Garden Update and the Colors of Autumn

astersLook at that color! I had planted this asters plant in the Spring and then forgot all about it. In fact, it is lucky to be alive! For a long time I thought it was a weed but never got around to weeding my garden cause I am a lazy slug. Then I left town and returned to find it blooming.

astersfabricI have a colorway of thread and fabric called Asters inspired by the plant. Or maybe I should say, inspired by my memory of asters from a different garden. In any case, Asters is one of my favorite colorways that I dye, the colors of Autumn.

Desperately Seeking Greens

dyedthread2Every few months I give in and do an inventory of threads and fabric for Artfabrik. This time I was surprised to find that all the green colorways were low. Colorways like Moss, Peas in a Pod, Green Grass, and Evening Greens desperately needed dyeing.


Apple Basket by Laura Wasilowski.  The Lime Frappe thread colorway is used for the grass in this small, free-stitched embroidery piece.

After a week of work, the dyed threads are washed and ready to dry. Now if I could get some one to twist them up for me, I’d be one happy dyer! Care to volunteer?

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.

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).

The Chicago Quilt Show is On!


Pretend I’m not in this photo.

Are you attending the International Quilt Festival Chicago? Sadly, I’m not. But my fabric and thread are!

I’m off to teach at the  QuiltFest Savannah this week and will miss the Chicago show. But my friend, Frieda Anderson, will be there with our hand dyed fabrics and threads so you can visit with her. The show runs March 26 – 28. Hope you can attend!