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.

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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.

Stitch Evolution

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Free-motion stitching detail, Penelope’s Art, 1995

Believe it or not, at one time I made pieced quilts. And soon discovered that I was no good at it. Then I discovered pictorial quilts made with fusing. Yipee!  I also realized that free-motion machine stitching looked best on that type of quilt. So around 1993 I started to learn how to do free motion stitching on my sewing machine.

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Free-motion stitching detail, Blue Chip Chair, 2005

About 10 years later, I finally perfected one stitch pattern, the MEMEME. Or so I thought. Sure my stitches were inconsistent in length and jumped all over the place. But the MEMEME was so usable on pictorial quilts with all those odd shapes and nooks and crannies.

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Free- motion stitching detail, Color Chip Collage #6, 2015

About 20 years after first attaching a free-motion foot to my sewing machine, I’m still trying to figure it out. My friend Frieda says it’s practice, practice, practice. I say if I don’t see any improvement in the next 10 years, I’m giving up.