What’s Stitching? Landscape Shapes

windycity18bHere is the next embroidery stage for my little Windy City quilt. Stitching on the focal point is complete and it is time to move on to the landscape areas around the house. I’ll start with the orange spikes in the foreground. They look like plant life to me.

windycity18cUsing a size 12 variegated pearl cotton thread, I stitch fern stitches down each orange leaf. Why use variegated thread? The shifting of the variegation adds movement to the piece and the green variegation repeats the various green colors in the fabric shapes.

A size 12 thread is also used for the green field. This thread is close in color to the field so it doesn’t draw too much attention from the house. I use it to make scattered seed stitches across the filed creating an active texture. See the pinked edges of the field? Those are outlined with a fly stitch as is the base of the orange spikes. It’s true, the fly stitch and pinked edge were made for each other.

My next challenge is how to stitch those looming purple shapes on the horizon line. Yikes! What have I done! Any ideas?

What’s Stitching? A Windy City Quilt

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Windy City #17 by Laura Wasilowski

Today I’m teaching my favorite class, Tiny Homes, at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. Why is it a favorite?

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About one hour into the class I see my students inventing fun and whimsical designs. These art pieces are unique to each maker and delightful to behold. I can’t wait to see what they make this year!

We Gotta Winner!

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Small World #7 by Laura Wasilowski

You are so imaginative! I want to thank you all for your great suggestions for the name of my new series of house quilts in 2019. (Now all I have to do is complete one.)

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Housing Department #28 by Laura Wasilowski

The winner of the naming contest is Chris K. She suggested some version of Uptown.  It sounds so fancy and glamorous! In gratitude for naming the Uptown series I’ll be sending her some fun house patterns. Thank you Chris!

Name this Series and Win a Prize!

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Whimsy Lane #9 (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

Each year I have a quest and I’m hoping you can help me. I need a new name for the series of house quilts I’m making.

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Windy City #6 (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

In the past there have been the Housing Department, Windy City, Whimsy Lane, Small World, My House, and (most peculiar) Tilty Town series. Have any ideas of what I might call the new series? And before you get too carried away, please note that Nut House is already taken.

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My House #12 by Laura Wasilowski

If I pick your title for the new series I’ll send you something fun from my house. Any ideas?