Hanging Two Ways


Seedpods #1 by Laura Wasilowski

It is said that a single seed may lead to a thousand forests. While making Seedpods #1, I reflected upon how a simple act can change the world, and how one word of kindness can plant the seed for a lifetime of happiness.



Creating Seedpods #1 was so engrossing I never considered which way to hang the design. Should it go horizontally or vertically? The orientation may depend upon the space where it is on display and how you feel about the design.

So I’ve come up with a solution for art quilts of this disposition. Hang it two ways!

It requires two hanging sleeves on the back. One sleeve is for a rod to hang it in a horizontal position. The second sleeve is used to hang it vertically.

sleevesforquiltHere’s how I hand stitch them to the back of the quilts. See that miter at the corner where the two sleeves meet? Now a rod can slip into either sleeve and change the orientation.

Read more about Seedpods #1 here if you’d like to add this versatile artwork to your collection.

What Foot to Use for Collage Stitching

Welcome to my studio! I make fused art quilts with free-motion machine quilting. Every inch of the colorful fabrics used in my designs is covered with fusible web. And, as a precaution, I fuse more fabric than necessary to construct a new design.

This means I have lots of cut-aways or left over fused fabrics. I save these fabrics. Once fusible web is on a fabric, you can use it today or years from now. These oddly shaped fabrics also give me a palette of pre-fused colors to improvise with and often trigger new quilt ideas.

When I’m in a tidy-up mood, I like to build collages from my fused fabric scraps and use them in “color chip” quilts. Art quilts made with these chips have a lot of movement and cheerful color. But there is a trick to the free-motion stitching on this type of collage quilt made with many small snips of fabric. 

Here’s how I prepare my Bernina 750QE sewing machine for free-motion quilting on a collage quilt. (You may have to adapt the instructions to your machine.)

  • Drop the feed dogs on your machine.
  • Insert a straight stitch needle plate
  • Use a size 40 thread in the bobbin and top in your choice of color.
  • Use a chrome coated embroidery needle (best for fused fabrics). Size 14/90 recommended.
  • Use a closed quilting foot.

Why use this type of quilting foot? This foot has a wide, clear sole so you can see where you’re stitching. But most importantly, it is a closed foot. There are lots of raw edges on the fused collage you are stitching. These fabric edges can catch on the prongs of an open presser foot.

But with the closed quilting foot, the foot glides across the fabric surface and keeps those fabric edges flat as you stitch. Free-motion stitching with the closed quilting foot is slick and easy.

The Cheer is Here!

Time to create gifts, decor, and more with holiday flair! Join other instructors and me in a virtual extravaganza of crafting workshops on November 12. In the Handmade Holiday Bazaar on Creative Spark, you’ll learn how to make festive, unique handmade gifts. And remember to use this coupon code, laurahhb22 and save $20 on your purchase.

You ask what festive gifts am I’m presenting? I’ll show you how to create 3 tiny homes quilts like the Poinsetta House above. Make them as a gift or, like me, keep them for yourself.

The 3 fused quilts are easy to make and measure about 12″ x12″. Watch as I create the quilt and then download the instructions and patterns to make your own.

The good part about joining the Handmade Holiday Bazaar is that when you sign up, you can watch live and chat with me. Or watch recorded sessions of my presentation and the other presenters later. There is no expiration to your access.

Besides the Poinsettia House, I’ll show you how to make the Star of David House, and the Snowflake House. Oh! I’m feeling so festive!

Remember to click here and SAVE $20 when you use this coupon code: laurahhb22

So join me on November 12 from 9am to 1:30 pm Pacific time. Sign up and you can watch live then or later in the recorded version with no expiration. Handmade Holiday Bazaar has over 10 hours of instruction, 12+ projects with pattern downloads to keep, giveaways, and a festive virtual swag bag.