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Kestrel Michaud


Classically-trained Fine Artist and Fabric Illustrator


  1. 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: …


  2. 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. …


  3. 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. …


  4. 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. …


  5. 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. …


  6. The Best of the Best Show at the A. E. Backus Museum

    On Saturday, October 14, 2017, I attended the opening reception for the Best of the Best juried art show at the A. E. Backus Museum & Gallery in Ft. Pierce, Florida. …


  7. Technology and Art

    Back when I first started experimenting with fabric art, every step of my process was done by hand. I drew out my templates on bristol board, traced each individual section onto the paper-backed fusible web using a lightbox and permanent markers, and cut out every piece with scissors. …


  8. 100% Pure Florida Gallery Show

    On Friday, September 01, 2017, I attended the opening reception for the 100% Pure Florida juried art show at Fifth Avenue Art Gallery in Melbourne, Florida. …


  9. Fabric Illustrations

    Over the years, I have developed my own method of turning yards of cotton fabric into highly detailed works of fine art. My technique gives me the rare ability to create multiple versions of each design that are entirely unique images unto themselves. That sounds a bit confusing, so I'm going to take this opportunity to provide a bit more info on my process of creating fabric illustrations. …


  10. How to Draw A Portrait in Procreate

    Over the course of the year I've developed my own method for drawing portraits. Interestingly, I didn't even realize I was doing it until I started posting time lapse videos of my drawings to Instagram and suddenly recognized the same process in each of them. …