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.)

Commission Quilt: Ring a Ding Ding!

commission47Using the famous pattern transfer method for fused fabrics, the 3 bells are cut out. This hand-dyed silk has a finer jacquard weave to it than the other silks for my commission quilt. Don’t you love that brassy color?

commission48The structure for the top of the bell tower is floating in space like a pointy UFO. Time to fasten it to the earth with some skinny legs.

commission49The 1/2″ bias cut strips are place down the edges of the bell tower and across the bells. See that release paper slipped under the legs partway down? The release paper keeps that section of the legs from fusing to the back ground fabric. Why, you ask?

commission50It’s so I can slip 3 strips of fabric under the legs to connect the legs together. The 3 braces keep the bell tower steady during a stiff wind. Now that everything is in place, the entire bell tower is steam set to the background.

Whew! I need another much deserved break. Later I’ll show how I complete the quilt.