A New Series and Wishing

windycity2aOne of the many activities at the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, OR is the opportunity to bid on art work by donors for Wish Upon a Card. Here is the start of my donation quilt for this year, Windy City #2.

windycity2bEach year I try to come up with a different name for my house quilts. And since I live near Chicago, Windy City seemed like the perfect name for a new series. This is a small piece (4″ x 6″) made with fused fabrics and hand embroidered. Soon it will be finished and off to the framers. Next time I see it will be in Sisters!

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Will I See You Here?

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Spring Blooms #6 by Laura Wasilowski

If you are in the great state of Texas, please stop in and see me at the Artfabrik booth at the Dallas Quilt Show. You’ll find a bunch of hand-dyed fabrics and threads and small quilts like this one for sale. When I’m not in the booth (#338) they are letting me give lectures where I get to tell stories and sing. Hope y’all can make it!

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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Wool Stitching Class Anyone?

woolandthreadDid you know that I am a peripatetic teacher? Yes, and soon my travels will take me to Daytona FL for the AQS Show. Let the packing begin! Here you see the wool and threads that are part of the kit for my Free-Stitched Wool Embroidery class.

woolbird18Each student gets all the necessary items needed to make something like this charming bird with “Birdsonality”. They will design their own work fort he wool fabric and determine their own stitches. Can’t wait to see what they make!

What to Do with Cheesecloth

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Small World #7   by Laura Wasilowski

One of the more unusual things I dye is cheesecloth. Lately I’ve been dyeing it for the April IQF Chicago and AQS Paducah shows. You may well ask “how do you use this loosely woven fabric in your fused art work, Laura?” Thank you for asking. I use it for texture. Here you see it as the sun in the sky. Don’t you love that checkered texture?

Here’s how to prepare cheesecloth for fusing:

cheesecloth11. Apply fusible web to one layer of the cheesecloth. I recommend Misty Fuse, a light weight fusible web that won’t clog up the gaps in the cheesecloth with glue as much as other fusible webs. Use parchment paper to transfer the glue to the fabric.

cheesecloth22. After the fabric cools, remove the parchment paper. Place the fabric back on the parchment paper and fold and squish the cheesecloth as much as you want.

cheesecloth33. Apply another piece of parchment paper to the top of the fabric so it is in a sandwich of paper. Fuse the folds in place using a hot iron.

cheesecloth44. After it cools remove the papers from the cheesecloth. cheesecloth5a5. Cut the cheesecloth into shapes or place the whole piece onto another fabric background. Cover it with parchment paper and fuse into place. Isn’t that texture terrific?

You can see all the colors we have in stock at the shows. Give it a try!

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Quiet? I Think Not!

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See us at booth #914 in Houston.

Some of you may be wondering why I’ve been so quiet lately. You’ve seen fewer blog posts and not many projects underway. This may be the problem: the International Quilt Festival in Houston TX next week.

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Hand-dyed silk for the Artfabrik booth.

Preparing for this show is very time consuming. I have fabric and thread to dye for our Artfabrik/Friestyle booth at the show (#914) and I’m preparing to teach 3 classes there too. Add that to my fall teaching schedule and there is just no time to tend to things like blogs or housework. (Like I would do housework anyway!)

But I’m happy to say all the fabric for the booth is shipped. Most of the class kit preparations is complete and I can now focus on fun. Hope to see you there!