2014 Trend-Tex Challenge “Modern Ways”

The modern quilt movement has dominated the quilting media over the past couple years, so perhaps it wasn’t surprising to see the theme for the 2014 Trend-Tex Challenge: modern ways. What better way to delve into modern quilting than to make a modern quilt?!

2013 Trend-Tex Challenge “Sunshine and Vines”

How could I resist a challenge with the theme “sunshine and vines”, especially the year that my quilt Flourish on the Vine would be hanging in the National Juried Show?

Quilt Backing

Find out how to choose backing fabric strategically to complement your machine quilting and take a peek at the back of some of my quilts!

Machine Quilting the Fabric Print

After nine posts on machine quilting design, there is still more! Yet another approach is to actually machine quilt the print in the fabric.

Adding Fabric to EQ7

There are over 5,000 fabric swatches included in EQ7. But just like with our real life fabric stash, no matter how many choices we have, we are always ready to add more! In this article, I will show you how to add more fabric to your “electronic stash”.

Big News for Quilters Cupboard in Uxbridge

Quilters Cupboard, a local quilt shop about 30 minutes north of my home, is featured in the Fall/Winter 2010 issue of Quilt Sampler magazine.

Avoid Shadowing in your Quilts

Shadowing occurs in a quilt when a darker fabric shows through a lighter fabric. Here are some strategies to help avoid it.

Printing Fabric Part 4: Scanning & Printing Continued

In this last article of the series, we continue our look at scanning and printing. This time, however, we’ll consider the possibilities of scanning and printing fabric!

Printing Fabric Part 1: Dyeing Fabric

Last week I explained how I dyed all the fabric patches in my quilt “Trinity” using an ink-jet printer. Here are some ideas about how you could use this technology in your quilts.

Annual Handmade Christmas Ornaments

With the holiday season quickly approaching, I thought I would share one of my annual traditions. Every year, I make a fabric Christmas ornament for each of my neices and nephews. But I always make extra, because I have learned that they add a nice, personal touch to any gift.

Using a Focus Fabric to Choose Fabrics for your Quilt

It always surprises me when I hear people say that choosing fabrics for a quilt is the hardest part of the process. It’s the best part, I say! This article describes an easy and effective way to choose fabrics by using a multi-colored print fabric: a focus fabric. The focus fabric may be used in your quilt as patches or as a border, or it may not be used at all. Its purpose is to set the color palette for the quilt and to make choosing fabrics fun!