Where I’m Teaching This Year

I Can’t Give Up My Teaching Ways!

For the past year, the best way to teach my students was online with Creative Spark classes. But happily, I have one last live gig to attend in person. It’s my favorite teaching venue- Quilters’ Affair in Sister, Oregon.

Quilter’s Affair takes place July 4 through July 9 this year. It’s an opportunity to learn from a wonderful group of teachers. On Saturday, after a week of invigorating classes, the largest outdoor quilt show takes place. Join us and feast your eyes on quilts displayed around the charming town of Sisters.

Tiny Homes #3 by Laura Wasilowski

I’ll be teaching four classes: Libby’s Leaves, Free-Form Embroidery on Wool and Felt, Put a Bird on It, and my favorite Tiny Homes. I hope you will join me for this event. Family obligations have kept me from traveling to teach for a few years, but I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to be with you at Quilters’ Affair.

An Embroidery Give-Away

One of the embroidery techniques used in my new online class, Fused Art Quilts: Tiny Homes, is repetition of a stitch. Like the cross-stitches, straight stitches, and blanket stitches in the fields above, repeating a stitch builds pattern across the surface of fabric.

And I’m happy to report that Christen Brown, author of the Hand Embroidery Dictionary, agrees with me! Here’s a page from Christen’s new book. It shows how she uses my hand-dyed threads to make netted and laced stitches for patterning on fabric.

Her new book, Hand Embroidery Dictionary, shows diagrams on how to make over 500 embroidery stitches. Detailed illustrations show colorful variations and suggest how you might use the stitches in your artwork.

Win Christen’s New Book!

Would you like to win an eBook version of Christen Brown’s Hand Embroidery Dictionary?

Leave a comment below and you may be the lucky winner.

The giveaway for the free eBook, Hand Embroidery Dictionary, will close on Saturday, Sept. 26 at midnight. Winner of the eBook prize will be notified by email within one week of the giveaway closing. 

Fusing Rules and a Winner!

The Chicago School of Fusing Rowenta Sports Arena

Be Tacky!

One of the fusing rules I repeat often in my new online class, Fused Art Quilts: Tiny Homes, is fuse tacking. What’s that, you ask?

Fuse tacking is adding just a small amount of heat from the iron for a short amount of time to fused fabrics together. Fusible web is a heat activated glue and too much heat for too long of a time burns the glue into the fabric. Over fused fabric becomes stiff, it’s difficult to stitch and may fall off the design.

So be tacky! Fuse tack your fabric shapes into place when designing your composition.

You can learn even more about creating art quilts by joining my online class on Creative Spark, Fused Art Quilts: Tiny Homes.

And be sure to stay tuned for giveaways as I celebrate the opening of my new class. The winner of our first giveaway, this coveted T-shirt, is….. Liz K.

Congratulations Liz. Press on!