-motion machine quilting designs like a bird motif on a bright piece of fabric and embellish the shirt to create the cutest little outfit.
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  • Some things in life are worth celebrating, like the launch Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts . This new book is a huge milestone for quilt artists Jacquie Gering and Katie Pedersen, two pioneers in the modern quilting movement!
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  • My head is still full of all the sights and textures of Quilt Market in Kansas City. I'm processing all the trends I saw there and considering how they translate to the kind of quilting and fiber art we do here in the Quilting Daily community.
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  • A note from Vivika: I'm happy to introduce you to Candy Glendening, who is going to be a guest blogger for the next four weeks, teaching you how to combine dyeing and stitch. Candy has been a guest on 'Quilting Arts TV,' has her own QA Workshop video, and has appeared in several Interweave
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  • A trip to Quilt Market is like time traveling to the future. And I'll tell you, the quilting future is filled with fabric. Specifically, the future is about how to quilt with your own fabric or fabric by a designer.
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  • In this free eBook, Free-Motion Machine Quilting Techniques: 81 Tips for Free-Motion Quilting, Thread Sketching and Quilting Motifs , three highly respected quilt artists, Frieda Anderson, Robbi Joy Eklow, and Susan Brubaker Knapp share their knowledge and expertise for successful free‑motion quilting
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  • Our “Staycation” issue is full of fresh and innovative techniques, including creating hand-dyed fabric, surface design, and machine quilting. Enjoy inspiring work from our talented readers, an exhibit from the QUILTART group, and much more!
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  • When at the Sudbury offices of Interweave it is always good to expect the unexpected. Our latest unexpected event was the fire alarm going off at about 10:00am on Monday morning. Let me tell you, our fire alarm is LOUD. It was actually painful it was
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  • Several friends and I got together this past weekend to enjoy a beautiful, warm spring day and eating, drinking, laugh ing— and dyeing fabric by hand! Our dyeing party started with these colors. Ranging in age from 13 to 70-something, our band of
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  • I often look at someone's art and wonder who inspired them to quilt, embroider, and stitch. Did they start by hand sewing or go straight to the machine?
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  • I just got back from Quilt Market in Kansas City. We had a blast, but my oh my were there a lot of new fabrics, notions, and surface design supplies to see. It was overwhelming...almost. I almost rode away with a bike basket full of supplies at Quilt
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  • We often explore different ways to create unique surface effects with paints or dyes, and this episode’s designers share some very interesting ways to add and take away color. First up Jo Fitsell presents a fabric marbling technique using stencils
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  • Contemporary quilters are redefining just what modern means. First, Heather Jones presents a scrappy contemporary log cabin pillow with a modern quilt aesthetic. Then meet Deborah Boschert for illuminated letters—using text as a design element for
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  • One of the trademark characteristics of art and artists is uniqueness. Artists pride themselves on taking a personal approach to the artistic process. This results in work that reflects their personality and is one-of-a-kind. Jo Fitsell is our first artist
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  • Color has the ability to change the look and focus of a quilt, especially when it comes to fabric choices. Our guests on this episode change or modify their initial fabric choice for a brand new look. We begin with Rayna Gillman and a fabric makeover
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  • One key element of quilt design is fabric. Learn to create your own fabrics with paints and dyes for truly one-of-a-kind patterns. First, Marcia Derse begins with techniques for painting fabrics with silk screening paints. Hand painting fabric creates
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  • Every once in a while we need to jump-start our creativity. Maybe it’s finding a new source of inspiration or a new supply, and sometimes it’s as simple as learning a new technique. This episode does all three. First it’s simple shibori
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  • Free-motion stitching is a favorite topic for art quilters; unique thread patterns are an all-important layer in contemporary quilting. We begin with Ellen Anne Eddy and her free-motion techniques for making flower motifs. She’s making pattern-free
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  • This episode introduces some experimental concepts using both thread and paint. Learning is a lifelong process in every endeavor and especially in something as creative as quilting. Ellen Anne Eddy starts out with a demonstration of free-motion bobbin
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  • Contemporary quilters are redefining just what modern means. First, Heather Jones presents a scrappy contemporary log cabin pillow with a modern quilt aesthetic. Then meet Deborah Boschert for illuminated letters—using text as a design element for
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  • It's never too early to start thinking of gift-giving season, and I've been busy plotting, planning, and designing things already. I know it's still spring but here at Quilting Arts Magazine we're already working on our annual holiday
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  • Small art quilts are fun to make and generally take less time than larger art quilting projects. I especially like working on small quilt wall hanging and fiber art pieces like prayer flags because they are usually portable.
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  • I have to say that the most fun I've had at Quilting Arts so far--and I've had a lot of fun--is the parfait ice fabric dyeing party the QA team organized for everyone in our Sudbury office. Not only was it exciting to watch the ice-dyed fabrics blossom into spectacular, colorful surface design
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  • It's common knowledge that certain mushrooms are associated with dying. But did you know they can also be used for fabric dyeing ? And if you're thinking, "Sure, but who wants boring brown and gray dye?" think again.
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  • For me, this is the hardest time of the year to inspire myself to get into my studio. The weather is warming up, the days are longer, and I want to spend more time outside. That being said, I think that it is important to get crafting at least once a
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  • In reality, can you ever have enough buttons? To me, it seems that no matter how many I collect, there are times when my stash is lacking just the right button to complete a quilt's surface design .
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  • Incorporating words into your artwork can literally help get your message across. There are many ways to put text on your textiles using surface design techniques like screen printing, fabric painting, digital image transfer, and simply writing on fabric.
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  • Fiber artist Deborah Boschert and I share a love of hand embroidery . Although hand embroidery stitches are often associated with antique and vintage textiles, Deborah uses classic embroidery stitches to add interest and texture to her contemporary quilts and fabric collages.
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  • What's better than a weekend away with the girls? Adding quilting, of course! I was lucky to get away with six friends recently, and we rented a house for the weekend in Rockport, Massachusetts.
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  • With summer fast approaching, many parents with kids are scrambling to figure out how to keep their kids entertained for the summer—without letting them indulge in hour upon hour of screen time. Enter this wonderful book by Heather Swain, a mother
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  • I'm past the stage where I am making baby quilts for my children. This picture shows the first baby quilt I ever made-for my baby Sam (now 13 years old). I love that this quilt is worn and stained. I love that it is well-used and cherished, and that it carries my special message to my baby boy written
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  • Note from Vivika: Today I've asked mixed-media fiber artist Jane Dávila, who is also editor of the eMags Quilting Arts In Stitches and the new Surface Explorations to share farbic painting tips she learned from Linda and Laura Kemshall. Take it away, Jane !
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  • I have some exciting news —drum roll please —our newest eMag called Quilting Arts Surface Explorations is now available! In this eMag we will be delving into the world of Surface Design and bringing you new techniques, projects, as well as
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  • I have just realized — like so many others with busy lives — that if I'm going to get any of my own artwork done, I'm going to have to squeeze it in on the fly, embroidering by hand here and sewing embellishments there.
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  • Whenever I visit my local quilt shop, I delight in the displays of fresh new fabrics, all cut and folded in beautiful and unique ways. Jelly rolls? I have them at the ready for strip quilting and quick patchwork projects . Fat quarters? They are tucked into baskets in my studio.
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  • This time of year, I am “nest obsessed.” The birds are chirping outside my office window, and the robins especially are actively searching for blades of grass and small twigs to use in their nests. These architectural wonders may seem like
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  • One of our core values here at Interweave, the parent company of Quilting Arts Magazine , is “make it fun.” (I know what you’re thinking: How cool, right? Yes it is!) Parfait ice dyeing. Just layer PFD fabric, ice, and dye. Quilting
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  • I will be the first to admit that quilt binding is not my favorite part of the quilt-making process. I understand that binding a quilt frames it and, done correctly, enhances the design of the body of the fiber art piece. And of course, if you're going to use a quilt (rather than hang it on a wall
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  • When I think of fabric painting , Mickey Lawler's Skydyes and the wholecloth quilts of Hollis Chatelain and Judy Coates Perez come to mind.
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  • Modern Patchwork is a special issue of Quilting Arts Magazine for today's quilters and sewists . Featuring quick and stylish items with a modern-day appeal, Modern Patchwork 2012 is packed with inspiration! The contemporary and fresh aesthetic of these projects pays tribute to the modern revival
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  • Coats & Clark is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year.
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  • If you've wanted to learn how to quilt but didn't know where to begin or didn't want to take on a big projects, our new free downloadable eBook, Quilting for Beginners: 5 Easy Quilt Patterns Plus Lessons on How to Quilt for Beginners , is for you!
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  • We're nearing the end of our Pass On Your Passion celebration of National Craft Month and Giveaway Extravaganza , so I thought I'd sneak in a few more treats for you to enjoy and pass on to others. Today I'm sharing three easy quilted bag
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  • Over and over I've heard fiber artists talk about the power of keeping a sketchbook or art journal. Keeping a sketchbook can help you develop quilt designs and quilting motifs, record patterns and textures you see on your travels, and jumpstart your creativity when your muse is on vacation.
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  • Whether you love hot pink or cherry red, deep navy or aqua blue, you probably have a signature color. The folks at Pantone® have decided that 'Tangerine Tango' is the 2012 color of the year, but maybe your personal palette leans towards a
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  • Indulge your passion for color in the newest issue of Quilting Arts Magazine. Create colorful cloth with stencils, rubbing plates, crayons, dye, and paint. Stitch together bright and bold scraps to make a unique canvas for embellishment, learn the modern quilting technique of perfect quilted circles
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  • In the spirit of Interweave's Pass On Your Passion celebration during National Craft Month, I am announcing an additional prize package for our giveaway, plus a giveaway from Candy Glendening. I'm giving away two packages of Quilting Arts back
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  • This year, we'll be bringing completed nine-patch quilt blocks for the charity quilt. In honor of the day we're meeting, St. Patrick's Day, each quilt block with have a green square in the center.
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  • Sometimes an idea for surface design is so simple, you wonder why you never thought of it before. That's how I felt when I first saw Rose Hughes' tutorial on using crayons — the kind kids use, nothing fancy-as a resist method with fabric paint.
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  • Quilters are passionate about fabric, thread, embellishments, embroidery, surface design, and a whole lot more. But I think what we're most passionate about is sharing our artwork and techniques with others. To celebrate National Craft Month, Quilting
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  • We're just a week away from the deadline of our current reader challenge , "From Sketch to Art Quilt," and I can't wait to see the results from our talented readers. (You still have time to submit!)
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  • I love the new modern patchwork quilt designs with improvisational piecing and simple, clean lines. And I'm not alone: these graphic, contemporary quilts with off-kilter blocks and wide expanses of solid colors appeal to a wide range of quilt artists.
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  • Earlier this week I blogged about using stencils to create faux appliqué. Today I'm going to talk about another surface design technique: using gelatin monoprinting and stamping or screen printing to create your own fabric-or turn an ugly piece of fabric into a thing of beauty.
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  • As I explore the possibilities of surface design, one of the things I've noticed is that you can use paint, foil, dye, and so on to make your fiber art look like it has appliqué quilt designs .
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  • Echo quilting is a sewing technique that can add texture and lushness quilts. It is one of those quilting techniques that can take some practice and patience to learn, but it's well worth the effort. And a bit easier to do if you know a few tricks of the trade.
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  • Recently a coworker brought in a treasure she'd acquired while visiting a friend in the Midwest: six vintage handmade quilt squares. Each one had been carefully pieced using the tiniest of hand stitches.
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  • Like any other technique, "painting" with machine embroidery takes practice to get the result you want. And there are many technical variables that come into play, such as tension, choice of feet, the warp and weft of the fabric, and type of machine quilting thread used.
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  • While looking through past issues of Quilting Arts Magazine and past episodes of "Quilting Arts TV" for ideas, one easy method of surface design caught my eye.
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  • Hand stitching is one of my favorite ways to enjoy some unplugged studio time, and Japanese sashiko is one of my favorite hand sewing techniques.
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  • One of the things I'm looking most forward to as editor of Quilting Arts Magazine is learning more about surface design.
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  • Today’s leading quilt artists bring their tips and tricks right to your studio! Introducing the latest eMag from Quilting Arts...in Stitches 5! Explore all of the interactive features, like slide shows of images that you can zoom in close enough to see every stitch, and videos you can play, pause
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  • Batik is one of the oldest methods of dyeing fabrics for surface design. Using hot liquid wax as a resist for dye, batik yields beautiful patterns and rich colors.
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  • First off, congratulations to Cheryl Goyer and hollywolly for winning the Riley Blake fabric giveaway from last week! Ladies, please email me your mailing information at lmurray@interweave.com by February 1 st so that I can mail the fabric bundles out
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  • I have a ton of vintage textiles that I like to incorporate in my artwork. I have been using many of my more fragile pieces in my Prayer Flag Project, stitched to sturdier pieces of muslin or linen.
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  • It's a new year: have you made any fiber art-related resolutions? One of mine goals for 2012 is to complete — or repurpose — at least one UFO (unfinished object) in my stash, and I'll bet that might be on your list, too.
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  • I am so enjoying my new role as Quilting Arts Magazine editor and am excited to be joining the Quilting Daily team. There are so many tips, tricks, and techniques I'm looking forward to sharing with you, and I hope you'll share back on my blog.
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  • You know I'm passionate about my pets; I'm particularly taken at the moment with the newest addition to my menagerie, Clarence.
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  • Now that I'm all moved in down here in Houston, I'm ready to get cooking on some fabric dyeing and other surface design techniques.
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  • Guess what? Santa came a bit early to me this year, dropping a box of freshly printed copies of The Best of Quilting Arts: Your Ultimate Resource for Art Quilt Techniques and Inspiration on my doorstep.
