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.

See You in Kentucky!


Frieda and I are off to the AQS Show in Paducah KY to set up our booth. You’ll know it’s our booth by the colorful display and the number 1224. If I seem a little bleary eyed and fuzzy, it’s because I’ve just returned from the southern hemisphere, a 14 day cruise around New Zealand. Great trip but good to be home. See you in Kentucky!

A Little Bird Wish


Bird on a Branch #5 by Laura Wasilowski

Have you attended the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in Sisters, OR? I’ll be teaching out there in July when the entire town puts on a one-day outdoor exhibit of quilts. It’s a delightful setting!

One of the many activities at the show is the opportunity to bid on art work by donors for Wish Upon a Card. This is my donation this year. Bird on a Branch #5 measures 4″ x 6″ and is made of silk fabrics and hand stitched.

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).

A Frustrating Quilt

basket2This is the dilemma with making step-outs for a class. I want to finish this quilt! But I have to leave it in its unfinished state. In order to teach my students at the Quilter’s Affair in Sisters OR how to make a Woven Flower Basket Quilt, this quilt will never be completed.


Another version of the Woven Flower Basket Quilts.

You ask, “Why not make another one just like it?” This is why: it’s boring. Also, for me, remaking the same quilt means I learn nothing new. The adventure of making new work calls me constantly. Do you hear it too?