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!
Thank 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!
Sometimes 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.
It’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.
It’s always best to begin hand stitching the focal point of the design. So each flower (the most important elements in the design) is embroidered with “outie” Blanket Stitches around the center. The Size 8 thread in the Degas Blue colorway really zings, doesn’t it?
Next is surrounding each flower with a Size 12 thread in the Sunflowers colorway. This finer thread adds a delicate finish to each petal. Again the Blanket Stitch is used only in an “innie” manner this time.
Seedpods #2 by Laura Wasilowski is on exhibit at the Southern Illinois Artisan Center through June 1, 2014.
Journey to the end of the world? Well not exactly. My journey to the end of Illinois takes place today. The drive with all the Artfabrik booth stock for the AQS Show takes about 8 hours if you stop along the way for a little sight seeing. One of the sights to see is the Southern Illinois Artisan Center where they always have a terrific quilt exhibit. And this year they have a special exhibit called The Urge to Embellish. Can’t wait to see it!