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  • Sometimes I think I'm finished with a quilt. I've surface designed it, free-motion stitched it, maybe even appliquéd it. But it still looks a little flat. It needs a little . . . something.
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  • Has this ever happened to you? You're in the midst of a good surface design session, blissfully working with fabric paint, masks, screens, stamps, etc., to create your own textiles.
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  • Celebrate art quilt collaboration in the newest issue of Quilting Arts . Learn about the award-winning Coastal Quilt Artists, a husband and wife quilting team, and the Twelve by Twelve challenge group. Create stitched fiber photographs, make a monoprinted art quilt, and construct an artful and embellished
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  • A couple of months ago I announced a few sizable changes at Quilting Arts (you can read more about those changes in this post ). Now I’d like to share the fantastic news that we have a new editor for Quilting Arts! Meet Vivika Hansen DeNegre, a
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  • When I first became interested in quilting, I spent hours staring at traditional quilt squares trying to figure out how they were pieced. Some, like the log cabin pattern, are pretty obvious.
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  • We often advise artists to practice, practice, practice if they want to improve their machine embroidery skills. But practice doesn't have to make perfect. In fact, I recently spent time with two artists who embrace imperfections in their machine embroidery designs.
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  • A warm welcome to the December 2011/January 2012 Quilting Arts cover artist Cynthia St. Charles. Not only is Cynthia an incredibly talented and prolific quilt artist, but she's also a repeat Quilting Arts cover artist and a frequent contributor to
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  • These days, in the quilting and sewing world it's hip to be square. The popularity of modern patchwork designs means that fiber artists are creating — and clamoring for — contemporary quilt block patterns for quilt designs and other patchwork projects.
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  • Last week, my colleague, friend, and co-conspirator Helen Gregory took over the reins as Editorial Director for Interweave's Quilt, Paper, and Sewing Group.
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  • Whoa! I just looked at the calendar. Between the October snowstorm back in Massachusetts and the move to Houston over Thanksgiving weekend, Christmas has snuck up on me, and I am way behind on my holiday checklist.
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  • I usually have a variety of quilting designs kicking around in my head at any given time. But often, when I finally get around to actually designing a quilt, I draw a blank. Sometimes I'm overwhelmed by fabric and surface design choices. Other times, I just don't know where to start.
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  • On this Thanksgiving Day I am in transition. I'm settling into my new Houston digs in preparation for my fresh adventure with Quilts Inc. while still consulting for Quilting Arts and preparing for the next season of "Quilting Arts TV."
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  • Choosing the right machine quilting pattern for your piece is as important as the thread and fabric selections.
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  • There was a time when the only sewing patterns that crossed the threshold of my studio were the vintage tissue paper kind I gathered to use in my mixed-media artwork or the books of Victorian sewing patterns and needlework I collected for inspiration and amusement.
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  • I've been using digital photos as a basis for my quilt designs for quite some time now. Digital technology has improved so much, too.
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  • Why is fiber artist Candy Glendening holding up a dye chart that looks like the periodic table of elements? Her training as a research scientist made it seem like the most natural thing in the world to do.
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  • 'Dancing Trees' (detail) by Frieda Anderson. We choose to make art quilts (rather than traditional quilts) because we want to express our point of view with fabric and thread. With so many methods, tools, and techniques at our disposal, sometimes
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  • Quilting Arts has gone wild with our animal kingdom issue. Create stitched pet portraits, make a reptile raw-edge appliqué collage, and view a gallery of pet quilts from the Quilting Arts 2012 calendar contest. Don't miss articles on the latest art quilting techniques, including tips to create
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  • Do you like to follow a prepared pattern or design for your fiber art or start completely from scratch? Maybe your answer is "a little of both" or "it depends on the project."
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  • As the holiday season approaches and everyone gets so busy, I have to remind myself to keep it simple. Simple gifts, simple decorations, simple projects.
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  • All these new TV shows about fairy tale characters in the contemporary world casting spells and carrying out age-old vendettas has me thinking: If an evil fairy/stepmother/witch cursed me so that I was left with ability to create only one hand embroidery stitch, what would it be?
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  • If I had to create a basic lesson plan for how to make a quilt it would be broken down into these three basic steps:
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  • First off, thank you all for your great patchwork ideas...They were all wonderful and I had a blast reading them! Congratulations to yarnlady@6 for winning the fabric bundle! yarnlady@6 , Please email me at lmurray@interweave.com with your mailing information
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  • I may have my favorite methods of doing things in my studio, but I'm always open to new ideas, techniques, and tools. I say, if it makes my art experience easier or better, it's worth trying.
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  • Hello! November is right around the corner and for us at Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors that means we are packing like crazy to get everything ready for The International Quilt Festival in Houston. We all love this show, it is so alive with energy
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  • From inspiration, to design, to finished piece, there are certainly times when working on an art quilt can be a challenge. Luckily the kind of challenge I'm referring to today is the fun kind: a Quilting Arts Reader Challenge. There have been quite
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  • I'm known for my high energy, but sometimes my life gets so busy, I feel like I'm running around in circles. That's when I have to schedule an hour or so in my studio for some artful R&R.
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  • We art quilters march to a different drummer and dance to our own tune. If we follow rules at all, we see them more as guidelines, jumping off points for improvisation.
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  • It's easy to get down these days, with all the tough times people are having. Especially if you're the one who's having the difficulties. But this is why I think it's so great to be an artist: you have a creative outlet for your woes.
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  • This is the third annual special issue from Quilting Arts Magazine and Quilts, Inc., packed with 148 pages of feature articles, projects, and beautiful photography celebrating the best in contemporary quilting. Quilting Arts Magazine and Quilts, Inc. are proud to bring you the third annual edition of
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  • When the leaves start to turn and there's a nip in the air, my thoughts immediately turn to International Quilt Festival/Houston.
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  • The October/November issue of Quilting Arts magazine has the perfect autumn cover, featuring fall leaves that are both printed and stitched in a lively design. The artist behind this piece, Enid Gjelten Weichselbaum, shares her easy-to-make reusable silk
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  • I'm always intrigued to learn what started people on the path to quilt making . Did they stumble into it in mid-life or did they grow up among quilters, stitchers, and textile artists?
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  • Baby quilting is a wonderful pastime. Baby quilts make great gifts to welcome a little one, and the smaller size makes them a perfect project for the beginning quilter. In our latest free downloadable eBook, Designs for Handmade Baby Quilts: 4 Free Baby Quilt Patterns from Quilting Arts , we offer you
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  • Have you ever wanted to bring an expert home with you? Well, here's your chance. The third edition of Quilting Arts in Stitches is now available!
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  • Introducing the second volume of Quilting Arts in Stitches! Our first dynamic digital eMag was a great success, so we couldn't wait to bring you volume 2!
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  • What would we do without fusible web? It holds our quilt sandwiches together while we sew, makes appliqu é a breeze, and can even hem a skirt in an emergency.
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  • Quilting Arts in Stitches is a dynamic digital product called an eMag that you can download onto your computer and enjoy on or offline. Quilting Arts in Stitches includes articles, videos, gallery slideshows of quilts, hyperlinks to inspiring and informative websites, and so much more. With just the
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  • Quilting Arts Magazine® and Quilts, Inc. , are proud to bring you the second annual edition of International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene! Quilt Scene celebrates everything we love about quilting today. It’s like an entire quilt show packed into a super-sized 148-page special issue.
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  • This special issue from Quilting Arts and International Quilt Festival captures the energy, beauty, and community of today's quilt scene. Packed with feature articles, projects, and beautiful photography, this 148-page issue debuted at the International Quilt Festival in Houston this fall.
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  • Quilting Arts Gifts is a special issue of Quilting Arts Magazine devoted to the art of gift-giving. Inside this whopping 144-page issue, you'll find dozens of festive gift projects, seasonal décor ideas, the newest and best tools and gadgets, and much more!
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  • Quilting Arts Gifts is a special issue of Quilting Arts Magazine devoted to the art of gift-giving. Inside this whopping 148-page issue, you'll find 20 festive gift projects, 14 seasonal décor ideas, dozens of recommendations from our editors on the newest and best tools and gadgets, and much
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  • Welcome to our holiday gift to you, our largest issue ever! In this special edition of Quilting Arts Gifts you'll find a number of inspiring articles relating to seasonal home décor and gift-making for friends and loved ones.
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  • Hi Everyone! Do you prefer fused or needle-turn applique? Do you do a little of both? In what circumstances? We're having a convo about it over on our Facebook page, and want you to join the discussion. So come on over and join us on the Quilting
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  • I think I've amassed about 10,000 miles in my frequent flyer program within the last month. Or at least it feels like 10,000 miles. I have been away more than I've been home the past four weeks, and have hightailed it all over the continent. My
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  • Machine quilting that enhances the design of the quilt is a thing of beauty. But very few people can just put their quilt under the needle and produce perfect stitching. Even award-winning pros like Judy Coates Perez, whose machine quilting designs complement her quilts' composition and theme, have
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  • Have you noticed that feathers are all the rage these days? Feathers in your hair, feathers inclothes and accessories, feathers in art, and the feather stitch in the October/November issue of Quilting Arts .
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  • We love to celebrate here at Quilting Arts. Whether we've just finished wrapping up an issue, found an exciting new product we want to share, or discovered a new artist we can't wait to work with, there are certainly a multitude of reasons to
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  • After a whirlwind couple of weeks that involved traveling to Chicago for the CREATE mixed-media retreat, Cleveland to tape Season 9 of "Quilting Arts TV" (and to visit my favorite museum), and a quick trip to California to help a friend celebrate a special milestone, I've finally been able
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  • I am excited. Ok, maybe I am a little more than excited. Alisa Burke has created another wonderful work of art – and this time it is in the form of a book ! As a huge admirer of her work, I am very excited to get my hands on this book and start
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  • Master your machine quilting with our stitch intensive issue. Explore new free-motion quilting motifs and learn how to use zippers to embellish your art quilts. Judy Coates Perez shares her guide to machine quilting success, Margaret Applin takes art quilts from flat to fabulous with digital monoprinting
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  • No matter what kind of quilts or fiber art you create, fiber and fabric scraps are a fact of life.
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  • A few weeks ago I gave you a little tutorial on how to make a handmade holiday gift card . It was so popular, I thought I'd share some more ideas on making holiday cards, inspired by techniques and designs featured in back issues of Quilting Arts Gifts
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  • Just as the summer is winding down (sniff!), so is the celebration of 10 years of Quilting Arts Magazine . It's not a sad ending, though, because it's been really gratifying to revisit all the talented artists we've worked with and all the gorgeous artwork that has come through our offices
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  • Quilt art can come in many forms. From wall hangings and landscape quilts to paper quilts and fiber art that fits in the palm of your hand, quilters' art options are unlimited.
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  • Have you ever made your own paper? It's easy, and a great way to create a unique piece of fiber that can be used as a component of your fabric art , or as a stand-alone piece. You probably have most, if not all, of the tools and supplies you need already...
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  • I love hot weather. But this summer there have been some days so hot that even I felt it was too hot to move, let alone quilt.
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  • I love summer. But unlike at some places where the warm weather and beckoning beaches slow down the pace, at Quilting Arts summer is one of our busiest times of the year. Still, even with all the deadlines and projects we have going on around here, I make sure to spend as many of my off hours as possible
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  • Oh, how I love being seated in front of my beloved Bernina®, moving my latest creation under the needle in a steady rhythm, free-motion quilting away until...the thread breaks; I notice the stitches are skipping; or a little tug tells me there is a problem underneath the fabric, like an unsightly
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  • Here at Quilting Arts , just one of the many reasons we enjoy receiving Letters to the Editor is that it gives us a chance to know exactly what you thought of the latest issue and what suggestions and feedback you have to make QA even better. In the upcoming
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  • Machine and hand embroidery are the hallmarks of art quilt design and construction. Depending on the stitch and the thread or fiber used, embroidery techniques can give your quilts a contemporary edge or vintage charm. In this free eBook, Essential Embroidery Stitches: Free Hand and Machine Embroidery
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  • What's your pet peeve? One of mine is when my cat, Dickens, sits on my fabric. Another is when Dickens hogs the bed. It's irritating, but I can't get too stressed about it: Dickens is, after all, a cat. And cats do what they want, where they want. It's just that . . . he's a very
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  • 811 Quilts Gone Wild Our Quilts have gone wild today- we’ve got 3 examples of designers who think not only outside the box – but off the quilt as they incorporate some really interesting materials into their art quilts. First up, Mary Pal
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  • 809 Mixed-Media Quilting Today’s art quilt movement has opened up a whole new world of materials for quilting. Mixed-media is a very hot topic where our fabric is joined by fibers, thread, paint and so much more to create a new fresh look. It opens
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  • 806 Do it Yourself Fabrics for Quilting For some people, one of the most interesting parts of art quilting is actually creating their own fabric. Today, Lisa Kerpoe raid the kitchen cabinets for items like oatmeal and mashed potatoes for some very unique
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  • [View: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4BnRXJ1EkS0 ] 804 Stitch Intensive Contemporary Quilting has so many faces and ideas. On today’s show we’ll spend some time again with Ana Buzzalino as she embodies the spirit of contemporary art quilting
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  • 803 Stitch Intensive On today’s show we’re delving into machine stitching with tips from some of our experts. Judith Trager starts us out with free-motion satin stitch made easy. This is a stitch you’ll want to keep in your stitching
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  • I'm going to ask you a question and I want you to give me an honest answer. When choosing among items at a grocery store, have you ever selected one over the other based solely on how you could use the packaging to create surface design?
