Around the World Blog Hopping!


Frieda Anderson and her prize winning quilt.

Thank you Frieda for asking me to be part of the Around the World Blog Hop! Like many of you, I like to learn about how an artist works. If you visit Frieda’s post from last week, she’ll tell you all about herself and her process. Frieda also has a class on Craftsy you may want to check out called Machine Quilting the Home Sweet Home Class.

Now it’s my turn to tell you about what I’m working on how I work. Here’s the low down:


Working out the process for a new Craftsy class.

Right now I’m working on a new class for Craftsy that involves building a variety of fused collages and adding free-motion quilting. As a quilt instructor, I need lots of step-outs or examples of the process to show my students.


Playing with fabric!

When preparing a new class, I first make the artwork and then break it down into step-by- step procedures for the students. That way, I have the fun of creating something fresh and new before analyzing the process of how it was made.

My goal when creating new artwork is always to access the “play zone”. In the play zone, you forget where you are and immerse yourself into a world of color, shape, and design. The surest way for me to enter the zone is is to improvise with fused fabric scraps.


Nice Neighborhood by Laura Wasilowski. This is NOT the new Craftsy class but has similar collages.

Improvising is very free and organic. Designs grow without a plan; each design element relies upon the previous element. When you are not confined to a sketch or preconceived idea, you invent and discover as you go along. It’s a joyful way to work!

suebutterfliesAnd now please meet the next artists in our Around the World Blog Hop, Sue Spargo and Patsy Thompson. Sue and Patsy are both Craftsy instructors who have so much to offer.

You’ll love Sue’s class Embroidery Texture and Dimension by Hand. She is truly an embroidery expert and I’ve learned so much from her. Her colorful and playful designs will capture your heart.


Artwork by Patsy Thompson.

And Patsy has a wonderful class called Ultimate Machine Quilting. She teaches you about “hyperquilting” and trapunto. Patsy has a delightful teaching style and breaks the process into achievable results. You know she knows her stuff.

Now hop on over and see what all these fantastic artists are up to.

Hands Up! Now Dye!

glovesMuch to my dismay I am down to my last right glove. Yes, being right handed means I go through right handed gloves like water through a sieve. It’s dye week here in the studio and I’ve just discovered a pin hole leak in “old righty”. Sadly, I shall have to wear a left handed glove on both hands. Just doesn’t feel right.

A New Kind of Quilt Rack


A new kind of quilt rack.

Quilters are so inventive! I recent taught on Hilton Head Island at a very interesting location. The lucky members of the Palmetto Quilt Guild hold their classes in a vacant store front. It is so spacious, they are able to display their quilts there as well. I was delighted to see a novel way of displaying quilts: use an old dryer rack, wrap the wood in fabric, and drape your quilts across the rack. Clever, huh?

Improvising Designs #7


The bird on the roof is only 1″ long. But doesn’t it look as if he is denting the roof?

The best part about the weekend is having time to sit and stitch. And it helps if it is a cold, windy, snowy weekend. My favorite time of year!


Check out Thread-u-cation to see how to make the different stitches used on this quilt.

OK, so I’m not really fond of the cold weather we’ve been having here in Chicago. But what better excuse to finish the hand embroidery on my improvised house project!


Hand embroidery is complete. Doesn’t that orange accent thread sing?!

Now that the hand stitching is complete, I’ll set it aside for machine quilting the border later. I like to make a stack of my free-motion machine quilting projects and attack them all at once. Of course, the weather has to be just right too.