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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SAQA Trunk Show Anyone?

songbird6detailFor years I’ve been a proud member of SAQA, the Studio Art Quilt Associates. The SAQA mission is to  “promote the art quilt through education, exhibitions, professional development, documentation, and publications.”

songbird6detail2A collection of over 400 small art quilts (measuring 7″ wide by 10″ high) created by SAQA members is being assembled for the annual traveling Trunk Show. My contribution is Songbird #6.  Made from a small quilt used as a sample for an old class, it was recycled into a new design. How, you ask? By putting a bird on it, of course!

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Songbird #6 by Laura Wasilowski

The Trunk Show is first seen at the SAQA Conference, April 27 – 30, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Then it is divided into 8 exhibits that travel the world for up to 3 years. I hope you get to see it somewhere!

Going to Grand Rapids?

Young Forest #5 by Laura Wasilowski

Young Forest #5 by Laura Wasilowski

This summer, three of SAQA’s art quilt exhibits can be found in Grand Rapid, MI. Both Seasonal Palette and Food for Thought will be on display at the newly renovated Gerald R. Ford Museum from July 1 through August 31st. The exhibit, People & Portraits will be on view as part of AQS Quilt Week in Grand Rapids from August 10-13.

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Young Forest #5 (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

Sadly, this is your last chance to see Seasonal Palette. But happily my quilt, Young Forest #5, is part of this exhibit. I’m told this is one of SAQA’s most popular exhibitions having been viewed by over 100,000 people around the globe.