Sunday, May 29, 2011

9 Art Quilters You Should Know

Trish, Frieda, and Emily, fan dancers
Chicago is a real hotbed for art quilters. Recently 9 of us gathered at my house for lunch, laughter, and a celebration of the Annual Girls of May party. (Emily Parson, Ann Lullie, Frieda Anderson, and myself share the lovely month of May for our birthdays.)
Barb Vlack presented us all with fans fused with various designs
With the exception of Emily (who sensibly has young children and a thriving hand dyed yarn business) we are all traveling quilt teachers.
Judy reacting to a hilarious story
Each has their specialties and hilarious stories about teaching on the road, exhibiting work, and making art.
Anne Lullie telling her hilarious story
So it was really hard to get a word in edgewise!
Ann Fahl enjoying the telling of the hilarious story
But it was delightful to be with them even if I couldn't follow every conversation because they were all taking at once!
Jane Sassaman finally getting a word in edgewise
If you'd like to talk to one of the notorious 9 from the Chicago area and think you can get a word in edgewise here's where to find them:
Judy Coates Perez teaches painting on fabric
Trish Williams teaches art quilts
Frieda Anderson teaches machine quilting, fused art quilts, and design
Ann Fahl teaches machine quilting and design
Jane Sassaman teaches quilt design and creates fabric designs
Anne Lullie teaches fused art quilts and design
Barb Vlack teaches Electric Quilt
Emily Parson is owner of Sofie's Toes, hand dyed yarns
And me, Laura Wasilowski teaching fused art quilts, design, and most importantly, the lyrics to the Chicago School of Fusing Fight Song


WoolenSails said...

What a great group for a get together.
I have seen some of the girls on tv, wish they had more shows like that.


Judy Coates Perez said...

thanks for the dorky picture Laura! LOL

Gerrie said...

My guild is lucky to have Jane coming in a couple of weeks. I am looking forward to her lecture.

I love to hear about your fun gatherings in Chicago.

annieQ said...

Hi Laura,
You are making me famous!

Gene Black said...

What a fun group!

sophie said...

I feel lucky to have been able to take workshops from FIVE of birthday group (and two from Jane). It's easy to imagine how much fun you have when all that creative energy gathers in one place.

Kristi said...

I follow all of these fabulous women in blogs, DVDs, and books. Why do I have to live so far away?!

Pat said...

Looks like you girls had a great time together. Happy Birthday to all of you. Are you all Geminis?

Barb Vlack said...

That was the best birthday party ever. We even sang to the birthday girls as well as the unbirthday girls. Talk about a lot of creative energy in one room! I swear it's from the water we "share." Thanks, Laura, the mostest kind of hostess.