Here is the next embroidery stage for my little Windy City quilt. Stitching on the focal point is complete and it is time to move on to the landscape areas around the house. I’ll start with the orange spikes in the foreground. They look like plant life to me.
Using a size 12 variegated pearl cotton thread, I stitch fern stitches down each orange leaf. Why use variegated thread? The shifting of the variegation adds movement to the piece and the green variegation repeats the various green colors in the fabric shapes.
A size 12 thread is also used for the green field. This thread is close in color to the field so it doesn’t draw too much attention from the house. I use it to make scattered seed stitches across the filed creating an active texture. See the pinked edges of the field? Those are outlined with a fly stitch as is the base of the orange spikes. It’s true, the fly stitch and pinked edge were made for each other.
My next challenge is how to stitch those looming purple shapes on the horizon line. Yikes! What have I done! Any ideas?
This hot little number has been on my design wall for months. It’s next in the Windy City series of quilts. And it is ready for hand embroidery.
When I add the hand embroidery I always start with the focal point. In this case, it’s the little house. My first step is to outline the house and roof using a blanket stitch and size 12 pearl cotton threads that contrast in color with the shapes. This way the shapes pop out, giving them importance like a focal point deserves.
Next I add a chain stitch around the door to highlight that shape. Little windows are made with lazy daisy stitches in blue with a straight stitch of yellow inside the loop.
And to really make the roof pop, I’ve whipped stitches around the edge of the blanket stitch with blue thread. A yellow thread is slipped under the tines of the blanket stitch to give a neat little pattern.
Now that the focal point is stitched, I can plan other areas to stitch on this small fused art quilt. Can’t wait to see what happens!
Windy City #11 by Laura Wasilowski
As winter doth drageth on in the northern hemisphere, I am reminded that the days ARE getting longer and there shall be light eventually. But first, I must shovel snow.
And then enjoy my messy studio where it is always sunny and bright! Why? Because there is fabric to play with and imagination to be explored. Have you fondled your fabric lately? Maybe it needs your personal attention right now. We don’t want our fabric to feel lonely.
Hope your days are sunny and bright!
Small World #7 by Laura Wasilowski
You are so imaginative! I want to thank you all for your great suggestions for the name of my new series of house quilts in 2019. (Now all I have to do is complete one.)
Housing Department #28 by Laura Wasilowski
The winner of the naming contest is Chris K. She suggested some version of Uptown. It sounds so fancy and glamorous! In gratitude for naming the Uptown series I’ll be sending her some fun house patterns. Thank you Chris!
Whimsy Lane #9 (detail) by Laura Wasilowski
Each year I have a quest and I’m hoping you can help me. I need a new name for the series of house quilts I’m making.
Windy City #6 (detail) by Laura Wasilowski
In the past there have been the Housing Department, Windy City, Whimsy Lane, Small World, My House, and (most peculiar) Tilty Town series. Have any ideas of what I might call the new series? And before you get too carried away, please note that Nut House is already taken.
My House #12 by Laura Wasilowski
If I pick your title for the new series I’ll send you something fun from my house. Any ideas?
Thank you for celebrating the longevity of my plant and the publication of Joyful Stitching. Both have survived a year under my care. Hurrah!
And hurrah for the winner of the give-away of Joyful Stitching: Ellee. I hope you enjoy the book.
But wait, there’s more! I’d also like to give you all a gift and thank you for visiting my blog. Please click here to download a PDF of this pattern: Housing Department.