Where’s Your Nut House?

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Nut House #1 by Laura Wasilowski

I love teaching locally. No flights to catch, no planes to board, no stress. Just a calm ride through the countryside to visit with a local guild like the Racine Lighthouse Quilters Guild in Wisconsin.

You’ll find me there next week where I’m teaching Another Nut House (designs based upon actual experience.)

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Nut House #3 (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

In this fun workshop students begin with a basic acorn pattern and end up improvising their own house designs. You never know where their imaginations will lead!

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Nut House #4 by Laura Wasilowski

Would you like to see what this class is all about? Here’s a link to a video so you can preview the class offering: click Another Nut House.

We Interrupt….

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Spring Blooms #10 by Laura Wasilowski

OK, a quick interruption of the improv on wool project I’ve been showing you. Why? Because my progress is being interrupted by that four letter word- WORK.

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Spring Blooms #11 by Laura Wasilowski

Yes, I’m off to teach my Woven Flower Basket Quilts class in several locations and I’ve discovered that I don’t have any examples to show my students. Well, I have the step-outs, examples of the process for making the quilts. But I don’t have any finished pieces to show. (Happily all the finished work has been sold!)

So we interrupt our previous wool stitch project to create more flower basket quilts. These two are hot off the press and I must admit I enjoyed making each one.

Improvisational Stitching #4

 redwoolembroidery4Here’s what to love about hand embroidery- you can take it with you. You only need these basic items: fabric, needle, thread, thimble, and a pair of scissors. Hand embroidery is a great vacation pass time!

Which is what I’ve been doing the last few weeks. Relaxing with family, getting sun burned, and stitching. Well, maybe not stitching a lot. As you can see my garden didn’t grow very much while I was on vacation. Vacationing is great but it is also very exhausting so it’s good to be back in my shady studio again.

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Flower Vase Stitch Along by Laura Wasilowski

Do you need a vacation project? Then please check out my free project on wool on the C&T Blog the Flower Vase Stitch Along. Or if you need a few months to think about your next stitch project, check out my IQF classes this fall in Houston. I’ll be teaching several classes including Felt Like Gardening in the morning on October 30. See you there!

Quilt Teachers Goofing Off

teachershoustonEver wonder what quilt teachers do when they get together? They goof off, that’s what they do! Here you see a group of my cohorts lounging around during lunch at last year’s International Quilt Festival in Houston. As you can see, these people are “professionals” at all times.

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Windy City #13 by Laura Wasilowski

We do have fun together and I’m looking forward to seeing them again this year in October. I’m teaching 5 half-day classes on fused art quilts and free-form embroidery. And I’m giving an exciting lecture that’s all about me me me too.

Check out the IQF class listings here. Hope you can join us in Houston!

Small Work, Big Fun

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Little Landscape #22 by Laura Wasilowski

Soon to be on the road, I’m packing my bags to teach in Sisters, OR next week. Sisters is the home of the largest outdoor quilt festival in the nation called Quilter’s Affair and being there is always lots of fun.

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Little Landscape #21 by Laura Wasilowski

These small pieces of artwork are traveling with me and measure about 9″ x 9″. Can’t wait to show my students and encourage them to think big. See you in Sisters!

Never Enough Embroidery

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Felt Like Gardening #5 by Laura Wasilowski

Soon I’m off to Sisters OR to teach a class at Quilter’s Affair called Felt Like Gardening. Felt Like Gardening #5 above is an example of what my students can make with the many felt shapes they’ll get in their kits.

folkartgardenYou may recognize this piece from a similar project found in Joyful Stitching called Folk Art Garden. Using a step-out or stage in the construction process prepared for the book, I changed it up and added more stitchery.

One can never go wrong with more embroidery.

Hope to see you at Sisters!