It is so wonderful to leave the chilly Great Lakes region for sunny Phoenix where I’ll be teaching at the AQS Quilt Week.
In celebration of this happy event, I am showing you the before and after pictures of this small quilt made in frigid December and stitched in frozen January. Making this quilt is the only thing that kept me warm.
Sometimes 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.
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.
Aggie DeEgger by Laura Wasilowski
For some reason I have revived my Poultry in Motion class and will be teaching it at the AQS Quilt Week in Phoenix on February 13. Frankly, I thought I had put my chickens to bed. But something came over me and now I find chickens are my friends again. How do you explain that? Hope to see you in class!
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?
Now 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.
It’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.
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!
One 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.
Start with the thread exiting the fabric at the tip or peak of the pinked edge.
Insert 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.
Insert 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.