Come See Me!

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Windy City #14 by Laura Wasilowski

This week you’ll find me and my latest art work hanging around the Artfabrik/Friestyle booth #1911 at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. Or as I like to call it the IQF.

There is so much to see and do at this giant quilt show. My favorite part is when friends appear in the booth (cause you know I’m trapped in the booth and don’t get out much). Hope you have time to stop on and visit us!

Packing for the Big Show

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Windy City #13 by Laura Wasilowski

It’s that time of year when I pack for the International Quilt Festival in Houston and forget something of great import. You can ask me what I forgot when visiting me in the Artfabrik/Friestyle Booth, #1911, next week.

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A Windy City Quilt

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Windy City #12 by Laura Wasilowski

Today I’m finishing up another house quilt from the Windy City series. I have a penchant for the theme of “houses” when making improvised art work. And each year I try to come up with a different name for the series of house quilts made during that year.

Have any ideas for titles of the 2019 house series? I’d love to hear them.

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Windy City #3 (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

If you’re into making house quilts too, you make want to consider donating one to Quilting Arts Magazine new reader challenge. Jamie Fingal’s “Heart of the Home” project provides a decorative “home” themed quilt to families and individuals who are transitioning from homelessness to a permanent residence.  You can read about it here.

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Windy City #6 (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

Now if you’ll excuse me. I must go sort through my many house quilts and find one to donate to the cause.

 

 

How to Build a Tiny Home

houseimprov2In today’s world there is a lot of talk about minimalism, cutting back, simplifying. So why not build a tiny home for your reduced lifestyle?

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Windy City #10 by Laura Wasilowski

In my Tiny Homes class we create little houses and place them in a cheerful neighborhood. There is no clutter or unused linen hanging around. Life is simple and sweet. I’ll be teaching Tiny Homes at the World Quilt New England in Manchester, NH in August. Here’s a link to a video so you can preview the class offering: click Tiny Homes Class. Please join me! 

It’s Freezing Here in the Windy City!

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Windy City #9  by Laura Wasilowski

I make a lot of quilts about houses. An architect may say I’m looking for the ideal structure. A psychiatrist may say I’m trying to return to the “womb”. I say I live near the Windy City and appreciate the shelter and warmth of a well made house when it’s freezing outside. No matter what the reason, I like making house quilts. Here’s one of the latest ones, Windy City #9. Looks warm to me.