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  • Check out our surface design issue, full of fresh techniques to create your own fabrics. Stamp and stencil with unusual objects, learn to dye with ice, explore finger painting on cloth, and much more; plus art quilts meet mixed media, color theory for art quilters, tips on working in a series, and our
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  • It seems as if summer is just flying by and I can't believe we're already well into July. Here at the Quilting Arts offices we're hard at work on the August/September 2011 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine. And while I can't wait for this
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  • Someone recently asked me who inspires me, and it didn't take me long to answer: Kerr Grabowski. Why? Because she is so inventive with her surface design techniques and so open to the possibilities.
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  • 802 It might be a technique we can’t wait to try – or maybe a favorite motif or color and sometimes we’re inspired by new media. Today’s guests share some rather novel approached. We begin with Ana Buzzalino and her technique of
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  • 801 Animal Kingdom This episode features two unique approaches to embellishment. First, you’ll learn how to dye embellishments with Dianne Giancola, who shows how to color a range of materials to match your quilts, from buttons and bamboo sticks
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  • I am laughing so hard right now. Earlier in the day, Cate Prato, online editor of Cloth Paper Scissors Today , sent me an email: "When you have a minute, I have something funny to show you from my past."
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  • What do you get when you challenge a bunch of mixed-media and fiber artists to create their own 9" x 9" fabric swatches to be swapped? You get nearly 200 pieces of amazingly creative fabric and a whole lot of very happy artists. That's just what happened when Quilting Arts' sister publication
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  • I just love to design my own fabric. Sometimes, I love it so much, I get all mushy. That's when you'll find me whipping up resists in the kitchen using mashed potato flakes, oatmeal, or even rice cereal for babies.
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  • Thread sketching? Love it! Using free-motion stitching with your sewing machine to create what looks like pen-and-ink drawings lends a real "hand of the artist" look to a quilt. The technique is also an effective way to add stitched imagery to fabric collages.
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  • Quilt making doesn't have to be complex, with hours of cutting, piecing, and sewing tiny seams. In this free ebook, How to Quilt: 4 Free Projects to Learn How to Make a Quilt , you'll learn how to quilt using fabric scraps, craft-store flowers, a fish, and canvas and paint.
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  • My Maine Coon cat, Dickens, likes to help me make art, especially when I'm dyeing outside. He has luxurious fur that is quite beautiful, but it is also has a magnet for the flora and fauna found outside my home. Burrs, sticks, and the occasional bug become enmeshed, and it's my job to get them
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  • Letters and words aren’t just used to communicate, tell stories, or relay our thoughts. They can also be used to make our mark, so to speak. Some of us scribble in haste, others embellish with large, flourishing sweeps of the pen. But no matter
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  • In celebration of Father's Day, we turn to Dutch quilt artist Anneke de Jong whose work commemorates her father in stitch and fabric. Anneke was kind enough to talk about her work process, inspiration, and how her father influenced her as an artist
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  • With summer approaching and the school year ending, a lot of parents I know are looking for projects to keep their kids busy (and somewhat unplugged) in the coming weeks. This patchwork checkerboard designed by our assistant editor for special projects, Lindsey Murray, is perfect for teaching quilting
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  • We moved the Quilting Arts offices earlier this spring, and the change has given me a whole new outlook — literally. Whereas my former office didn't have much of a view, this one has windows that look out onto the wooded buffer between the office complex and the street.
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  • As you know, I am a surface design junkie. As you also know, surface design is messy. So while I often take my beloved Bernina® on vacation with me, I'm not likely to lug my screens, Thermofax machine, paints, dyes, and soy wax with me.
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  • Reports from Fashion Week earlier this year (how many of us knew the term "fashion week" before "Project Runway" came on the scene?) showed that color, graphic design, spots, and fabric that seems to move would be hot this fall.
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  • I confess, if I didn't love Quilting Arts so much, I'd throw in the towel and spend all of my time painting and dyeing fabric . You see, some day when I finally grow up, I want to be Jane Dunnewold (or Kerr Grabowski). I save any kind of surface
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  • Now that the weather has finally turned and we have warmer, sunnier days ahead, I can't wait to bring out the portable tables and dye equipment to my driveway to screen and paint yards and yards of fabric.
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  • WEEKEND PLANS and a GIVE AWAY! Ready for the long weekend? I am excited for two main reasons: the sun is supposed to be out in Boston and I have set aside some much needed craft time. I can’t tell you how relaxing it is to just think about sitting
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  • At first glance, the worlds of traditional and modern quilting don't seem to have much in common, other than fabric and thread. But of course, modern quilting has its roots in the traditional methods. And, in fact, many contemporary quilters began as traditional or Victorian-style crazy quilters
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  • Hand stitching or machine stitching , which do you prefer? If you ask me, the answer would depend on the day or the project. Hand stitching is meditative, tactile, and personal. Machine stitching is fast, even, easier on the hands, and less likely to be interrupted by certain four-legged friends.
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  • When I'm with friends who aren't quilters and the discussion turns to expectant parents, it's often assumed that my go-to gift would be a baby quilt. I explain that while I have nothing against baby quilts, my style of quilting doesn't really apply: babies and beaded, screen-printed fabrics
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  • I was pulling laundry out of the dryer the other day when I spied something among the folds that looked black, fuzzy, and about the size of a quarter. I dropped the laundry basket and jumped back, convinced I had just seen a giant spider.
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  • Summer is coming and I'm getting ready for the three Bs: bikinis, beaches, and books. I read year-round, but I especially look forward to those summer beach books, even if most of the time I'm just catching a few sun-screened rays on my deck. And while I don't mind getting a little lotion
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  • Don’t miss our portrait issue! Translate your photos into art quilts with Joan Sowada, explore detailed thread painting with Jennifer Day, and discover how to make a simple portrait quilt top in a weekend with Jen Eskridge. Stitch yourself silly with monoprinted art dolls by Tracy Stilwell and
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  • The Monday after Easter this year, I noticed Cloth Paper Scissors Today Editor Cate Prato brought dark red hard-boiled eggs in for lunch. Cate is Greek, and their tradition is to dye their Easter eggs a deep red.
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  • Finally, we've had a stretch of warm, sunny days and my spring flowers are starting to bloom. Local garden centers are awash with marigolds, pansies, geraniums, and herbs. All of which has made me think about gardening and dyeing. Sunny, windless days are perfect for dyeing. But while I usually use
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  • An Interview with Barb Fricano It’s no secret that art quilters love quilt and fabric shops. Today our Quilt Shop Spotlight continues with a trip to Dearborn, Michigan. Barb Fricano, owner of The Material Girls quilt shop, was kind enough to share
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  • We always get feedback on the artwork in our publications, but some themes and projects resonate more than others. Animal themes always get a big response from our readers (and, you may have noticed, your humble Quilting Arts editors who love their dogs and frogs). Birds are particularly popular. We
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  • Contemporary patchwork projects are everywhere these days. Even the artists contributing to our sister publication, Cloth Paper Scissors are getting into the act--but they're using paper!
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  • Have you experienced fiber art creep? You know, when you learn one fiber genre, let's say quilting, leads to dyeing your own fabric, which may lead to screen printing or felting...which may lead to spinning...or paper making...and so on?
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  • Barbara Brack man has come out with a line of fabric called “Civil War Reunion”. Read on to see the inspiration behind this line, and learn a little about Civil War quilts in the process! You have recen tly put out a new line of Fabrics with
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  • I can still remember the thrill of first learning to read. When I realized those marks on the page meant something and I could figure it out all by myself, I devoured every book I could get my little hands on.
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  • People the world over have used hand sewing and needlework for centuries not just to stitch two pieces of fabric together, but to add color, pattern, and interest to their clothing and home décor.
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  • I don’t know about you, but when I sit down at my sewing machine, my mind is completely focused on the project at hand—the colors, the textures, fitting everything together just right. I hardly give a thought to how I’m sitting in my
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  • A warm welcome to Quilting Arts April/May 2011 cover artist Paula Chung! Paula’s raw-edge silk appliqué quilts predominately feature floral imagery and I was curious to learn more about the inspiration behind her work and how her home state
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  • You might have seen this picture from my wrap up of "QATV" Season 8. Yes, I am vertically challenged and need a little boost in order to reach the pedal on the set's sewing machine. The Quilting Arts crew thinks it's funny to capture these little behind-the-scenes TV moments. And frankly
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  • When I post pictures on Facebook of the team wearing sparkling leprechaun bowlers or upload a YouTube video of us getting our jingle on, you probably think it's just all fun and games here at Quilting Arts .
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  • Free-motion machine stitching is a hallmark of contemporary quilting. But, my friends, it does not always come easily. Practice and experience are key, and if you're like me, you also get by with some help from your expert friends.
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  • Celebrate spring with our nature issue! Get creative with Zen doodle quilts by Laura Wasilowski. Make a sweet little series of free-motion stitched wildflower quilts by Jeanelle McCall. Join Margaret Applin as she uses digital imagery in quilted collages. Check out our new materials column, Out of the
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  • Happy St. Patrick’s Day! As promised I am pulling the name of the winner of a goody bag from my last post with guest blogger Faith Cleary. Congratulations to janicen7 , you are the winner! Please email me at lmurray@interweave.com with your mailing
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  • I was first exposed to spunbonded "fabrics" like Lutradur and Tyvek several years ago and was captivated by their seemingly infinite possibilties for textures, surface design, construction, and more in your fabric art. You can paint them, heat-distress them, stamp on them, print on them, foil
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  • When someone asks me what's the difference between contemporary art quilts and traditional quilts, one of the first things I think of is embellishment, especially beads and encrustation.
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  • Hello everyone! Thanks for stopping by the LAST stop of the Quilting Arts In Stitches blog tour! I hope that you have enjoyed all the stops along the way. For the last post, I have asked artist Faith Cleary to tell us a little about her experience with
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  • The art of appliqué quilting has long been a way for quilters to add designs to their fabric, in addition to piecing. But while traditional quilters used the hand appliqué stitch to place their fabric motifs, contemporary quilters are more apt to fuse or machine appliqué, opening
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  • I love funny ads, and I've been cracking up lately at the one where the husband comes home with his buddies ready to hang out in his man cave only to find his wife has turned it into a hot-pink "mom cave."
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  • One of the best parts about traveling is the opportunity to sample the local culture and experience all the things that make a place unique. After I've booked a trip, I immediately start researching local quilt, fabric, and yarn shops in the area
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  • I have collected a ton of fibers in my career as a quilt artist. Everything from novelty yarns, to silk carrier rods and cocoons, to felt balls, ribbons and metallic threads, wool and silk roving. Not to mention the scraps of thousands of quilting fabrics, sheers, gauzes, saris, and the like. And don't
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  • Aren't we all craving signs of spring right about now? I know I am. Heck, I'd be happy to go right to summer! Back at Quilting Arts headquarters in Massachusetts, spring is slow to arrive. In fact, we can have snow as late as May.
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  • I love the sparkle and shine metallic thread gives to my fabric art, but the hassles--shredding, the curling, the broken threads-give me such a headache. I always approach metallic threads with trepidation, and I could swear the spool can smell my fear.
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  • Every time I come back to our editorial offices back east I'm greeting with more Quilting Arts @10 anniversary postcards. I love it! We'll be featuring some in the next issue of the magazine, so watch for them.
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  • I just completed a huge move so I can be closer to the QUILTING ARTS office. One of the best parts about moving is undoubtedly when all the hard work is done and it’s finally time to unpack the boxes, set everything up, and begin a new craft project
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  • I almost fell off my chair laughing when I saw this fiber art postcard from U.K. artist Priscilla O'Rourke. It seems no sooner had she received her copy of the February/March issue of Quilting Arts Magazine than she turned a photo of the staff she found on the Editor's note page into quilted
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  • I would say that unless you work full time in a dedicated studio, finding time to create is one of hardest things about being an artist. For most people, especially women, art has to get made in between "real jobs," kids, pets, and other responsibilities.
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  • You may recall a post on my Editor's blog when I mentioned meeting TV makeover show host and designer Ty Pennington, who has a new line of fabrics with Westminster Fibers. I also hinted that we had something planned for him, and you'd find out more later. Guess what? It's later!
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  • One thing that always surprises me is that when we require the finalists of any challenge to attach a quilt sleeve for hanging, we get numerous emails asking, "How do you make a quilt sleeve?" Or, "Exactly what kind of quilt sleeve do you want?"
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  • To anyone who loves fabric and thread, making a handmade quilt is often the ultimate creative experience. The contemplative act of hand quilting-needle moving rhythmically over and under fabric-is a pleasure even for those who primarily rely on machine quilting enjoy.
