My pal Laura Wasilowski has a new book out! Fanciful Stitches and Colorful Quilts. As you know, I'm a big fan of hand stitching and this book not only gives you some instructions for easy, effective embroidery stitches, but clearly proves that hand stitching adds so much to a quilt! Look at all the yummy stitches on Laura's quilt below!
|Laura Wasilowski fused quilt with hand stitching.|
The book includes 11 full size templates to make an assortment of whimsical houses, from houseboats, to tree houses, to windmills.
TRUE CONFESSION: And even though I have taught art quilts for the last 6 years, to hundreds of people, I really wasn't clear on fusing till I read Laura's instructions in the book. I know. embarrassing huh? This book has taught me the importance of release paper!
And, I love Laura's hand dyed threads, and consider them a staple in my thread palette. (The cotton 12 is my fave)
1. I had the chance to ask Laura few questions:
J JL: Laura, I love that you dye threads and fabrics and sell them as part of your business. When did you start doing that, and how did it come about?LW: When you're a dyer you'll dye anything from shoelaces to underwear. So after a class long ago in dyeing varigated warps for weaving, I realized I was not a weaver. But the idea of hand dyeing thread for embroidery soon captured my imagination. The appeal is that the thread colors match with the brilliantly hand dyed fabrics I make. And the change of color within a skein adds movement and texture to surface of the quilt.
JL: How did you decide to focus on house shapes for this book? And how many books have you written?
LW: The theme of houses evolved from my small art quilt series called housing department. Here's my method of creating art. Pick a theme, make quilt after quilt based upon that theme and then you don't have to think of an idea for a long time.
Fanciful Stitches, Colorful Quilts is my third and most favorite book.
And since it's give-away city here at JaneVille this week, you can win a copy of Laura's new book, Fanciful Stitches, Colorful Stitches. Leave a comment for a chance to win--and just for fun tell me what would be the theme of your house quilt. I'll choose a random winner on Monday, May 2. (Sorry, but just North American addresses are eligible.)