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!

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!

Have You Tried Cheese Cloth for Texture?

cheesecloth1One of the fabrics I’ve dyeing lately for the IQF Chicago and AQS Paducah shows is cheesecloth. Yep. Cheesecloth, as in making jam cheesecloth. People often ask how to use it for art work so I’ve made up a short tutorial for you. You’ll love how it adds texture to another fabric. Here’s how:

1. 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.

cheesecloth3Apply parchment paper to the top of the fabric so it is in a sandwich of parchment paper. Fuse the folds in place using a hot iron.

cheesecloth4After it cools remove the papers from the cheesecloth. Then you can place the cheesecloth onto another fabric background.

cheesecloth5Or you can work directly on the fabric background instead of the parchment paper. Isn’t that texture terrific? We have lots of colors in stock. Give it a try!

IQF Chicago!

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Don’t I look sweet? And if you’d like to see how sweet I am in person, please visit me at the IQF Chicago show in Chicago this week. I’m teaching the Tiny Homes class on Saturday morning, April 9, and there is still room for you to join me and gaze upon my sweetness. Ahhhhh!

booth2Or stop in at the Artfabrik / Friestyle booth #1823 and talk with Frieda and me. This way you visit 2 sweet people at the same time!

5 Reasons to Be Here

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Bird on a Branch #1 by Laura Wasilowski.

There are 5 reasons I hike it down to Houston every year to attend the International Quilt Festival.

  1. I get to eat BBQ and drink a beer, just one, every night.
  2. I meet lots of entertaining people at the Artfabrik booth who tell me wild stories about their life and make my life look stale.
  3. The quilt exhibits are outstanding!
  4. I have 2 quilts in the juried show that I made for love, not money. (That means I didn’t win any prizes.)
  5. And most importantly, I’m with my peeps. Being with quilters and sharing our favorite fabric pass time is the best time of the year!
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See Bird on a Branch #1 at the Artfabrik booth (#1739) and tell me an entertaining story.