Quilting Designs

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Conceiving of a design for your art quilt can be one of the most difficult but rewarding aspects of the artistic process. Considerations include fabrics and other materials, color, size, and composition. Inspiration for design can stem from a wide variety of sources, from nature to the work of other artists.

Some fiber artists like to plan their quilt designs out on paper or on the computer. Others prefer a more improvisational approach. There is no right or wrong way, as long as the end result is pleasing to you.

In this video, self-described "rebel quilter" Jamie Fingal shows how she designs her fused appliqué quilts, combining her own sense of color and design with standard design principles.


Source: Quilting Arts WorkshopTM video "Rebel Quilting: Thinking Outside the Block" with Jamie Fingal, Interweave, 2011

The Importance of Keeping a Sketchbook

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Great quilt design ideas rarely spring forth full blown from our heads at the moment we are ready to start a quilt. More often they come to us as hints and ideas we're going about our day. That's why it's so important to keep a sketchbook. It's a place where you can keep these random bits of inspiration to play with at another time.

Quilt artist Melody Johnson takes her sketchbook everywhere, in the car, on the plane, on vacation, or to work, for whenever she has waiting time. One never knows when an idea will reveal itself. If you have a sleepless night, get up and draw. When you visit museums, galleries, or art shows, be sure to collect postcards and brochures, or take photos, if allowed; keep these in your sketchbook for future reference. Analyze the art and grow your own ideas.

Here are some of Melody's tips for using your sketchbook to create the basis for a quilt design.

Make yourself doodle

Your subconscious holds ideas that you are unaware of in your conscious mind, and doodling brings them to the surface. Try this, for example: Draw a shape and then divide the space within that shape. Make all your lines uneven or curved, breaking free from rigid thoughts. Don't be concerned with the difficulties of construction. Simplify, and solutions will be found.

In my sketchbook, my un-square block is composed of a distorted rectangle cut in half, with an oval shape in the middle (Figure 1). In Figure 2, my rectangle-with-oval is paired with simple strips of multiple colors. The center line is thickened into a shape.

Draw variations

Variations in size and repeated shapes offer more possibilities. I refer to this as a compound block set.

Vary the size, direction, and number of blocks.

Add a simple connecting element or trace a mirror image. Make a big major block and support it with related shapes or mini versions of the same block.

Shade for value

Using your pencil, darken the shapes that need definition. The lines in your drawing can be strengthened and turned into shapes themselves. Trace your original sketch and try alternate versions. Remember that contrast can bring out the best in your quilt. Try to use at least five values, from very light to very dark. Create drama with contrast.

Choose your color scheme

Break out of your routine and use that fabric that you have been saving for something important. Delicious fabric makes the quilt much more exciting. Let the fabric do the work for you.

Source: The Best of Quilting Arts by Pokey Bolton, Interweave, 2011

Design Details That Bring Landscape Quilts to Life

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.Detail of 'Sunflower' quilt,
by Judith Trager

Fiber artist Judith Trager is well known as an expert on quilt design, especially when it comes to landscapes. She often bases her designs on simplified versions of photos she has taken. Her final step is to bring the landscape to life by adding details. Thread, stitch, and fabric choice are key to making the quilt design jump off the wall. Here are some of her tips.

When stitching over dark shapes, like leaves, use a slightly lighter shade of thread to add definition.

Know which way the sun is shining. When placing your foreground motifs, be sure to position them so that the light source is coming from the same direction on all. For example, sunflowers literally turn toward the sun as the day progresses, so they would all be facing the same way.

Use a variegated thread and stipple quilt the motifs, such as in the center of a flower, to yield a lot of variation in a small area. This will lend realism and depth to your design.

Stipple quilt on the background around the foreground motifs to push the former down and make the latter stand out.

Attract light and create movement on your piece with a little shimmer. Judith prints squares of gold metallic paint here and there on her quilt using the square end of a makeup sponge. She also fuses slivers of glistening sheer organza, emulating grass, to the foreground.

Source: Quilting Arts WorkshopTM video Designing Landscape Quilts: Quilt Art Techniques Simplified, with Judith Trager, Interweave, 2011

Make Your Own Quilt Design Wall

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.Pokey Bolton's Design Wall

If there was just one tip I could give a designer of wall art looking to improve her compositions, it would be: use a design wall. Experienced art quilters wouldn't live without one.

I can't explain exactly how it works, but there's something about seeing your design up on the wall that makes what's working (or not working) jump out. A yellow fabric that looks fine on your worktable suddenly seems jarring when you put your design up on the wall. Or you notice how the embellishing that appears subtle when you're looking down on it completely disappears when the piece is vertical and viewed from a few feet away.

In practical terms, a design wall can save you time and money. Because you can audition fabrics and their placement, you won't waste fabric or have to rip out stitches.  

Some quilters like to simply cover a piece of foam core with felt to make a basic design wall, but I wanted to add a little patchwork interest to mine to decorate my quilt studio. When I'm not using it as a design wall, it can serve double duty as a bulletin board!

