A Quick Gift for Friends

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Windy City #3 (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

How did this quilt become a gift for several friends? Through the miracle of Spoonflower. Spoonflower prints custom wallpaper, gift wrap, and most importantly fabric. Upload your own photos to their site and you can print yardage of that image on various types of fabric.

 

teatowels2Making a collage of my Windy City quilts, I printed the image in a repeat on tea towel fabric. The linen cotton canvas fabric is 54″ wide so I was able to get six tea towels out of two yards of fabric. Once the fabric is cut and hemmed I have gifts for friends. An easy way to share my art and dry a dish at the same time.

(An Update: Pat had asked for a link to the page of where to buy the tea towel fabric. Click here to purchased it directly from Spoonflower.)

Having Creative Friends

keiko1It’s always a delight to see what your creative friends are making. Here you see a sewing kit made by my friend, Keiko Goke. Keiko is an artist from Sendai, Japan who also teaches quilt making and designs fun fabric like this.

keiko3Don’t you love how she embroidered around the fabric shapes to decorate the sewing kit?

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Keiko and me

You can visit with Keiko at the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival each January. She has a booth at this huge quilting event in the Tokyo Dome selling her printed cotton quilting fabric. You can even enter the quilt show! Check out their website for more info.

The Big Sort

studio6This is my studio….. on a good day. Note how the well organized quilts are, rolled up on tubes and stacked in a cupboard alphabetically. Or not. Lets be honest. Most often I just throw them in the cupboard to the get them out of the way. And then when it comes time to prepare them for an exhibit I can’t find them and tear my hair out. 

Guess it’s time for the Big Sort.

quiltsforexhibitAfter 2 hours of quilt wrangling, I’ve sorted out the ones to set aside for the exhibit Natural Born Quilters. Famous quilters Emily Parson and Frieda Anderson and infamous quilter, myself, are having this special exhibit at the International Quilt Festival in Chicago. So glad I found them all!

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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!

Filming for Quilting Arts

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Color chip collage sample.

Today I’m off to Ohio to film 3 episodes for Quilting Arts TV with hostess, Susan Brubaker-Knapp. And I’m lucky one of those segments is with my friend, Frieda Anderson.

I’m doing a color chip collage thingie.

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More samples of a color chip collage.

Frieda has shown me her project. It is beautiful. It is elegant. It is sophisticated. Mine…. not so much. But I know we’ll have a great time and I’ll get o use up lots of fused fabric scraps! Will let you know how it goes.