Roots and Wings


Natural Gardening (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

Sometimes a good person gives you an opportunity that changes your life. That’s what happened to me over 25 years ago. The director of the Fine Line Creative Arts Center, Denise,encouraged me to teach a class there. This was my first teaching job ever and started my career as a textile instructor.


Natural Gardening by Laura Wasilowski

The Fine Line supports so many artisans. They provide a great selection of classes, inspiring art exhibits, and an atmosphere of welcome and encouragement. That’s why I’m proud to be part of the FL@40 Roots & Wings exhibit April 5 – May 11 in St. Charles IL.

My embroidery, Natural Gardening, will be on display with other works of art by past and present Fine Line faculty members. Please visit us!

Free Cat Patterns at the Quilt Show!


I would love to see you this weekend, March 28 – 30 at the International Quilt Festival in Chicago.

You’ll find Frieda Anderson and me in booth, #1224. Look for Artfabrik/Friestyle.
We’ll have our hand-dyed fabrics and threads, patterns, and quilts on display.
But wait! There’s more!
catandfoodI’d also like to give you a free cat pattern when you stop in at our booth. No cat hair included. And no need to buy anything either. Just stop in for your free, non-shedding cat pattern.

Surprise Yourself with a Great Quilt Design

blueladderdetailaOne of my classes you’re sure to enjoy is called Creating Graphic Imagery. I’m teaching it at the Quiltfest in Lancaster PA this May. Trust me, you’ll be surprised and delighted by the design you make in this class.

redwheelbarrowdetailFirst, you make your own design and pattern so it’s really your original art work. Then, working on black fabric with fused fabrics, you fuse the pattern shapes into place. By leaving just a bit of black fabric showing between shapes, you end up with a woodcut-like graphic design.

I’ve seen some really great art work come out of this class. I hope you can join me.

lancaster2019Click here to sign up this and other great classes at Quiltfest Lancaster.

How to Strip Fuse

stripfusing1On today’s How To Tuesday, I’d like to show you how to do Strip Fusing. (Don’t worry, strip fusing has nothing to do with the amount of clothing you are wearing.) It is simply a collage technique using strips of fabric to make a striped pattern.

Here’s How to Strip Fuse:

  • Cut fused fabric into strips measuring about 1/2″ to 1″ wide.
  • Cut the strips on the bias or at a 45 degree angle to the grain of the fabric. (Bias cut fabrics don’t fray so you’ll have neater fabric strips.)
  • Use straight or decorative rotary cutter blades or free cut the strips.


  • Lay a strip of fabric, glue side down, onto silicone release paper or parchment paper or a Teflon sheet. Fuse-tack into place.
  • Overlap another strip about 1/4″ on top of the long side of the first strip. Continue to add strips across the paper.
  • Always overlap darker value fabric onto lighter value fabrics. If you put light value on dark value, a shadow is cast on the light fabric.
  • Continue to add more strips until the set of stripes is the length you want.


  • After the fabric cools, remove the strip fused collage from the release paper.
  • Cut into any shape you like. Here you see the strip fusing become the grass at the lower edge of the design.

Another Solution to a Dull Quilt

threesisterscheckerboardThe old “Put a Bird on It!” trick has worked for me again. Imagine this quilt without the bird. Without the bird, it’s just a lonely hill with some trees on top. Not all that interesting is it?

threesisterscheckerboarddetBut add a curious bird checking out a bug and you have drama and action! It’s like a movie staring a restless bird startled by and innocent bug who has lost his way. What will happen next? Does the bug have a chance? Will the bird’s curiosity cause a major change in the way of the world? Stay tuned…..

Ripping and Reworking


In preparation for a new class in July at Quilters’ Affair, I’m making multiple garden stitcheries using felt shapes and size 8 pearl cotton threads. This one was going along great until I got a little carried away.


See all those yellow Lazy Daisy stitches filling in across the bottom section? Don’t you think it’s a little too cluttered? The reason I like working with the felt is that it has a clean, simple look that is easily enhanced by embroidery. But those yellow Lazy Daisies are messy looking. They really bug me!

So I’ll spend a little time ripping them out and come up with plan B. What ever that is!