See You in Kentucky!


Frieda and I are off to the AQS Show in Paducah KY to set up our booth. You’ll know it’s our booth by the colorful display and the number 1224. If I seem a little bleary eyed and fuzzy, it’s because I’ve just returned from the southern hemisphere, a 14 day cruise around New Zealand. Great trip but good to be home. See you in Kentucky!

What’s Next to Your Machine?

sewingkit2What do you keep next to your sewing machine? This neat wooden cigar box is parked next to my BERNINA. Where once there were smelly cigars are now rows of colorful bobbins. Best recycling of a cigar box ever! You’ll also see my machine oil and cleaning brush so I can care for my favorite machine. And the inevitable seam ripper is handy too.

Do you have unusual ways of organizing your sewing area?

A Little Bird Wish


Bird on a Branch #5 by Laura Wasilowski

Have you attended the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, OR? I’ll be teaching out there in July when the entire town puts on a one-day outdoor exhibit of quilts. It’s a delightful setting!

One of the many activities at the show is the opportunity to bid on art work by donors for Wish Upon a Card. This is my donation this year. Bird on a Branch #5 measures 4″ x 6″ and is made of silk fabrics and hand stitched.

For All Your Giant Needs


Me and my best friend.


At last, I’ve found a way to quickly cut out those giant fabric shapes! This huge rotary cutter is only available from the Olfa dealer at the AQS Show in Paducah KY. You can see this big son-of-a-gun and all our hand-dyed fabrics and threads too at the show next week. Look for me and my giant shapes in the Artfabrik booth, #1224 (think Christmas eve).

3 Ways to Earn this Badge

csofbadgeWould you like to be a certified Fusologist from the Chicago School of Fusing? Want to earn this coveted badge as a graduate? What does it take to be certified?

You can earn your degree in Fusology from the Chicago School of Fusing by:

For those of you who have taken a class with me and are already certifiable, you can print out your Diploma of Graduation from the Chicago School of Fusing today!

True Confessions of a Steamer


My favorite iron for steam setting my fused art quilt is a Rowenta tank iron. It puffs out a beautiful head of steam and never spits or dribbles.

Unless you mistreat it.


Recently the water tank ran dry in the middle of an important ironing session. So I hastily opened the hot tank, slopped in ice cold water, and pressed the steam button. It was quite a shock to my irons system! Like a hissing cat, the iron spit out chemical residue with the water staining a shirt collar.

Next time I’ll be more patient and let the water heat up. I promise. On a happy note, all the chemical stains washed out of the shirt!