Put a Bird on It


Brushing Up #7 by Laura Wasilowski

In a fit of cleaning out a studio shelf, I unearthed another little quilt to update. The paint brush in Brushing Up #7 looked so sad and lonely that I felt it needed a companion. How do you update an old quilt?

brushingupsbirdWhy put a bird on it of course! Now our little paint brush has a friend. Ah, isn’t that sweet? You’ll see this quilt and many others at the Artfabrik/Friestyle booth at the Houston International Quilt Festival next week. Come see Frieda and me in booth #1229.

Studio Tour #1

studio2015bI so long for my studio! This week I’m teaching at the Pacific International Quilt Festival (PIQF) in Santa Clara CA. One of the problems with teaching is that I don’t get to make anything, just watch others make art. It can be very frustrating!

So I long for my studio.

This is a view down the hall into my basement sewing studio. Before I left town, I packed boxes for the Artfabrik/Friestyle booth at the International Quilt Festival in Houston. The first thing I have to do upon my return home is ship out those boxes.

OK, maybe I don’t long for my studio.

Another Nut Under the Needle


A nut house in process.

My second in a series of nut houses, or Nut House #2, is about to go under the needle! The hand stitching is complete and the machine work on my BERNINA awaits. Hope to get this done before leaving for the International Quilt Festival in Houston TX.

The pressure is on, wish me luck!

threadringAre you under pressure from a nut too? This may help you out. Leave a comment today on the blog and you may win a sampler of my hand dyed thread and a thread ring.

Houston Sightings


By Emily Parson

Alas, the International Quilt Festival in Houston is over. But I thought you might like to see some of the people and quilts at the show. Here you see my friend, Emily Parson’s beautiful quilt on display in the Full Bloom exhibit.


My colorful friends, Mary Mashuta, Lynn Koolish, and Roberta Horton

Several friends dropped in to visit us at the Artfabrik booth including Mary Mashuta, Lynn, Koolish (my editor from C&T Publishing) and Roberta Horton.


Katie, Frieda, Pat and Sue

You can always count on Katie Pasquini Masopust to liven up a party. Here she is with Frieda and award winning quilters Pat Holly and Sue Nickels.


And one last view of my Libby’s Leaves quilt next to that of Alex Anderson’s quilt. You have until November 5 to put in a bid on the quilts being auctioned to raise money for Libby Lehman. Check out the auction website here. Wish you could have been at Houston with us. It was so much fun!