Little Bird Giveaway #1

I am so happy to present my first online class on Creative Spark, called Little Bird and Daisies!

And in celebration, I’ll be giving away items for the workshop every Tuesday until the end of the year. The first give-aways are all about the tools and materials you’ll need to complete the project. Leave a comment below, and you may be the lucky winner!

Little Bird and Daisies Give-Away #1: Pinking Blade

An unusual tool you may not have in your quilting arsenal is a pinking blade for your rotary cutter. In the class, we use this blade to cut the birdhouse roof and stick fabric. The pinked fabric edge is perfect for embellishment with a Fly Stitch.

Leave a comment on today’s blog, and you may be the winner. I’ll be closing the giveaway on Thursday and announce the winner on Friday.

And don’t forget to check out my workshop on Creative Spark, called Little Bird and Daisies!

New Online Classes

At last! An opportunity to meet up with you in the comfort of your own home!

Creative Spark, a new online platform from C&T Publishing, features classes and teachers you’ll love. And I just happen to have a course or two on Creative Spark.

My first class is called Little Bird and Daisies. It is like taking a workshop with me in person. Only you have access to Little Bird and Daisies and me for an entire year.

You can watch the class at your own pace, work in your own space, and ask me questions as we go. I’ll show you from start to finish how to make this sweet little wall quilt.

In Little Bird and Daisies you’ll learn about:

  • Fabric and color choices
  • Fusing tips and etiquette you can use on future projects
  • The miracle of pattern transfer to a fused fabric
  • Tips on what threads, needles, and tools to use for hand embroidery
  • How to embellish the quilt with step-by-step instruction for all the hand stitchery
  • How to finish the design with a neat pillowcase binding

But wait, there’s more! This is why signing up for Little Bird and Daisies (priced at $59.99) is such a bargain. By signing up you also receive access to:

Join me in my home studio, and together, we’ll create Little Bird and Daisies, a cheerful little quilt for your home or as a gift for a good friend.

Red Bird: Finishing Up

A first step in creating our Red Bird was to trim the sky fabric with a pinking blade or pinking shears.

The pinked edge of this fabric lends itself to a decorative finish. A finish perfect for the Fly Stitch.

As we complete the project, remember you can join the Red Bird Stitch-Along at any time. You’ll find complete directions for it and many other free projects on the Tutorials page.

Step #8

  • Center the sky fabric on the background fabric. Stitch tack into place.
  • Stitch Fly Stitches following the pinked edge of the sky fabric while attaching it to the backing fabric. Use a size 8 pearl cotton thread (like Lime Frappe).
  • Remove the tacking stitches.
  • Stitch French Knots inside each Fly Stitch on the border. Use a size 12 pearl cotton thread (like Red Hots).
  • Trim the background fabric to within 1/4″ of each edge of the sky fabric.
Red Bird by Laura Wasilowski

I’d love to see your version of Red Bird. Send an image to me at laura@ artfabrik.com. Thanks for joining me!