Quilts on Auction

Reading Lamp #2 by Laura Wasilowski

Beginning September 11, artwork donated by members of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA) goes up for auction. These are small pieces measuring 12″ x 12″ in a variety of styles, colors, and techniques.

My quilt, Reading Lamp #2, is among those available for bid. Using iron-on transfer pens, I traced a drawing of my blue chair onto tracing paper. I then bravely ironed the tracing onto a previously stitched quilt. The chair shape was colored in using fabric pens from Posca. After even more machine quilting, I added embroidery to the chair and lamp. The rug is made with rows of chain stitch.

I’m not sure what the reading lamp is reading but it must be riveting!

There are several reasons to collect artwork. We collect art to support an organization like SAQA or to support the artist. Collecting art also gives you, the collector, the benefit of surrounding yourself with what you love. Art gives us a sense of beauty and what is good in the world. So check out the SAQA Benefit Auction and treat yourself to something good.

Pretty Spool: Border and Finish

I promise, just a little more hand embroidery on Pretty Spool and then we can finish it up with a pillowcase binding.

What’s up next? Stitching that decorative edge around the border of the quilt cut with your pinking blade or pinking shears. It’s ready for some fancy stitching.

  • By fancy, I mean a stitch I’m calling the “French Fly“. Scroll down the page on the French Fly directions and you’ll see how to use it on a pinked edge.

 Please note: You’ll find complete directions on how to make  Pretty Spool on the Tutorial page.

Step #17

Step #18

Congratulations on completing your Pretty Spool quilt!

I hope you’ve enjoyed making it. If you’d like to make more artwork, please visit my Tutorial Page for free-form embroidery and fused art quilt projects.

Pretty Spool: Thread and Background

Can you see the light at the end of the tunnel? Great! We are almost done with the hand embroidery on our Pretty Spool project and soon the train shall enter the station. (Not that I’ve been on a train lately as life is a little off track. Ha! I love railroad humor!)

Please note: Directions are first given here on the blog, then added to the Pretty Spool Tutorial page as we go.

Step #14

  • Stitch French Knots around the outside edges of the spool top next to the blanket stitches.
  • Use a size 12 pearl cotton thread like Oranges.

Step #15

  • Stitch straight stitches across the thread passing through the needle and surrounding the spool.
  • Use a size 12 pearl cotton thread like Oranges.

Step #16

  • Stitch running stitches in curves, arcs, and spirals on the background fabric surrounding the spool.
  • Use a size 12 pearl cotton in a thread color like Degas Blue for the lower part of the background.
  • Use a size 12 pearl cotton in a thread color like Oranges for the center part of the background.
  • Use a size 12 pearl cotton in a thread color like Butter for the top part of the background.