Art by the Latest Graduates

westdesmoinesguildMeet the latest graduating class from the Chicago School of Fusing. It was a treat to visit with the West Des Moines Quilters last week and watch these fearless artists create fun art work. Note how each design is unique to the maker. Their Tiny Homes quilts deserve a round of applause!

Another Nut House Success!


Linda and me at the Tennessee Quilts Symposium.

Meet The Instigator, Linda Crouch McCreadie. In January, she asked that I teach a new class at her Tennessee Quilts symposium in July. Her inspired suggestion: call it Another Nut House.


Nut House by Laura Wasilowski

Linda had just seen this quilt on my blog. And it seemed to fit right in with her plans for the symposium. So I accepted the challenge and threw myself into preparation for the nut house……. class.


Student work from the Another Nut House class.

And I’m glad I did. Turns out my students were experts at designing nut houses. Who knew?


More student work from the Another Nut House class.

Thank you Linda for suggesting this new class. It was really exciting to see how inventive and fearless my students were when it came time to make original compositions. Don’t you love what they made?

A Beautiful Design: Guest Artist


Jane’s zen doodle quilt.

A more challenging one-day class I teach is called Zen Doodle Quilts. In this class, students make sketches and then convert them into patterns for a fused art quilt. Everyone makes their own design and works hard in picking colors and developing the composition as they go.

Here is a good example of a successful Zen Doodle Quilt made by Jane. The placement of color and design elements are balanced and pleasing. See how her hand and machine quilting really enhance the quilt? Isn’t it delightful?

Graphic Imagery Class Success!


Flowers by Janice made in Creating Graphic Imagery Class

Last week I taught a workshop at Quilter’s Affair in Sister OR called Creating Graphic Imagery. And the results were magnificent! Here you see a the beginnings of a beautiful quilt by one of my students, Janice.


Creating Graphic Imagery is a revival of a “woodcut” class I taught long ago. Students receive a color pallet of fabrics in pastel and bright rainbow gradations. The kit fabric is fused as is a piece of black background fabric.


Fused fabric shapes are cut and placed on top of the black to reveal a small black outline around each shape. This gives it the “woodcut” look that makes its so dramatic. Each quilt design was different in class because each student designed their own work and made a pattern for themselves. That’s what I call a successful class.

Cactus is Done!


Cactus Landscape by Laura Wasilowski

Let’s consider this as an experiment in how to use embroidery to make a landscape. For a while I was stuck on how to do the mid-ground between the mountains and foreground. Until finally the mountains, made with the Satin Stitch, gave me the idea for the mid-ground texture in a pink and yellow variegated thread. As these mid-ground satin stitches progress to the foreground, they are spaced more loosely to reveal the fabric underneath. A few “desert plants” in the mid-ground are added to give the illusion of distance.

Soon I’ll be teaching a new class called Free Stitched Embroidery Landscapes in Sisters, Oregon. My students will receive a kit of hand dyed silk fabric and pearl cotton threads for their projects. Each student also gets my booklet on how to make embroidery stitches for the pieces. I hope to have even more examples to show them. Wish me luck!

Guest Artist: Goofy Quilt?


Toast House by Charlotte

Sometimes you come across artwork that just makes you smile. My friend Charlotte’s artwork above is from her “goofy quilt” series. (Her term for it.) They are the result of a good sense of humor and the love of making fun quilts. Here’s what she says about her house quilt:

I told my husband whenever I was sick, my mom made me cinnamon toast cut into long strips. He replied that when he was sick, his mom made him toast houses. After that, our children always had toast houses when they were ill. If you look closely at the clouds, you will see how to make a toast house of your own.

Toast House (label) by Charlotte

And here’s a clever way to label your quilt. Charlotte says: the label is from a toaster cover I embroidered when I was around 10 years old, in the mid to late 50″s. My oldest son’s only comment when I showed him, was a look of horror and he said “And you still had it?”
You see Charlotte other “goofy quilt” on this post from June of last year. Thanks for sharing your fun art work with us Charlotte!