A Go-To Solution

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Windy City #1 and Bird by Laura Wasilowski

Need a solution to that design problem that’s been nagging at you? Here’s what to do: Put a Bird on It! Yes, if a quilt just doesn’t sing to you, maybe it needs a bird. A charming bird always saves the day.

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Windy City #1 sans bird

Compare this before picture of Windy City #1 to the one above. Note that it only has 2 elements of interest: the house and a tree. But, add a bird and the magic number of 3 is reached. Thus, the reason for putting a bird on it. Try this at home!

How to Frame Your Stitching

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Natural Gardening by Laura Wasilowski

We all love to make art work, enjoying the process and results. But what do you do after the piece is complete? I recommend having your favorite pieces framed behind glass.

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Garden Flowers by Laura Wasilowski

And I can highly recommend custom framing by Myrna of High Desert Frameworks in Bend OR. Myrna has a great deal of experience in framing textiles from the stitching onto an acid free mat to selecting beautiful mat colors to finding the perfect frame style. If you can’t send your work to her, find a local person who understands the challenges of framing and protecting your textile art.

Here are a few quick tips for framing textile art:

  • Stitch the corners of the work to an acid free mat.
  • Use a shadow box frame so the glass does not touch the work.
  • Seal the back of the frame to keep it dry and free of insects.

How Long It Takes

housestitching2Do people ask you how long it takes to make something? I get this often, but never keep track of my time.  But I have finally come up with an answer.

housestitching1To do this much hand embroidery on this little house quilt took about 6 hours. How do I know? Because that’s how much time it takes to drive from Chicago to Akron, OH. So from now on, that’s my answer. You may use it as well.

How to Make a Loop to Hang Your Quilt

Many of my quilts are small and light weight and adding a hanging sleeve for a short little slat just doesn’t make sense. (And, as you know, I’m all about common sense.) So I’ve come up with this hanging mechanism for your small quilts: a simple loop added to the back.

Here are the steps:

1. Find the center top of the back of your quilt. Make a mark about 1.5 inches down from the top to mark the center of the quilt. A pin hole in th fabric will do the trick.

2. About .5 inches to the left of that mark, take a stitch with your needle and a size 5 or 8 pearl cotton thread.

3. Take a stitch into the quilt backing fabric and leave an open loop. (Leave the needle on the thread.)

4. Put your fingers into that loop and pull the thread through the loop to make another loop. You are making a chain stitch much like a crochet stitch.

5. Continue to make the chain stitch until the chain extends .5 inches beyond the center mark. The complete chain will be about 1 inch long.

6.  To secure the chain, take a stitch into the quilt back. Pass the needle through the final loop and tie off the thread.

7. Snip the thread, hang the quilt on the wall, and enjoy the view.