Pattern Premier at Paducah

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Using a Size 12 Sunflowers thread for the Blanket Stitch around the house.

As you may have guessed, my new quilt pattern premiering at the AQS Show in Paducah is a house quilt. Why? Because I like houses and live in one just like this.

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Going Home by Laura Wasilowski is a new pattern.

It is called Going Home. It is for all you mothers who have an older child who returns home to live with you for a while. And then sadly, leaves home and you no longer have a cook. Here’s where you can get your own pattern and kit to make a Going Home quilt.

Last Minute Laura

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Using a Size 12 Sunflowers thread to make a Blanket Stitch around the hearts.

Just before leaving for the AQS Show in Paducah, KY, I had a brilliant idea. Why not develop another pattern for the Artfabrik booth? And like most of my brilliant ideas, I waited until the last moment. Just call me Last Minute Laura.

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Working the Fern Stitch on the leaves.

Here you see the beginning stages of the stitchery for the new pattern quilt. Can you guess what the quilt will look like? I’ll show you tomorrow. Don’t be late!

My Journey to the End of the World

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Seedpods #2 by Laura Wasilowski is on exhibit at the Southern Illinois Artisan Center through June 1, 2014.

Journey to the end of the world? Well not exactly. My journey to the end of Illinois takes place today. The drive with all the Artfabrik booth stock for the AQS Show takes about 8 hours if you stop along the way for a little sight seeing. One of the sights to see is the Southern Illinois Artisan Center where they always have a terrific quilt exhibit. And this year they have a special exhibit called The Urge to Embellish. Can’t wait to see it!

Fuse the House Down

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Housing Department #7 by Laura Wasilowski

Would you like to be the Frank Lloyd Wright of fused architecture? Then please join me at my Tiny Homes class at the AQS Show in Paducah, KY this coming Wednesday. You will design your own dream home or maybe just a home you saw in a dream. True your home may not be structurally sound, but we’re not dealing in reality here. Hope to see you there!

Boxed and Ready

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Ready to go! Fabrics, threads, and patterns for the AQS show.

Does this look organized to you? Yes! Almost all of my boxes are filled and ready to drive to the AQS Show in Paducah KY next week. There are just a few details to take care of like what clothes to pack (one must look fashionable at these events).

And I have a new pattern to pack and reveal at the show! Don’t worry, you’ll be the first to see it.

A Dyeing Fool

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Left over dye stock.

At the end of a dye run for Artfabrik, I always have left over dyes. These extra dye stock colors are only good for a week or so before they start losing their potency. Don’t you hate it when things lose their potency?

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Fabric to iron…….arrrrrrgh!

I use those left over dyes for random acts of dyeing. Without a color scheme in mind, the dyes are dumped onto fabric and squished around. Here you see a load of randomly dyed fabrics ready for ironing. With any luck someone will iron them for the Artfabrik booth at the AQS Show in Paducah.