A few weeks ago I introduced a new quilt I’m working on. For now I’m calling “him” Oscar the Marabou stork. (Feel free to submit more formal title ideas in the comments below.) As I said previously, this piece will be part of an eleven-quilt show entitled “Specimens” that will debut at the International Quilt Festival in Houston this … More In Progress: Marabou Stork 2
Of course, while I must admit that I have such a broad taste in color and design that my husband sometimes says it amounts to no taste at all (I prefer to describe my taste as “eclectic”), I do have some broad guidelines for how I select fabric. If I had to break it down, I might use the following criteria: color, pattern, scale, and quantity.
… More Choosing Fabric for Fabric Collage
Imagine you’re in one of my five-day classes. You’ve chosen an ambitious project: a fabric collage portrait of an important person in your life. But this is day two of the class. You’ve learned some stuff: You can use glue with fabric. You’re beginning to understand how value determines form. You’ve chosen a great photo to work … More An Eye for an Eye
“You use glue? Really?” I get asked about it a lot and the questions usually fall into one of three categories: why adhesive at all, why not fusible, and how do you do it? … More Why Glue?
So you want to make a fabric collage quilt. Great! After choosing an image to work from, the next step in creating a fabric collage quilt is making a simple pattern. This is a critical step, one that even beginning students sense has an enormous influence on the success of their finished product. … More Making a Pattern for a Fabric Collage Quilt
Listen up. Time for some tough love. That picture of your laughing grandchild, that snapshot of your beloved bulldog, the antique photo of your great-grandmother: what wonderful memories they elicit! But they may not be the perfect subject for a fabric collage quilt. It’s hard for me to say no. When students bring me these … More From Photo to Fabric: Choose the Best Shot
“Dain,” an early portrait of my father-in-law, influenced my quilting in several important ways. One piece of plaid fabric especially changed how I pieced quilts forever. … More Quilt Stories: Dain and the Piece of Fabric that Changed My Life