Laurel Anderson

Laurel learned to sew before first grade. Her mother taught her to thread a needle and knot the thread to make clothes for her dolls. As the years progressed she learned to sew using a pattern. She took tailoring in high school and worked for the home-ec teacher. Quilting as a hobby didn’t arrive until her first son began school. She took her sewing machine and second son to a group making quilts for a local homeless shelter. It was a wonderful start.

Now she designs patterns and teaches quiltmaking with a specialty in appliqué. Check out her patterns here: Patterns

View her teaching schedule here: Schedule 

Check the workshops and lectures she offers here: Teaching

quilt with appliqued tree and apple blossoms by Beth

Teaching quilting at the Empty Spools Seminars

My quilting topic was machine applique. I taught a variety of applique techniques designed for speed and accuracy. Everyone made up their own mind about a favorite method and learned to choose an applique method for every quilt design.

Evening at Asilomar Beach

Empty Spools Seminars

One of my bucket list items was just checked off. Teaching at the Empty Spools Seminars at Asilomar. People come from all over the world to teach and learn quilting. The weather was perfect despite the nasty winter California was enduring. The facility showed vintage charm and offered glimpses of wildlife, otters, deer, raccoons, and butterflies. The beach was a brief walk across the road. We quilted for 6 days and it was hard to leave my students and new friends. We hope to meet again.