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  • 112 Tools of the Trade Needle and thread will always be essential to quilting, but today, an art quilter’s tool box also includes heat guns, stabilizers, and a myriad of other products and devices designed to achieve unusual effects and to make
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  • 111 Text Messaging Writing on your quilts not only adds texture and interest, but can literally help get the message across. This show presents simple ways to add text to your quilts using the computer; hand-stitching, gel pens, markers, and lots more
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  • 110 Quilted Collage—Getting Scrappy This program shows how to turn scraps into wonderful quilted collaged quilts using rubber stamps, sticky-backed fabric, and other bits and pieces of materials. First up explore fabric rubberstamping – what
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  • 106 Pictorial Quilts Learn to make faces—creative self-portraits and quilts with figures, done with fabric, stitch, and embellishment. It’s hard to keep from smiling when you create your own self-portrait. Then it’s guest Pam RuBert
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  • 103 Embellishments and Encrustations Embellishments such as beads, sequins, yarn, and even metal add dimension and sparkle. Create shimmering fabrics out of fibers that actually fuse together when heated. The first feature is fabric foiling or adhering
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  • 212 KIS KIS has become one of those popular catch phrases – keep it simple! There’s a time and place for intricate designs but it’s also important to keep it simple so that quilting will be something you can do every day. With the number
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  • 211 Paints and dyes Perhaps one of the most exciting additions to the quilting market has been paints and dyes. We’ve opened the door to dyeing our own fabrics; creating one of a kind hand painted looks and added a whole new dimension of surface
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  • 210 Graphic Elements Just about any design can be considered a graphic element. In particular the collage trend has its roots in graphic design where words are used for both their meaning and their appearance. First up, Laura and Linda Kemshall are back
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  • 209 Photo Images On today’s show we’ve harnessed the energy of technology and applied it to our quilts. First we learn to take, alter and print one-of-a-kind images to create a fabric book. Then special guest Wen Redmond shows how to use a
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  • 208 Green Quilting’s origin, in the use of scraps from clothing is the “original” green concept. In quilting today, this trend also manifests itself in different ways from recycling, to green products like bamboo batting, and even quilts
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  • 207 Trends Learn what’s new in quilting on today’s show. First, learn how to combine needle felting with quilting for unique results. Next Rayna Gillman shows us how to turn outdated, or “ugly” fabric into an original design by
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  • 206 Fabric and Design The use of fabric and design is at the heart of your quilting projects. First, Claire Fenton uses images to create a unique background or as she says: “one mans rust is another’s dyeing material.” Then Andrea Bishop
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  • 205 Thread is the Focus The hallmark of contemporary quilting is the use of thread in a new way. Instead of being content to only use thread as a way to quilt pieces of fabric or stitch on an applique, today's quilter uses thread as its own feature
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  • 204 Embellishment Contemporary quilts often include some form of surface embellishment such as charms or fiber, or maybe the addition of paint or another surface design. First is a lesson on using puff paints to create dimension on your quilts. Then Ruth
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  • 203 Texture This program explores different ways of achieving textural interest on our quilts. First, paint fusible web to create lustrous, one-of a-kind fabrics. Then the Kemshalls show how quilted fabrics provide surface textures that can be enhanced
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  • 202 Color Color is the spirit within our designs; it evokes emotion, creates movement and reinforces our design and pattern. First, fabric designer, Tina Givens demonstrates a simple but striking appliqué technique using free motion stitching.
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  • 201 Every picture tells a story . Every quilt project has a little bit of you stitched into it and we all have a story to tell. First up is Katie Pasquini-Masopust and a lesson on how to take your design from a picture to a quilt. Then Laura and Linda
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  • Little by little, I'm establishing a style for our Colorado home, accessorizing with pieces of artwork here and some new furniture there. With one eye on the budget and another on the time I have available for decorating (almost none!) I have been looking for some quick, easy, and budget-friendly
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  • 313 Stitch This: free motion quilting and threads and surfaces. Melissa Averinos is our first guest with a simple argyle stitch pattern that can be applied to all different items. Then it’s a thread tutorial; learn which thread to use with what
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  • 312 Inks & Dyes: roll up your sleeves with paints and dyes. First is Debbie Crane and her great fabric books featuring paint. Then it’s Shelly Stokes for a lesson on adding patina to sewing notions. Next Dianne Giancola joins us for a tutorial
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  • 311 Color Our World : color as a key part of design. First up is Laura Wasilowski and a whimsical birdhouse quilt designed right on the spot with prefused fabric scraps. Then visit the True Colors exhibit for an inspiring look at color. Last up is Kathy
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  • 310 On the Surface: creative ideas for surface embellishment. Our first segment was filmed on location with Julaine Lofquist Burch and a unique way of marbling fabric using shaving cream. Then join author Laura Murray and unmounted stamps as rubbing plates
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  • 307 Digital Designs and More : the latest digital tools for contemporary quilting. Melanie Testa is our first guest with a demonstration of a “machine drawn line” to add additional layers to your machine quilted surface. Then Jeanie Sumrall
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  • 304 Stitching with Alternate fabrics : quilting with a variety of fabrics and textures. First is using batting as an exciting surface for stitching. Then meet Melanie Testa for a purse using organza and freezer paper screen printing. Next Jane LaFazio
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  • 301 Fabric Collage : mix and match textures and techniques. Learn to mount a small collage onto a painted, gallery wrapped canvas with Lyric Kinard. Then meet designer Jane LaFazio; working with paper, canvas, and surface design techniques, she creates
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  • Let’s face it: pet owners love our pets. My next door neighbor loves his labs so much, the only décor he has in his house relates to black labs--from every piece of wall art to the toilet paper dispensers! So it was no surprise to me that
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  • It's January—2011 has arrived. Are you hard at work on your New Year's resolutions yet? If you're like me, at least one of your resolutions probably involves sewing—mine was to sew more, and to take on a couple more advanced projects
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  • 413 Catherine Nicholls is our first guest artist with a perfect free motion paper quilt collage inspired by photos she took of graffiti during some of her travels. Pokey shows how to make a colorful, whole cloth doggie jacket that will give the other
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  • 412 Today’s show is all about tips for great quilting. Our artists have agreed to share a few of their favorite tricks with us. Our first guest is artist, Lyric Kinard. Learn a few carving tips and tricks to create a stamp from an eraser and then
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  • 409 Get ready to be inspired by innovative designers with the latest in contemporary quilting. We begin our show today with designer Terry White. She’s going to demonstrate thread painting techniques with her stitch samplers. Next, it’s mixed
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  • 407 Today’s guests share some of the new ways they’re interpreting traditional concepts into their quilt designs. Using basic quilting techniques, Frieda Anderson starts off with a new twist to free form quilting and framing your quilted pieces
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  • 406 Let your inner artist shine with Quilting Arts. Pokey starts at her sewing machine to give tips and trips for practicing free motion sketching. Then, meet artist Maria Elkins for an easy fabric portrait – you don’t even need to know how
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  • 405 Fabric is our focus on today’s Quilting Arts. We have ideas on both creating and using fabric in a unique way. Malka Dubrowsky is first with techniques for over dyeing commercial fabric. She also shares information on discharging. Then, meet
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  • 404 Quilting arts is all about trends. First up, is Melanie Testa. Her trend is artists’ trading cards and she uses them to demonstrate alternate finishing and binding techniques for quilts. Then, meet designer Sue Kelly with the latest in surface
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  • 403 Today’s show is about technique. To get started on a new project sometimes we begin with a design, or maybe a pattern or even a new medium - but how about using a technique as your starting point? Carol Ingram is our first designer with techniques
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  • 401 First up, today is Laura Wasilowski. She demonstrates how to transform the surface of a small art quilt with threads and hand sewing plus an interesting fusing technique. Then, meet artist Yvonne Porcella as she creates an embellished frame around
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  • 512 Liz Debellis starts us out with how to make a collagraph printing plate, from which you can create your own printed fabric. Then, meet Michele Muska for ruching and a challenge to try out new tools and trims. Next, it’s time to raid the medicine
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  • 513 Susan Brubaker Knapp returns as our first guest. Her inspiration was a plant from her garden. She starts out with a photo of a coleus leaf and creates a small art quilt using white fabric, textile paint, and thread. Then Jeanne Delpit is inspired
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  • 509 Get ready to raid your recycling bags. We prove that quilting can incorporate much more than just fabric. Natalya Aikens challenges us with eco-friendly quilting and new materials to incorporate into your designs. Then, meet Eric Drexler for a luxurious
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  • 506 Today’s episode introduces us to some new materials to incorporate into our art quilting. Mary Hettmansperger leads off with metal embellishments on a quilted wall panel. Her experiences as a mixed-media artist, weaver, and jewelry designer
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  • 504 Our first projects are no-sew fabric fortune cookies for a great personalized gift idea. Then, it’s a lesson on specialty shibori dyeing with Dianne Giancola. Next, we’re off to International Quilt Festival and a collage door book with
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  • 503 Make sure you have your machine threaded and ready. As we feature machine quilting. Our first guest is Teri Lucas. She’ll demonstrate her innovative free-motion designs and give us tips and hints for machine quilting. Up next is Carol Ingram
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  • 501 The first show begins with Susan Brubaker Knapp. She creates art from her photos using fused appliqué and thread painting. Today’s inspiration is a lighthouse in North Carolina. Next, Pokey shares a stitched and stenciled book with photos
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  • 101 Surface Design There is a rich array of commercially printed fabric to choose from ––but you can also make your own with paints, oils sticks, and stencils. First we go to our host’s personal studio and combine simple household tools
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  • Check out our new machine quilting column, “Stitch This! Free-motion Motifs to Try” by Heather Thomas. Enjoy Lisa Kerpoe’s second installment of “Resists from the Kitchen” with a look at mashed potato flakes. Don’t miss Lyric Kinard’s suggestions for quilting
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  • 713 Unique Quilt Embellishments This episode features two unique approaches to embellishment. First, you’ll learn how to dye embellishments with Dianne Giancola, who shows how to color a range of materials to match your quilts, from buttons and
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  • 708 New Styles for Quilt Designs Art quilting can take on so many forms, from an emphasis on mixed-media to embellishments or unusual piecing. This episode explores two different styles for making contemporary quilts. First up are piecing techniques from
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  • 705 DIY Fabrics for Quilting Let your personality show by making your quilt unique. What better way to accomplish this than learning how to easily design your own signature fabrics? First, Kerr Grabowski gives a lesson on surface design, demonstrating
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  • 702 Upcycling The motto of this show is “don’t throw it away!” This episode teaches how to upcycle scraps into stitched treasures. First, learn about the inspiration and techniques behind Victoria Gertenbach’s Work Quilt series
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  • Cheryl Johnson decided to change up the way that she displayed and created Artist Trading Cards. For some inspiration on how to spice up your own ATC collection read on. What was your inspiration when you decided to change up the shape of ATC’s
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  • There's an old joke, from well before my time, that is still around because it's a classic. An elderly gentleman is walking down the street in New York City. A younger man steps up to him and asks, "Excuse me, sir, but how do I get to Carnegie Hall?
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  • In celebration of 10 years of Quilting Arts, I offer my 2nd (of 10) giveaways this month. This time I am giving away a stash of my own hand-dyed, screen-printed fabrics, some of which look something like this: My question to you: What is on your art quilting
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  • As I write this, the snow is coming down, I'm wearing extra warm socks and a scarf, and I'm wondering if I remembered to put the ice scraper in my trunk. The very thought of a being outside in a silk slip dress makes me shiver.
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  • One thing I've learned, and that I love, about contemporary art quilting is that you can't really make a mistake. Everything that happens is grist for the creative mill and happy accidents often serve as "aha!" moments. On the other hand,
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  • What does your studio look like right about now? If it's like mine, there are scraps of fused fabric here, wrapping and collage papers there, plus bits of ribbon, piles of magazines and catalogs, and, yes, I'll admit it, even some crumpled candy wrappers (Santa remembered my sweet tooth).
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  • Chipmunk Hot Pad from The Art of Applique section. Kimono Wrap Top from the Knit Wit section. Spaghetti Strap Necklace from the Sew Small, Sew Stylish section. The new issue of Stitch hits newsstands January 18, and it's the exciting start of our
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  • I'm a fabric printing nut. I started with stamping, then added Thermofax® screen printing, and lately I've been churning out gelatin prints by the score. I couldn't tell you what I like best about printing-the graphic nature of the design, the thrill of pulling the paint through the screen
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  • I've been enjoying the stories over on the QA community discussion board where members are sharing how they learned to sew. Everyone has their own unique story (some funny, some bittersweet) but most people seem to have learned to sew from: their mothers, their 8 th -grade home ec class, or from
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  • This year I decided to be very ambitious and make lap quilts for everyone on my Christmas List. I began my quilts in the summer (working on the QA Gifts issue in July really helps to get me into the holiday spirit), thinking that I would have plenty of
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  • Our new assistant editor for special projects, Lindsey Murray, has committed to giving several quilts as Christmas gifts this year. She started her projects in September, so when I was back in Massachusetts last week I asked her if she was finished. She just laughed.
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  • Last week while back in Massachusetts I picked up a few essential Christmas mementos to send to our new Colorado home. As I was packing them up at Quilting Arts headquarters, people gathered around to comment.
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  • I wanted to make sure you knew about this cool thing we recently launched, called Sew Daily . It's a free email newsletter you can receive every Friday that gives you contemporary sewing projects, techniques, designer interviews, and inspiration.
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  • If I could sum up the way the world looks to me during the holiday season in one word, it would be "sparkle." Sparkle is are everywhere, from the moonlit snow that twinkles like diamond dust to the strings of Christmas lights up on the rooftops, to the flickering candles lit for Hanukkah and
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  • In many years of sewing, I've learned that sewists have incredibly generous hearts, and that's even more true during the holiday season. The spirit of giving is more important than ever this year, with so many people all over the world in need
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  • I confess, I have made some unfortunate fabric choices in my time. Patterns that looked "vintage" in the store but "granny" when I got them home. Colors that caught my eye on the bolt but practically blinded me in the studio. Designs intended to take me outside my comfort zone. And
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  • The world of art quilting is partially defined by traditions that have existed since its inception and stood the test of time. One of these notable events is the exhibition “Quilts=Art=Quilts,” a juried show held annually at the Schweinfurth
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  • I'll bet that if you're been a fiber or mixed-media artist for a while, then you've accumulated a rather large array of tools, gadgets, how-to books and the like. And I'm also willing to bet that, like me, you use only a handful of those items over and over again.
