How to Store Fused Fabrics

Today I’m sorting through my huge fused fabric stash looking for inspiration for a new art quilt. Some of this fabric was fused years ago! See once you transfer fusible web to a fabric it is there for good. You can use the fused fabric now or 20 years from now. It never loses it’s fusibility. I know this cause I’m an old fuser!

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Stack fused fabrics. Try to keep them as flat as you can.

Which leads us to a problem I’ve had to deal with for 20 years: how do you store all those fused fabrics? The key is to never fold the fabric. Not because it sticks together. But because folds have to be ironed out before you can cut the fabric. You may want to stack fabric measuring 5″ up to 18″ on trays or in stacking drawers.

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Roll large pieces of fused fabric onto release paper.

I fuse by the yard. My larger pieces of fused fabric are stored right on the release paper that comes with the fusible web. The fabric is rolled onto the paper and kept until I need it for a project.

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Store small pieced of fused fabric by color in bins.

This is how I store small fabric scraps. They are tossed into bins that line my fusing table. (Sometimes I even make sure they are tossed into their correct colorway.) These bins of small scraps are where the real inspiration strikes. Can’t wait to dive in and make something today!

Guest Artist: Hot Stuff, Cool Art

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Jane Michalski hard at work in her studio.

It’s so enlightening to see how others make their art. Recently I visited Jane Michalski’s studio in Chicago. Jane makes beautiful encaustic art. Like us fabric fusers, Jane is fusing too, only with hot bees wax, resin, and pigment. Imagine working with a heat gun and electric skillet to create your art work. She is amazing and so is her art!

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Hot wax and pigment ready to paint in Jane’s studio.

After a studio tour, Jane gave use an informative demonstration on how she makes her encaustic art. It was fascinating and a great learning experience. Thanks Jane for sharing your work with us! Check out Jane’s website here. Hint: if you click on the artwork you’ll see the next piece of art.

Visiting the Capital?

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Blue Wing Chair by Laura Wasilowski

The SAQA Radical Elements exhibition is now open at the Gallery of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC. That’s 2101 Constitution Ave. NW, in Washington on the Mall for all you tourists out there.

Nearly 40 artists show elements from the periodic table using this art quilt as illustrations. It’s on until the middle of October. Hours: weekdays between 9 am and 5 pm. Admission: free, but a photo ID is required. And you must mention my name several times.

An Exhibit to See

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Penelope’s Poppies by Laura Wasilowski

I’m so happy that my quilt, Penelope’s Poppies, is part of McLean County Arts Center’s Illinois Quiltscape. This exhibition of quilts made in Illinois extends through August 8, 2015 and is in Bloomington IL. Here’s a statement about the exhibit.

Illinois Quiltscape explores the complexity and diversity in contemporary quilt making across Illinois. Twenty quilters from across Illinois have been invited to exhibit a quilt of original design. Inclusive of Art Quilts, Modern Quilts, Functional Bed and Wall Hanging Quilts, the exhibition highlights how traditional and contemporary quilting techniques are used to best tell each quilt’s unique story.

Check out the great video on it here. Hope you can see the exhibit!

 

 

Courageous Basket Weaving

weaving2These are the step outs for a class I’m teaching today at Quilter’s Affair in Sisters OR. The first task in making a Woven Flower Basket Quilt is to courageously weave a fused collage for the basket.

wovenbasket1Each student gets a set of templates or patterns to transfer the basket shape to their woven collage. Then its up to them to fill the basket full of flowers, stems, and leaves. It’s a lot like gardening but without the mosquitoes. I can hardly wait to see what they make!