For All Your Giant Needs

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Me and my best friend.

 

At last, I’ve found a way to quickly cut out those giant fabric shapes! This huge rotary cutter is only available from the Olfa dealer at the AQS Show in Paducah KY. You can see this big son-of-a-gun and all our hand-dyed fabrics and threads too at the show next week. Look for me and my giant shapes in the Artfabrik booth, #1224 (think Christmas eve).

3 Ways to Earn this Badge

csofbadgeWould you like to be a certified Fusologist from the Chicago School of Fusing? Want to earn this coveted badge as a graduate? What does it take to be certified?

You can earn your degree in Fusology from the Chicago School of Fusing by:

For those of you who have taken a class with me and are already certifiable, you can print out your Diploma of Graduation from the Chicago School of Fusing today!

True Confessions of a Steamer

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My favorite iron for steam setting my fused art quilt is a Rowenta tank iron. It puffs out a beautiful head of steam and never spits or dribbles.

Unless you mistreat it.

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Recently the water tank ran dry in the middle of an important ironing session. So I hastily opened the hot tank, slopped in ice cold water, and pressed the steam button. It was quite a shock to my irons system! Like a hissing cat, the iron spit out chemical residue with the water staining a shirt collar.

Next time I’ll be more patient and let the water heat up. I promise. On a happy note, all the chemical stains washed out of the shirt!

Bearding, Ugh!

beardingThis batting is bearding and driving me nuts at the same time! Every embroidery stitch I take pulls some fine fibers from the batt onto the top of the fabric. You see I’ve violated my own rule: use a batting made for hand quilting. Batting created for hand quilters does not beard and is easy to stitch. Anyone have a solution before I go completely nuts?

Another Quilt in the Neighborhood

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Coming Home #1 by Laura Wasilowski

 I really enjoyed making Coming Home #1. From picking out the background fabric to the final stitch on the binding with my BERNINA, it was a pleasure trip. And now this quilt departs for a trip of its own. It is visiting the Victoria Quilter’s Guild as my ambassador so the students can see an example of a Tiny Homes quilt. We’ll meet up again in British Columbia in May.

Red House #4

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At last! Now that the quilt is steam set to the non-scrim side of the batting, I can add hand embroidery stitches just through the batting and quilt top. Notice how the stitches take the quilt from flat to fabulous. Here are some tips on stitching:

  • Start stitching on the focal point of the design first. In this case it is the house.
  • Use a Size 12 or Size 8 Pearl Cotton Threads. These sizes work best on designs with layers of fused fabric shapes.
  • Match the threads with the correct size of embroidery needle. See the Size Chart.
  • Choose thread colors that contrast with fabrics so they really stand out or analogous thread colors to blend in and make texture.
  • Use Outline Stitches or Blanket Stitches to outline edges like those around the house and roof.
  • Use Running Stitches, Straight Stitches, and French Knots to add texture and pattern to the surface of your quilt.

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Simple stitches really work fine on small art quilts like this. They bring the quilt to life! To learn more about how to make different embroidery stitches for your next quilt, visit the Thread-u-cation Tutorial.