This is my studio….. on a good day. Note how the well organized quilts are, rolled up on tubes and stacked in a cupboard alphabetically. Or not. Lets be honest. Most often I just throw them in the cupboard to the get them out of the way. And then when it comes time to prepare them for an exhibit I can’t find them and tear my hair out.
Guess it’s time for the Big Sort.
After 2 hours of quilt wrangling, I’ve sorted out the ones to set aside for the exhibit Natural Born Quilters. Famous quilters Emily Parson and Frieda Anderson and infamous quilter, myself, are having this special exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Chicago. So glad I found them all!
Nuthouse #2 by Laura Wasilowski
My friend, Barb V., had a special request I could not refuse. She wanted to buy one of my completed quilts, Nuthouse #2. Isn’t it fun?
But she asked if I could do what I love to do best……put a bird on it. So I did!
Nuthouse #2 with Birds by Laura Wasilowski
In fact, I was enjoying myself so much I added 2 birds! Hope you like the quilt Barb!
Color chip collage sample.
Today I’m off to Ohio to film 3 episodes for Quilting Arts TV with hostess, Susan Brubaker-Knapp. And I’m lucky one of those segments is with my friend, Frieda Anderson.
I’m doing a color chip collage thingie.
More samples of a color chip collage.
Frieda has shown me her project. It is beautiful. It is elegant. It is sophisticated. Mine…. not so much. But I know we’ll have a great time and I’ll get o use up lots of fused fabric scraps! Will let you know how it goes.
As you can see, my friend Frieda Anderson has a very engaging smile. (And she quilts too!) You have to check out this entertaining but short video of her. She silently, but with a grin, shows you how to make a fused quilt. She looks so happy! Check out her Craftsy Class too. It’s guaranteed to make you smile!
Free-motion stitching detail, Penelope’s Art, 1995
Believe it or not, at one time I made pieced quilts. And soon discovered that I was no good at it. Then I discovered pictorial quilts made with fusing. Yipee! I also realized that free-motion machine stitching looked best on that type of quilt. So around 1993 I started to learn how to do free motion stitching on my sewing machine.
Free-motion stitching detail, Blue Chip Chair, 2005
About 10 years later, I finally perfected one stitch pattern, the MEMEME. Or so I thought. Sure my stitches were inconsistent in length and jumped all over the place. But the MEMEME was so usable on pictorial quilts with all those odd shapes and nooks and crannies.
Free- motion stitching detail, Color Chip Collage #6, 2015
About 20 years after first attaching a free-motion foot to my sewing machine, I’m still trying to figure it out. My friend Frieda says it’s practice, practice, practice. I say if I don’t see any improvement in the next 10 years, I’m giving up.
You need to check out Beck Goldsmith’s new book: The Quilter’s Practical Guide to Color. It is beautiful!
Five Sisters by Laura Wasilowski
She was nice enough to mention one of my quilts in the book, Five Sisters. On page 23 she discusses fabrics that are Textured Solids. Oh my, what is that you ask? You’ll have to read the book!
No, I’ll give you a break. Becky says this about a textured solids in her book:
Textured solids look solid from a distance……Only as you get closer do you see the details…. Single-color, mottled hand-dyes and batiks are another kind of textured solid. They have a fluid visual texture without a distinctive pattern…..Art quilters often create amazing quilts by using solids and textured solids much as they would paint.
She also says I’m an “expert” at this. Who knew!