Chicken Dreams by Laura Wasilowski
About 20 years ago I made a series of quilts about chickens. Like many of you, I had caught chicken fever and was enamored with their bright colors and charm. But soon my chicken mania diminished, and I put them to bed thinking they were silly and not so charming.
Chicken Music and his friends being packed for their journey.
But I’m over that now and am so happy I have my collection of chicken quilts. In fact, these fine fowl are on their way to Oregon for the Friday evening Picnic in the Park celebration at the Quilter’s Affair show in Sisters. I’m the guest speaker this year and will happily show off my hens and sing a song or two. Hope you can be there!
Here’s one last photo from Melbourne, Australia. The Australasian Quilt Convention that I attended was held at this beautiful building, the Royal Exhibition Building (built in 1880).
And here is an image of a fun pair of scissors given to me by a lovely student at the show. Can you guess what type of scissors these are? Why, scissoroos, of course!
I’m happy to announce that the jet lag from my trip to the Australasian Quilt Conference in Melbourne, Australia is slowly receding. It was wonderful to be with the Aussie quilters, who are both friendly and welcoming. But that 16 hour flight (plus 4 hours to LAX) is hard on this old quilter.
Here you see the art quilts made by students in the Tiny Homes class. Aren’t they fun? This class is always an adventure and a surprise. You never know what people can imagine in fabric. Thank you quilters of Australia!
Frieda and I are off to the lovely state of Kentucky soon for the American Quilter Society Show in Paducah. It seems all we do is pack and unpack fabric, thread, patterns and quilts. That’s the not so fun part of travel.
The fun part of travel is visiting with our quilt friends from around the world like this famous chicken quilter. Perhaps you know him? Hope to see you in Paducah. We’re in booth 1224 (think Christmas Eve).
It’s opening day at the IQF Chicago Quilt Festival and Frieda and I are ready to show our stuff. Stuff like hand-dyed threads and hand-dyed cheese cloth, velvet, and cotton fabrics. Our patterns are set and we have a great display of art work for you to see as well. We are in booth #1823 the same year I was born. Hope to see you!
One of the fabrics I’ve dyeing lately for the IQF Chicago and AQS Paducah shows is cheesecloth. Yep. Cheesecloth, as in making jam cheesecloth. People often ask how to use it for art work so I’ve made up a short tutorial for you. You’ll love how it adds texture to another fabric. Here’s how:
1. Apply fusible web to one layer of the cheesecloth. I recommend Misty Fuse, a light weight fusible web that won’t clog up the gaps in the cheesecloth with glue as much as other fusible webs. Use parchment paper to transfer the glue to the fabric.
2. After the fabric cools, remove the parchment paper. Place the fabric back on the parchment paper and fold and squish the cheesecloth as much as you want.
Apply parchment paper to the top of the fabric so it is in a sandwich of parchment paper. Fuse the folds in place using a hot iron.
After it cools remove the papers from the cheesecloth. Then you can place the cheesecloth onto another fabric background.
Or you can work directly on the fabric background instead of the parchment paper. Isn’t that texture terrific? We have lots of colors in stock. Give it a try!