Ogallala Quilter's Society
Ogallala Quilter's Society is a nonprofit educational, non-discriminatory organization founded in 1997 to foster high standards of design, color and workmanship in quilting; teach the art of quilting; and preserve our quilting heritage.
The Winter Experience is a time when our own quilting peers share some interesting and fun techniques they have learned and want to make available to others. If you would like to participate in any or all of the workshops, just make your selection on the Winter Experience registration form. There is no extra charge for participating in the classes!
Featured Teacher: Laura Wasilowski
Laura Wasilowski is a textile artist and creator of hand-dyed fabrics and threads. Her pictorial art quilts (created from fused fabrics and hand-embroidered or machine quilted) are collected and exhibited internationally.
Wasilowski's free-form embroideries share a similar style with her narrative quilts. Whimsical in nature, both textile art forms express her joy and love of creating art.
Owner of the dye shop, Artfabrik, Laura is also a lecturer, surface designer, quilt instructor, pattern designer, and author of Fusing Fun; Fuse-and-Tell; Fanciful Stitches, Colorful Quilts; and her latest book Joyful Stitching: Transform Fabric with Improvisational Embroidery.
Laura says, "I combine vivid fabrics and whimsical stories to make pictorial art quilts. My colorful, hand-dyed fabrics inspire me, as do stories of my family, friends, and home. These pieces often chronicle my life. Each wall piece I make is my own design, of fused applique, and machine quilted.
"Creating with fused fabric allows my work to be joyful, organic, and more inventive. It is the most direct route from a design idea in my head to the realization of that idea in fabric. The art of quilting gives me the freedom to express myself and play at the same time. It's the best job in the world!"
Be a Volunteer! Get your OQS Pin!
Volunteers are always important at any event as large as the Festival. If you volunteer for 2 hours, you will receive one of the 2019 Limited Edition OQS Volunteer Pins. From ticket takers to quilt watchers, we have a job for YOU!