Art with Fabric Blog Hop

Hi and welcome to my day on the Art with Fabric Blog Hop! I have to admit that I struggled with this one.

We were to do an art piece inspired by a female artist, and although I’d admire quite a few I couldn’t find the one that would inspire me. So for months I kept sketching until one night as I was falling asleep I thought of Laura Wasalowski, a famous art quilter. With Laura's permission, I include here a few examples of her work. (These are photos I took of her recent PowerPoint presentation at our Guild--for photos of her actual quilts, please visit her website. It's so filled with eye candy, I guarantee it'll be worth the visit!)

I hadn’t wanted to use another quilter as an inspiration, but just thinking of Laura's fun, vibrant quilts set my mind to racing and I soon had a sketch for a new quilt.

I wanted to mimic Laura’s use of bright colors and rolling edges but in the end I decided my quilt didn’t want that. Instead, I concentrated on Laura's sense of whimsy and use of common subjects. I’ve taken a workshop from Laura the last time she visited our Guild and I simply love her warmth and sense of humor. In fact, she visited my Guild again recently and that may have been why she was on my mind. Anyway, I’m calling this quilt “To Be a Bird” because it inspired my flight of fancy.

To make the quilt, I started with a background that I pillowcase-finished and then quilted. I figured it would be easier if the background was quilted before I started adding the applique.

Next I added the tree branches and stitched them down. Again, I was thinking it would be easier to stitch the branches down first, before adding the birds. It would also give me a visual landscape in which my birds could live.

Now I was free to design my fanciful birds. As I said, I originally invisioned brightly colored wonky birds, but somehow I wanted semi-realistic. Can you tell what birds inspired me?

Here are the quilt details:

To Be a Bird
13” x 17”
Fabrics: Various fabric scraps
Fusible: Heat N Bond
Background Quilting Thread: Sulky 40 wt. variegated #2104 Pastel Blues
Applique Thread: Sulky 40 wt. #1025 Mine Gold, #1065 Orange Yellow, #1135 Pastel Yellow, #1137 Yellow Orange, #1103 Dark Khaki, #1156 Light Army Green, #1169 Bayberry Red, #1057 Dark Tawny Tan, #1020 Dark Peach; Gutermann 40 wt #7850 Apple Green, #7544 Very Dark Turquoise, #410 Scarlet; Mettler 60 wt #3 Black, 40 wt #692 Stone, 30 wt Apple Green; Wonderfil Invisifil 100 wt #711 Pure Orange; Aurifil 50 wt #2024 White
Batting: Warm and White

Thanks to Alida @ Tweety Loves Quilting for hosting the hop. Please visit today’s other participants:

Renee @Quilts of a Feather

Kat @ Kat Knap Crafts

Jennifer @ Inquiring Quilter (that’s me!)

Carol:  @ Quilted Fabric Art

The Art from Fabric blog hop continues through tomorrow. Click here to see a list of all participants. And if you ever get a chance to take a workshop from Laura, I highly recommend it. She's warm, funny, kind, and innovative--all the things you'd ever want in a quilt teacher!

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