Getting Ready for the Big Show

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Frieda and I looking fresh for the Houston Show.

Once a year Frieda and I pack dozens of boxes filled with hand-dyed fabric and thread. Then those boxes magically appear at the International Quilt Festival in Houston TX. A little elf unloads the boxes an sets up the Artfabrik booth (#1739) and everyone is happy.

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Betty’s Bloomers #27 by Laura Wasilowski

You can also be happy. See lots of new little quilts for sale in our booth like this one called, Betty’s Bloomers #27. Boy, that Betty sure has lots of bloomers.

How to Stitch a Nut House #5

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Nut House (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

My last bit of hand embroidery on the Nut House is around the outside edges of the design. All it takes is a few Running Stitches and Straight Stitches  in a True Blues Size 12 thread to give it a neat, finished look. You gotta love a neat Nut House.

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Nut House by Laura Wasilowski

The background fabric (formerly a hand-dyed shirt sleeve) is now machine stitched. That smooth arch at the top is made possible with Timtex, a stiff interfacing placed behind the batting to hold the shape.

I could see living in this sweet little Nut House. And you can see it in person at the Artfabrik booth (#1739) at the IQF show in Houston next week. Stop in and say “hi” and I’ll give a tour of the house!

Sneak Peek of a New Quilt: Off to the Show!

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Penelope’s Poppies by Laura Wasilowski

My new silk quilt, Penelope’s Poppies, is all quilted up and ready to go. Like many of you, I was intimidated by working in silk. Why? Because it’s expensive! But then I thought, when you put so much time into making art work, why not use the best materials available?

Penelope’s Poppies (measuring 34″ x 48″) is on it’s way to Houston. You can see it on display at the International Quilt Festival beginning October 28 through November 1. I’ll be there too! Come see me in the Artfabrik booth #1739.

Not Far from the Tree

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Acorn by Laura Wasilowski

If you’re attending the Quilt Expo in Madison, please stop into our booth (#835) and check out my new pattern called Acorn. Right in time for fall, this little quilt has directions for making a woven collage for the top of the acorn and patterns for all those leaves as well. Doesn’t it look like it’s wearing a hat? Or is that just me?

All Set Up and Ready to Go

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Wall of hand-dyed thread. All the colors and all the sizes.

Frieda and I spent yesterday setting up our booth at Quilt Expo in Madison WI. We open today and expect to be overwhelmed by rabid quilters dashing for fabric and thread. Or at least we hope so. Please stop in and say “hi”. Don’t worry. We are right in the front of the hall (#835) so we have an easy exit if the rabid quilt makers get too…. rabid.

Meet Me in Mad Town!

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Nancy Zieman from Nancy’s Notions will be there too.

Want to meet me in Mad Town this weekend? The annual Quilt Expo is taking place in Madison, WI September 4 – 6 and I’ll be there along with Frieda. Madison is a great city and the quilt show is packed with quilts to see and vendors like me. You’ll see Frieda and me at our booth right next to the Nancy’s Notion’s booth. Stop by and say hi!