Felt Give Away!

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Felt Like Gardening #5 by Laura Wasilowski

Thanks to the students in my Felt Like Gardening class in Houston last year, I have diminished my piles. Piles of felt cut-aways that is.

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Felt Like Gardening #1

You see, many years ago I purchased stacks of colorful wool felt from Commonwealth Felt. The rich colors and ease of stitching the felt by hand seduced me. But alas, I work small with few of my felt creations exceeding 12″ x 12″. Soon I realized I’d never use all the felt I had in my stash.

feltscrapsSo I taught a class with the felt and gave away stacks of felt cut-aways, the parts left over from cutting shapes for the class. But there are more cut-aways to be rid of! That’s why I’m giving away a set of felt cut-aways to 2 lucky winners. Just leave a comment and we will randomly pick the lucky recipients. And thank you for helping me with my piles.

Chicago School of Fusing Diploma Now Available!

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Rowenta Sports Arena at the Chicago School of Fusing

Congratulations upon your graduation from the Chicago School of Fusing! That’s what I always say to my students when they complete one of my fusing classes.

And there are many recent graduate to congratulate. They all did beautiful work and I’m so grateful that they took a class with me at the IQF show in Houston or through their local guild.

chicago-school-certSo, in honor of all the graduates out there who wish a diploma to hang proudly in their studio or office, here’s a PDF that you can print out. (Thank you Judy K for this great design!) Press on!

Frantically Designing a New Class

libbysleavesnumber3detailbDon’t tell anyone, but I’m not quite prepared for a new class I’m teaching at the International Quilt Festival. My new class, Libby’s Leaves, premiers on Friday, November 1.

It’s not like I haven’t been thinking a lot about how to present the class. It’s just that I don’t have is a finished quilt to show the class.

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Libby’s Leaves by Laura Wasilowski

See the original Libby’s Leaves quilt (above) that the class is based upon has been sold. And, making it a rule to never replicate a quilt design, I have to invent a new design in the spirit of the original. It also has to be something that illustrates the construction methods of the design. Plus I need step-outs and an outline for teaching the class.

So as I scramble to catch up with my ambitions, I ask that you wish me luck.

And again, please don’t tell anyone.

State of the Studio: Packing

packingIt’s that time of year when packing up for the Houston show consumes two weeks of October. This year I’m teaching 5 (!) classes with each class of 30 people requiring a kit. Here you see kit preparation for class #366, Felt Like Gardening. 

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Felt Like Gardening #3 by Laura Wasilowski

This class is the most labor intensive kit. I’ve cut about 100 pre-cut felt shapes for each student to use in their creations, loaded thread rings with hand-dyed threads, cut felt for the backgrounds, and printed my booklets with embroidery stitch information. Sigh…….

And I’m giving one lecture called Art Quilts: The Musical on October 31 at 10 am. As this date also coincides with Halloween, you can expect a scary yet sweet production about quilt making.

Where’s Your Nut House?

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Nut House #1 by Laura Wasilowski

I love teaching locally. No flights to catch, no planes to board, no stress. Just a calm ride through the countryside to visit with a local guild like the Racine Lighthouse Quilters Guild in Wisconsin.

You’ll find me there next week where I’m teaching Another Nut House (designs based upon actual experience.)

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Nut House #3 (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

In this fun workshop students begin with a basic acorn pattern and end up improvising their own house designs. You never know where their imaginations will lead!

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Nut House #4 by Laura Wasilowski

Would you like to see what this class is all about? Here’s a link to a video so you can preview the class offering: click Another Nut House.

We Interrupt….

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Spring Blooms #10 by Laura Wasilowski

OK, a quick interruption of the improv on wool project I’ve been showing you. Why? Because my progress is being interrupted by that four letter word- WORK.

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Spring Blooms #11 by Laura Wasilowski

Yes, I’m off to teach my Woven Flower Basket Quilts class in several locations and I’ve discovered that I don’t have any examples to show my students. Well, I have the step-outs, examples of the process for making the quilts. But I don’t have any finished pieces to show. (Happily all the finished work has been sold!)

So we interrupt our previous wool stitch project to create more flower basket quilts. These two are hot off the press and I must admit I enjoyed making each one.