Treat Yourself!

threadtreeIt’s that time of year when I over-eat and give gifts that clutter peoples homes. But there is one useful gift I’m giving myself this year: a class on Craftsy.


Embroidered Landscape (detail) by Laura Wasilowski. Learn more about embroidery in my Craftsy Class: Hand Stitched Collage Quilts.

Learning a new skill is always a treat. And with a Craftsy class you can watch it anytime (while eating cookies). The class never expires so you get to watch it over and over again. Treat yourself this holiday season. Give yourself a Craftsy Class!

Daily Design: Plan A

illinoistree15detailMy time in the studio is limited by travel all year long. But not during the month of December! So here is my plan for this much needed time for creativity: I want to make a small quilt design everyday of the month!

decquilt1So far, so good. Each day I’ve set aside at least 1 hour to play with my fused fabric scraps. In some cases, I’ve used parts of left over collages like the water collage in this design. (It is a remnant from the quilt in my Craftsy Class: Sketch It, Fuse It, Quilt It.) And for those worried about my disappearing house above. Not to worry! Part of Plan A is to hand embroider around the house to make it pop out from the background.

One Sweet Basket


Basket of Blooms by Mel

It was a pleasure teaching in California this past October. Especially when I had really great students like Mel turn up in my class. Mel was in the Woven Flower Basket Quilt class at PIQF and made this delightful version of the basket. She says, I’ve watched several of your Craftsy class lessons so it was a real treat to take an in-person workshop with you!  I had so much fun in the workshop and learning some fantastic tricks and techniques for fused art quilts.

You can read more about her process of making the piece on her blog Piece, Love, & Happiness. Thanks for joining me Mel!

Watch at Your Leisure

craftsyjuly15sale copyI must admit I’ve signed up for a lot of Craftsy Classes. From cheese making, to planting succulents, to quilt making, Craftsy has a great variety of things to learn. I may not actually do the projects shown on the screen but I’m fascinated by how people create things.

And the best part is this: I can watch the shows at my leisure. Check out their sale this weekend. See you in the succulent class!