Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Thawing Out in Decatur

Autumn Leaves by Laura Wasilowski
It was a chilly drive to Decatur IL. But the quilters of the Decatur Quilters' Guild have given me a warm welcome. This morning is the lecture, Art Quilts: The Musical, where the guild members will thaw out, endure my goofy songs, and watch a slide show of bright quilts before getting any cookies.
Leaf Fall #5 by Laura Wasilowski
The half-day workshop is Colorful Leaves. Each student designs their own leaf pattern and then converts it into fused fabrics. They shall be stunned and amazed! That is if they aren't frozen to the ironing board. It's cold in Illinois!


Maggie Szafranski said...

See ya later!

WoolenSails said...

I think it is cold everywhere, turn to ice the minute I stepped out, lol. Good day to stay inside and have fun creating.


Beth said...

It sure is cold here. But I think that makes it a great day to hear your funny songs and see you happy quilts.
Wish I was there.

Jevne said...

Is Pellon 805 the lightest weight fusible web? I have trouble stitching through it and it's so stiff.

liniecat said...

Love the rich and bright colours you use Laura!

Laura Wasilowski said...

Hi Jevne,
Actually Misty Fuse is the lightest weight fusible web I've found. But it doesn't come with release paper. You need parchment paper or silicone release paper to transfer it to the fabric.  Pellon Wonder Under #805 comes with paper and is a little more dense than Misty Fuse. 

Your fabric may be stiff because you've applied too much heat for too long to the fused fabric burning the glue into the fabric. Just fuse tack fused elements for a few seconds to hold them into place. When you are finished with the design, steam set the glue for 10 seconds in each spot. The steam sets the glue making it bond tightly and also softens the hand of the fabric.
Hope this helps!