Via Chair Mail (1997) by Laura Wasilowski
The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles
celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2017. It also celebrated a gift of 87 art quilts, donated by Marvin Fletcher and his late wife Hilary. It is known as the Marbaum Collection and I am so happy that my work, Via Chair Mail
is included in this generous gift!
This particular version from my blue chair series is made from “random acts of fusing”. After creating a piece of fused artwork, I save all the cut-a-ways or confetti fabrics from making the work and construct collaged fabrics in sheets. As more projects are completed, more fabric is added and the sheets eventually document the art I make. Like a journal, I can “read” the fabric collages and reminisce about the art I’ve made and events in my life during the construction.
Having my art work purchased by Hillary and Marvin Fletcher and in the care of the Marbaum Collection is an honor. Their support of the quilt as an art form lightens my heart and gives me great delight. I am so fortunate my art work travels around the world with their collection. This piece travels Via Chair Mail.
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!