Wish Upon a Card

songbird2detail1Soon I’ll be packing my bags to teach in Sisters, OR. Sisters is the home of the largest outdoor quilt festival in the nation called Quilter’s Affair. One of the many activities at the show is the opportunity to bid on art work by donors for the charity, Wish Upon a Card.¬†


Songbird #2 by Laura Wasilowski

My donation this year, Songbird #2, measures about 4″ x 6″ and is free- form hand embroidered on wool. Loved making it, love that it’s helping out someone in need, and love that it will go to a good home.

joyfulstitchingfrontcoverSongbird #2 began its life as a step-out. It was made to show  a certain stage in the making of the songbird project in my book, Joyful Stitching. He is a distant cousin of the original songbird found on the cover and evolved into a bird more interested in flowers than bugs. Hope to see you in Sisters!

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…..