Art Quilts can be pictorial or abstract, use traditional piecing methods or fusible appliqué – so, anything goes as long as it is a minimum of two layers stitched together – or references stitching in some way. We’ve rounded up our favorite art quilt supplies to get you started, as well as to help you grow your art.
These original works of visual art explore unique concepts and original ideas, just as paintings, drawings and sculptures do. The big difference is that art quilts use fiber as a means to tell the story. So, the artist can machine stitch, hand stitch or some of both. Embellish with beads, paint or found objects. Or not, if that is the artist’s vision. They are quilts that are pieces of original fine art – not just a collection of techniques.
Technique is important but does not make two or more layers of fabric into an art quilt. Art and design elements and principles are key to creating a work that can hold its own alongside other fine art. Art tells a story, creates a mood, evokes an emotion or calls us to action, all through its visual representation. Painting can do this. Sculpture can do this. Drawing can do this. Assemblage can do this. And, more and more, fabric can do this just as well as these mediums. Or a combination of any of these.
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Are you ready to explore art quilting? Do you want to learn more about how to start an art quilt? How to make an art quilt from pictures? Learn more about the medium and then dive in to create your own art? Fine tune your design and execution skills? Depending on where you are in your exploration of art quilting, you may want to focus on a particular area of art quilt essentials and inspirations. So, there are many options! Wherever you are on your art quilt journey, browse our recommendations for the supplies you need to make art quilts, then start creating!
Art Quilt Inspiration
Art Quilt Design Tools
Art Quilt Media, Execution & Technique
Updated April 2022
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