What’s Stitching? A Windy City Quilt

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Windy City #17 by Laura Wasilowski

Today I’m teaching my favorite class, Tiny Homes, at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. Why is it a favorite?

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About one hour into the class I see my students inventing fun and whimsical designs. These art pieces are unique to each maker and delightful to behold. I can’t wait to see what they make this year!

Frantically Designing a New Class

libbysleavesnumber3detailbDon’t tell anyone, but I’m not quite prepared for a new class I’m teaching at the International Quilt Festival. My new class, Libby’s Leaves, premiers on Friday, November 1.

It’s not like I haven’t been thinking a lot about how to present the class. It’s just that I don’t have is a finished quilt to show the class.

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Libby’s Leaves by Laura Wasilowski

See the original Libby’s Leaves quilt (above) that the class is based upon has been sold. And, making it a rule to never replicate a quilt design, I have to invent a new design in the spirit of the original. It also has to be something that illustrates the construction methods of the design. Plus I need step-outs and an outline for teaching the class.

So as I scramble to catch up with my ambitions, I ask that you wish me luck.

And again, please don’t tell anyone.

Hanging Two Ways

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Seedpods #1 by Laura Wasilowski

I never know which way to hang this type of quilt, one that is long and skinny. Should it go horizontally or vertically?

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I guess it depends on the space where it is on display and how you feel about the design.

So I’ve come up with a solution for art quilts of this disposition. Hang it two ways!

It requires two hanging sleeves on the back, one for a horizontal rod for the horizontal position and one for vertical for when you want it hang in in a narrower space.

sleevesforquiltHere’s how I hand stitch them to the back of the quilts. See that miter at the corner? Now a rod can slip into either sleeve and change the orientation.