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  • We have an early release day here this Wednesday afternoon at Quilting Arts in order to get ready for tomorrow's festivities, and I don't know about you, but Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday. No pressure for gift-giving or receiving
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  • Congratulations to Barb Forrister on being this week’s Facebook blogger of the week! When Pippa and I were going through all of the blogs that were entered this past week we were amazed by how awesome they all were – it was a tough to choose
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  • Kathy York’s quilt, "Fifty and Female and Fearless", graced the cover of Quilting Arts for the October/ November 2010 issue. At Quilt Festival a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Kathy, and I learned that she is not only a talented
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  • Celebrate Quilting Arts 10th Anniversary with 10 innovative techniques! From adding LED lights to your art quilts to screen printing with natural items and creating machine stitched reverse applique pieces, you're sure to find a unique art quilting process that catches your fancy. Learn strategies
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  • If you opened up your GPS or Google maps and did a search for the intersection of traditional and modern quilting, I bet the pin would drop right on top of Malka Dubrawsky. Malka has an amazing eye for taking basic patchwork quilt blocks and giving them a fresh and contemporary spin using color and freehand
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  • I have to say, a number of your responses to my last blog post about PPQSDS (Post-Partum Quilt Show Disorder) cracked me up, and I love many of your creative strategies for coping with winter! Many mentioned they bake cookies, some talked about snow dyeing
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  • Contemporary art quilters and mixed-media stitchers may take vastly different approaches to their art, but one thing we all have in common is our love of stitchery and sewing techniques. I, for one, can never get enough sewing ideas, whether its machine quilting stitches or hand stitching techniques
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  • Having studied French for many years, I’ve read The Little Prince , by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, dozens of times. So Heather Reid’s entry for our “How Entertaining!” Reader Challenge, based on this charming story, naturally
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  • It’s that time of year again. Winter is coming, and although I’m in a new locale where all my neighbors promise me winter in Boulder really isn’t that bad, I still worry I’ll go down the rabbit hole so to speak. After all, I was
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  • Last week we asked our Facebook fans to share with us one of their blog entries in hopes of becoming the first Quilting Arts Facebook blogger of the week. There were so many great blogs that were posted it was nearly impossible to choose one! in the end
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  • I'm just going to come right out and say it: these stitched holiday cards are so easy to make, it's ridiculous. Plus, by giving, you also get: UFOs (UnFinished Objects) are used to make the design. How great is that? I've whipped up many of these cards since first creating them for the 2010
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  • Last week's International Quilt Festival in Houston was a flood of inspiration, as usual. Enough to make me forget about my tired feet--at least for a while. In the few moments when I'm not presenting, greeting old and new friends, or gaping in awe at the amazing display of quilt artistry all
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  • There are some artists whose work always puts a smile on your face. For me, this is the case with Malka Dubrawsky, whose vibrant and candy-colored fabrics and quilts are always cheerful, bright, and wonderfully whimsical. I'll take any excuse to chat
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  • I was lucky enough to catch up with Jessi and Lauren Jung, a mother – daughter fabric designing team. Their second line of fabric, Hideaway, is brand new and a must have collection from Moda Fabrics. Throughout the interview it is clear that Lauren
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  • We always want to capture what's new on the scene and of interest to you at the moment. But while machine stitching, hand stitching, surface design, embellishment and the other big topics of contemporary art quilting are always covered, the trends in those areas change.
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  • Paints, inks, and crayons—they’re an integral part of the art quilter’s studio. Episode 612 makes use of them all. The first segment features Pokey demonstrating gelatin monoprinting. Then, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer shows how to use creative
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  • The topic of episode 611 is the world around us. Liz Berg is the first guest. She shares techniques for making abstract quilts inspired by photographs. Then, Terry White demonstrates beautiful thread painting. Finally, Andrea Bishop shows how to make
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  • The first project in episode 605 combines drawing and stitching. Karen Fricke demonstrates thread sketching on stabilizer, starting with pen and ink and then moving to thread and fabric. Next, Sharon Morton—from one of the largest guilds in the
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  • Episode 603 focuses on surface design. Jane Dunnewold returns as the first guest. She demonstrates stenciling and stamping hot soy wax and adding color with fabric paints. Then, Susie Monday shows how to make colorful screen-printed fabrics using water
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  • Designer Kaffe Fassett has said he finds much of his inspiration for his palettes and patterns from books on ethnic textiles and his own worldwide travels. "I follow women in the marketplace to get a look at the pattern on the edge of their skirts or the way they put a flower in their hair,"
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  • This weekend, I took a little break from my usual quilt making to sew Halloween costumes. My fiancé and I decided to dress up as gummy bears (well, I decided and he has somewhat reluctantly obliged), so I stitched up some very basic hats and bought
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  • I'm packing for Quilt Market and International Quilt Festival/Houston, running through my mental checklist of everything I have to bring: Materials for my Quilted Mixed-media ATCs class? Check! Giveaways for the Cloth Paper Scissors ® Mixed-media Raffle? Check! Fruit headdress for "Surviving
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  • When I look at Kathy York's body of work, it's hard to believe she has only been making art quilts since 2003. Her award-winning quilts are easily recognizable for their bold and graphic styles, bright colors, and whimsical or humorous topics. I'm an especially big fan of her three-dimensional
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  • I couldn't wait to turn the calendar to October, and not just because it's my birthday month! I was just so excited to enjoy one of the best examples of free-motion thread painting I've seen, Susan Brubaker Knapp's "Autumn's Bounty," the October quilt in the 2010 Quilting
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  • We’re all familiar with mixed-media art quilting, but rarely does one see this medium interpreted in wood. Nonetheless, mandolin maker Rolfe Gerhardt was inspired by his wife’s quilting (her piece "Fall Splendor" is shown here),
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  • Last week I literally got back in the saddle, taking a horseback riding lesson for the first time in 20 years. It was an exhilarating but odd experience: familiar, and yet different from my encounters with horseback riding back in my younger days. It occurs to me that this very-familiar-yet-strangely
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  • Judith Trager's Maine Coon, Pumpkin, sleeping on the job on top of Judith's art quilts. I had a sublime 10/10/10 weekend. Just perfect, and much of it had to do with Boulder's city-wide Open Studios program that take place four weekends a
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  • Ten years ago Quilting Arts was a little magazine that I lovingly sent out on its first flight into the big world. As it happens, this week also marks the one-year anniversary of launching Quilting Daily, as well as, drum roll...my birthday!
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  • I am always moved by art that eloquently brings together conceptual and visual qualities. This is no doubt what immediately struck me about the work of Gabriella D’Italia, whose textile pieces are a brilliant convergence of traditional techniques
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  • As many of you may now, our next issue marks the 10 year anniversary of Quilting Arts Magazine! And I don't know about all of you, but in my family, birthdays were always a very big deal. The birthday girl or boy would have their meal and cake of
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  • A quick glance at my calendar for the next few months shows me that if I am going get fabric art gifts made for all the events coming up this season, I better grab my quilting fabric stash and get going. From weddings to fall parties (think hostess gifts) to Christmas, I need a reliable cache of textile
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  • As much as possible, I like to avoid making plans on Sunday afternoon. This is my time to huddle up inside and sew to my heart’s content. After my favorite morning yoga class and maybe brunch at a nearby café, I’m quite content to spend
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  • I'm not one of those people who dress their pets in cute costumes for Halloween or carry them in a special handbag-although my Min-Pin, Louie, would probably love it if I did. He's such a ham and he loves to be held. Still, when you have a sewing machine, a big stash of fabrics, and adorable
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  • You've heard the expression, "Don't judge a book by its cover," right? Well, at the recent taping of "Quilting Arts TV" Season 7, I learned you shouldn't judge an art quilt by its original fabric.
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  • Fresh surface design techniques and much more! Screen printing with shredded paper; oatmeal resist; digital imagery; thread sketching; tie-transfer dyeing; wire embellishment; sell your art; and the list goes on! Learn strategies for selling your artwork at fairs and festivals from Jane Dávila’s
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  • Are you up for some fun? Then let's do some exercises today, beginning with free-association. I'll say a word, and you respond with the first thing that comes into your head. Ready? Here we go.
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  • For many, this is the time of year when nature beckons. The scorching summer heat has passed but the sun is still shining, and the great outdoors has so much appeal. I think this is one of many reasons that SharonV. Rotz’s colorful art quilts recently
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  • It's no secret I'm a surface design junkie. Over the years, I have amassed an overflowing stash of fabrics that have been dyed, printed, screened, stamped, and stenciled. Not only do I despair of ever using these fabrics up in art quilts, I have to admit that some of them aren't quite art
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  • I'm excited to decorate our new home in Colorado, but lately I've had to do it on the fly--literally--ordering furniture online as I hop from airport to airport to attend the Cloth Paper Scissors CREATE art retreat and the taping of "QATV" Season
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  • When we first started Quilting Arts , one of the ways we spread the word about our fledgling magazine was by passing out lapel pins with funny, quilt art-related sayings on them at quilt shows. "Give me all your buttons and nobody gets hurt" was one. "I don't exaggerate, I embellish
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  • When India Flint's book Eco Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles landed on my desk, it seemed like fate. I don't think I've ever seen such a comprehensive guide to natural dyeing that also shows such amazingly beautiful and sophisticated results.
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  • I'm so excited for the Fall 2010 issue of Stitch to hit the newsstands any day now. Tricia and Team Stitch have done a fantastic job of assembling cute, fun, cool sewing projects from wonderful designers that will have you racing to get to your machine
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  • Quilts have long been associated with special moments and memories--even the nontraditional, custom quilts made by art quilters. At Quilting Arts , we're known for our innovative approach to quilting, so of course we wanted to think of how we could enliven the concept of a memory quilt and let you
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  • One of the hardest things for me at quilt shows is observing the no-touch rule. As much as I completely understand it, I often silently thank the quilt guardians for keeping me on my best behavior. It's so hard to resist all those touchable textiles!
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  • Like you, I love fabric. Like you, I collect fabric. And, probably like you, I'm always itching to change the fabric I have. Why? When there are so many beautiful fabrics out there, why do we art quilters feel the need to alter them?
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  • My head is spinning. This summer has been a traveling whirlwind for me since I've been traipsing about the country for Quilting Arts and adjusting to a Massachusetts/Colorado living situation. There have been a few mornings over the past several weeks
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  • I confess: sometimes I get so caught up in the "art" I forget about the "quilting." Let me explain. An idea for an art quilt forms in my mind based on, say, a favorite TV show such as (still--and forever) Tony Soprano. Or, a new line of gorgeous fabrics hits my desk and I have to
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  • Whenever I visit a new city, one of my favorite things to do is just walk. There’s no better way to soak in your surroundings and I find that wandering without purpose often turns up the most unexpectedly delightful finds. Of course, walking often
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  • It's a plaid, plaid world at Stitch --we have a terrific feature on plaid projects in the upcoming issue, available in September, and we've noticed plaid all over the fashion runways for fall, often in menswear-inspired styles. In Scotland, plaid
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  • Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 It’s hard to believe that August is already here, and this new month brings a new issue of Quilting Arts. Those of you who have already picked up or received your copy of
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  • What's the oddest thing you ever used to create a piece of fiber art? You know, something you just happened to have around that you were suddenly inspired to create with. One artist who constantly amazes me with her ability to create original pieces with commonplace materials and techniques is U
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  • "I wish I had more time to make art." I hear that all the time--from art quilters at shows, from my friends, the Quilting Arts staff...and out of my own mouth. Unless you're a full-time artist, you've probably said it yourself many times (and I'm willing to bet even full-time artists
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  • Don’t miss the first of our newest series: Mary Hettmansperger presents “Metal as a Surface Embellishment” and dives right in with copper foil. Explore more thread sketching strategies with Susan Brubaker Knapp, with a look at dimension. Be inspired to start your own small art group
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  • You'd think after 10 years and 45 issues of Quilting Arts Magazine , we would have written about every kind of process, technique, design, or supply that exists. But that's the beauty of contemporary art quilting: someone is always putting a new twist on an old technique, combining materials
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  • Taking classes is one of the most rewarding and eye-opening aspects of the artistic process, exposing you to new processes, materials, and fellow artists. While tracking down a single class every now and then is easy to do, it isn’t often that one
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  • Your local fabric store is probably beginning to stock wool plaid and wool crepe in rich autumn colors right about now, along with fall patterns for tailored jackets and long skirts. Here in our part of the world, though, we've got 100-degree temperatures
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  • Isn’t it funny how the summer can be the busiest time of year? Of course, there are always those lazy afternoons spent at the beach, leisurely outdoor dinners, and nice long bike rides. But, at least in my case, there have also been many weekend
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  • I first became aware of Elin Waterston through the Quilting Arts reader challenges, particularly our annual calendar contests. Very quickly, our team came to recognize Elin's distinctive brand of well-thought-out, uncluttered design featuring a strong focal point.
