Quiet? I Think Not!


See us at booth #914 in Houston.

Some of you may be wondering why I’ve been so quiet lately. You’ve seen fewer blog posts and not many projects underway. This may be the problem: the International Quilt Festival in Houston TX next week.


Hand-dyed silk for the Artfabrik booth.

Preparing for this show is very time consuming. I have fabric and thread to dye for our Artfabrik/Friestyle booth at the show (#914) and I’m preparing to teach 3 classes there too. Add that to my fall teaching schedule and there is just no time to tend to things like blogs or housework. (Like I would do housework anyway!)

But I’m happy to say all the fabric for the booth is shipped. Most of the class kit preparations is complete and I can now focus on fun. Hope to see you there!

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!

5 Reasons to Be Here


Bird on a Branch #1 by Laura Wasilowski.

There are 5 reasons I hike it down to Houston every year to attend the International Quilt Festival.

  1. I get to eat BBQ and drink a beer, just one, every night.
  2. I meet lots of entertaining people at the Artfabrik booth who tell me wild stories about their life and make my life look stale.
  3. The quilt exhibits are outstanding!
  4. I have 2 quilts in the juried show that I made for love, not money. (That means I didn’t win any prizes.)
  5. And most importantly, I’m with my peeps. Being with quilters and sharing our favorite fabric pass time is the best time of the year!

See Bird on a Branch #1 at the Artfabrik booth (#1739) and tell me an entertaining story.

Flying to Houston?


Coleen’s Calling Birds #23 by Laura Wasilowski will be on display at the Artfabrik book in Houston.

Are you on your way to the International Quilt Festival in Houston yet? Well, fly on down sisters and brothers. Have we got a quilt show for you!

Frieda and I can hardly wait to meet you in the Artfabrik booth (#1739). You can also meet my latest bird friend, Coleen’s Calling Birds #23. (Boy that Coleen sure has a lot of birds.)