Morning Glory Blues

morningglorychairIt’s happened again. The morning glories in my garden have taken over! Nothing is safe from them. Here you see them snaring a garden chair. If they weren’t so beautiful, I might be upset.

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Watering Can (43″ x 45″) by Laura Wasilowski

But rather than curse the morning glories, I’ve made several quilts about their eagerness to grow. Here you see the vines slowly taking over my watering can. Given a week, the watering can will disappear and all you’ll see is a mass of blue morning glories. They are very persistent.

Dancing Bird?

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Birdland #14 by Laura Wasilowski

Check out the foot action of this little bird! He has the dance moves, alright. I’m so happy birds exist. There is something about birds that brings out the goofy in all of us.

Stitching and Driving Continued

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Weezie’s Wildflowers #23 by Laura Wasilowski

This is what you can accomplish when you are trapped in a car for hours and hours with a needle and thread. Hand stitching Weezie’s Wildflowers #23 was the only bright spot during an exciting marathon of automobile torture. Note the background fabrics. They are from a stash of printed and hand painted fabrics I unearthed from my studio. I had set them aside because I just didn’t like them. But suddenly, 10 years later, I love them! Proving that fabric improves with age.

How to Stitch and Drive

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Weezie’s Wildflowers #23 (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

Going on a road trip this summer? Next time you take a long car ride, bring your stitching project along. I do this all the time. Above you see some of the stitching completed during a really, really long ride to the lovely city of Buffalo, NY. It is far away.

Here are some helpful tops for stitching on your next road trip:

  • Safety first. Have someone else drive the car.
  • Only stitch in the daylight. Unless you are wearing a head lamp, stitching at night can be dangerous.
  • Bring all your supplies with you (needles, thread, scissors, thimble). Most roadside convenience stores do not carry embroidery thread.
  • Find a safe place to stick the needle when it’s not being used. I can not stress this enough. You may think you are just popping out of the car for a quick coffee run but you are really losing the needle in the seat of the car only to be discovered by a disgruntled spouse when it’s your turn to drive.
  • Expect attention from passing semi-truck drivers. Truck drivers are very nosy and like to look over your shoulder when you stitch.
  • Do not listen to politics on the car radio. Reactions to stupid remarks by candidates can cause you to lose control of the needle resulting in finger stabs.
  • Do not give driving directions when stitching. The driver does not appreciate seeing a needle waving “go left” out of the corner of his eye.