We Gotta Winner!

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Small World #7 by Laura Wasilowski

You are so imaginative! I want to thank you all for your great suggestions for the name of my new series of house quilts in 2019. (Now all I have to do is complete one.)

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Housing Department #28 by Laura Wasilowski

The winner of the naming contest is Chris K. She suggested some version of Uptown.  It sounds so fancy and glamorous! In gratitude for naming the Uptown series I’ll be sending her some fun house patterns. Thank you Chris!

Name this Series and Win a Prize!

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Whimsy Lane #9 (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

Each year I have a quest and I’m hoping you can help me. I need a new name for the series of house quilts I’m making.

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Windy City #6 (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

In the past there have been the Housing Department, Windy City, Whimsy Lane, Small World, My House, and (most peculiar) Tilty Town series. Have any ideas of what I might call the new series? And before you get too carried away, please note that Nut House is already taken.

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My House #12 by Laura Wasilowski

If I pick your title for the new series I’ll send you something fun from my house. Any ideas?

It’s Freezing Here in the Windy City!

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Windy City #9  by Laura Wasilowski

I make a lot of quilts about houses. An architect may say I’m looking for the ideal structure. A psychiatrist may say I’m trying to return to the “womb”. I say I live near the Windy City and appreciate the shelter and warmth of a well made house when it’s freezing outside. No matter what the reason, I like making house quilts. Here’s one of the latest ones, Windy City #9. Looks warm to me.

Ah! Those Chicken Memories

Chicken Dreams by Laura Wasilowski

Chicken Dreams by Laura Wasilowski

About 20 years ago I made a series of quilts about chickens. Like many of you, I had caught chicken fever and was enamored with their bright colors and charm. But soon my chicken mania diminished, and I put them to bed thinking they were silly and not so charming.

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Chicken Music and his friends being packed for their journey.

But I’m over that now and am so happy I have my collection of chicken quilts. In fact, these fine fowl are on their way to Oregon for the Friday evening Picnic in the Park celebration at the Quilter’s Affair show in Sisters. I’m the guest speaker this year and will happily show off my hens and sing a song or two. Hope you can be there!

Not Far from the Tree

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In an effort to clean up my studio (one more time, with feeling!), I unearthed another unfinished quilt. I don’t remember making this acorn quilt. And I have no idea how long it has been sitting on the “to be continued” shelf.

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Nut House #2 (sans embroidery) by Laura Wasilowski

So I turned the acorn into a house. This is my second Nut House quilt so I must working on a series of nut houses. (This could explain why I forget things on shelves.) Hope to have my nut house embroidered soon. Wish me luck!

Spring Blooms #2

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Spring Blooms #2 by Laura Wasilowski

I’m pretty sure it is the height of summer in Illinois. But this past Spring I started a series of flower quilts, Spring Blooms.

This version of Spring Blooms #2 has been hanging on my design wall since March when the tulips first popped through the ground. Why?  Because I could not decide if I wanted to add machine quilting or not.

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Spring Blooms #2 by Laura Wasilowski

Yesterday I stitched it. Those tulips finally bloomed! It’s small (9″ x 9″) so it didn’t take long. And like it much better. What do you think?