Translating Ideas Class


Art work by Rosemary (top), Theresa (left), and Darlene (right)

It was such a pleasure to work with the quilt makers in my class at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY. As you can see their wall quilts turned out terrific!


Art work by Donna (top) and Christina (bottom)

Each of them brought in a photo or other inspiration they wanted to convert into fabric. We fused yards of fabric, made patterns for the designs, and, in some cases, threw the designs out window and started over. Aren’t these fun? (More tomorrow.)

How to Cut a Spiral Shape

spiral1Would you like to learn how to cut a spiral fabric shape? Here’s how:
  • Begin with a fused swatch of fabric that is slightly larger than the spiral you want to make.
  • Free-cut a large circle from the fabric using sharp scissors.
  • Beginning at the outside edge of the circle, cut a strip of fabric about 1/2″ wide following the curve of the circle.
spiral2Continue cutting until reaching the center of the circle. Always keep the width of the strip about 1/2″ wide.
spiral3Return to the outside edge of the circle where you first started cutting. Cut down the center of the strip.
spiral5When you get to the middle of the circle, snip the 2 strips apart to form 2 spirals.
spiral4You can cut spirals from other geometric shapes by using the the same process as above. Just follow the outside edges of the shape and work your way into the center. For some reason, spirals always remind me of crazy cartoon eyes!

A Quilt Makeover


A Peaceful Landscape by Laura Wasilowski

Recently I came across this quilt from my book, Fuse and Tell . Like many things in my studio, it was hidden in a stack of stuff, having been stored there for 5 years. Something about the quilt snagged my attention. And I thought, what if I added a bird to it?


Birdland #16 by Laura Wasilowski

And so I did. Next up is hand embroidery on the piece. It will be a little difficult since its quilted to Timtex but I’m determined to stitch it before sending it back to storage. Do you like the change?

Spring Blooms #2


Spring Blooms #2 by Laura Wasilowski

I’m pretty sure it is the height of summer in Illinois. But this past Spring I started a series of flower quilts, Spring Blooms.

This version of Spring Blooms #2 has been hanging on my design wall since March when the tulips first popped through the ground. Why?  Because I could not decide if I wanted to add machine quilting or not.


Spring Blooms #2 by Laura Wasilowski

Yesterday I stitched it. Those tulips finally bloomed! It’s small (9″ x 9″) so it didn’t take long. And like it much better. What do you think?