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.


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


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!

Dyeing to Know #3

dyebottles2Now that you are dressed to dye and have mixed your dye stock, here’s how to dye the fabric.
  • Wear stylish rubber gloves and an apron for protection.
  • Cut your fabric to size. I suggest 400M cotton fabric from Testfabrics.
  • Pre-soak the fabric in soda ash water. (Mix about 1/2 cup of soda ash to 1 gallon of hot water.)
  • Squish out the fabric.


  • Arrange the fabric artfully on a plastic platter or container. (Do not use a metal container.)
  • Pour the dye colors onto the fabric.
  • Smoosh the color into the fabric using stylish yellow gloves on your hands.
  • Now go have some fun. This is a reactive dye and needs time to react. We’ll wash it out tomorrow.

A Simple Quilt #1

silkflowers1Sometimes simple is best. As you can see in this small quilt, there are few fabric shapes making up the design…. just 8 long triangles and 3 orange dots.This design relies upon the stitching. Stitchery adds texture, line, pattern, and helps define the shapes. It’s the stitches that convert those dots into flowers and make those long triangles leaves.

silkflowers2It’s made of silk fabrics fused to cotton batting so the hand stitching is easy to do. I’ve trimmed the blue background fabric to within 1/4″ of the batting. There’s fusible web on that blue fabric edge so my next step is to fuse it to another background. You’ll see my choice tomorrow.