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  • I'm a California girl who has lived for several years in New England and I am now spending more and more time in Colorado. Each region has its own distinct visual appeal and the artistic possibilities of life in the Rockies definitely intrigue me. The mountains, aspen trees, wildflowers, cacti, and
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  • Today's post comes from Tricia Waddell, the editor of Stitch . Enjoy and be inspired! As part of my ongoing commitment for 2010 to buy no new clothes, and instead sew new clothes or refashion things from my closet, I went hunting through my closet
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  • I haven't written much on my own personal blog lately. Why is that, you ask? On top of an industrious work schedule, I have been camping out of a suitcase this summer. (I have it figured out that the only clothes one really needs in the sweltering
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  • I love quilts that have been encrusted with lots of beads, baubles, buttons, found objects...you name it. The more outrageous the embellishment, the better! So I can't wait to share with you our latest ready-to-download eBook, Fine Embellishment Techniques from Quilting Arts : 5 Innovative Ways To
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  • Some friends and I decided to meet up in Washington D.C. to celebrate this past holiday weekend—after all, it seemed like an appropriate place to spend the 4 th of July. While I got some hand stitching done on the plane ride there and back, I spent
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  • I love the ethereal effects you can achieve with water-soluble stabilizer, fibers, and free-motion machine embroidery. The combination can create a stunning focal point for an art quilt or wall-hanging, or even be used to create a garment. But working with the stabilizer can be tricky-unless you know
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  • Sometimes when I'm in a rut--in my studio or in my life--all I need is a change of scene to get me going again. In the past month, I've had the opportunity to experience a lot of new scenery: a family reunion by the ocean, a speaking engagement in New York City, a planning session in Houston
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  • With Independence Day coming right up, it's a good time to celebrate some of the great stitching legacies of the United States. Along with denim and blue jeans and Betsy Ross's' flags, patchwork quilts are probably the most iconic American
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  • There’s nothing like spending a lazy summer afternoon with a good book. I’ll never forget reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula on a hot and hazy day, but still getting goosebumps on my arms. Or becoming so engrossed in Sara Gruen’s Water
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  • It's officially summer, and that means blueberry season. I'm lucky enough to live right next to my father-in-law's blueberry patch--more of a field, actually. While they last, I just have to walk out my back door and down the path to have access to fresh blueberries for breakfast, a snack
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  • In theory, you don't even need electricity to make things with fabric and thread--in fact, humans did it for thousands of years! But today, there are so many fun ways to blend technology and creativity. We have sewing machines that remember our buttonhole
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  • I love to read-fiction, non-fiction, romance, instruction--you name it. And I love it when other hardcore readers suggest books they love and think I would enjoy, too. So today, I thought I'd give you a list of some of my favorite books of the art and craft variety, the ones I have on my studio shelf
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  • At about this time last year, I was setting out for a month-long trip to New Zealand and Australia. It didn’t take me long to fall in love with this region, full of friendly people, beautiful sites, and delicious kangaroo meat. But I was also impressed
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  • We live in a time of high-speed connectivity, with hundreds of thousands of books, magazines, and newspapers online and in print, with texting, Twitter, Facebook, and patterns available for instant download. It's hard to imagine a world without them. But long before instant communication, before
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  • Last weekend the Bolton clan convened for its annual family reunion. Although it rained a bit, we had plenty of sunshine, beautiful views, and great times. Of course, I brought a slew of art-making supplies, the better to bring people together through art. Plus, who wouldn't be inspired to create
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  • You know how I feel about frogs , right? So when Karen Fricke submitted her thread-sketched frog quilt, "Coqui Up Close" to Quilting Arts Magazine back in 2007, I was captivated. And not just by the frog motif, but by her technique for turning a photo into a thread-sketched design on stabilizer
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  • Quilting Arts June/July 2010 issue has been on the newsstands for a few days now, so hopefully most of you have seen its fabulous cover quilt by Diane Nunez. The instant we saw this fun and funky art quilt with unusual embellishment techniques at the
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  • Summertime means travel, right? I love being on the road under the summer sun, whether it's in a car trip on the highways of the West (yes, you can still get your kicks on Route 66), a weekend at the beach, or a transcontinental adventure. Travel
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  • Is there such a thing as too much texture? I don't think so! Texture is what we art quilters are all about. Texture is what excites the quilt artist and it's what entices the art quilt viewer to come up and take a closer look. Plus, adding more texture to our quilts gives us a great excuse to
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  • Welcome to the first StitchBlog Q&A! We hope to make this a monthly blog feature, with interviews from interesting people from around the sewing world. When we were thinking about whom we should feature in our first Q&A, one designer immediately
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  • Every time I'm planning one of my crazy "Surviving the Runway" retro themes for Make It University! TM and we start scrounging up '80s prom dresses and Halloween costumes, the members of the staff who were teens in the '70s start going on about adding fringe trims to their bell
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  • Digital technology has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for designing art quilts. Whether you want to apply image transfer techniques to make a photo memory quilt, use digital imagery to make abstract designs, or a combination, we'll show you how to make a quilt with photos when you download
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  • Today's blog comes from Stitch editor-in-chief Tricia Waddell. I'm so excited to have a post from Tricia, because I'm always inspired by her ideas and her style, and amazed at how much she gets done! -- E.L. As the editor of Stitch , I have
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  • I just returned from Spring Quilt Market in the Twin Cities and had a really fabulous time! Outfitted with my new, spiffy Nikon DSLR camera, a journal, and comfortable sandals to traverse the show floor, I took note of several quilting trends this season…
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  • Many people are afraid of screen printing. They're intimidated by the equipment and the process. Or they think it's expensive. Or difficult to get appealing results. Well, I'm going to let you in on a little secret: Screen printing is easy, uses very little special equipment, and many methods
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  • I’ve been full of anticipation for the past few days since I am finally attending my first quilt show: Quilt Market in Minneapolis. At the moment, I have just returned from an initial visit to the convention space which is enormous and enthralling—I
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  • I started Cloth Paper Scissors magazine back in 2004 in part to give voice to forms of art that mixed fabric and stitch with paint, glue, and embellishment but were not strictly speaking art quilts. Forms like altered books, fabric and paint collages, shrines, assemblages, and paper quilts.
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  • I thought that headline might grab your attention. I recently took a brief three-day break to a beach before our publishing schedule vamps up this summer, and decided to turn my vacation a Stitch-cation. As summer approaches––and so do vacation
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  • Inspiration and techniques! Thread sketching; needle felting; hand stitching; recycled sweaters; 3-D embellishments; batik with soy wax; Dunnewold on design; circular quilts; “Inner Animal”; and more! Continue thread sketching with Susan Brubaker Knapp, with a focus on texture. Learn Jane
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  • While I'm gearing up for Quilt Market, I asked Studios Editor Cate Prato to update us on what's going on in the latest issue of Studios. Cate spent a day last week hunting for fabulous studio finds at the Brimfield flea market last week, so I know she's ready to show you some clever ways
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  • Here in Colorado, spring has been late in coming, but it's not stopping us from thinking about spring and summer sewing. Although the Stitch editors are looking ahead to fall (designers, check out our submissions guidelines for the fall issue ), we're
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  • Isn't it funny how sometimes the simplest of art processes can be so satisfying? I mean, you know I love my Thermofax screen printing and I am a sucker for hand embroidery. Thread sketching fascinates me and I never get tired of dyeing. But when it comes to hands-down fun, I have to go with stamping
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  • I love it when there is a simple solution to a problem, especially when that solution is readily available and inexpensive.
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  • Many of you probably know I have five furry, four-legged "children." But did you know I feel a similar motherly instinct toward Quilting Arts Magazine ? Asking me to choose a favorite issue is like asking me to choose a favorite child. I love them all equally!
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  • Since falling in love with the art quilting world more than a decade ago, I've seen thousands upon thousands of quilts. Despite the fact that each one is unique, I've noticed some themes and motifs that attract quilt artists repeatedly: nature, the sea, faces and memories of loved ones, and geometric
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  • ON THE COVER: Tuesday Pillow about this issue 22 inspiring sewing projects for Spring! view online patterns features Print Me Susan Beal Customize your sewing with DIY screen-printed fabrics The Whir and the Power of Making Linzee Kull McCray Sewing with
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  • Spring has sprung at Stitch magazine and it is an issue not to be missed! This 148-page super special issue has 37 fantastic sewing projects for Spring! Read all about it!
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  • ON THE COVER: Odekakke Tote from Zakka Style about this issue This special issue 148 page issue is loaded with fun and fabulous sewing projects! This issue's theme is Sew Global and includes 30 sewing projects for the fall and holiday season. view
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  • Something about the spring weather has me out and about more than usual these days. During the cold winter months, I like hunkering down in my sewing room all night long, but lately I can’t resist venturing out into the sunshine whenever possible
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  • So you want to be featured in Stitch? We’d love to hear from you! Stitch is a special issue sewing magazine all about creating with fabric and thread. Yes, it’s sewing but oh so much more. It’s loaded with clever projects and modern
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  • Many communicate with their loved ones overseas through letters or care packages, but when Pat Hamlin’s son was serving with the Montana National Guard in Bagdad, she kept in touch with him through a quilt. Each week that he was away (52 altogether
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  • When it comes to celebrating Earth Day, art quilters and mixed-media fiber artists are lucky: for us, it's easy being green. Not that we don't love a bin full of crisp, new fat quarters, but finding creative ways to use reuse and recycle textiles and fibers--thus reducing what goes into the trash
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  • Is your studio harboring a heap of unfinished art quilts, just begging to be completed so they can be released and appreciated by the greater world? Not to worry, How to Bind a Quilt: 12 NEW Quilt Binding and Finishing Methods for Your Art Quilts has come to the rescue! Inside this free, downloadable
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  • It has long been recognized that the creation of quilts can have numerous personal and communal benefits; Fine Cell Work is a social enterprise founded on the belief that prison rehabilitation is one of them. This program teaches stitching to inmates
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  • I love the soft shimmer of metal embellishment on a quilted surface. Just a touch of metal can act as an elegant focal point. An all-over quilting pattern of metallic thread, couched wire, or foil can add texture and make the quilt seem to glow from within.
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  • As you can tell from Pippa's latest entry , we've been doing a little road tripping lately... I'm thrilled to say the next stop is the International Quilt Festival/ Chicago ! Are you making your art to trade with others at the new Trading
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  • It’s been a few days since Quilting Arts April/May 2010 issue hit the newsstands, and many of you may have noticed that this is our animal-themed issue, containing 21 creaturely quilts, Pokey Bolton’s article on “Pet-ty Journal Portraits
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  • One of the things I most enjoy about International Quilt Festival is seeing all the little stitchers-in-training who attend with their moms, grandmothers, or aunts.
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  • I wonder if my love of dyeing came from coloring Easter eggs as a child. Setting out the little glass cups full of hot water and vinegar, mixing in the dye powder, and slowly lowering the hard-boiled eggs in one at a time, it seemed magical to me when they emerged all decked out in pretty pastels.
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  • Quilts can range from the functional to the memorial to the artistic—with most combining several of these qualities—and all types can be seen at “Quilts: 1700-2010,” at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London from March 20 th
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  • Although I live in what most would probably call a suburb, our home is surrounded by woodlands and plant life. In addition to the flora and vegetation we and our family members have put in (blueberry bushes, trees, and so on), there is a ton of stuff growing wild. If you doubt me, you should see the
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  • As a devotee of "Project Runway," one of the things I love most about the show-after the hilarious Tim Gunn quips-is watching how the designers translate their inspirations into line, pattern, and form. Take last week's episode, where Anthony and Maya were inspired by New York's Chinatown
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  • Who would have thought that Barbie could serve as the inspiration for an art quilt? Well, Suzy Liss did when she created this mixed-media piece, “Mom’s Little Secret” (51" x 28"), which is embellished with the doll’s
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  • It’s officially spring, and not a moment too soon for me. I already traded my boots for open-toed shoes a few weeks ago--and I'm not going back! Now it’s time to open the windows, do some spring cleaning, and let some fresh air into my studio in the hopes that fresh ideas will float in
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  • In the April/May 2010 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine , treat yourself to: more thread sketching with Susan Brubaker Knapp, focusing on line; silk-screen printing onto disposable facial washcloths with Leslie Tucker Jenison; Pokey’s journal quilt-sized and fabric collaged pet portraits; Susan Carlson’s
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  • Join me and Cloth Paper Scissors Editor Jenn Mason for CREATE with Cloth Paper Scissors Mixed Media Retreat, August 25-29, 2010, in Rosemont, Illinois--just outside of bustling Chicago.
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  • I saw the most beautiful thing when I came home from "Quilting Arts TV" taping last week. Not only had all of the snow melted while I was away, but a small patch of bright green moss shimmered among the dull brown weeds on the hill behind my home. This spot of emerald was the first sign of
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  • International Quilt Festival/Chicago commences April 16 in Rosemont, IL, and Yours Truly is counting down the days. If you haven't heard of Make It University!(TM), it's a hands-on area that takes place right on the show floor in the vendor area
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  • I'm pretty sure that when most people think about how to make a quilt, "metal" isn't the first thing that pops into their mind. But there are so many ways you can incorporate metal into your quilts and wall hangings, adding texture, dimension, shine, and that element of surprise. Here
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  • Knowing how popular patchwork is, we're offering you this FREE downloadable eBook, How to Make a Quilt: 6 FREE Patchwork Quilt Projects for Contemporary Quilts , that gives you six ways to use patchwork patterns.
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  • Above: Diane Nunez's dimensional fabric flowers Five days, 39 segments, and 13 episodes later, Season Six of Quilting Arts TV is born. A number of very talented guests joined me this season: Jane Dunnewold was back to dazzle us with two surface design
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  • There is no doubt that Nancy Crow is one of the most influential individuals in the history of art quilting. From her intricate geometric pieced to quilts to her well-known teaching workshops and her co-founding of Quilt National in the 1970s, Nancy has
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  • I'm packing my suitcase again, getting ready to fly to Cleveland to tape the sixth season of "Quilting Arts TV." As hectic as the shooting pace is, I always look forward to taping, because I get to learn new tricks and techniques in person
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  • I’ve always been intrigued by the link between contemporary and historical quilting, and the ways in which this traditional craft lives on in the work of modern day artists. Therefore, I was thrilled to have the chance to ask artist Kari Souders
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  • I knew I had a difficult task ahead of me when my undergraduate thesis advisor informed me that my research on the history of the art quilting movement should focus on only a few innovative quilt artists. There were so many to choose from and narrowing
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  • Last week the staff in our Stow offices got together for some after-hours creative play-time, making gelatin monoprints on fabric and paper. I'd been cranking out monoprints for a segment I'll be shooting for the sixth season of "Quilting Arts TV" and everyone else wanted in on the
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  • Quilters tend to be savers. We save fabrics (no scrap is too tiny), embellishments, threads, tool, and even ideas. This is a good thing—we find inspiration all around us and build a collection of resources that allows us to act on it whenever our
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  • In winter I crave creating with color-- during the darker, bleaker months, my studio is completely taken over by paints and dyes (think periwinkles and lime greens, cerulean blues and bubble gum pinks). Imagine my glee when I got the latest book offerings from surface design experts and Committed to
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  • A couple of weeks ago, I posted a fabric quiz based on Lyric Kinard's article on page 28 of the February/March 2010 Issue of Quilting Arts , "From Disappointment to Diva." The quiz tested your ability to recognize Lyric's clever techniques
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  • I was supposed to spend this past weekend at a friend’s wedding in Baltimore, but thanks to some bad weather forecasts, my flights were canceled and I found myself with an unexpectedly free Saturday afternoon. Naturally, I decided there was no better
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  • We received so many fun and interesting Let Out Your Inner Animal Challenge quilts from readers that the Quilting Arts editors decided we had to play, too.
