Tiny Homes Make Me Happy!

Tiny Homes #3 by Laura Wasilowski

This quilt is an example made for my online class at Quilter’s Affair called Tiny Homes. I demonstrated how to construct the quilt top in the class but not how to add the hand embroidery. That came later after all the filming was “in the can” as they say.

Tiny Home #3 (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

An advantage of my teaching an online class is that I spend less time lugging luggage and racing through airports. That means I have more time to stitch quilts like Tiny Homes #3. So I’m enjoying my summer of relaxation by adding hand embroidery to quilts and free-form embroidery designs. I hope you’re enjoying a relaxing day too!

Teaching Myself a Lesson

Housing Department #29 by Laura Wasilowski

Housing Department #29 was made for an online class I’m teaching at Quilter’s Affair this week. The filming for the class took place months ago and I’m now reviewing the final videos that the students will see.

And in seeing the videos again, I’ve taught myself a lesson. What have I learned?

  • I have learned that I give my students a lot more information in an online class than if I present the course in person.
  • Students get a close-up view of the construction process. They don’t have to squint from the back row of the classroom to see the examples.
  • They can rewind and see a lesson over and over again rather than hear directions once and be expected to execute a step.
  • They can work at their own pace and not feel rushed by their neighbors’ progress or the clock on the wall.
  • Students have access to their own tools and work in their own space.
  • I can show multiple examples of how to make a design describing the construction in more detail.
  • And I can show the entire process of adding hand embroidery to a design rather than just giving a quick description of stitching a fused quilt at the end of class.

I’m really happy that I made these online classes for my Quilter’s Affair students. It’s a good feeling knowing that I’ve given my all in preparing for the classes.

Stitch Tip #10: Combine the Lazy Daisy and Straight Stitches

Our mischievous bird in the On Pins and Needles project from Playful Free-Form Embroidery owes his fancy attire to a simple embroidery stitch combination. From tail to the wing to crest, it’s this decorative stitch combination that makes him a pretty bird.

Today’s Stitch Tip: Combine the Lazy Daisy and Straight Stitches

Your first step is to make a lazy daisy stitch with a relaxed, open loop. You need this space for the second step.

Once all your lazy daisy stitches are in place, choose a different thread color and make a straight stitch inside the daisy loop to fill in the loop. This simple stitch combination is an easy way to add a decorative finish to your hand embroidery.