Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Thread-u-cation Thursdays: Fast and Slow

A few weeks ago I showed you a video of this little quilt, Kay's Bouquets #12 in progress. Now it is complete and has a new name. One of my favorite things about making a fused art quilt is that it is fast and easy. Because the little quilt is made from pre-fused fabric scraps, the design evolves quickly and is improvised on the spot.

When I compare the speed of creating the fused quilt top with the hours of making stitch choices, thread color decisions, and actually stitching the quilt, I am amazed at how much time I spend on the hand embroidery. And, I'm amazed at how much I enjoy this strange combination of speed (fusing) and slowness (stitching). Like sugar and salt, a tasty combination.


sophie said...

The stitching is lovely. Is the piece quilted with the embroidery thread and stitching? Is there any additional traditional quilting?

Laura Wasilowski said...

Hi Sophie,
Thank you for commenting on my blog!
The little quilt is just hand embroidered. None of the stitches go all the way through the quilt to the backing fabric. Inside is batting and Timtex. It's the Timtex that gives it a nice flat finish and the curvy edges.

Kay Koeper Sorensen said...

I continue to delight in seeing each and every piece and stitching technique you share.

susan m hinckley said...

I love your Threaducation Thursdays, Laura -- and this time I particularly loved your comparison to sugar and salt. I'd like to add more speedy to my particular brand of work -- although I delight in the slow, I think it would be good for me to spice things up. Thanks for the inspiration!