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Kestrel Michaud


Classically-trained Fine Artist and Fabric Illustrator


  1. 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. …


  2. 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. …


  3. 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. …


  4. 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. …


  5. 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. …


  6. 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). …


  7. 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! …


  8. How to Make Continuous Bias Tape

    Knowing how to make my own continuous bias tape out of a single square of fabric is wonderful when it comes to finishing my quilt edges. The process is quick and easy (it requires sewing just 2 seams), efficient (it uses less fabric than traditional methods), and can produce as much length as needed for any quilt size. This post is all about sharing the step-by-step technique. …


  9. Inspiration and Idea Generation

    At this point, I've pretty well documented my process of creating a quilt from the point I start working with fabric in blog posts like this one. This physical creation (from picking fabrics to sewing the binding) part of my process is really only 40% of the time I spend on any one quilt. The other 60% happens before that, most it on my computer. But the part where I come up with the idea and composition in the first place is not something I've ever talked about in detail. …


  10. Size Matters

    A question came up on one of the social media groups in which I participate. Someone was looking for suggestions on how to pick a size when making a new work of art. Thanks to my fine art background and experiences with e-commerce, I have some strong opinions on the matter. The following post is an expanded version of the answer I originally gave. …