Saturday, July 14, 2012

New Art Flying in: Birdland #5

Birdland #5 by Laura Wasilowski
Does this seem familiar? Again, one of the step-outs from my book Fanciful Stitches, Colorful Quilts is re-purposed to create Birdland #5. Don't get the wrong idea. Not everything I make ends up in finished quilt form. There are galaxies of UFO's sitting around my studio that will never take flight.

And speaking of UFO's. Is that giant bird approaching at a fast clip or what?


Nanci said...

Good Morning. Found this site while searching for a problem with my HeatnBond fusible web that is a problem with sewing through the fabric. The thread keeps breaking every 20 stitches or so. I am using a top stitch, have used the product before, but this time, I cannot sew with it. Can you help me with this?
I was wondering if I soaked the block if it would take some of the glue off, then soften the block.

Gene Black said...

I am thinking that Nanci used the HeatnBond ultra (no sew) I made that mistake once. You just can't sew through that stuff!

As for the bird, it finished off the cat and is now back looking for Timmy again! Those giant birds are dangerous - hide all the children.

Laura Wasilowski said...

Hi Nanci,
Its my theory that Heat and Bond isn't for quilt fabrics. I always recommend Wonder Under #805.
As for your quilt, It maybe that you applied too much heat to the fabric and burned the glue into the fabric making it very stiff. You could try steaming it to make the glue more pliable. But other than that there is little you can do. Soaking it won't help. It's a permanent glue. 
Best wishes,

Cornwoman said...

It's a good thing that SuperBird looks friendly! Otherwise I'd be running away from it in fear for my life! lol

Nanci, I used Heat 'n Bond Lite for a BOM and fused 6 blocks that I really liked with great fabric, following the directions exactly. I tried all 3 of my sewing machines and not one of them could go more than a couple of stitches without skipping or not being able to form the stitches. Nothing that I tried made it any better, and it was gumming up my machine something fierce. So despite how much I loved the fabrics and the blocks, I finally ended up having to throw them away because the attempts to stitch them had made a mess of them. Had I to do it over again I would use either the Wonder Under #805 that Laura or Frieda recommends, or Steam-A-Seam 2 Lite,

WoolenSails said...

Love the whimsey and the bright colors, add the stitches and you have a wonderful piece.