5 Reasons to Be Here


Bird on a Branch #1 by Laura Wasilowski.

There are 5 reasons I hike it down to Houston every year to attend the International Quilt Festival.

  1. I get to eat BBQ and drink a beer, just one, every night.
  2. I meet lots of entertaining people at the Artfabrik booth who tell me wild stories about their life and make my life look stale.
  3. The quilt exhibits are outstanding!
  4. I have 2 quilts in the juried show that I made for love, not money. (That means I didn’t win any prizes.)
  5. And most importantly, I’m with my peeps. Being with quilters and sharing our favorite fabric pass time is the best time of the year!

See Bird on a Branch #1 at the Artfabrik booth (#1739) and tell me an entertaining story.

Flying to Houston?


Coleen’s Calling Birds #23 by Laura Wasilowski will be on display at the Artfabrik book in Houston.

Are you on your way to the International Quilt Festival in Houston yet? Well, fly on down sisters and brothers. Have we got a quilt show for you!

Frieda and I can hardly wait to meet you in the Artfabrik booth (#1739). You can also meet my latest bird friend, Coleen’s Calling Birds #23. (Boy that Coleen sure has a lot of birds.)


Getting Ready for the Big Show


Frieda and I looking fresh for the Houston Show.

Once a year Frieda and I pack dozens of boxes filled with hand-dyed fabric and thread. Then those boxes magically appear at the International Quilt Festival in Houston TX. A little elf unloads the boxes an sets up the Artfabrik booth (#1739) and everyone is happy.


Betty’s Bloomers #27 by Laura Wasilowski

You can also be happy. See lots of new little quilts for sale in our booth like this one called, Betty’s Bloomers #27. Boy, that Betty sure has lots of bloomers.

How to Stitch a Nut House #5


Nut House (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

My last bit of hand embroidery on the Nut House is around the outside edges of the design. All it takes is a few Running Stitches and Straight Stitches  in a True Blues Size 12 thread to give it a neat, finished look. You gotta love a neat Nut House.


Nut House by Laura Wasilowski

The background fabric (formerly a hand-dyed shirt sleeve) is now machine stitched. That smooth arch at the top is made possible with Timtex, a stiff interfacing placed behind the batting to hold the shape.

I could see living in this sweet little Nut House. And you can see it in person at the Artfabrik booth (#1739) at the IQF show in Houston next week. Stop in and say “hi” and I’ll give a tour of the house!

How to Stitch a Nut House #4


Every Nut House needs a woven walkway.

My Nut House is coming along nicely, thank you! After adding the Fern Stitch to the trees and shrubbery, the front walk is stitched. This stitch is called Needle Weaving wherein you make long stitches for a warp and then weave across the warp with your needle and thread and stitch down the other side. (Someday I’ll make a tutorial for you.) But right now I’m admiring the front lawn made with this snazzy green batik. Isn’t it great?

Libby's Leaves by Laura Wasilowski

Libby’s Leaves by Laura Wasilowski is now up for auction.

On a side note. Today is the first day of the benefit auction for Libby Lehman. You can see the online auction here. Check out my contribution, Libby’s Leaves, along with many other beautiful quilts for sale to aid Libby with her medical bills. Be sure to bid early and often!