Surprise Yourself with a Great Quilt Design

blueladderdetailaOne of my classes you’re sure to enjoy is called Creating Graphic Imagery. I’m teaching it at the Quiltfest in Lancaster PA this May. Trust me, you’ll be surprised and delighted by the design you make in this class.

redwheelbarrowdetailFirst, you make your own design and pattern so it’s really your original art work. Then, working on black fabric with fused fabrics, you fuse the pattern shapes into place. By leaving just a bit of black fabric showing between shapes, you end up with a woodcut-like graphic design.

I’ve seen some really great art work come out of this class. I hope you can join me.

lancaster2019Click here to sign up this and other great classes at Quiltfest Lancaster.

How to Strip Fuse

stripfusing1On today’s How To Tuesday, I’d like to show you how to do Strip Fusing. (Don’t worry, strip fusing has nothing to do with the amount of clothing you are wearing.) It is simply a collage technique using strips of fabric to make a striped pattern.

Here’s How to Strip Fuse:

  • Cut fused fabric into strips measuring about 1/2″ to 1″ wide.
  • Cut the strips on the bias or at a 45 degree angle to the grain of the fabric. (Bias cut fabrics don’t fray so you’ll have neater fabric strips.)
  • Use straight or decorative rotary cutter blades or free cut the strips.

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  • Lay a strip of fabric, glue side down, onto silicone release paper or parchment paper or a Teflon sheet. Fuse-tack into place.
  • Overlap another strip about 1/4″ on top of the long side of the first strip. Continue to add strips across the paper.
  • Always overlap darker value fabric onto lighter value fabrics. If you put light value on dark value, a shadow is cast on the light fabric.
  • Continue to add more strips until the set of stripes is the length you want.

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  • After the fabric cools, remove the strip fused collage from the release paper.
  • Cut into any shape you like. Here you see the strip fusing become the grass at the lower edge of the design.

Another Solution to a Dull Quilt

threesisterscheckerboardThe old “Put a Bird on It!” trick has worked for me again. Imagine this quilt without the bird. Without the bird, it’s just a lonely hill with some trees on top. Not all that interesting is it?

threesisterscheckerboarddetBut add a curious bird checking out a bug and you have drama and action! It’s like a movie staring a restless bird startled by and innocent bug who has lost his way. What will happen next? Does the bug have a chance? Will the bird’s curiosity cause a major change in the way of the world? Stay tuned…..

Ripping and Reworking

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In preparation for a new class in July at Quilters’ Affair, I’m making multiple garden stitcheries using felt shapes and size 8 pearl cotton threads. This one was going along great until I got a little carried away.

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See all those yellow Lazy Daisy stitches filling in across the bottom section? Don’t you think it’s a little too cluttered? The reason I like working with the felt is that it has a clean, simple look that is easily enhanced by embroidery. But those yellow Lazy Daisies are messy looking. They really bug me!

So I’ll spend a little time ripping them out and come up with plan B. What ever that is!

An Inspiring Newsletter for You

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Would you like to see beautiful hand embroidery and learn more about embroidery artists from around the world? Then I recommend the weekly Inspirations All Stitched Up newsletter from Inspirations StudiosThe stitch projects are amazing and the photography is gorgeous. I know you’ll enjoy it.

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Organic Gardening by Laura Wasilowski

In the February 15, 2019 issue #173 of the newsletter, you’ll find my work under the What Are You Stitching? section near the bottom of the newsletter. See it here.

You can also sign up for the newsletter at the bottom of the page. It’s like eye candy for stitchers!

How to Clean Up Your Work Area

 

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 As you may have guessed, I am a total Neat Freak. And if you guessed this, you would be wrong. Cause I am neither neat, nor tidy, nor clean when I sew. There are fabric and thread clippings everywhere! 

But I do have a cleaning tip for you. Use batting. Place a small square of batting next to your sewing machine and drop your thread snips onto it. It’s a good way to keep the threads from slipping to the floor.

 

580CD0F9-77AE-4EC6-95CC-7C80A2FB8C09 Sweep up your work area with batting. I use it to dust my work tables and Teflon covered work table. You’d be surprised at how many fibers it collects. (No doubt my Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval is in the mail.)

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And here’s another use for batting. Make a small ball and throw it to your cat. My cats would go nuts over a ball of batting. Not sure why. Who knows what’s going on in the brain of a cat?

Another cat related item. A student in my class who loves cats had a bag that said “I’m just one cat short of crazy.” Keep that in mind all you cat lovers out there!