A Windy City Quilt

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Windy City #12 by Laura Wasilowski

Today I’m finishing up another house quilt from the Windy City series. I have a penchant for the theme of “houses” when making improvised art work. And each year I try to come up with a different name for the series of house quilts made during that year.

Have any ideas for titles of the 2019 house series? I’d love to hear them.

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Windy City #3 (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

If you’re into making house quilts too, you make want to consider donating one to Quilting Arts Magazine new reader challenge. Jamie Fingal’s “Heart of the Home” project provides a decorative “home” themed quilt to families and individuals who are transitioning from homelessness to a permanent residence.  You can read about it here.

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Windy City #6 (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

Now if you’ll excuse me. I must go sort through my many house quilts and find one to donate to the cause.

 

 

With a Light Heart

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With a Light Heart by Laura Wasilowski

Soon I’ll be packing my bags to teach in Sisters, OR. Sisters is the home of the largest outdoor quilt festival in the nation called Quilters Affair.

One of the many activities at the show is the opportunity to bid on art work by donors for the charity, Wish Upon a Card. My donation this year, With a Light Heart, measures about  4″ x 6″ and is free- form hand embroidered on wool. Loved making it, love that it’s helping out someone in need, and love that it will go to a good home.

Here is a quick video about this little free-form embroidery. Enjoy!

Windy City on the Move

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Windy City #2 (4″x 6″) by Laura Wasilowski

Windy City #2 is finished and ready to ship off to Wish Upon a Card. The next time I’ll see it will be in Sisters, OR. From July 3 – 7 I’m teaching 5 different workshops at Quilter’s Affair.

My return to Sisters will be a grand reunion. Not only will I see this little quilt framed and ready for auction but many friends attend the event too. (They will not be framed.) Good times! 

Stitch the House Down!

windycity2cThe stitching on my little house quilt is racing right along. And that’s good because the deadline for its donation to Wish Upon a Card is coming up soon. Never let it be said that I am a procrastinator. OK, you can say it. Because it’s true.

windycity2dYou’ll recognize many of the embroidery stitches I’m using from my Thread-u-cation Tutorials. I’m especially liking the Fly Stitch around the pinked edge of the tree. A few more stitches and Windy City #2 will be finished and off to Sisters, OR.

 

 

 

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A New Series and Wishing

windycity2aOne of the many activities at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, OR is the opportunity to bid on art work by donors for Wish Upon a Card. Here is the start of my donation quilt for this year, Windy City #2.

windycity2bEach year I try to come up with a different name for my house quilts. And since I live near Chicago, Windy City seemed like the perfect name for a new series. This is a small piece (4″ x 6″) made with fused fabrics and hand embroidered. Soon it will be finished and off to the framers. Next time I see it will be in Sisters!

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A Wish to Give Away

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Bird on a Branch #5 by Laura Wasilowski

Today I’m teaching at the Quilter’s Affair Show in Sisters, OR. You may know this venue as the little town that puts on a huge one-day outdoor quilt exhibit. It draws thousands of visitors.

One of the many activities at the show is the opportunity to bid on art work by donors for Wish Upon a Card. (Click on this link for a really neat slide show of the all the artwork in the auction.) My donation this year, Bird on a Branch #5, measures 4″ x 6″ and is made of silk fabrics and hand stitched. Loved making it, love that it’s helping out someone in need, and love that it will go to a good home.