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Elgin quilt maker to lecture on 'quirky' craft at McHenry County Historical Society

Some quilts presented to McHenry County residents

UNION – Laura Wasilowski, an Elgin woman who considers herself a “serial quilter,” will give a lecture about her craft next week in Union.

Wasilowski is a textile artist. She earned a degree in costuming from the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota, and later a master’s degree in fiber from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

Wasilowski has since written three books, taught numerous workshops and opened Artfabrik, a website where she sells hand-dyed fabrics and threads, patterns and fusing books.

At 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the McHenry County Historical Society, 6422 Main St. in Union, Wasilowski will present “Where Did I Go Wrong: Confessions of a Serial Quilter,” according to a news release from the organization.

“Explore the artist’s quirky mind with this lecture about quilt making in a series,” the release stated. “Discover what drives a person to create multiple quilts about a blue chair, garden implements, or unsung kitchen appliances.”

Some of Wasilowski’s small quilts will be on display after the lecture, and there will be a trunk show of hand-dyed fabric and threads from the Artfabrik dyers.

A local quilt-making group, the Gazebo Valor Quilters, will present four quilts after the program. Robert S. Johnson of Woodstock, Huntley resident Jerry Wiecek, and Dale “Woody” Woodruff and Nicole Dunovsky, both of Marengo, will receive the quilts.

The Heritage Quilters’ raffle quilt, “Threads of Friendship,” also will be given away.

Admission costs $5 for society members and $10 for nonmembers. For information, visit www.gothistory.org.

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