Fabric as Diary

decquilt5eSometimes you let the fabric do the work. My favorite part of this quilt is the background fabric. It is made from a former drop cloth resulting from painting and dyeing fabric for a much larger quilt. It is like a diary or journal of that creative process.

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Spring Blooms #6 by Laura Wasilowski

This small quilt (14″ x 14″) is part of my Spring Blooms series. Proving once again that there is always hope that Spring will arrive again……… someday.

Another Song Bird?

decquilt7b When I made this quilt in December I mentioned that I have a set of design motifs that I use over and over again in my artwork. Things like houses, trees, landscapes, and oh yes, birds appear often. And I asked: is this a good thing or should I try something new?

songbird3Now that this little quilt is all stitched up, I’m happy to announce that I love my houses, and birds, and landscapes. Making art goes way beyond choosing a motif or theme. It is playing with color, line, and texture. And most importantly, enjoying the process.

Song Bird Quilts

decquilt8It’s a new year so I’ve started a new series of new birds with a new name. It’s all new all the time! Here you see the first in the Song Bird series. Patiently waiting for a few hand embroidery stitches, our little bird overlooks farm fields in high summer.

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Song Bird #1 by Laura Wasilowski

And here she is all stitched up and ready to lay an egg. If you’d like to learn how to make a fancy woven nest like this one, please join one of my classes at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton VA later this month. See you there!

Stitching the Pinked Edge

pinkingstitch5One of the fun things about working with fused fabrics is that you can use decorative rotary cutter blades to cut the fabric. The pinking blade is my favorite to create an embellished fabric edge. Here’s a simple way to add hand embroidery to that pinked edge. It’s the story of two peaks and a valley.

pinkingstitchStart with the thread exiting the fabric at the tip or peak of the pinked edge. 

pinkingstitch2Insert the tip of the needle at the top of the next peak. Skim the needle under the fabric to the valley between the two peaks. Trap the thread coming out of the first peak under the tip if the needle. Draw the needle and thread through the fabric.

pinkingstitch3Insert the needle into the fabric on the other side of the thread in the valley. This stitch over the thread holds it in the valley making a V shape that follows the pinked fabric edge. You can take a short stitch or a long one like the example above.

And that’s the story of two peaks and a valley.