For the Not Sew Perfect

IMG_0322I love the fact that some very brave fabric artists threw caution to the wind and took quilting to a new level.  There are so many ways available now for us to use fabric and to even make it more custom; even dye your own fabric.

While I love to gaze over quilts that are made the traditional way, the perfection it takes to put one together makes me grit my teeth and grasp for air.  I respect the work that goes into a complicated pattern with perfect stitching but for me, I don’t feel that bubble of excitement that I get from tossing around ideas and then using the information from the tutorials and books to make it happen.

I just read a book that Alisa Burke wrote and watched her DVD called Sew Wild.  I am sure her ways aren’t for everyone but for me it’s very freeing.  I can’t wait to try out some of her ideas, maybe even try my hand at fabric painting.

I think it’s fabric artists like Alisa that have helped bring the quilting world into the frontline of art and helped put some sizzle into the craft and through the internet we can see both kinds of quilts; traditional and rule breaking quilts.  Thirty years ago our quilts sat on shelves or hopefully were used by friends and family but now they are display for the world to see and enjoy.

The quilting industry has grown in response to fabric artists involvement.  New fabrics, threads, sewing machines, books, magazines, classes and ways to market these items have blossomed and brought employment to people who are earning money in a craft they love.

I am so glad there is room for all types of quilters.  It’s brought me hours of enjoyment; I have learned how to play with fabrics and look forward to going into my dining room studio every day.

Art Quilt Websites I Love

 

As I am  researching websites to learn the Art of Quilt Making, I  find a website I love and then forget what it was called or why I liked it so much.  I hope to expand this list and use it to help me find that special tutorial or cute little store that I use for special items.  Hope it helps other beginners like me get started on their quilting journey also.

For FREE tutorials that teach you how to quilt, plus wonderful fabrics and daily deals; https://www.missouriquiltco.com/

To SELL your handmade items:  http://www.etsy.com/

For Beginner Quilters FREE tutorials: http://www.qnntv.com/videoscategory/quilty/

Mother and Daughter quilting  team with great help for beginner Art Quilters:  fonsandporter.com/

For Quilting, Art Quilting and other Craft classes (cost run from $19 to $39) These classes are lengthy videos that you can back to anytime to see.  You can ask questions and the instructors post answers.  You are also able to take notes at crucial points and revisit them any time.  craftsy.com/

Free tutorial for Confetti technique by Gail Hunt:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8X67xrvKOek&noredirect=1

Art Quilt Books

500 Art Quilts published by Lark Crafts:  Excellent book for inspiration.  Beautiful photos of 500 quilts

Fabric Art workshop by Susan Stein:  Many art quilting techniques and materials to explore.

The Complete Photo Guide to Art Quilting by Stein:  Detailed instructions for all types of art quilting.

Painting with Fabric by Jeanine Malaney:  This is the technique that I use.  Great photos and good instructions for this technique.