Spring Blooms #2

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Spring Blooms #2 by Laura Wasilowski

I’m pretty sure it is the height of summer in Illinois. But this past Spring I started a series of flower quilts, Spring Blooms.

This version of Spring Blooms #2 has been hanging on my design wall since March when the tulips first popped through the ground. Why?  Because I could not decide if I wanted to add machine quilting or not.

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Spring Blooms #2 by Laura Wasilowski

Yesterday I stitched it. Those tulips finally bloomed! It’s small (9″ x 9″) so it didn’t take long. And like it much better. What do you think?

Making Spring Blooms #8

blooms11It was a struggle but, I finally chose a hot red thread to do the machine quilting on Spring Blooms #4. For a while I was going to take the safe route and use a green thread. But the red thread twisted my arm and made me use the color found in the other elements of the design.

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Spring Blooms #4 by Laura Wasilowski

What do you think? Would you have dared to use red thread for the quilting and binding stitches? I kind of like it!

Designing Blue Wing Chair #3

bluewing6If you’ve been following my last few blog entries, you’ll be happy to know that I finally came up with a plan to make a quilt entry for Radical Elements, called Blue Wing Chair. Here are my journal notes that led to the finished quilt with the theme of “blue”.

Brilliant Idea #3: While on a train I have a sudden brainstorm: rather than make a quilt with lots of small books attached to it, I’ll make the quilt one big book! It will be a quilt/book. By stitching two large pieces of Timtex together, one piece can roll back to an open “page” revealing a blue chair. It shall be reversible! It shall be brilliant!

bluewing8I plot the construction and pat myself on the back. Here are the first steps:

  1. Make one piece of Timtex 25” x 36” for the left page and the other 22” x 36” for the right page (the quilt must measure 22” x 36”).
  2. Paint the 2 pieces of Timtex a golden yellow.
  3. Play with an old set of flash cards and write a paragraph with them. (I love flash cards!)
  4. Paint the flash cards yellow.
  5. Fuse and stitch the flashcards onto the yellow Timtex with my trusty BERNINA.

bluewing9The joined flashcards make the left hand “page” of the open quilt/book. Tomorrow I’ll show you how I made the right “page” of the Blue Wing Chair.

Like Bees to Honey

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Kathy McNeil, Paula Nedelstern, Lucy Carroll, and Laura Wasilowski

Like bees to honey, my fellow quilt cruise instructors and I found our way to the Australasian Quilt Convention while in port at Melbourne, Australia. Here you see Kathy McNeil, Paula Nedelstern, and me surrounding our fellow BERNINA Ambassador, Lucy Carroll. (I think we may have startled her with our enthusiasm.) Lucy was a guest artist at the show and her work is amazing!

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This annual event is held in the spacious Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne every year. And I’m happy to announce that I’ll be one of the instructors at the show in 2016. Can’t wait to return (via airplane) to see what’s on display next year.

And so ends my travelog of my quilt cruise around parts of New Zealand and Australia. Hope you enjoyed the tour!

What’s Next to Your Machine?

sewingkit2What do you keep next to your sewing machine? This neat wooden cigar box is parked next to my BERNINA. Where once there were smelly cigars are now rows of colorful bobbins. Best recycling of a cigar box ever! You’ll also see my machine oil and cleaning brush so I can care for my favorite machine. And the inevitable seam ripper is handy too.

Do you have unusual ways of organizing your sewing area?