Libby’s Leaves Complete!


Libby's Leaves (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

Libby’s Leaves (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

Last fall I was invited to create a quilt inspired by the art work of Libby Lehman. Soon the 30″ x 30″ quilt will be auctioned off along with other quilts and the proceeds will help Libby’s family with medical expenses.I’m so happy to be included in this invitational!

Libby's Leaves (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

Libby’s Leaves (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

The entire collection of Inspired by Libby Quilts will be on display at the International Quilt Festival in Houston in late October. At the show, 2 of the quilts will be selected for a silent auction. Later the entire collection will be available for an online auction for you to bid on. You’ll learn more about the auctions in September on The Quilt Show. The exhibit will also be on view at the American Quilter’s Society Paducah Show in April, 2015. Then the quilts are shipped to their new owners.

Libby's Leaves by Laura Wasilowski

Libby’s Leaves by Laura Wasilowski

Libby will also have the opportunity to see the quilts up close and personal during their journey around the country. All of the monies raised from the sale of the Inspired by Libby Quilts will be given for her care. I hope you have an opportunity to view the quilts and bid on them too!

Inspired by Libby #9

libbysleaves13I hate to disappoint anyone but I’ve got a change in store for you. Usually I add hand embroidery to a project before the the machine work. Stitchery is added through just the batting and top layer without the backing fabric attached.

libbysleaves14But for my Inspired by Libby quilt, the machine quilting comes first. Why? Because of that nasty thing called “time”. The quilt is due very soon and my time for hand stitching is limited. So the majority of the stitching will be done by machine, then some hand work will be added later. I’ll show you the completed project soon…..I hope!

Inspired by Libby #8

libbysleavesThe invitation to create a quilt to raise money for my friend, Libby Lehman’s medical expenses, gave me the opportunity to explore new ideas. Not only did I enjoy the process, but I learned a few things along the way. Now that the quilt top is complete and before I begin stitching, it’s time to hang my Inspired by Libby quilt on the design wall and give it a critical look. Here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Do the colors flow and repeat themselves around the piece?
  • Is there a variety of scale of design elements?
  • Do the design elements repeat themselves?
  • Is there enough contrast so shapes are distinct?
  • And most importantly, does the design engage the viewer?

What do you think? Am I ready to start stitching?

Inspired by Libby #7

libbysleaves8Once I get on a roll, it’s hard to stop this fusing fanatic. The basic foundation of my Inspired by Libby quilt quickly comes together. Each leaf block is completed separately and then attached to its neighbor. ‘Tis the beauty of fusing!


In need of a good dot.

I can hardly wait to add more detail to the design. Detail you ask? Yes, detail like my favorite design element: the dot!

Inspired by Libby #6

libbysleaves3As I decorate each block for my Inspired by Libby quilt, I refer back to the initial sketch. The idea, when sketching the design, was to make each leaf from a different point of view and to vary the scale of the leaves. Do you see how some blocks have multiple leaves, others are connected by stems, and the leaves are positioned at various angles?

libbysleaves7This next block has a long bias cut stem. Because it’s cut on the bias, it curves as I fuse it into place. Later, the red leaves are free-cut into leafy shapes and fused into place. Don’t you love that red zinging off the gradated background fabric?