Materials

  • Large frame without the glass (I went to the frame section of my craft store and bought the biggest one they had.)
  • White and light-colored fabric (Patterned fabric adds interest, but make sure the patterns are low contrast.)
  • Piece of foam core cut to size to fit inside the frame
  • Gesso
  • Black rubber-stamping ink
  • Rubber stamps with bold, chunky designs
  • Brayer
  • PVA glue (such as Aleene's Tacky Glue® or Sobo® glue)

Directions

1. Cut 2 1/2"-wide by the width of your fabric strips.

2. Strip piece the long pieces together using a 1/4" seam allowance. Continue to piece until your finished piece is larger than your foam core piece. Press the seam allowances open.

3. Lay your strip-pieced fabric onto your cutting mat so that the lengths are horizontally oriented and rotary cut crosswise into new 2-1/2" strips.

4. Reposition the newly cut strips so different fabrics are next to each other.

5. Piece these new long strips together.

6. Stamp randomly all over.

7. Saturate your brayer with gesso and roll the brayer over various parts of the pieced fabric. Do not cover it entirely, but do roll over the stamped areas to tone down the black ink. Allow to dry.

8. Cover the foam core with the finished patchwork and glue into place so it is taut. Allow the glue to dry.

9. Insert into frame and hang.

That's all there is to it!

Source: 101 Patchwork Projects + Quilts, by Pokey Bolton, Interweave, 2011

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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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  • 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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  • The June/July issue of Quilting Arts Magazine is here and it is my first complete issue--I joined the team in February as Assistant Editor. Putting an issue of Quilting Arts together is both complicated and exhilarating. There are proposals to review
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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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  • 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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  • OK, first off the winner of last weeks fabric giveaway is danby miller ! Please send your mailing address to me at lmurray@interweave.com so I can send the fabric to you! How to make Etsy work for you An interview with artist, author, and dedicated Etsy
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • First of all, Congratulations to Quilnan for winning the fabric! Please send me an email with your mailing address so I can send the fabric out to you! This past weekend, my fiancé and I went to the Brimfield fair. I have been hearing about this
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  • Carol Taylor is one of my very favorite quilt artists, and I was thrilled to be able to feature her work on the cover of the April/May issue of Quilting Arts . Carol uses color to stunning affect in her quilting designs , and I thought you would be interested in reading about her approach to color.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • When it comes to creating quilting designs , one of the most useful tools to have is a design wall. I know I'd be lost without mine (or at least, I would make good design decisions less consistently). There is something about taking your fabric pieces and other elements off the table, putting them
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Flowers are one of the most popular motifs in art, and quilting designs are no different. From antique quilts to the most contemporary quilt design, the flower often takes center stage.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • No matter what kind of quilts or fiber art you create, fiber and fabric scraps are a fact of life.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Update to this post! Fabric winner announced at the bottom of this entry. More giveaways coming Wednesday! Despite consistently dreary, rainy days with highs in the lower 50s here in Sudbury, MA, the calendar does indeed say it's May, and that means
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  • One of the perks of living in Colorado is having ready access to the amazing number of highly talented fiber artists that live and create in the Front Range area. In Boulder alone, there are so many textile and mixed-media fiber artists that when I attended the annual open studios tour last fall, I couldn't
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  • If there was just one tip I could give a designer of wall art looking to improve her compositions, it would be: use a design wall. Experienced art quilters wouldn't live without one.
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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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 108 Photo Fabric Collage Manipulating photos on the computer is a growing area of quilt design. New software and scanners are making it easier than ever to change the size, color, and tone of your photos and then transfer them to fabric. First Lesley
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 701 Quilt Design This show features some of the most innovative fiber artists of today as they share their ideas for making one-of-a-kind quilts. Jean Wells is first and demonstrates how to create an elegant portrait finish for art quilts. Then Jeannie
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • When the leaves start to turn and the mornings turn chilly, some people go shopping for new fall fashions. My first thought is, "Hey, I wonder if they've started making apple cider donuts at U-pick orchard down the street from the Quilting Arts offices?"
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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’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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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’ve always loved the past—I studied art history in college, after all—and therefore have a deep fascination with antique quilts. I’ve collected only a few so far, and this one (my first, actually) is my hands-down favorite: The
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  • No one knows more about pushing your artistic boundaries than Kelli Perkins, author of Stitch Alchemy: Combining Fabric & Paper for Mixed Media Art . Not only does her book contain a wide variety of projects, from bookmarks to beads and paper quilts
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Expert tips for selling your art; fiber and stitch samplers; paper-fabric quilts; wilderness landscapes; creating unique fabrics with your computer; enhancing quilts with Paintstiks®; deconstructed rubbings for screenprinting and more; Goddess reminisces. Cover quilt by Karen Linduska.
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  • Here’s a good way to start the workweek: Want to buy an art quilt? Today the reverse auction commences to benefit SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates). I am on the SAQA Board and I can tell you this is a very organized, forward-thinking organization supporting
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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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  • International Quilt Festival/Chicago was such a blast––a heartfelt thanks to everyone who visited and participated in Make It University!(TM) with Cloth Paper Scissors. The area buzzed with energy, creativity, and laughs the entire weekend, thanks to
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  • I'm home in body but not in brain, so let the pictures of International Quilt Festival in Houston do the talking! See those relaxed, confident smiles on Virginia and Nancy's faces? Just the night before, they counted the loot from the FFAC postcards
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