Free on Friday!

fabricscraps2After a stressful day of work, I like to give myself permission to act like a kid. I sleep in, eat ice cream, and, most importantly, play with fabric.

I also like to enable others to do the same.

So during the month of September I’ll be enabling you by giving away bags of fused fabric scraps every Friday. This fabric is ready to cut and fuse into designs.

Just leave a comment on this blog on any Friday in September and you may win a goody bag full of color!

Also, if you place an order for anything on the Artfabrik website in September, you’ll receive a free quarter yard of our hand-dyed fabric. It’s our choice of color but it’s free and it’s a $6 value!  

Got Jazz?


Blue Note by Laura Wasilowski, part of the Got Jazz exhibit.

If you are in Peoria, IL check out the exhibit by the FAC, Fiber Arts Association, at the Peoria Contemporary Arts Center. It’s called Got Jazz and features lots of great art quilts by members of the FAC. The exhibit runs through September 23.


Blue Note (detail) by Laura Wasilowski

My entry, Blue Note, was an opportunity to do the old variation on a theme type of quilt. You pick out a motif (that pointy shape) and make it in various iterations. You get to play with color, shape, and line and make a quilt at the same time!

Planning Ahead for Fun!


Patterns and samples for the Pretty Planet class I’m teaching at Penn National.

Ever open your suitcase and realize you’ve forgotten an important item for your trip? I do it all the time. Today I’m packing for my mid-September trip to the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza. And this time I’m using a check list!

CSOF badgeI’m teaching 3 classes so it’s important to plan ahead and make sure everything is packed and ready to go. Fabric? Check. Thread? Check. Class materials? Check. Badges for those graduating from the Chicago School of Fusing? Check. See you in PA!

Translating Ideas Class #3


Becky and her art work

I want to thank Becky, education coordinator at the National Quilt Museum, for providing a great atmosphere for our workshop, Translating Ideas Into Fabric, last week. Not only did she make some fun quilts but provided us with cookies as well.

There was such a variety of art work made during class. Each was individual to the maker. And I think they surprised themselves when it all came together. In November, I’m teaching a similar class at Art Quilt Tahoe. Can’t wait to see the beautiful work those artists come up with!

Translating Ideas Class #2


Art work by Kathy

Here’s more art work from my students at the Translating Ideas into Fabric class I taught at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY last week. Kathy worked directly with those colorful fabrics without a pattern. First she made a small version or sketch of the design. Neat, huh?


Art work by Mary

Mary started with a pattern from a photo and then realized that she didn’t need it. Instead, she referred to her color photo of the woods and turned it into a stylized version of the scene. Don’t you love their color combinations?

Translating Ideas Class


Art work by Rosemary (top), Theresa (left), and Darlene (right)

It was such a pleasure to work with the quilt makers in my class at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY. As you can see their wall quilts turned out terrific!


Art work by Donna (top) and Christina (bottom)

Each of them brought in a photo or other inspiration they wanted to convert into fabric. We fused yards of fabric, made patterns for the designs, and, in some cases, threw the designs out window and started over. Aren’t these fun? (More tomorrow.)