One of the last steps in making a fused quilt is steaming the quilt top to batting. This sets the fabric shapes so the quilt top can be stitched by hand or machine. Always protect the fabric with a pressing cloth (available here) when steaming. Cause, as you know, irons are filthy things!
Arm Chair Gardener by Laura Wasilowski
This quilt, Arm Chair Gardener, is steam set and all the machine quilting is complete. Ready for an invitational exhibit called Journeys, it will travel Europe. Many of my “journeys” are experienced by reading a good book. So while this quilt tours Europe, I’ll be stuck at home reading a good travel book.
Windy City #3 (detail) by Laura Wasilowski
If you are in Houston for the International Quilt Festival this November, please check out my quilt Windy City #3. I’ve just shipped it off for it’s entry into the art miniature category of the juried exhibit. So many talented artists display their artwork at this show. I can’t wait to see it!
If you are in Chicago for the International Quilt Festival, please check out the SAQA Stitched Together Exhibit. The show premiers at IQF and can be seen April 6-8, 2017. So many talented artists from the Illinois and Wisconsin region will have their artwork on display.
I’m so happy my quilt, Reading Lamp, will be on display at the IQF Chicago show April 6 – 8. We have some very dedicated volunteers who have put together this regional SAQA show. I am so grateful for all their work. Here’s a link to see other quilts in Stitched Together.
This 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.
After 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!
For 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.”
A 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!
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!