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0:00 - Introduction

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Partial Transcript: It is 12:14 and I am conducting an interview with Laura Wasilowski

0:18 - Tell me about the quilt you brought in today

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Partial Transcript: Tell me about the quilt you brought

Segment Synopsis: Wasilowski explains how she created her quilt "On a Leaf and a Prayer". She used fused and hand dyed fabric and thread as well as hand embroidered the top for texture.

Keywords: Art quilts; Embroidery; Fabric - Fused; Fabric - Hand-dyed; Fabric - Multiple scrap; Fabric dyeing; hand embroidery; Hand quilting; quilt back/lining; Quilt Purpose - Home decoration; Quilt shows/exhibitions; Show and Tell (quilt guild); stitching; studio quilt artist

5:00 - Tell me about your interest in quiltmaking

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Partial Transcript: So tell me more about your interest in quilting

Keywords: Art quiltmaking; Art quilts; Fabric - Fused; Fabric - Hand-dyed; Fabric dyeing; Learning quiltmaking; Quilt shows/exhibitions; Teaching quiltmaking


Hyperlink: Laura Wasilowski's store and website

7:33 - How many hours a week do you quilt?

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Partial Transcript: So how many hours a week do you

Segment Synopsis: Wasilowski talks about the different ways she spends her time working during the week. She makes quilts and other small pieces of artwork, travels and teaches quilting.

Keywords: Art quiltmaking; Art quilts; Fabric - Hand-dyed; Fabric dyeing; Fabric/Quilt shops; Selling quilts; small business owner; Teaching quiltmaking; Time management

8:37 - What is your first quilt memory?

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Partial Transcript: What is your earliest quilt memory

Segment Synopsis: Wasilowski explains that her first memory of a quilt is of one from her grandmother.

Keywords: childhood; children; Generational quiltmaking; grandchildren; grandparents; Quiltmaking for family

8:57 - Tell me if you have ever used quilts to get through a difficult time / Tell me about an amusing experience that has occurred from your quiltmaking (teaching)?

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Partial Transcript: Have you ever used quilts to get through a difficult time

Segment Synopsis: Wasilowski talks about the positive and negative ways that quilts have impacted her life. Designing collage quilts were one of the ways that she dealt with her sister's death and the 9/11 terror attacks in New York. She recounts that taking her husband to his first quilt show was one of the most amusing experiences with quilts.

Keywords: Art quiltmaking; Art quilts; Gender in quiltmaking; marriage; Mourning/Grief; Quilt Purpose - Mourning; Quilt Purpose - Therapy

10:39 - What art or quilt groups do you belong to?

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Partial Transcript: What art groups do you belong to?

Segment Synopsis: Wasilowski talks about her membership in the Professional Art Quilters Alliance (PAQA) and how the group focuses on the interests of professional over amateur quilters.

Keywords: Art quiltmaking; Art quilts; Learning quiltmaking; Professional Art Quilters Alliance; professional quiltmaker; Quilt guild; teaching quiltmaking


Hyperlink: The Professional Art Quilters Alliance (PAQA) website

11:48 - Have advances in technology influenced your work?If so, how? / Describe your studio/the place that you create.

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Partial Transcript: Have advances in technology influenced
your work?

Segment Synopsis: Wasilowski talks about how her shift to using fused fabric has changed her artwork. She also describes her home studio, which is in her basement.

Keywords: Design Wall; Fabric - Fused; Fabric - Hand-dyed; Fabric dyeing; fusing fabric; Hand piecing; home office; Home sewing machine; home studio; piecing; Technology in quiltmaking; Work or Studio space

13:35 - Tell me how you balance your time.

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Partial Transcript: Tell me how you balance your time.

Segment Synopsis: Wasilowski briefly talks about her time management techniques which include multitasking.

Keywords: professional quiltmaker; Time management

14:27 - What do you think makes a great quilt?/ What do you think makes a great quiltmaker?/Whose works are you drawn to and why?

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Partial Transcript: What do you think makes a great quilt?

Segment Synopsis: Wasilowski talks about the works and artists that she is drawn to and why she finds these works and artists to be impressive to her.

Keywords: Art quiltmaking; Art quilts; Color theory; fabric selection; Female quiltmakers; Frida Anderson; Melody Johnson; professional artist; professional quiltmaker; quilt design; Vincent Van Gohn

15:59 - How do you feel about machine quilting vs. hand quilting? What about long-arm quilting?

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Partial Transcript: With your smaller pieces you've done hand quilting

Segment Synopsis: Wasilowski talks about how she often uses a machine to quilt her larger pieces, and because of time, doesn't make as many large quilts anymore.

Keywords: Art quiltmaking; Art quilts; Hand quilting; hand stitching; Home sewing machine; Machine quilting; professional quiltmaker; Time management

16:34 - Why is quiltmaking important to you?

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Partial Transcript: Why is quiltmaking important to you?

Segment Synopsis: Wasilowski shares some of the benefits that being a professional quiltmaker has brought her; she includes travel, meeting interesting students and making new friends.

Keywords: female quiltmakers; friendship through quilting; Learning quiltmaking; professional quiltmaker; Quilt guild; Quilt Purpose - Personal income; Quilt shows/exhibitions; Teaching quiltmaking; travel

17:42 - What do you think about the importance of quilts in American life? / In what ways do you think quilts have special meaning for women’s history in America?

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Partial Transcript: What do you think about the importance of quilts in American life?

Segment Synopsis: Wasilowski talks about some of the traditional uses of quilts in American history and then how these uses specifically affected women.

Keywords: American quilters; children; Female quiltmakers; Generational quiltmaking; Quilt history; Quilt Purpose - Bedcovering; Quilt Purpose - Comfort; Quiltmaking for family; traditional quiltmaking

18:51 - What has happened to the quilts that you have made or those of friends and family?

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Partial Transcript: So what has happened to your quilts? Where are they?

Segment Synopsis: Wasilowski mentions some of the different places that her quilts have ended up and what some people do with the versions of her works that they buy.

Keywords: Collecting quilts; Donating quilts; Quilt Purpose - Exhibition; Quilt Purpose - Home decoration; Quilt shows/exhibitions

19:20 - What do you think is the biggest challenge confronting quiltmakers today?

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Partial Transcript: What do you think is the biggest challenge confronting quiltmakers today?

Segment Synopsis: Wasilowski concludes the interview by mentioning that the biggest challenge facing quiltmakers if finding the next gadget to use.

Keywords: Art quiltmaking; Art quilts; challenges in quiltmaking; Female quiltmakers; professional quiltmaker; technology; travel for quiltmaking