Back to My Old Self

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My Nut House ready to stitch.

It is with great relief that I return to my real self, a fuser on a mission. You’ll be happy to know that my latest little quilt involves a nut house. Here it is ready to hand stitch. Ah….. it feels so good to use a hand embroidery needle again.

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Graffiti by Laura Wasilowski using Graffiti fabric designed for the SAQA Urban Textures line from Andover Fabrics.

Piecing a quilt with the Graffiti fabric from the SAQA Urban Textures was a engrossing distraction. (Thank you for the fabric Andover. Thank you for the pattern e-Quilter.) But lets face it. At heart, I just want to make pictures of things. And fusing is the best way to do it in fabric!

Piecing Urban Textures Fabric #4

saqafabric10It’s so great being back in the studio for a few days. It gives me the chance to add one last border to finish the SAQA Urban Textures quilt with the rich blue Graffiti fabric. The entire top now measures about 44″ x 60″. Next up: machine quilting!

saqafabric12I’ve decided to use some of the left over strip sets for the back of the quilt and have combined them with the third Graffiti colorway in charcoal and white. My plan for quilting is simple: stitch in the ditch. There’s no time for fancy stuff…….even if I had the skills to do it.

Piecing Urban Textures Fabric #3 and a Winner!

saqafabric9During my 7 hour drive back from Michigan, all I did was day dream about this pieced quilt top. Even before I unloaded the car, I warmed up my BERNINA 750 QE and added the yellow border fabric. This Graffiti fabric from Andover’s Urban Textures collection is really calling my name!

And speaking of calling names. The name of the winner of the Graffiti fabric give away is Cyndy. Congratulations! And thank you to everyone who stopped by and left a comment. With your support, I may actually finish the quilt.

Good News! Creativity Lives!

Can you believe it? The online learning platform, Craftsy, now has 5 million members. That’s a lot of people learning and yearning to be creative. And in celebration, Craftsy is having a Flash Sale on their classes through Sunday, October 12.

You can get up to 50% off of select classes. Be creative- sign up now!

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Beth and her Bird on the Wing Project

And speaking of Craftsy classes. Meet Beth, who is in my Craftsy class, Hand Stitched Collage Quilts. Beth brought this sweet Bird on the Wing project from the class to the Palm Springs Quilt Festival to show. Her stitching is amazing! Thanks Beth!

Piecing Urban Textures Fabric #2

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I wonder how important accuracy is in piecing? Should I be concerned if the points don’t match? As I recall (in my pre-fusing days) accuracy in piecing was never one of my strong points. I shall have to rely on the poor eyesight of those at the Andover booth at the International Quilt Market in Houston where this quilt will be on display.

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And speaking of bad vision. I was unable to visualize how this quilt will look when I cut out the shapes. So it’s fun to see it take shape. Can you do that? Visualize the final quilt?