Studio Play #6

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Spring Blooms #1 by Laura Wasilowski

At last the little quilt is finished and I can start a new project. I kind of like the machine quilting. You don’t have to machine stitch a quilt this size (9.5″ x 12″). But it does add another layer of texture and pattern to the piece.

Quilting Arts Article

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Butterfly Garden (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

The June/July 2015 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine is now at a newsstand near you. I think you’ll enjoy the article Stitch by Stitch by Jane Davila. It features the Blanket Stitch and all it’s wonderful variations and uses like that around the flower center above..

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Butterfly Garden by Laura Wasilowski

The article features the Blanket Stitch and all it’s wonderful variations and uses (like that around the flower centers above).You’ll also see more images of my work and the work of other stitchers in Jane’s article. Thanks Jane for including me!

Designing Blue Wing Chair #2

bluewing4For the traveling exhibit, Radical Elements, I documented the construction of my quilt, Blue Wing Chair, complete with false starts and major mistakes. The first idea for making this quilt was to attach real books to a backing. What a disaster! Here’s more from my design journal that will travel with the quilt:

Brilliant Idea #2: While on a train I decided to make my own lighter-weight books and attach (quilt) 12 – 14 of them onto Timtex. Each book’s story is illustrated with hand-carved stamps. Brilliant! Here’s the plan:

Determine the layout of the 12 – 14 hand made books on a 22″ x 36″ Timtex foundation. This requires math. Finally figure the layout after much trial and error.

Cut a heavy art cloth to size for the cover and prepare to glue on a beautiful blue paper. The glue is ancient and unusable. Decide to make folios of heavy paper instead.

Figure out the story sequence for several folios (8 pages) about blue chairs. Then, using my hand carved stamps, print a mock-up of the story Blue Sky Chair board on paper.

Make up mock-ups for Blue Gill Chair, Blue Bunting Chair, Blue Electric Chair, Blue Grass Chair.

bluewing5Then in dawns on me. To make 12 – 14 folios I must carve even more stamps for illustrations as well as print them. Making books is just too darn tough. There’s Brilliant Idea #2 in the trash. More brilliant ideas tomorrow!

Can this Quilt Be Saved #4

stitchrepair8Here is my solution for bad free-motion stitching: cover up you mistakes with a bird. My little bird friend makes me so happy! So happy, that I’ve given him a friend.

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Bird on a Branch #4 by Laura Wasilowski

Think of Bird on a Branch #4 as good overcoming crummy. It’s also a melding of my 2 Craftsy classes. It combines the collage building and free-motion stitching of Sketch It, Fuse It, Quilt It with the hand embroidery of Hand Stitched Collage Quilts.

It’s a hybrid quilt or maybe a hybird quilt.

First House Complete! And a Winner

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Coming Home #1 by Laura Wasilowski

My first house quilt of 2015 is complete!

It was so great being in the studio for an uninterrupted week’s worth of art making that I am calling it Coming Home. And in celebration of have a full week of fun, I’m giving away a bag of fused fabric scraps to a lucky commenter from Friday. The winner is: Kara. Have fun Kara!

Winner Announced

craftsyset11Thank you all for visiting my blog and leaving comments in the past few days. I love hearing from you! The winner of the green batik fabric (perfect for a stylized landscape like the one above) is: Linda G.  Congratulations Linda and may you enjoy that green batik fabric everyone wanted!