|My Blue Garden, begun in a Laura Wasilowski class|
So, when it came time to learn to quilt, I had no problem just figuring it out on my own, mostly. A quilter from the base where we were stationed taught me how to baste a quilt, and I hand basted my first quilt (my youngest son's baby quilt) and that was it. I've never hand basted another quilt.
I started making art quilts before I knew that people made art quilts, and it was a revelation to me when I went to Dominie Nash's show at Glenview Mansion in 2001 that what I was doing had a name and scads of devotees.
So a couple of years ago, after teaching myself quilting for over ten years, I took my first quilt class. Laura Wasilowski came to teach a class for a local guild, and since I liked her work, I signed up. I enjoyed the class. I mastered fusing and learned some cool tricks. And I made some very Laura Wasilowski quilts, but I'm not sure I'd sign up for another class about technique or product again.Laura gave us beautiful fabric and her thread, and that was fun, but it did mean that all the quilts had the same look to them.
When I first got the fabric, I started playing, and I began this sort of city scape. But everyone else was making flowers, so I quickly thought, "Beginner's mind, Lori. You're taking her class; you should do what she's teaching." So I put the cityscape aside and did two lovely flower quilts that vaguely resemble quilts that Laura Wasilowski makes. She encouraged us to try our own shapes and to explore, but even with our own shapes, most of our final quilts looked as if we were imitating Laura Wasilowski. I prefer the cityscape that I started in the class to the two floral quilts, and I think it's probably important that I've used my own handdyes in this quilt as well as Wasilowski's Artfabrik.
|Windy City Reflections, begun in a Laura Wasilowski class|
Oh, and in case you're keeping track, that's two more unfinished quilts that are now finished. Yeah.