What Are You Up To?

I love hearing from you! And I especially enjoy seeing projects you’ve completed in one of my online workshops or free tutorials. Today I’m featuring 2 artists who have completed projects from my classes.

Here’s a piece by Susan V. She enrolled in my online class, Little House in the Woods, on Creative Spark.

Susan said, ” I loved every stitch. Thank you so much for sharing your expertise. Your videos were so informative and easy to follow.”

And I thank you Susan for taking the class. You did an amazing job! Wow!

Last summer I taught virtual classes at Quilter’s Affair in Sisters Oregon. (This year I’m teaching live!) And I’m happy to report that Ruth C has completed her project from the Hand of Fortune class. Her stitching is terrific and I love the rickrack finishing the edge.

Ruth says she is “very pleased with how it turned out!” and also “inspired to continue creating more art in this way.” And I’d have to agree with her mentioning that “this type of slower work has been helpful getting through the lockdowns and isolation.” Thank you Ruth for sharing your artwork with us!

Where I’m Teaching This Year

I Can’t Give Up My Teaching Ways!

For the past year, the best way to teach my students was online with Creative Spark classes. But happily, I have one last live gig to attend in person. It’s my favorite teaching venue- Quilters’ Affair in Sister, Oregon.

Quilter’s Affair takes place July 4 through July 9 this year. It’s an opportunity to learn from a wonderful group of teachers. On Saturday, after a week of invigorating classes, the largest outdoor quilt show takes place. Join us and feast your eyes on quilts displayed around the charming town of Sisters.

Tiny Homes #3 by Laura Wasilowski

I’ll be teaching four classes: Libby’s Leaves, Free-Form Embroidery on Wool and Felt, Put a Bird on It, and my favorite Tiny Homes. I hope you will join me for this event. Family obligations have kept me from traveling to teach for a few years, but I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to be with you at Quilters’ Affair.

Needle Know How and a Give-away

You’ll find a lot of hand embroidery information in my new online class, Fused Art Quilts: Tiny Homes. In this class, you’ll learn how to create improvisational fused art quilts and how to embellish them as well. I show you how to make various embroidery stitches and discuss thread weights and needle sizes too.

Why talk about needle sizes? It’s important to match your thread with the correct size of hand embroidery needle. Needles that are too small for the thread are difficult to thread and difficult to pull through the fabric. If a needle is too large for the thread, the smaller thread will not be able to fill in the giant hole the needle makes. Here’s a simple chart to help you match your hand embroidery needle to the correct size of pearl cotton thread.

So match your needle with your thread and happily stitch away. Here’s a simple chart to help you match your hand embroidery needle to the correct size of pearl cotton thread.

Win a Set of Hand Embroidery Needles!

Would you like to win a packet of hand embroidery needles like I use in Fused Art Quilts: Tiny Homes?

Then please leave a comment below and you may be the lucky winner!