Windy City #18 by Laura Wasilowski
Yippee! Now that the hand embroidery on Windy City #18 is complete, it is bound and machine quilted. For this little fused art quilt (14″ x 9.5″) I’ve used a pillowcase binding method.
Then the quilt is machine quilted using a titanium or chrome coated embroidery needle and free-motion stitching. To add free-motion stitching, drop the feed dogs on the machine and guide the needle around all the organic shapes in the design while moving the quilt.
To compare, here is the quilt before stitching. See what a difference a stitch makes? The hand embroidery and machine stitchery bring the quilt to life. This is what sets quilting aside from other art forms: the joining of surfaces with a stitch. It’s all about the stitch!
Windy City #17 by Laura Wasilowski
Today I’m teaching my favorite class, Tiny Homes, at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. Why is it a favorite?
About one hour into the class I see my students inventing fun and whimsical designs. These art pieces are unique to each maker and delightful to behold. I can’t wait to see what they make this year!
Don’t tell anyone, but I’m not quite prepared for a new class I’m teaching at the International Quilt Festival. My new class, Libby’s Leaves, premiers on Friday, November 1.
It’s not like I haven’t been thinking a lot about how to present the class. It’s just that I don’t have is a finished quilt to show the class.
Libby’s Leaves by Laura Wasilowski
See the original Libby’s Leaves quilt (above) that the class is based upon has been sold. And, making it a rule to never replicate a quilt design, I have to invent a new design in the spirit of the original. It also has to be something that illustrates the construction methods of the design. Plus I need step-outs and an outline for teaching the class.
So as I scramble to catch up with my ambitions, I ask that you wish me luck.
And again, please don’t tell anyone.
Seedpods #1 by Laura Wasilowski
I never know which way to hang this type of quilt, one that is long and skinny. Should it go horizontally or vertically?
I guess it depends on the space where it is on display and how you feel about the design.
So I’ve come up with a solution for art quilts of this disposition. Hang it two ways!
It requires two hanging sleeves on the back, one for a horizontal rod for the horizontal position and one for vertical for when you want it hang in in a narrower space.
Here’s how I hand stitch them to the back of the quilts. See that miter at the corner? Now a rod can slip into either sleeve and change the orientation.