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  • When something goes awry in the creative process—the ink splatters, the dye color is murky, the stitches have minds of their own—you have two choices. You can toss it and start over, or you can, as my favorite fashion designer advisor Tim Gunn would say, make it work.
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  • Since the February/March 2010 issue of Quilting Arts has now been on the newsstand for a couple of weeks, I’ll be announcing the winners of Lyric Kinard’s fabric quiz this Friday (February 12 th ) at 12 pm EST. So if you still haven’t
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  • There isn’t normally a great deal of crossover between acting and art quilting , but textile artist Lalla Ward has crossed this unusual divide. Well-known for her role as alien Romana in the BBC television series Dr. Who, Lalla now devotes the majority
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  • Art quilters tend to stitch outside the box. Traditional squares and patches are not for them. But that doesn't mean that repetition and a sense of order isn't important. In fact, repetition is a key element in design. The concept of using a grid as a design element is classic--that's one
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  • Kathy York’s work is like that of all the contributors to Quilting Arts Magazine – it never ceases to amaze and inspire me. I’ve been wanting to learn more about Kathy and her work, and with her quilt on the cover of the current issue
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  • This new month also means a new issue of Quilting Arts hits the newsstands! If you don't already have your copy of the February/March 2010 Quilting Arts , don't waste too much more time. This issue features an array of art quilting techniques
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  • I like to think I'm always open to trying new things, especially when it comes to surface design methods. But there was one technique I shied away from: batik. I loved the effects, but doing it myself always seemed so complicated and time consuming.
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  • We’re kicking off the new month with a new online feature: the Quilting Arts Community Spotlight. These spotlights will give us the opportunity to focus in on the work of some of our talented QA Community members, to share the stories behind their
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  • In September 2006, I got a little personal on my blog and shared that my father had just lost his battle against lung cancer in my Bye Dad post. In rereading that entry, Virginia Spiegel at that time had raised $53,000 for the American Cancer Society
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  • We're introducing a new feature to the Quilting Arts Community... Every month I will be cruising the site, noting what people are posting in the galleries and forums, and essentially looking to see how you--our cherished members--are utilizing our
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  • My Monday mornings recently became a bit less painful. You see, my three favorite TV shows held their season finales at the end of last year, which means I no longer stay up late on Sunday nights absorbed in the antics of: a serial killer, a womanizer
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  • I have an uncanny (some on my staff would say freaky) ability to remember exactly what artist's article appeared in which issue of Quilting Arts , going back to the very first issue nearly 10 years ago. And up until recently, I've been able to put my hand on the printed page more quickly than
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  • I'm sure that many of you will be inspired by Lyric Kinard's clever methods for turning fabric dyeing disasters into works of art in "Disappointments to Diva," on page 28 of the February/March 2010 issue of Quilting Arts . See if you've
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  • I do not make resolutions in a yearly manner. I don't feel compelled to make a particular change on a particular day, but this year I have been thinking about words for creative exploration. After some thought I have come up with: mend, random, intuit
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  • Makers of custom quilts and people who want to learn how to make a quilt, here is an invaluable resource on free-motion stitching: Free-Motion Machine Quilting - How to Make a Quilt: 67 Machine Stitching Tips and Motifs .
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  • The deadline for Our Inner Animal Reader Challenge is coming up fast (January 22), and I thought it would be fun for me to play along, too, perhaps put my entry on my letter from the editor page and in our community. My inner animal is the cutest amphibian
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  • Creating Figures in Fabric; Leftover Dye Pillows; Turning fabric dyeing mistakes into masterpieces; Experimentations in resist dyeing; Embellish your quilts with simple machine stitching; Lession 1: Focus on color; A conversation with art quilter Barbara Walter; Major works by leading artists; Creating
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  • What's not to love about Virginia Spiegel? She's an exceptional fiber artist, has raised nearly $200,000 for the American Cancer Society with Fiber Arts for a Cause (FFAC), and heck...we share the same birthday (October 2nd in case you wanted
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  • Thread sketching is not a new technique, but it seems as though more people are willing to give it a try and are looking for tips on how to do it. If you're one of them, then look no further, as Quilting Arts has plenty of thread sketching tricks and techniques for you to try.
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  • When I think of 3-D movies, I think of the old sci-fi horror flicks my parents used to tell me about where people would wear those funny 3-D glasses. Back then, apparently, they didn’t really work that well and it seemed the glasses were more entertaining than the 3-D effects.
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  • This January, I’m all about soup. You see, I ate a little too much of this kind of thing while on vacation in Mexico: (the best chicken and mole I’ve ever had in my life) I received a glorious Le Creuset ® French oven for Christmas (basically
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  • Have the frigid temps, icy roads, and price hikes in produce got you down? Let's see if we can cheer you up with a sneak peek at the February/ March 2010 cover of Quilting Arts... This cover features a detailed shot of Kathy York's "Falling
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  • I have been making cloth and enjoying every minute of it! In a moment of, 'What if?' I created a freezer paper resist that reminds me of doilies and lace. I printed it on a green ground, where if you look closely you'll see rodeo arches, doors
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  • Want to make a unique imprint on your handmade quilts? Learn how to create your own fabric with our latest FREE eBook, Fabric Painting: 5 Surface Design, Paint, and Monoprint Techniques from Quilting Arts . You'll learn how to paint fabric with textile paints, fabric paints, and oil sticks. Plus
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  • I hope everyone was able to enjoy some time to themselves over the holidays! Since I was at our Interweave headquarters just before the break, I went skiing in Colorado for a couple of days. (This was to make The Husband happy.) Then when we came home
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  • Of all the elements of design--line, color, texture, shape, form, value, and size--I think the most difficult one to grasp is value. Not only understanding what it is, but how to use it when you're in the process of designing a fiber art piece. How can you use value to your advantage? How do you
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  • Being creative and fostering growth within that realm is a process of engaging with the world around you as well as that of other artists. Taking what you learn from these places and making it your own is the imperative of each of us as artists. A few
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  • One of the most exciting ways to change the look of fabric is through resist dyeing techniques. Resist-dyeing is one of the oldest ways to transform cloth, used the world over. These methods are exciting, because they are unpredictable-perfect if you're a person who likes to play, because each time
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  • I love the variety of novelty yarns and fibers available today: thick, thin, sparkly, variegated, fuzzy, sumptuous-and they come in every color you can imagine. They are a feast for the eyes and whenever I see a ball, skein, or even snippets of these yarns, I want to plunge my hands into them and get
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  • I’m sure many of you did a double take when you saw the cover of the December 2009/January 2010 issue of Quilting Arts . The quilt, “My Buddy and Me,” by Barbara McKie (featured in the exhibit “SAQA@20: Art and Excellence”
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  • Until July 2008, Meg McElwee was a Montessori teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in rural Mexico. McElwee launched her sewing line, Sew Liberated, while living in Mexico and she now lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her husband and son, Finn. She writes
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  • Around the Quilting Arts Community, people with "tension problems" don't need relaxation techniques--they need a stitching specialist. Fortunately, we know several, and Susan Brubaker Knapp is one of the best.
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  • So, you're hosting a holiday party and you want to personalize your dining room table-and quick! Look no further. In our latest Free e-Book, Handmade Quilts with Quilting Arts: 6 Free Sewing Patterns for Beautiful Handmade Gifts , we offer you six festive quilting and sewing projects to personalize
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  • I am preparing for a class I will teach later this week. In this instance I was asked to do my Small Works, Big Impact class with a leaning toward painted imagery (rather than dye) and hand sewing. I love dye for its vibrancy, but paint is pretty awesome
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  • Looking for an easy, no-stitch holiday decorating idea? Why not make fabric fortune cookies? They're a great way to use up those precious scraps of hand-dyed or commercial fabrics you can't bear to throw out, and you can slip artful wishes for the New Year inside them.
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  • Over the Thanksgiving Day holiday, I knew I needed to do something with my bin of fabric runts. You know what I'm referring to: those fabrics you made that didn't dye or screen successfully, but you just can't bear to throw them out. I decided
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  • I love color and color mixing. I just bought a new palette of gouache and have been recreating the tools and methods with which I have been working. Pencil cases for figure drawing sessions, a smaller pencil case for everyday use, a new palette of paint
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  • No, the title of this post is not spelled improperly. It is always a good thing when I delve deeply into working my journals. It means that I will have fodder for working in cloth and that I am staying actively engaged in my creative process. Nothing
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  • Naturally, I’m feeling very grateful today. Thanksgiving is such a wonderful excuse to just pause and appreciate not only the big things—family, friends, good health—but the seemingly smaller ones as well. Today, I’m thankful for
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  • Though International Quilt Festival/Houston is certainly one of the most highly-anticipated and enjoyed events of the year for many quilters, the Quilt Scene is never ending; all year long, quilters are busily at work brainstorming, creating, and, of
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  • Just when I think I have everyone on my gift list covered, it hits me: What about the dog sitter? And I have nothing for Friday's dinner party hostess. And my niece really helped me out this year--she deserves a little something extra. That's when I'm grateful to have a cache of small quilting
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  • Well, it may have been at the expense of far more practical chores—cleaning, grocery shopping, etc.—but I managed to accomplish my somewhat excessive sewing goals this weekend! Yes, all three projects are complete—and each one was so
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  • With my focus on journaling and drawing, I decided to make a pencil case for all that I will need to carry back and forth to figure drawing sessions. I had the machine quilting samples for the International Quilt Fest: Quilt Scene article I wrote and
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  • Achieving multicolored silkscreen prints; Taking stitch-resist shibori beyond the norm with Mokume and Ori-nui shibori stitches; Artist Profile: Marianne R. Williamson; Pushing the boundaries of geometrical art quilting; SAQA@20: Art & Excellence - A sampling from an art quilt exhibit; Create unique
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  • A famine, then a feast. That seems to be the way of life, I think. Just before Houston, I decided it was time to make a larger piece, based on the recent painting of a Wester Tanager in my journal and I set out. I printed in a flurry, with no true thought
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  • I randomly chose the winner for this latest MODA fabric giveaway and congrats go to... LemonTreeTami ! Tami, please email me your address by noon EST Tuesday, November 17, so that I can get these fabrics to you. Enjoy! Thanks so much to everyone for your
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  • Downsizing and de-stashing are popular buzzwords today. We all just have so much stuff. So I think those of us who like to make gifts for others want to create something that's useful as well as beautiful. If it helps use up scraps from our stash, so much the better .
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  • Natalya Aikens recently whipped up some easy stitched leaves that she decorates with Pigma pens to add visual texture. You can dress them up with golden thread or just keep it simple and let the kids decorate them with "thankful" sayings or guests' names.
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  • I had all my fingers and toes crossed on the plane to Houston for International Quilt Festival last month, but it wasn't because I'm afraid of flying. No, we were debuting International Quilt Festival: Quilt Scene in a few days, and like a new quilter presenting her first piece for judging, I
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  • There are many things I should blog about, like the ten yards of fabric that came to my door on winning the Nature's Best contest, THANKS to you! Or the fabulous review of my book in Machine Quilting Unlimited , or the fantastic blog I found this
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  • It's almost inevitable: anyone who loves the pattern and colors of fabric has to be drawn to the vast variety of papers available, both commercial and found. Of course, like the children's story about giving a mouse a cookie, once you have an assortment of beautiful papers, you're going to
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  • Sometimes you just have to say it like it is. The statement comes out and then resonates. I spoke about this a bit in my last post, I told you of Shirley , who approached me at Open Studios and whose name tag indicated that she was from New York City
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  • Greetings! As busy as we all were at Festival (check out Pokey's photos), it's not surprising that the time just flew by and here we are back in Massachusetts (a bit tired but truly inspired). It was a great week! We thought we were coming back
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  • This is a difficult post to create because I forgot my camera in a store in Galveston Texas (it is being returned to me this week). So these photos are thanks to Jamie Fingal, Leslie Tucker Jennison and Sharon Hyll. Thanks gals! This is a photo of me
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  • Our readers and online followers instantly made the QA Community the place to come and chat, share, and play show-and-tell. But each month we've added new features or updated previous ones. If you haven't stopped by the Community in a while, here's what you might have missed.
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  • Brace yourselves! I think I'm about to set a world record in the Blogosphere for the number of photos in a single blog entry. I took nearly 250 shots at International Quilt Festival/Houston, but I cut the lot down to 49. (The ones I don’t post
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  • Maria Elkins couldn't wait to tell us the news, and no wonder. A few weeks ago, the International Quilt Association (IQA) notified her that two of her most recent quilts each won a category award in the fall Judged Show of the International Quilt Association's, Quilts: A World of Beauty.
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  • As many of you may know, our newest publication, INTERNATIONAL QUILT FESTIVAL: QUILT SCENE, debuted last night at the Houston International Quilt Festival. And it's one gorgeous magazine, full of beautiful quilting and sewing projects, and articles
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  • I added the two blog comments together, 10 from my Author blog and 27 from my personal blog and used a random number generator to choose a number between 1 and 37. Drum Roll please! Debbie L. I am going to Houston tomorrow at 8:15 a.m. so please excuse
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  • What's New On the Quilt Scene: IQF/Houston Edition - As you read this, I'm on the Quilt Scene at the International Quilt Festival/Houston , surrounded by some of the most beautiful quilts-and talented quilt artists-in the world.
