Novelty Quilts
This year, make one of your quilting projects a little greener — and not the color green. Instead of buying more fabric, look for materials you already have around your home. It brings new life to pre-loved clothing, is easy on your wallet and maximizes your resources. What's not to love?
Lindsay Conner
Start your quilt by preparing and cutting your fabric. Vanessa's pro starching tips will help you keep your circle appliqué in shape.
Sew the background panel of your quilt together, then sew and apply the two-tone circle. Experiment with your stitch settings before you sew the appliqué for best results.
Finish up your modern quilt by adding crosshatch quilting lines for texture. Vanessa shows you how to consistently space the markings and use your walking foot to add the quilting. Plus, find out how to add optional hanging loops.
Stitch a modern quilt (designed by Natalie Crabtree) with a touch of appliqué! Vanessa Vargas Wilson, aka the Crafty Gemini, shows you how. Learn to create a perfectly smooth circle edge, then sew your two-toned beauty in place. Plus get tips for spray-basting small projects, along with easy crosshatch quilting with your walking foot.
Vanessa Vargas Wilson, The Crafty Gemini
Vanessa Vargas Wilson, The Crafty Gemini
Join the modern quilt movement with Fresh Quilting. Today’s most innovative modern quilters reinterpret traditional techniques with a fresh, modern aesthetic. Season 2 builds on the lessons from the first season as we give a fresh twist to traditional designs and quilting techniques to create, memorable, high-impact quilts. Using avant-garde color palettes and negative space and manipulating familiar shapes in new ways; add dynamic energy to the timeless art of quilting.
Triangles and wedges are the building blocks of modern quilts. Color enthusiast Rebecca Bryan creates graphic quilt samplers with bold-colored triangles. Quilters Kara Sanders and Elizabeth Dackson talk about organizing quilting retreats that refuel creative energy. Designer Christina Cameli uses 10-degree triangles to create a versatile blocks for a variety of modern designs.
Modern quilts express personal statements. Quilt artist Chawne Kimber creates raw edge appliqué quilts focused on social justice. Quilt guild activist Katie Burford and Elizabeth Dackson share ideas for organizing unique quilt shows on a shoestring budget. Using the latest design and quilting technology, Rebecca Kemp Brent quilts an updated feather design on a whole cloth quilt.
Create it. Then recreate it. Improv quilter Victoria Findlay Wolfe precision cuts fabrics and pieces free-form. Quilt blogger, Brenda Ratliff joins Heather Grant with ideas for starting a quilting round robin. Designer Heather Jones enlarges a single traditional block into a full-size quilt design. She shows how to design oversized quilt blocks and cut large pieces of fabric, too.
Curved or straight, pieces define the design. Modern quilter Jen Carlton-Bailly uses templates to create contemporary curves. Fiber artist Shelly Gilliland joins Heather Grant with ideas for a quilting service day. Textile artist Chawne Kimber's colorful designs emerge as she pieces and sews a log cabin design with very small strips.
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