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.

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!

Guest Artist with Style!


Art by Jacquelyn.

Isn’t this a lovely piece? It is by Jacquelyn who mentioned that she was inspired by my class called Creating Graphic Imagery. She says: Laura, I was inspired by your woodcut quilt pieces to make this floral for our guild challenge. The rules where, either black or white, with 3 analogous colours.

Jacquelyn is also a hand dyer and dyed the gorgeous fabrics for this piece. Did you notice the hand stitching too? Thank you, Jacquelyn, for making such a beautiful design and sharing it with us!

Look at What You Can Do


Pieced quilt by Diane.

Diane made this super quilt with some of my hand dyed fabrics called Parakeet. Isn’t it beautiful! I haven’t made a pieced quilt in years. But when you see work like this, it is so inspiring. Many of you create lovely pieces like Diane’s using my fabric and I’d love to see them. Please send me a picture and I’ll feature you on the blog too.

Thanks, Diane, for sharing your work with us.

An Embroidery Blog for You

needlenthreadI have a precious folder on my computer called “embroidery blogs”. And it is full of blog posts written by Mary Corbet, Queen of Embroidery. Her blog is called Needle ‘n Thread. Mary’s writing style is lively, very informative, and humorous. You should subscribe to her daily newsletter too.

My favorites are her weekend news snips. These are round ups of other sites to explore. If you’re an embroidery enthusiast, sign up.  You’ll really enjoy it!

Guest Artist: Imagination at Work


Fairy House by Clyta

Today’s guest artist is Clyta. Clyta was a member of my week-long class last fall in Lake Tahoe. She created this charming little Fairy House quilt in that class and found that using the Size 4 Richard Hemming needles really helped with the stitching. Thanks for sharing your sweet little quilt, Cyta!