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Kestrel Michaud


Classically-trained Fine Artist and Fabric Illustrator


  1. Happiness Blooms From Within Process

    I just finished my latest quilt, Happiness Blooms From Within. It's the biggest picture I've ever made, at 36" square and containing 978 pieces of fabric. …


  2. Fabric Butterflies

    I've started working on Happiness Blooms from Within, a new art quilt. More specifically, I've successfully created the fabric butterflies as of this morning. I'm very happy with how they look! …


  3. Link Meets the Deku Tree

    My gift for my husband, Alex's, birthday in January was an offer to make an art quilt for him. The subject could be anything he wanted. …


  4. Managing DIY Cutting Mistakes

    Even if I'm as careful as I possibly can be to prepare my fabric correctly, arrange the layout for easy cutting, iron twice, use a fresh blade...sometimes mistakes still happen. There are a few different ways you can try to fix or salvage the messed-up piece, and that's what this post is all about. …


  5. How to Prepare Your Fabric for DIY Cutting Machines

    Cutting fabric pieces with scissors is almost entirely a thing of my past, thanks to DIY cutting machines. Although there are several brands, I personally use a Cricut Explore Air 2 (you can read more about why I chose Cricut over the other contenders in my blog post here.) …


  6. Great Egret Process

    My first appliqué wall hanging pattern is now available on my Etsy shop. I tested my pattern by following the instructions and creating my own Great Egret wall hanging. Here it is: …


  7. Embrace Change Process Pictures

    In early February 2018, I designed and finished a new picture, Embrace Change. This blog post will show photos from my process. …


  8. The Importance of Value

    On February 17, 2018, I gave a presentation to my local Studio Art Quilter Association (SAQA) pod about value and its importance in quilting. Below is the information I presented. Although I used photos of quilts that had hung at the 2017 International Quilt Festival as examples in my talk, I do not have permission to use those works publicly, so I have instead substituted examples from my own portfolio. Although they aren’t traditional quilts, all the pictures I’ve included below were made entirely out of fabric. …


  9. DIY Cutting Machines: Cricut vs Silhouette

    The following information was written as a response to a question on one of the Studio Art Quilter Association (SAQA) forums I frequent. The original question was asking if the Cricut or Silhouette was better, and if anyone had experience with both. …


  10. 2017 International Quilt Festival in Houston

    From November 8 - 11, 2017, the International Quilt Festival was held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas. I spent three full days at the convention, and I have to say my eyes were well and truly opened to the vast world of quilting. …