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!
Join me and Virginia Spiegel in fighting cancer. Virginia manages Fiberart For A Cause which donates the funds to the American Cancer Society. The 5K fundraiser kick off is January 15 and our goal is $5000 to add to the more than $230,000 already donated to the ACS.
(Don’t worry, I won’t be actually running in the 5K race. We don’t want to cause another earthquake in Illinois.)
If you donate you can win prizes! Here’s what I’m donating, hand-dyed thread and fabric Look here for more prizes. Here’s is what I am donating. Please join me in donating to fight cancer.
So I’m walking down the street the other day and I see this leaf. Isn’t that cool! I’m not sure how the print of another leaf happened to imprint itself on the green leaf but I find it extraordinary. Isn’t nature amazing?
Here’s another strange thing to rock your world. I’m sitting in my comfy chair adding hand stitchery to a fused art quilt. My sharp little scissors drop to the floor. But I can’t find them until I glance up and see them embedded in my wooden table. Yikes! Those puppies are sharp!
Last year around this time Frieda and I were presenting our lessons on The Quilt Show called Little Fused Art Quilts. We were a big hit! Or so I assume having a very high opinion of our abilities to make fused art quilts. The quilt I made during this class is called Birds and Flowers. (Now available as a pattern on Craftsy.)
My very messy studio.
Teaching a class means making step-outs or progressive versions of the project. I unearthed one of those Bird and Flower step-outs the other day in this mess also known as my studio. Tomorrow I’ll show you the different stitch ideas I came up with for the new version of the same quilt.