Going to Grand Rapids?

Young Forest #5 by Laura Wasilowski

Young Forest #5 by Laura Wasilowski

This summer, three of SAQA’s art quilt exhibits can be found in Grand Rapid, MI. Both Seasonal Palette and Food for Thought will be on display at the newly renovated Gerald R. Ford Museum from July 1 through August 31st. The exhibit, People & Portraits will be on view as part of AQS Quilt Week in Grand Rapids from August 10-13.

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Young Forest #5 (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

Sadly, this is your last chance to see Seasonal Palette. But happily my quilt, Young Forest #5, is part of this exhibit. I’m told this is one of SAQA’s most popular exhibitions having been viewed by over 100,000 people around the globe. 

Seasonal Palette #18: Quilt Completion

To make a pillowcase binding, stitch the backing fabric to the front of the quilt.

My Seasonal Palette quilt is soon finished with a pillow case binding.

After the backing is stitched all around the outside edge, cut a slit in the backing and pull the quilt through the slit to the right side. Press the quilt flat.

One of the guidelines given by the curators is that the quilt not have any frame or border around the design. This is so the exhibit flows from quilt to quilt when on display.

The quilt is then machine stitched with free-motion designs.

Having seen the premier of the Seasonal Palette exhibit at the IQF this November in Houston, I find this an excellent idea. The curators arranged the pieces in seasonal order around the quiet enclosed SAQA exhibit area. This is one of the great benefits of being a member of SAQA. You have the opportunity to show your work in galleries and in exhibits that travel the world.

Photo by Gregory Case. I apologize for not knowing the names of the other artists in this image. I must get the book!

I wish I could show you each and every one of the wonderful Seasonal Palette quilts in the SAQA exhibit. It was a thrill to see them all in one spot. But wait, I can! Just visit the SAQA Bookstore and you can purchase a copy of the book for only $20. The color reproduction is terrific, the price is right, and the quilts are amazing.

Young Forest #5 by Laura Wasilowski

Thank you for joining me for this long journey of creating Young Forest #5. I hope you’ve enjoyed the view.

Seasonal Palette Quilt #17: Steam and Stitch

That’s one long quilt.

The completed quilt top for my Seasonal Palette entry hangs off my design wall like a slouching teenager. It is so long I know I’ll never get a decent photo of it That’s why it will be sent off to Gregory Case for photography.

But before the photo shoot there is more work to do. The entire quilt top is thoroughly steamed with an iron. This assures that the glue is set firm and ready for hand and machine quilting.

Hand embroidery is added to the flowers in a delightfully yellow thread.

After adding batting to the back of the quilt, hand embroidery is added to the flowers. Hand stitchery is a fine way to add more detail and color to the surface of the quilt. It’s well worth the time it takes. And you get to sit down while stitching!

Seasonal Palette Quilt #16: Tree Leaves

Leaf cutting.

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking how will she add all those leaves to the tree in her Seasonal Palette quilt? Will it drive her crazier than she already is?

Not to worry. A great way to simplify the cutting of masses of leaves for a tree is to use a decorative rotary cutter blade on the fused fabrics. Here you see the pinking blade in my cutter. The green leaf fabric is cut on the bias and oval shaped leaves are free-cut from the edges.

More blue branches and leaf stems are added to the larger tree branches. These branches and stems are also cut on the bias. That way they dare not fray. No way they fray.

The leaves are scattered across the branches and fuse-tacked into place. What a relief. It’s really starting to look like a Spring tree!

Seasonal Palette Quilt #15: Easy Flowers

Using an Accuquilt die cutter and a decorative blade to cut flower petals.

This has got to be the easiest way to make flowers for a quilt. I knew I needed dozens of flowers for my Season Palette quilt so I devised this handy dandy method of flower production. Just cut a stack of fused fabric using an oval shape die and an Accuquilt die cutter. Then cut the oval in half with a pinking blade in your rotary cutter.

The flowers are made on release paper.

Now assemble the petals around a free-cut dot for the flower center. Fuse-tack them to release paper and go have a cup of tea.

Scattering the flowers across the grass.

After the flower fabrics cool down, place them on the grass and fuse-tack into place. All my gardening should be so easy. And fun!

Seasonal Palette Quilt #14: Connecting Collages

All the sectional collages combined.

As Frankenstein’s Dad said: time to put it all together. The sky, hills, water, and grass background collages for my Seasonal Palette quilt are connected and fused to the white base fabric. Even the blue tree  is taking shape. Suddenly the quilt has personality. A Springy personality!

A row of shrubs is added to the shoreline

I stand back and analyze my color scheme.  And decide to add a narrow row of free-cut shrubs to the shoreline. It’s a way to repeat the green colors in the grass, hills, and tree leaves and to give the shoreline more interest. Nothing worse than a dull shoreline.