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  • Welcome to the Fall 09 Studios Tour! **Notice: For some reason, not all of the links here will "refresh" to today's new posts with the tours. I am particularly having trouble with blogs on blogspot. I have refreshed, cut and pasted into
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  • Designing Fabric; Sketches on fabric; Mixed-Media approach to quilting; dyeing technique; Sub Urban Art - selective Rusting; Edges; Monoprinting with texture plates; Journal quilts; Spontaneous explorations in color; Re-create your sketchbook images on cloth; Edges; Goddess at the last minute with Robbi
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  • David and I were walking to Fairway last week and David gave me a lesson on street talk. He told me of the phrase, "That's how we roll". He'd heard our neighbor say the phrase and apparently it wasn't the first time he'd heard
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  • I've just returned home from Cleveland where we taped our next series of QA TV (airing end of December). This new season promises to be a strong one! Not only did we tape some fabulous segments at International Quilt Festival/Chicago this past April
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  • These little things are what I have been so crazed about. I have been making them by the armful and am preparing to sell them along with dyed embroidery flosses, Pretty Purses and other yummies over at my new Etsy account. Keep checking back as I learn
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  • I am back! While in Phoenix we stayed at a friends house. Upon entering her front door my guy noticed this mother and baby and it is a good thing I snapped a picture because the next day that li'l bird was fledged. Other great animals we saw? Bats
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  • Hey, are you on facebook? I am as Mells Testa. I say that because if you are on facebook and am my friend, you have probably seen these photos before. I am teaching Soy Wax with Paint over at Art Unraveled in balmy, Phoenix Arizona on Wednesday. Wow it's
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  • Arrow didn't want me to go to Long Beach, so he solved the problem by tucking himself into my luggage. Pretty lil guy. But went I did! Quilt Festival is new to me, it is like one big Partay, with the added benefit of gorgeous quilts, enthusiastic
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  • Oh, I am so sad. Someone slip me a happy pill, please . It's actually over. 2009 International Quilt Festival/ Long Beach is now past, but what an indelible memory it left! International Quilt Festival/Long Beach, second year in the running, is, well
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  • I have completed the forth I2Q Vid Prompt: Soy Wax!!! I dyed and surface designed my peasant blouse. And, well. I don't like my results. I like the shirt better in white. That is the bummer about blogging, you have reference of before and after. My
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  • A gelatin monoprint process; Asian-inspired, richly embroidered accessories; creating with silk: painted and beaded trees; printing with incised rubbing plates and non-toxic materials; the effective artist statement; The Lowell Fiber Studio; Artist Profile; The Whisper Challenge, and more. Cover quilt
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  • First off, a drawing of the Brooklyn Bridge from the Promenade . David and I walked through Brooklyn Heights and enjoyed watching small sailboats compete with water taxis and barges. There were trains, planes, boats, helicopters and automobiles, bicycles
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  • I will show you mine, if... well you know that deal. This is my sewing studio. It is a 6.5 foot by 9 foot room, just off our bedroom. If we were normal people, this room would be a walk in closet for clothing. But we are not normal. We are practical and
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  • I returned home from San Diego after teaching a great group of gals and found this! In my mailbox! Mailed. With postage applied to the back of the postcard and a hand written note from Jakquil (the woman who won my Pretty Purse give away). It seems to
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  • OK, Everybody! It's time to take the “Quilting Arts Uncensored: The Stuff You're Not Supposed to Know” Quiz! Are you ready? Which of the following statements is true? A. For the very first Quilting Arts calendar we published in 2001
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  • So, what did you think about the June/July issue of Quilting Arts Magazine? The art and artists we get to work with every issue are amazing. And this cover ; I love it! I find it very calming... It's the perfect issue to pack up and bring to the beach
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  • Long Beach is coming! Are you planning to be there? I am and I have an invitation for you. Please join me in creating and trading Artist's Trading Cards inspired by techniques found in my book! And the neat thing is, within the next two Video Prompts
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  • Hi guys! I have been bogged down with deadlines and some play, so I didn't blog last week, I hope you understand. Here is my warm up and craft foam stamp from the first Video Prompt Challenge . I haven't printed with it yet, it is that new. The
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  • I recently returned from the annual SAQA conference that took place in Athens, Ohio on the Ohio University campus, and what an incredible time! For those who are unfamiliar with SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) , it is the non-profit organization to
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  • I am working on this: This is a piece that I began as a project for my book, but that I it messed up and put it aside. Although I have been attending some knit groups, I have not felt inspired to knit. Instead, I bring sewing projects. I embroider, bead
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  • Last night I went to my Alma Matter, The Fashion Institute of Techology and gave a small talk to a silk painting class. The teacher was one of my favorites when I went to school there, Zsu Zsi Dalquist. Or at least I hope that is how you spell it. Zsu
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  • Opening reader challenge art is a lot of fun. I am honored to be able to see such inspiring work. But, sometimes it becomes a bit of a challenge (pun intended) to decipher just who the artwork is from. Some people really get into creating beautiful labels
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  • ON THE COVER: Tuesday Pillow features Print Me Susan Beal Customize your sewing with DIY screen-printed fabrics The Whir and the Power of Making Linzee Kull McCray Sewing with Diana Rupp, Founder of Make Workshop projects Stitch it Up Get creative with
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  • Thread painting; pieced landscapes; perspectives on art and quilting with Inge Mardal and Steen Hougs; inspiration from the Symbolists; time management for artists; inspiration from a Kenyan tradition; image transfers; “Rock On!” challenge results; print fabrics with hardware store finds;
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  • More images from our QA TV taping last week... Luana Rubin of eQuilter.com joined us this season! Here she is with our very own Helen Gregory and the Bernina 830. Pokey with Jay McCarroll just before his first segment taped. (I know this will come as
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  • Quilting Arts TV taping for Series 400 has officially completed, and over the course of this week I will be posting photos and short videos to give you a flavor of what transpired on and off camera. I have more than 200 pictures and I'll also be loading
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  • Pokey Bolton chats with “Project Runway” winner Jay McCarroll; Venus-inspired art: from prehistoric times through the Renaissance; designing with ink pads; thread painting 101; hand embroidery; designing with Paintstiks®; glue gel resist; monoprinting fabrics, and many more art quilting
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  • Please note: These exciting workshops are open to non-SAQA members! Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) will be presenting 6 exciting 3-day workshops May 18-20, 2009 in Athens, Ohio. The 3-day workshops are open to all artists - you don't have to be
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  • Not only are we celebrating a new year, but also coincidentally this is our 100th post here on the Quilting Arts blog! I never thought I’d have the perseverance to make it to 100 blog entries.  Case in point: the fact that I have one diary I got
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  • Katie Pasquini Masopust: profile and technique; Hollis Chatelain’s new exhibit; Byzantine inspiration; quick purses from wholecloth quilts; mid-arm quilting machines; dyeing and discharging fabrics; needle-felting techniques; dyeing with RIT® dye; men’s ties in quilts; Goddess on bikes
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  • For all of us who survived Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, I hereby offer you Totally Free Tuesday! Well, at least a free offer from me in the form of a Christmas tree skirt article. Click on the image below  to download a piece I
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  • Ever since I returned home from Houston, I've been suffering from what I dub PPQSD: post-partum quilt show disorder. I'm home from the show I look forward to most every year, and now I'm back in my sleepy, bucolic town of Stow, MA. Quilt show
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  • What an amazing, beautiful, surreal, funny, busy time we had in Houston! Thanks so much to everyone who participated in Make It University!(TM) I had every intention of blogging every day from the show floor. Ha ha, that's a good one. The laugh is
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  • Designing with sheer fabrics; soy wax for batik; quilts from photos and drawings; expert advice on selling your art; mixed-media canvas books; quilt storage and preservation; printing on fabric with Maggie Grey; collaged journal quilts; collaborative stitched book project; more “Go Green!”
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  • What's that saying: When the cat's away the mice will play? My husband's been out of town for the past week, and while he was gone, play I did… A few things have been on my mind lately: my beautiful hometown of San Francisco, the Grateful
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  • Quilted pet portraits; rusting fabric; ArtQuilts at the Sedgwick; digital design; deconstructed screen printing; hand-dyed silk charmeuse in quilts; needle-felted landscape design; dyeing cottons with indigo; 2009 Calendar; the “Green” issue with “green” wall hangings, “Go
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  • Artist Alisa Burke poses with a fan. For those of you who didn't come to International Quilt Festival/Long Beach and Make It University!™ with Cloth Paper Scissors, we sure missed you! Some pictures for you… Surviving the Runway Luncheon (Thursday
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  • Did you know that not only is today the summer solstice but equally momentous is the fact that it's National Take Your Dog to Work Day ? We, at Quilting Arts have truly gone to the dogs. Today we have four of man's best friends here sniffing around
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  • Fabric design with discharge dyeing, crayon rubbing, and painting; using your stash; digital design; machine needle felting; stamped fabrics with Adinkra symbols; designing with thread scraps; image transfers on fabric and paper; surface design in fabric collage; silk bowls; mounting quilts; “True
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  • A sample of my hand-dyed and screen-printed fabrics. What would you do if you had a month off and could do any one activity? If I could take this kind of time, I'd scamper off to some secret destination (preferably a small creekside cottage in Sedona
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  • Okay, dear blog readers, it’s that time of year again to announce our Quilting Arts Calendar finalists. (I know it seems a little early to be thinking about 2009, but welcome to my world!) With this year’s theme, “Celebrating Home,” we received 243 entries
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  • Making stamps; painted backgrounds for art quilts; inspiration from Matisse; batik art quilts; profile of a hand embroiderer; thickened silk dyes; quilting with a longarm; finishing techniques for small quilt edges; free-motion machine quilting; working with transfer paints; stitched paper quilt design;
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  • Wanted! We have some very exciting publicity and publishing opportunities that I wanted you, dear blog reader, to find out about first. (Many of these aren’t even on the submissions pages yet on our website.) Go Green Quilt by Frances Holliday Alford
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  • It’s here, it’s here! The Studios issue has just arrived in our offices and oh my… I think it came out rather nicely. I hope you think so, too. In my extreme makeover article, I mention that I will share some of the artwork in my studio on our website
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  • For all of you Project Runway fanatics, you may have been surprised by the size of Christian Siriano's studio when Tim Gunn paid him a visit on last week's episode. Upon seeing Christian's cramped space, Tim said, "Wow, you really know
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  • Collaged fabric panels with found objects; wholecloth facing technique; monoprinting fabrics, including sheers; free-motion machine quilting; mounting and framing art quilts; flour paste resist with Jane Dunnewold; painterly quilt collage; eco-friendly journal quilting; 2007 Journal Quilt Project; Goddess
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  • My, my...what a busy group of elves you've been this season. I was thrilled to receive so many emails with pictures of handmade gifts you've been making this year! Here's a sampling of ten gifts (randomly selected) that I hope will inspire
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  • On Saturday night I found myself with a free evening (yeehaa!) and made a set of fabric coasters to give my mom for Christmas. I was inspired by Julie Hirota's article in Quilting Arts Gifts for fabric coasters and how Julie manipulates her photos
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  • Digital imagery; delicate design with silk, lace, flower petals, and machine embroidery; the Kemshalls on finishing with embroidery, foil, and color; quilted fabric sculpture; textural book wraps; large-scale photograph quilts; thread sketching on stabilizer; showing artwork; binding techniques; embellishments;
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  • We're mid-way through taping Quilting Arts TV so I thought it would be fun to share my journey with you thus far. Let the pictures do the talking... I had to chuckle when I boarded my flight to the taping and saw this on the back of the seat in front
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  • Design primer: space, notion, and rhythm; the Kemshalls on sketchbooks; rubber stamp stencils and Paintstiks®; paint and dye with Lutradur®; exploring fusible thread, water-soluble fabrics, and more; expanded squares with Jane Dunnewold; "Flower Power"paper quilt challenge results;
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  • Finding Inspiration; Scale, proportion, and balance; Finding Your Voice with Fabric Collage; silk painting with resist; understanding tone, value, and light and dark to create mood and feeling; Artist Profile: Frances Holliday Alford; five artists, one quilt; holographic effects; contour drawing with
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  • I wish I could explain my absence by saying I've been tossing back pomegranate margaritas on a Fiji beach, but alas, that remains a fantasy. Quick blog post to let all of you clever, creative people know that we're coordinating two additional
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  • Congratulations to the following five for winning a free one-year subscription: Terri Stegmiller Sandra Spagnuolo Carol Wiebe Sue Bleiweiss Joanna van Ritbergen In thanks to everyone who emailed me their thoughts on inspiring artists and works, I thought
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  • Art Design Primer: Unity and Focal Point; Embellishing with Attitude; MajorMinors II South African Fibreworks Exhibition; Artist Profile: Karen Stiehl Osborn; Embellished Stitches & Exotic Threads; Interview with South African Artist: Rosalie Dace; Art Quilts at the Sedgwick; The Art of Journal Quilting;
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  • We enjoyed beautiful, Indian summer weather this past weekend, and I took a photo break Sunday afternoon to capture some images of my bucolic little town where I work and live: Stow, Massachusetts. When mishaps from the Big Dig aren't backing things
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  • I just got the sweetest letter yesterday from a seven-year-old boy named Will. I met him this past spring in Chicago at Make It U! and I remember finding him staring up at the wall of fabric ATCs we had displayed. Eyes wide, mouth agape, and neck craned
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  • This is too cool for school... check out the loot that Jacquard Products sent us in addition to our order for fabric paints we placed with them last week: I asked for some product to help with my workshops for Make It U! and I'm positively bowled
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