• Boomers and Beyond Etsy Street Team (BBEST),  Buying Handmade

    Not just a quilt

    The art quilt has been born, and is evolving as quickly as artists can locate and experiment with new materials. Their world is peppered with phrases such as rust dyeing, sunprinting and burned-edge applique. Yes, quilt layers can still be stitched or tied together, but they can also be fused or stapled or buttoned. Instead of fabric, an artist might use newspapers, paper bags or even upcycled metal beverage cans or plastic soda bottles. Fabrics are just as likely to be painted or distressed as they are to be dyed. A burgeoning world of new fibers, textiles and techniques is available for experimentation, and a number of BBEST artisans are…