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Kestrel Michaud


Classically-trained Fine Artist and Fabric Illustrator


  1. Question About Licensing Artwork

    Another SAQA member recently posted a question to our Facebook group asking about licensing one of her quilts. This was her question: …


  2. Jack-in-the-Pulpit Process

    A new appliqué wall hanging pattern is now available on my Etsy shop. I tested my pattern by following the instructions and created my own Jack-in-the-Pulpit wall hanging. Here it is: …


  3. 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. …


  4. 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! …


  5. 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. …


  6. 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. …


  7. 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.) …


  8. 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 created my own Great Egret wall hanging. Here it is: …


  9. 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. …


  10. 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. …