Not Far from the Tree


Acorn by Laura Wasilowski

If you’re attending the Quilt Expo in Madison, please stop into our booth (#835) and check out my new pattern called Acorn. Right in time for fall, this little quilt has directions for making a woven collage for the top of the acorn and patterns for all those leaves as well. Doesn’t it look like it’s wearing a hat? Or is that just me?

All Set Up and Ready to Go


Wall of hand-dyed thread. All the colors and all the sizes.

Frieda and I spent yesterday setting up our booth at Quilt Expo in Madison WI. We open today and expect to be overwhelmed by rabid quilters dashing for fabric and thread. Or at least we hope so. Please stop in and say “hi”. Don’t worry. We are right in the front of the hall (#835) so we have an easy exit if the rabid quilt makers get too…. rabid.

Meet Me in Mad Town!


Nancy Zieman from Nancy’s Notions will be there too.

Want to meet me in Mad Town this weekend? The annual Quilt Expo is taking place in Madison, WI September 4 – 6 and I’ll be there along with Frieda. Madison is a great city and the quilt show is packed with quilts to see and vendors like me. You’ll see Frieda and me at our booth right next to the Nancy’s Notion’s booth. Stop by and say hi!


dragonthreadsgiveaway2I hope you’ll join me in this mighty give away from Dragon Threads. In honor of Phillipa Naylor’s new book, Applique Mastery, they are giving away lots of prizes including copies of my book, Fanciful Stitches Colorful Quilts. (I just gave one to Sharon L in August.)

If you go to the Artfabrik Facebook page, just look for the blue Giveaway button on the left. Click that button and it takes you to the page to register for the prizes. Hope you win!

An Idea Using Your Noodle

rollNext time you attend a class, bring along your noodle. That is, your plastic pool noodle. At the end of class, place your quilt top onto your batting and backing fabric. (For a fused quilt, you may want to cover the project with release paper too.) Pin the edge of the project onto the noodle and then roll it up. That way, your project is kept neat, flat, and held together. It’s easier to transport too.

This great idea is brought to you from one of my students in Colorado. I’m sorry I can’t remember her name but she is brilliant!

Morning Glory Blues

morningglorychairIt’s happened again. The morning glories in my garden have taken over! Nothing is safe from them. Here you see them snaring a garden chair. If they weren’t so beautiful, I might be upset.


Watering Can (43″ x 45″) by Laura Wasilowski

But rather than curse the morning glories, I’ve made several quilts about their eagerness to grow. Here you see the vines slowly taking over my watering can. Given a week, the watering can will disappear and all you’ll see is a mass of blue morning glories. They are very persistent.