A Quilt Museum for You

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Via Chair Mail (1997) by Laura Wasilowski

The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2017. It also celebrated a gift of 87 art quilts, donated by Marvin Fletcher and his late wife Hilary. It is known as the Marbaum Collection and I am so happy that my work, Via Chair Mail is included in this generous gift!
 
colorchipcollage3This particular version from my blue chair series is made from “random acts of fusing”.  After creating a piece of fused artwork, I save all the cut-a-ways or confetti fabrics from making the work and construct collaged fabrics in sheets. As more projects are completed, more fabric is added and the sheets eventually document the art I make. Like a journal, I can “read” the fabric collages and reminisce about the art I’ve made and events in my life during the construction.
 
Having my art work purchased by Hillary and Marvin Fletcher and in the care of the Marbaum Collection is an honor. Their support of the quilt as an art form lightens my heart and gives me great delight. I am so fortunate my art work travels around the world with their collection. This piece travels Via Chair Mail.

 

Sold! And On It’s Way

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Young Forest (25″ w x 36″ h) by Laura Wasilowski

I’m happy to announce that this quilt, Young Forest, has been sold and is on it’s way to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. It joins a large collection of textile art that I hope to see there someday. Thank you for your support art collectors!

Nuthouse Birds

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Nuthouse #2 by Laura Wasilowski

My friend, Barb V., had a special request I could not refuse. She wanted to buy one of my completed quilts, Nuthouse #2. Isn’t it fun?

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But she asked if I could do what I love to do best……put a bird on it. So I did!

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Nuthouse #2 with Birds by Laura Wasilowski

In fact, I was enjoying myself so much I added 2 birds! Hope you like the quilt Barb!

At Last! Collected by THE Quilt Museum

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Tilty Town #4 by Laura Wasilowski

It is with great happiness that I announce that one of my pieces of art work is now in the permanent collection of the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY.  Sure, it’s a little thing (7″ x 10″) but it’s the little things in life that make us happy.

Tilty Town #4 was part of the SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) 25th annual traveling trunk show. It was chosen along with 49 other small quilts to reside at the Museum. What a thrill!

 

Do You Collect Art Quilts?

Do you have a collection of art quilts that you treasure? I own several made by those artists I admire. True, they are small but it gives me so much pleasure to view them. They are like little gems that condense the essence of design by that quilt artist.

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Kathy and my art quilts she has collected.

A few people have also collected my art. And I am very grateful that they have added the pieces to their collections. Here you see Kathy and the 3 pieces she has of my work. Thank you Kathy for bringing my art work into your home!

Commission Quilt: Squaring Up

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Bell Tower by Laura Wasilowski

When we last saw my commission quilt for the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, the bell town had just been completed. (Now cue scary music.) The delivery deadline looms! And as luck would have it, my time at the sewing machine is interrupted by several teaching trips.

commission51But I manage to squeeze in more free-motion stitching to the base of the bell tower as well as the bell tower itself. Free-motion stitching is sort of like sketching on the surface only with thread instead of a pencil. Once you’re in a rhythm, it’s very relaxing. (Unless there’s scary music playing.)

commission52All the machine work is complete and the quilt is squared up with a ruler and rotary cutter. (Well, actually they don’t do it on their own. I have to help them out.)  The quilt must measure exactly 48″ wide by 36″ high. So glad I added a few extra inches to the size of the quilt when I made the design. Machine stitching always shrinks the size just like puckering up for a kiss. (Cue romantic music here.)