Pretty Planet News


Pretty Planet #2 by Laura Wasilowski

Today the film crew from The Quilt Show arrives to shoot a “segment” in my classroom at Sisters OR. That’s film talk for my friend Shelly asking me questions. And expecting intelligent answers after I’ve taught all day.


Put your scrim to your Timtex Pretty Planet people.

One thing I plan to talk about is my Pretty Planet Quilts workshop. We’ll discuss the mystery of scrim on batting, hand embroidery on fused quilts, and how to make your quilt round……like our planet!

Stay tuned to see when it will air on TQS and if I sound intelligent.


Get your free pattern and DVD for Leaves in a Whirl  at Quiltfest Palm Springs

One more thing. If you’d like to make your own Pretty Planet quilt, please join my class at Quiltfest Palm Springs October 9. If you sign up for any of my classes at Quiltfest, you’ll get a free copy of my pattern and DVD Leaves in a Whirl. It’s like getting 2 classes for the price of one!

Sisters, Here I Come!


Jean Wells and Laura Wasilowski

Are you heading out to Sisters, Oregon, too? Sisters is the home of the largest outdoor quilt festival in the nation called Quilters Affair. It is also the location of the most fun I’ve ever had in Oregon. The whole thing began with Jean Wells.

Jean, a resident of Sisters and founder of the Quilter’s Affair, and her daughter Valori Wells Kennedy bring in quilt instructors from around the world to teach at this week long event. Here you see a couple of my buddies after a fine meal at Jean’s house last year.


Three Sisters Mountains on the horizon.

It is so wonderful to be in this beautiful setting near the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and to be with people who love what they do. Hope to see you there!

Free Thread and Needle Chart


My new business cards have this needle and thread chart on the back.

At last, that portable Needle and Thread Chart you’ve always wanted!

Yes, this handy dandy chart listing what size embroidery needle goes with what size pearl cotton thread can be yours!  Place an order for anything in the Artfabrik Store this month, I’ll include one with your order.

Or just go to the Thread-u-cation Tutorial and you’ll see a version of it there.

Low on Sprouts, Oh My!

sproutsthreadIt looks like it’s time to dye thread again. I opened the drawer for the Sprouts colorway in my storage cabinet and discovered there are only two Size 5 Sprouts left. Good heavens! Fortunately, I have the Size 5 white DMC thread in stock to over dye. Care to come over and mix the dyes for me? Then you can wash it out by hand too? Anyone?

Studio Play #6


Spring Blooms #1 by Laura Wasilowski

At last the little quilt is finished and I can start a new project. I kind of like the machine quilting. You don’t have to machine stitch a quilt this size (9.5″ x 12″). But it does add another layer of texture and pattern to the piece.