Studio Changes and Foreign Travel

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Sewing studio before

In a spurt of energy I’ve rearranged my sewing studio. With only one sewing machine (my trusty BERNINA 750 QE), I realize I only need one sewing table.

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Sewing studio after.

So I’ve placed the odd table against the wall and freed up a bunch of floor space. (Floor space for visiting grandchildren to set up a train set.) It looks very neat but don’t be deceived. Soon it will be a mess and a small locomotive with a small conductor will take over the room.

germanmagazinecoverAnd while I stay home and rearrange my studio, my quilts have been traveling to other lands. One quilt on the move is Arm Chair Gardener featured on the cover of Quilt & Textilkunst Patchwork Professional, a German quilt magazine. My high school German is very rusty but the article about my work is nicely illustrated. What an honor to be included in this lovely magazine!

Visit this Fun Place!

studiodyetableThere is a really fun website you need to visit called Create Whimsy. Currently it has a post showing some of my work, an in depth interview, and  images of my studio. (I even cleaned up the dyeing space so you can get an idea of how neat I can be. Ha!)

Create Whimsy features other interviews with artists about how they create. It’s fascinating to see their work. Give it a look see. I know you’ll enjoy it!

 

People and Portraits Give Away

AQP CoverIt gives me a warm fuzzy feeling to peruse this book, Art Quilt Portfolio: People and Portraits by Martha Sielman. Why? Because the art quilts are so wonderful and I’m proud to know some of the artists in the book like Maria Elkins (her quilt is on the cover above.)

People and Portraits (also available from SAQA) is a lush book, full of strong art work. A visual binge of art quilts, if you will. The 21 featured artists use a variety of techniques and materials and styles. You’ll enjoy the interviews with the artists and Martha’s intro too. There is also work by an additional 100+ artists in the Gallery section. So everyone is happy!

Would you like to win this book? Lark Books has kindly offered to give one away to one of my blog readers today. Please leave a comment on the blog (today only) and you may be the lucky winner!

At Last, a Matchmaking Site for Quilt Teachers

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Betty’s Bloomer #20 by Laura Wasilowski. Sharing is good.

I’ve just discovered The Quilter’s Calendar – it’s a site for quilt teachers and guilds to find each other. It’s like a matchmaking site for traveling quilt teachers like me and guilds like yours that want to share my lovely presence.

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Betty’s Bloomers #20 (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

When I visit a guild, it’s nice to add another group in that same area. Then I only have to get on the airplane once to get there and once to get home. (I know this disappoints the airline industry but it makes me happy.) So check out the Quilter’s Calendar schedule and see where all your favorite teachers are this month.

A Rare Find

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Pressing Matters by Laura Wasilowski

There is a rarity in the quilt world you need to know about. Her name is Sherida and she writes for the Daily Sentinel  Newspaper in Grand Junction CO. Some may think that writing about quilting is as dull as oatmeal on a winter’s day. But her insightful articles are refreshing and well researched. It is not often that you find someone with an engaging way of chronicling a soft-spoken hobby like quilt making. We need accomplished writers like Sherida to record and document our quilt world.  We are lucky to have her.

You can read her recent article about the demise of the Monopoly iron token here.

Joyful Heart #22 by Laura Wasilowski

Don’t you like the idea of taking a very simple image, like a heart, and making it into to something fun?  Try hand stitchery. Hand stitching really transformed the surface of this quilt from something ordinary to something full of texture. Gotta love that hand embroidery!

Joyful Heart #22 by Laura Wasilowski

If you’d like to see more, here’s a set of free ebooks from Quilting Arts Magazine . Included is one of my articles (you do have to enter your email address to get the books.) There you’ll find How to Transform a Quilt with Hand Stitching by yours truly. Hope you enjoy it!