Sunday, March 19, 2017

Out on a Limb

My quilt guild hosted Laura Wasilowski recently.  She gave a very entertaining lecture to a full house and spent two days teaching workshops.  Her designs are free-form, whimsical art quilts--not my usual style.  But it's always good to try something new from time to time.  Behold, "Out on a Limb":

Laura kept the class moving at a comfortable pace, providing step-by-step instructions for designing our own "nut house".  Everyone enjoyed making their own design, though those of us accustomed to following a pattern precisely felt a bit lost at having to just cut shapes free-form.  We got over it and everyone created their own piece of art.  Here are some of the inspirations Laura provided:

Now it's on to the hand embroidery--something I find slow going.  But it's a good task for the evening in front of the TV.  More embroidery inspiration:

Today I started the Long Time Gone Sew-A-Long--a quilt pattern designed by Jen Kingwell.  The Sew-A-Long can be found here:  Gnome Angel.. It is a collaboration of several people: Jen Kingwell,  Angie Wilson, Nicole Calver, and Marti Michell, I stumbled across Angie's blog about it starting March 15 and the timing was perfect for me.  It will be finished by late July, assuming I keep up each week.  Bow Tie Blocks:

Now it's back to the curved flying geese for the Halo Star Medallion Quilt.  I am pleased to say I can sew those curves without too much trouble.  Photos April 1 when the pattern goes live on The Quilt Show.  If you are a Star member of The Quilt show, the pattern is FREE--see it here--it is a wonderful Block of the Month designed by Sue Garman.

Let's Quilt!



  1. I imagine you had a few laughs in the workshops too.

  2. Out on a Limb is such a cute idea! I know I would struggle with that, though. I don't follow patterns exactly, but I struggle with free-form stuff.

  3. I hope Laura sang the Chicago School of Fusing Fight Song!

  4. I saw a lecture by Laura and she was quite entertaining! Its fun to try something new even if you don't love it.