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Kestrel Michaud


Classically-trained Fine Artist and Fabric Illustrator


  1. FlowScape

    Have you ever had an idea for a new picture but had no way of getting the perfect reference photo? Sometimes I have an image in my head of how something should look, but I struggle recreating that design in the real world without having a reference. Usually (for me), that happens because the perspective is wrong and I just can't quite grasp why or how to fix it. This is where FlowScape can help. …


  2. Designing Overlap in Illustrator

    I was recently asked to explain how I make individual pieces in Illustrator. How do I go from this: …


  3. Textile Talks - Conversations with the Artists: Aloft

    On July 22, 2020, I was invited to be one of the guest artists participating in a SAQA-sponsored Textile Talk. SAQA, aka Studio Art Quilt Associates, is one of several organizations sponsoring these Textile Talks on a rotational basis. …


  4. Steampunk Selfie vs Leap of Faith

    Earlier this year, I finished a quilt titled Leap of Faith. This quilt shows a girl bungee-jumping from a steampunk airship while taking a selfie photo. It's very similar, seemingly identical, to a quilt I made last year titled Steampunk Selfie. How is that possible and why would I do such a thing? This post will explain what the deal is with these two quilts. …


  5. Stitch Theory

    My art is designed to tell a story through fabric. All the information a viewer needs to understand what is going on is right there, no sewing required. I only started stitching my art out of necessity: I couldn't enter it into quilt shows unless my art was in quilt form, and that meant it had to be sewn. …


  6. Sewing Leap of Faith

    If you've ever submitted a quilt to a traditional, judged quilt show, you've probably received a judging sheet included with your returned quilt once the show has finished. Judging sheets are filled out during the judging process and usually have categories and a rating scale, your quilt's score in each category, and (sometimes) direct comments from the judge him/herself. This information is invaluable in learning why a quilt did or didn't place, as well as what areas could use the most improvement. …


  7. Raster vs Vector and Kestrel's Drawing Apps

    I have two apps I use for drawing on my iPad: Procreate and Concepts. Even though they're both drawing apps, they're fundamentally different from each other and, consequently, excel in different ways. …


  8. Digital Drawing 2

    I've posted about drawing digitally before, but it's been a few years. There have been a number of questions posted on quilting forums I frequent asking for recommendations on what tablet and apps to use, and since I have a definite opinion on the subject, it seems time to revisit the topic on this blog as well. …


  9. The Bias Tape Formula Conundrum

    There is an accepted, "standard" formula for making your own continuous bias tape. However, trying to figure it out on your own is hard. There's quite a bit of misinformation floating about the internet that complicates the situation. Furthermore, the formula itself can't always be correct (this post is going to explain why). …


  10. Reference Compendium

    There are thousands of photos, videos, fonts, music, and other creative assets available for use on the internet. These resources are completely free and can be used for personal or commercial purposes. How is that possible, and where do we find all this free stuff? Well, dear reader, answering those questions is what this post is all about! …