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.

New Work #7

heart11It’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?

heart12Next 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.