Quilting Arts Magazine

Quilting Arts Magazine October/November 2019

Quilting Arts Magazine is published six times a year. Whether you consider yourself a contemporary quilter, fiber artist, art quilter, embellished quilter, or wearable art artist, Quilting Arts strives to meet your creative needs. Get Quilting Arts Magazine digital magazine subscription today for exceptional how-to articles, profiles artists, features guest teachers, and explores contemporary textile works, surface design, embellishments, and motifs.

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2 Min
editor’s note

DO YOU USE YOUR ART FOR GOOD? Each year, I look forward to the October/November issue of QUILTING ARTS. Not only do the autumn colors of our New England landscape influence the palette of artwork in the magazine (my heart beats a bit faster every time I see burnt umber maple leaves against a pale blue sky); they also usher in the season of kindness and appreciation. Golden fields of grain are harvested and baked into bread; pumpkins dappled with green and orange become a ripe symbol of plenty; the deep purple of an eggplant inspires a charity quilt. The sights, smells, tastes, and colors of autumn are ingrained in our collective consciousness and, quite often, reflected in our quilts. And frequently, those quilts are used for good. Keeping this in…

2 Min
it’s your turn

Dear QUILTING ARTS, I saw the April/May issue at the library and became immensely inspired by the “Make Your Own Pet Portrait” on the cover. I ran out and bought a copy. Let me preface that I just received a sewing machine for my birthday in November and have very little experience with sewing. But this issue got me motivated to try the challenge of creating a cat. Then I fell in love with a picture I saw online of the happiest smiling dog from our local humane society and wondered if I could somehow duplicate that happy dog—and I did! I am donating the pillow to the humane society to help them raise money and will continue to make more for them. I don’t think I would have done this…

3 Min
about our contributors

Lori Sikkema is a self-taught fabric collage artist living near Traverse City, Michigan. Using fabric pieces and thread, Lori creates realistic fabric collage portraits. Her attention to detail and value help bring her pictorial quilts and portraits to life. Her work has been exhibited in juried art exhibits and national quilt shows. Patricia Kennedy-Zafred has been telling stories through art quilts for over 30 years. Her award-winning artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally, and has been published in books and magazines. Her work is included in permanent collections of the State Museum of Pennsylvania, The Textile Museum, and San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, as well as multiple private collections. pattykz.com Ann Loveless is a northern Michigan quilt artist who captures the beauty of her region in her landscape art quilts.…

5 Min
a better world heroes working for the greater good

there are those among us who make personal sacrifices, who forgo comfort and safety, while striving to make the world a better place. They are persistent and dogged in their determination to lift, to save, to shed light, and to inspire. They are the helpers, the speakers, the ones who act. They soldier on in spite of persecution or personal risk. They seek to help one lone person or the entire planet. They represent the very best of humanity. This juried invitational exhibit of 40 quilts honors these women and men. Curated and juried by Susan Brubaker Knapp and Lyric Montgomery Kinard, this exhibition premiers at the International Quilt Festival, Houston, in 2019 and will travel to other notable venues for two years. The following pages represent a selection of these quilts. For…

6 Min
in the spotlight patricia kennedy-zafred

“I barely remember not stitching. Before I ever walked into a school, my grandmother taught me to spin a knot at the end of a threaded needle and to stitch rows on fabric, practicing to get them neat, straight, and small. Making almost all of my clothes as a teen and into early adulthood—including my wedding dress—I honed my skills. This created a perfect backdrop to later pursue the world of quilts. Educated in journalism and photography, I am a storyteller, printmaker, and quilter who creates works of art. My work has been a prolonged exercise in trial and error, self-teaching, and study. I strive for quilts that make my heart sing, but the greatest satisfaction is evoking the same reaction from others. My recent quilts capture a time and place in…

4 Min
wrapped and ready

dyeing fabric for quilts and textile projects does not have to be complicated, and it also doesn’t require a lot of equipment. It’s easy and fun, and once you begin to see the possibilities—the variety, dimension, and brilliance of colors that can be achieved—I think you will be hooked! The possibilities are endless and no two pieces are exactly alike. In addition, if you consistently dye the same fabric, the weight, weave, and texture of the fabrics you create will all be the same, which makes piecing and quilting so much easier. This process is designed to produce shibori-style patterning at right angles across the fabric. This process is best done in a laundry/utility area with a sink or a ‘wet’ studio space. DIRECTIONS 1. Roll the fabric, placed on the diagonal on…