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Kestrel Michaud


Classically-trained Fine Artist and Fabric Illustrator


  1. Picking Fabric

    I was asked to create a video in which I share a skill as part of SAQA's new Skill Swap program. In this video, I share how to pick fabric using color swatches and demonstrate using the fabrics from the wave in There's Something in the Water. …


  2. Illustrator Alternatives

    Adobe Illustrator is an absolutely vital component of my quilt design process, but signing up for a regular monthly payment is not ideal or possible for everyone. I've been asked numerous times for my recommendation of an alternative vector software, but it's not a question I've had a good answer to because there's no reason for me to look outside of Illustrator. …


  3. Make Your Own Color Reference Swatches

    All of my quilts are designed on the computer. Everything from the size of the quilt to the shape of each piece of fabric to the colors of the fabrics themselves is determined before even looking at a scrap of cloth. …


  4. Kestrel's Modified Hanging Sleeve

    If a quilt hangs on the wall, it gets a 4" sleeve. There are other methods of hanging, but all traditional quilt shows and SAQA shows require a standard 4" sleeve. Making sleeves comes with the territory of being an art quilter. …


  5. Project Planning

    One of my newsletter subscribers asked me how I organize my time and projects. Project organization has always just kind of happened for me; how I do it is not something I've ever had to put into words, so I've been letting that question roll around in my head. Then my husband and I took our dog for an evening walk and planned out my entire 2021 year in 45 minutes, haha. …


  6. Remembering Obi

    Obi was a purebred Tibetan Terrier (TT) born on February 14, 2011. He died on Friday, November 27, 2020 after suffering from Protein-Losing Enteropathy (PLE) for five months. He was the sweetest, purest soul and I want to use this post to share some of my favorite memories of him. …


  7. Sewing 100wt Thread

    Dear readers, I have had an epiphany. It suddenly occurred to me while sewing my newest quilt exactly why something I had been doing for awhile (swapping needles around) was keeping my thread from breaking. It was a literal "Aha!" moment. My newfound state of enlightenment inspired me to write this post in order to share my knowledge with all of you lovely people. …


  8. A Happy Little Accident

    I was around three-quarters of the way through making my newest quilt, Morning Commute, when I made a mistake. In the words of Bob Ross, "there are no mistakes, only happy, little accidents," and it's true that this accident ended up making a stronger image. But at the time, I was demoralized because keeping the accident, which I liked, had certain ramifications for the design of the rest of the quilt. …


  9. Morning Commute Process

    My method of making quils involves putting hundreds and thousands of pieces of fabric together to make a larger picture. This process has its drawbacks, one of which is I have no way to use smooth gradients. The only way for me to transition from one color to another is to find all the values of color in between. Like this: …


  10. 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. …