Vacilando Quilting Co. is a textile and design studio born on the road and run by Laura Preston.
Each quilt is handmade in Laura’s home studio in the Texas Hill Country and by talented quilters around the USA. Every piece is inspired by travel and a sense of adventure with an aim to make quilts relevant for the modern home.
Raised in London and Texas by two architect parents, I spent several years in New York City, where I earned a degree in art history and painting and learned the value of perfecting a craft working in high-end coffee and cocktail bars.
In February 2013 I embarked on a year-long road trip around the United States in a 1986 Airstream trailer. I quickly fell in love with the nomadic lifestyle and ended up living, working and traveling in the Airstream for the next six years.
While on the road, my need for a creative outlet led me to making my first quilt. I was hooked. A year later in February of 2015, Vacilando Quilting Co. was born.
Now based in the beautiful Texas Hill Country, each piece is designed in my home studio and handmade by quilters around the USA. Travel is still an inspiration for the colors, shapes and textures of my work. I try and capture that feeling of the freedom of the road and the awe of nature in each piece I create.
I love the duality and nostalgia of quilts - it's one of few household items that lasts for generations, but also a basic necessity that gets used every day. The coziest piece of art and the most useful of heirlooms.