A Gift for Your Stitch Along

woolbird20In celebration of having a new book almost published (Joyful Stitching comes out in February), I’d like to get you warmed up for embroidery with a free tutorial on making this Wooly Bird. Sadly, he didn’t make the cut for the book but you’ll find his free pattern and stitch directions on the Wooly Bird Stitch Along.

wool3And in further celebration! (Cause I’m such a party gal.) I’ll be giving away a free swatch of wool along with a free pattern for the bird with every order placed on the Artfabrik Store. This offer is good now through the end of the year. It’s our choice of color but the wool is just the right size and weight for your Wooly Bird project.

Put a Bird on It Again!

lilliputgarden2This quilt from 2012 is a demonstration of how to create a basic quilting block (the 9-patch) with fused fabrics. Rather boring.

lilliputgarden2detail3Hand embroidery placed in the center of each square, makes sweet little flower gardens. Still rather boring.

lilliputgarden2withbirdsSo recently I put birds on it. A solution for all your not so interesting quilts!

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Here’s an Idea

Bird and Ladybug

Bird and Ladybug by Laura Wasilowski

I often wonder what people do with my patterns after they purchase them. Recently, I saw a version of the Bird and Lady Bug pattern as an auction piece at the Dallas Quilt Show. Hope it made big money for a good cause!

lorraynespillowAnd then there is this pillow by Lorrayne. She has placed the Going Home pattern design on a pillow topper. She also stitched the edges of the fabric elements by machine. That way she can wash the pillow without worrying about frayed fabric edges. Thanks for sharing your work with us Lorrayne!

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Wool Stitching Class Anyone?

woolandthreadDid you know that I am a peripatetic teacher? Yes, and soon my travels will take me to Daytona FL for the AQS Show. Let the packing begin! Here you see the wool and threads that are part of the kit for my Free-Stitched Wool Embroidery class.

woolbird18Each student gets all the necessary items needed to make something like this charming bird with “Birdsonality”. They will design their own work fort he wool fabric and determine their own stitches. Can’t wait to see what they make!

SAQA Trunk Show Anyone?

songbird6detailFor years I’ve been a proud member of SAQA, the Studio Art Quilt Associates. The SAQA mission is to  “promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development, documentation, and publications.”

songbird6detail2A collection of over 400 small art quilts (measuring 7″ wide by 10″ high) created by SAQA members is being assembled for the annual traveling Trunk Show. My contribution is Songbird #6.  Made from a small quilt used as a sample for an old class, it was recycled into a new design. How, you ask? By putting a bird on it, of course!

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Songbird #6 by Laura Wasilowski

The Trunk Show is first seen at the SAQA Conference, April 27 – 30, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Then it is divided into 8 exhibits that travel the world for up to 3 years. I hope you get to see it somewhere!

Woolly Bird Tutorial #10

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The head of my bird stitched on wool needed a little more emphasis so I added another row of Outline Stitches around the edges with a light green thread. We’ll use that same stitch to make a triangle for the beak and fill it in with rows of the Outline Stitch. This is a fancy bird so you may want to add three Bullion Knots with French Knots at the tip to make the bird’s crest.

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Fill in the wool background fabric with easy stitchery like swirls of the Running Stitch. This give it that Starry Night kind of look. (Thank you Vincent Van Gogh!)

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To complete your woolly bird, finish the fabric edges with a Blanket Stitch. Thank you for joining me during this tutorial and please send me images of what you’ve made. (laura@artfabrik.com) Now sing a little birdsong of happiness!