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Kestrel Michaud


Classically-trained Fine Artist and Fabric Illustrator


  1. 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. …


  2. 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.) …


  3. 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: …


  4. 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. …


  5. 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. …


  6. 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. …


  7. 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. …


  8. 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. …


  9. 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. …


  10. 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. …