My new book, Joyful Stitching, has six free-form embroidery
projects with step-by-step directions to create the designs. There is even a
section on how to make 21 hand embroidery stitches.
But did you know there is one chapter missing from the book?
Sadly, the chapter (with the cheerful title Combinations Rock!) was dropped from the
book due to lack of space. [...]
From Jean Wells, author of Intuitive Color & Design, Updated 2nd Edition.
As quilters, when we audition possible fabrics for projects, it is
difficult to make a final decision until we actually see them interacting with
each other. It is hard to tell what is going to work. For years, I have sewn
together small (approximately 6 ½”) log cabin-like [...]
Excerpt from Modern Plus Sign Quilts: 16 Dynamic Projects, A Variety of Techniques by Cheryl Brickey and Paige Alexander.
Plus signs have been a universally appealing design in popular culture for over 100 years, forming some of the most recognizable logos in the world. There is no mistaking the logos of the American Red Cross and Swiss Army.
When my sister Katie Pasquini-Masopust suggested that I write a
mystery based in the quilting world, I was a little skeptical. Not because I couldn’t do it, but because I
was comfortably retired, ready to read the books I wanted, listen to the music
I liked, and watch old movies that interested me. My idea of [...]
Intuitive Color & Design, Updated 2nd Edition: Adventures in Art Quilting by Jean Wells
As I was setting the table
for the holidays, I unpacked my
Color Work Table Runner that I love
to put out for my holiday decorating. It reminded me of what a fun class it is
to teach, as the students quickly discover how well the various [...]
Excerpt from Rulerwork Quilting Idea Book: 59 Outline Designs to Fill with Free-Motion Quilting, Tips for Longarm and Domestic Machines.
Have you seen a breathtaking modern quilt with beautiful straight-line quilting in triangle and diamond formations and wondered how the quilter achieved such clean results? Or gazed admiringly at a traditional quilt with evenly spaced scallop or orange-peel designs quilted along the [...]
Excerpt from Making Faces in Fabric: Workshop with Melissa Averinos • Draw, Collage, Stitch & Show.
I’ve been making art since I can remember. When I started painting in middle school, it was always faces. In high school, I continued to explore this theme through self-portraits, glazing pottery with faces, and sculpting clay into little face pendants to [...]