• 11 fun and easy projects-make an assortment of whimsical houses with full-size templates
• Take your art quilts to the next level by hand quilting and embellishing in one step
• Learn how to make wavy bindings
Laura shows you how to make bright, cheerful fused appliqué quilts. Along the way, you'll discover 17 different hand stitches that add unique color and dimension, so you can tell a story with your work. You'll also love the small, take-along size of these projects.
Review Quilting Arts Magazine - April 1, 2011
Using hand embroidery to enliven your art quilts is the focus in this new book by Laura wasilowski. In Fanciful Stitches, Colorful Quilts she encourages quilters to explore the many creative possibilities of embroidery to transform their artwork from "flat to fabulous." This is an excellent introducton to Wasilowski's techniques with step-by step instructions on how to create 11 striking house-themed projects combining fused applique with the simple hand stitching that makes her own work so vivacios. Readers will appreciate the inclusion of full -sized templates and easy to follow construction and stitch plans. Wasilowski also specifies how to create the 17 different hand stitches she presents along with helpful information on choosing wieghts of thread and selecting and positioning stitches to showcase a compositon and tell a story. In-depth tutorials detailing the strip-fusing process, hassle- free pattern transfer method, and steps to create wavy bindings ensure a successful and creative experience from start to finish. with so many options to add texture and color, and narrative to your work, this book provides the perfect opportunity for quilters of all levels to develope their embellishment skills and bring their art quilts to life.
Review American Quilt Retailer - May 1, 2011
Fanciful Stitches, Colorful Quilts by Laura Wasilowski ( C&T Publishing) is full of colorful quilts with, of course, fanciful stitches that are a pleasant combination of embroidery and quilting. There are 11 projects and detailed information of the materials and techniques needed to accomplish this fanciful folk-art style. Handwork is a soothing style which will always have a following with both new and experienced sewers alike.
Review The Needlecraft Shelf - May 25, 2011
Laura Wasilowski's FANCIFUL STITCHES COLORFUL QUILTS (9781607050209, $19.95) packs in eleven fun projects to make a range of whimsical houses with full-size templates. Patterns pair with color photos of applique projects that can be embroidered by hand, with construction and stitch plans making each project a snap. Highly recommended for any interested in adding color and intrigue to a quilting project.
Review Fabrications: Quilting for You - August 1, 2011
“One little hand embroidery stitch on a quilt brings it to life because simple hand stitches enhance fabric surfaces by adding texture, colour, pattern, definition and excitement. Here are 11 fun and easy projects for making whimsical houses using the full-size templates provided. A directory of hand stitches is also provided to get you started.”
Review Machine Quilting Unlimited Magazine - January 1, 2012
“Laura's easily recognizable style is well beloved by the quilting community and beyond. Learn how she constructs her whimsical and delightful art works, and then embellishes them with colorful hand quilted stitches. Eleven fun and easy patterns for fanciful projects are included to get you started.”