See You in Portland?

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Housing Department #17 by Laura Wasilowski

Soon I’ll be off to the Northwest Quilting Expo in Portland Oregon. And, if you can believe it, I’ll be giving 3 lectures! (Usually, one lecture will suffice. But for this venue there will be 3 different lectures.That’s a lot of singing.) The classes are a favorite of mine, though. On Thursday you can sign up for a half-day of Tiny Homes. (Looks like the Friday class is sold out.) Hope to see you in Portland!

Libby Meets Libby’s Leaves

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Libby’s Leaves (detail) by Laura Wasilowski is part of the Inspired by Libby exhibit.

It was such a delight to see my friend, Libby Lehman, view the quilts made in her honor. As you know, the entire collection of Inspired by Libby Quilts will be on display at the International Quilt Festival in Houston in late October. The exhibit will also be on view at the American Quilter’s Society Paducah Show in April, 2015.

But the auction dates  to purchase the quilts are October 22 through November 5. (Watch the Benefit Bidding auction site for more information.) Proceeds from the auction will help Libby’s family with medical expenses. After the Paducah showing, the quilt go to their new owners.

You can see Libby preview the quilts by watching this video on The Quilt Show. Note how Libby correctly says my last name….not an easy thing to do. Love you Libby!

Next Stop? Philly

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Leaf of Faith #2 by Laura Wasilowski from the Colorful Leaves class.

You’d think that Philadelphia would be best known for the Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich. But for me, it is best known as the next destination on my tour across the country- the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza. You’ll find lots of beautiful quilts on exhibit at this show plus classes with friendly teachers, like me! (Check them out here.) The show runs through this Sunday. Hope to see you there! Bring a sandwich.

What’s the Hurry?

OKquilters3Like a stampede of horses, my race around the country begins this week. First destination? Oklahoma, where I visited with the delightful Edmond Quilters Guild. But before I slipped into teacher mode, my lovely hostess, Laura J., brought me to see this stunning sculpture dedicated to the Oklahoma Land Run of 1893. It was very moving….

OKquilters1Then it was off to teach the Fowl Play: Birds with No Egrets class. Note how every quilt is different. That’s because they designed them on the spot in class.

OKquilters2In fact, I believe these very inventive artists have discovered several new varieties of birds. In this class, all it takes is a pair of sharp scissors and some fused fabric and suddenly a bird appears on your quilt top. Aren’t they great? Thank you Edmond Quilters for being so much fun!

OKquilters4Off to my next destination!

See What You Can Do!

kaysquilt1This is what you can do when you take a class. Kay made this beautiful quilt in my Colorful Leaves class at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Festival in Loveland, CO in August. She designed her own pattern for the leaf and then selected the fabric colors from a pre-fused kit. It’s sort of a “design as you go method of quiltmaking.”

kaysquilt2And I have to say, her hand stitching is gorgeous! Don’t you love how her stitches add that hit of texture and color to this small piece (the center is about 9″ x 9″). You can do this too. Designing and making your own art work is so rewarding. Just ask Kay!

A Pause in the Dyeing

dyebucketsMy dye schedule abruptly came to a halt on Wednesday. It seems my newest grandson decided to be born a little early. So I dropped all my dye buckets and raced of to see him in Canada! Don’t worry, the thread will be just fine soaking in the rinse water for a day or so.