It’s All About the Color


62 colorways of my hand-dyed threads in 3 sizes on display at the Artfabrik booth in Paducah.


As I watch my customers shop for thread at the AQS show in Paducah, I realize it’s all about the color, the color, the color. They struggle to puzzle out what colors will work best for their future projects. You know how they feel. Sometimes picking out color is so difficult.Which color should would you choose?

Have You Worked with Silk?

Our booth (#1224) is all set up at the AQS Show in Paducah KY thanks to my hardy partner in crime, Frieda. (I am totally useless as I’ve just returned from New Zealand and am exhausted.)


One of the fabrics you find for sale at the Artfabrik / Friestyle booth is this gorgeous silk. Isn’t it beautiful? Don’t you think I should lay down and take a nap in it? If you’d like to see the fabric, just push me aside. Remember, we’re in the main convention hall in booth number 1224. Or just listen for the snoring.

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).