Visiting the Capital?


Blue Wing Chair by Laura Wasilowski

The SAQA Radical Elements exhibition is now open at the Gallery of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC. That’s 2101 Constitution Ave. NW, in Washington on the Mall for all you tourists out there.

Nearly 40 artists show elements from the periodic table using this art quilt as illustrations. It’s on until the middle of October. Hours: weekdays between 9 am and 5 pm. Admission: free, but a photo ID is required. And you must mention my name several times.

An Exhibit to See


Penelope’s Poppies by Laura Wasilowski

I’m so happy that my quilt, Penelope’s Poppies, is part of McLean County Arts Center’s Illinois Quiltscape. This exhibition of quilts made in Illinois extends through August 8, 2015 and is in Bloomington IL. Here’s a statement about the exhibit.

Illinois Quiltscape explores the complexity and diversity in contemporary quilt making across Illinois. Twenty quilters from across Illinois have been invited to exhibit a quilt of original design. Inclusive of Art Quilts, Modern Quilts, Functional Bed and Wall Hanging Quilts, the exhibition highlights how traditional and contemporary quilting techniques are used to best tell each quilt’s unique story.

Check out the great video on it here. Hope you can see the exhibit!



A Wish to Give Away


Bird on a Branch #5 by Laura Wasilowski

Today I’m teaching at the Quilter’s Affair Show in Sisters, OR. You may know this venue as the little town that puts on a huge one-day outdoor quilt exhibit. It draws thousands of visitors.

One of the many activities at the show is the opportunity to bid on art work by donors for Wish Upon a Card. (Click on this link for a really neat slide show of the all the artwork in the auction.) My donation this year, Bird on a Branch #5, measures 4″ x 6″ and is made of silk fabrics and hand stitched. Loved making it, love that it’s helping out someone in need, and love that it will go to a good home.

Sisters, Here I Come!


Jean Wells and Laura Wasilowski

Are you heading out to Sisters, Oregon, too? Sisters is the home of the largest outdoor quilt festival in the nation called Quilters Affair. It is also the location of the most fun I’ve ever had in Oregon. The whole thing began with Jean Wells.

Jean, a resident of Sisters and founder of the Quilter’s Affair, and her daughter Valori Wells Kennedy bring in quilt instructors from around the world to teach at this week long event. Here you see a couple of my buddies after a fine meal at Jean’s house last year.


Three Sisters Mountains on the horizon.

It is so wonderful to be in this beautiful setting near the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and to be with people who love what they do. Hope to see you there!

Like Bees to Honey


Kathy McNeil, Paula Nedelstern, Lucy Carroll, and Laura Wasilowski

Like bees to honey, my fellow quilt cruise instructors and I found our way to the Australasian Quilt Convention while in port at Melbourne, Australia. Here you see Kathy McNeil, Paula Nedelstern, and me surrounding our fellow BERNINA Ambassador, Lucy Carroll. (I think we may have startled her with our enthusiasm.) Lucy was a guest artist at the show and her work is amazing!


This annual event is held in the spacious Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne every year. And I’m happy to announce that I’ll be one of the instructors at the show in 2016. Can’t wait to return (via airplane) to see what’s on display next year.

And so ends my travelog of my quilt cruise around parts of New Zealand and Australia. Hope you enjoyed the tour!

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.