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Kestrel Michaud


Classically-trained Fine Artist and Fabric Illustrator


  1. 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. …


  2. 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. …


  3. 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. …


  4. International Quilt Festival - Houston, 2019

    Last week and weekend, the International Quilt Festival was held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX. It's the largest quilt show in the world, using every inch of the nearly 3,000,000 square feet of the convention center's available space for exhibiting quilts, vendor booths, classes, lectures, demonstrations...if it's related to quilting, it's at this show. …


  5. Making Limited Edition Quilts

    A few months ago, I had twenty of my artworks (a mix of quilts and framed applique fabric pictures) appraised by Alan Breus, a renowned fine art and museum appraiser. He loved my work, but was particularly fascinated with my unique process of creating it. Alan's opinion is that my work is functionally similar to serigraph printing, sometimes called screen-printing or silk screening. Fine art serigraphers label each print as numbered limited editions. Alan feels I should do the same with my quilts and framed works. …


  6. Steampunk Selfie Process

    Despite finishing this quilt a few months ago in May 2019, I'm only now posting about it because I was waiting to find out if it was accepted into two juried quilt shows. Both shows are sponsored by the Studio Art Quilter Association (SAQA). Since SAQA utilizes a blind jurying process, the organization requests submitting artists to refrain from posting their quilts on social media until the final acceptance notifications are released. …


  7. SAQA Florida "Perspectives" Show

    Tonight I attended the opening reception for "Perspectives", a quilt show sponsored by SAQA Florida (Studio Art Quilter Association). The call for entry was open to fiber artists across the state. My quilt, "Steampunk Selfie", was one of 38 artworks selected from a total of 46 entries, submitted by 35 artists. Here is my quilt: …


  8. Mine Cart Madness Process

    As has become our tradition, my husband once again requested a fanart quilt for his birthday. This time he wanted a design from the video game Donkey Kong Country...specifically the level that was most memorable to him: Mine Cart Madness. …


  9. Comicpalooza 2019

    Two of my quilts were recently accepted into a special exhibition titled "Quilted Comics and Sci-Fi". Of the more than 80 quilts that were submitted, only 30 were juried in. The quilts in this exhibit will be on tour for two years; I'll get my two back in August 2021. …


  10. Adventure Time Process

    Back in early January 2019, I was closing tabs in my browser and came across a call for entry for "Quilted Comics & Sci-Fi", a special exhibit of quilts to be displayed at the upcoming International Quilt Festival and Comicpalooza, both in Houston. I had initially dismissed entering this exhibition because Link did not meet the size requirements and I had no current plans to make another fanart quilt. However, that morning I completely changed my mind and decided I did want to enter this exhibition after all! …