25 November 2014

Textiles Tuesday

I'll be posting a collection of links for Textiles Tuesday once a month, now. It's a crazy amount of work to compile this post and do all the linking, so I hope you look forward to your monthly crafty browsing.

Take some time, get a cuppa and enjoy exploring these 14 links.

* My favourite quilt magazine is Quilters Newsletter because it always has interesting, meaty articles that often lead me to sources I didn't know before. The Dec/Jan issue arrived this week and I was intrigued to read an article about World War I quilts made by American quilters. It is written by Sue Reich and here is the link to the section on her website about this topic. It's very topical and worth reading.

* Craftsy has many interesting resources available for free. This one, Genius Hacks Every Quilter Should Know, is a free downloadable eGuide. You do need to sign up to Craftsy but that's free, too!

* If you are a knitter, Craftsy has lots for you, too. Here's an article, 5 Knitting Apps to Keep Your Knitting Organised and On Track. There are also other apps mentioned in the comments.

* Here's a whole new world to explore: crochet diagrams. This Craftsy article explains what all those symbols mean.

* I regularly pop over to TextileArtist.org to read their articles. There's a great one here about art quilter Deidre Adams.

* If you love Kona solids, you'll want to view this collection of 30 quilts made with these fabulous fabrics. You can view it online or download a pdf. Free patterns are available from the Robert Kaufman website. Very inspirational!

* Photos of the winning quilts from South Australia's Festival of Quilts are now available for viewing. Congratulations to all the winners!

* Are you making Barbara Brackman's Austen Family Album block of the week quilt blocks? She's up to block 32 now but all instructions are on her blog if you want to get started.

* See photos of the 2014 winning quilts from Quilts: A World of Beauty, the annual Judged Show of the International Quilt Association. Congratulations to all the winners, in particular Australians Rachelle Denneny and Denise Sargo, for their awards.

* Abby Glassenberg's blog is always worth reading for her thought-provoking posts. Two subjects in particular have raised a lot of discussion. The first subject is about how much do fabric designers earn from designing quilt fabrics. Abby has two posts on this subject: An Inside Look at How Much Fabric Designers Earn and An Inside Look at Designing Premier Quilting Cottons for JoAnns. Very frank and interesting - don't forget to read the many comments.

The other question Abby asks is should crafters work for free products? This is common practice in the crafting industry - you make up your own mind about whether you agree or not. 

* Here's another take on the ongoing discussion about craft fabric designs being copied, this time by The Eternal Maker.

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