Sunday, September 21, 2014

Quilters Take Manhattan

 Photo recap!
Amazing quilts belonging to Mark Dunn of MODA

Goody bags galore! Ready for action!

 Mark Lipinski in fine form...

 Karla from Cherrywoods, and the amazing WICKED quilts!! Simply amazing!

 Melanie Testa doing her Go tell it talk about her quilt.

 Author Book signings! 

pre orders are available at my website!


 Labeling demos with Leslie Tucker Jenison
 Quilt MATCH! Encyclopedia in the middle.
 John Kubinec on the end...
 Allie Aller on the other end, and came out the WINNER!


 Got to meet blog friends, FACE TO FACE!!! Hello UPSTATE LISA!!!
 I whipped up Roderick's Signature blocks from the book party on Thursday and gave it to him on Saturday!!
YAY!!!!


 MINIS are happening in show and tell and in class today!


 Amy Butler looking radiant...


A fabulously FUN day!!!
Then it was onto the party at my place... a few pics to come later...

Have a great SUNDAY!!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Book Party



Hear more about the book in this casual conversation with Roderick.





Yvonne Porcella and I, with my "tuna" quilt made by Yvonne... 







Signature blocks! I had Roderick hit my stash to select some fabrics he liked, so we could have guests make signature blocks for him. I will turn them into a small quilt for him to remember the night!  ;-)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Roderick Kiracofe chat.



Roderick stopped by to talk about his new Book! He is such a joy, and I am totally excited to share this book with you.

Listen to Roderick Kiracofe talk about his new book Unconventional & Unexpected, American Quilts Below The Radar 1950-2000. It's amazing! Don't miss it! ;-)





Myself, Michele Muska and Roderick Kiracofe, prepping for his book party Thursday eve!


Soon I will have a chat session with Michele Muska and her new book as well! Stay tuned!!

Home again home again....

 I had so much fun in Newtown, PA the last two days!! These ladies were one rocking group! Fabric was flying, people were sewing like crazy, and I cam home inspired!




Classroom is ready for QTM this weekend! Quilters Take Manhattan!!! YAY!!

I'm now home, whipping up my home, classroom to be ready for tonight's ( Thursday) party for Roderick Kiracofe's new  book release Unconventional & Unexpected .

AMAZING book of inspired quilts!

This a must have book for all of you who, like me, love the out of the norm- artistic and unique quilts!

More on the book later...  But here is one peek.... My grandmother's quilt she made for me, is included in the book... This moved me to tears... If only she knew.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Atlanta and back....

Quilting Live in Atlanta was great fun!  We made Mini quilts and also some Double Wedding Rings!  It was such a whirlwind trip! Check out all the fun stuff!



I'd say these are about actual size... ;-)      1.5" blocks...



My husband and daughter picked me up friday night and we went straight out to our house... I meant to post over the weekend, but I realized I didn't bring my computer along with me!  And no other WORK projects, so I got to relax, sew whatever I wanted, and also Cooked all day on Saturday! Beatrice and I made a carrot cake, I made a few jars of Rhubarb chutney, then cooked a great meal of Salmon with Leek & spinach cream sauce with Gruyere scalloped potatoes... Yep, I went all out!  



I sewed some 15 Minutes of Play blocks, which are for one of six new commission quilt projects!
Someone asked me this weekend if I still get to "just sew." 
 I said, "That's all I pretty much do." 
She said, "No like, just for fun." 
I said, "Everything I do is fun! 
 I only make what brings me joy...  Finding people who want to have one of my quilts, and making it for them, is pretty great...  Next to giving one away! That is #1, to give to those who need. 
Quilts bring Joy.
I get Joy in making them...
I always make the quilt I want to make... So the fun is always present.


I'll keep you posted on this project as it grows... 
It's so bright and happy, hard to be sad, looking at all that color!

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A super Busy this week!

Newtown Quilters Guild in Newtown, PA Tuesday and Wednesday. 16th -17th

Hosting a Book Release Party for Roderick Kirakofe here on Thursday eve.

Quilters Take Manhattan Saturday at F.I.T. ( sold out) 20th
QTM After Dark party here in my home Saturday night. 20th
Miniatures Class here in my home classroom Sunday. (sold out) 21st
Then I head to Acton, MA with Alex Veronelli of Aurifil to Quilters Way : 
we both lecture on Sept 23rd.
Then Sept 29-30th I am at Keystone Quilters, in Quakertown, PA 



Amazing book, by Roderick Kiracofe. So many fabulous quilts inside, you will be inspired!!! Check it out! 
More info on that to come...


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Off to Atlanta!



I'm packed to fly off to Atlanta today for Quilting Live! Class tonight is Miniatures, and tomorrow is the Double Wedding Ring Single ring class...  I'm excited to teach both. So much fun!
I also look forward to seeing the Double Wedding Ring Exhibit hanging!! Of course!


The Dogs get all worked up when they see the suitcase come out... They sit by it, on it, in  it... Sorry Pups, not this time.... Poor Kia has been up every night since her second heart attack.... And if she is up, that means I am up...  Three times last night.... sigh. poor thing... Hope no one minds the bags under my eyes....
 Speaking of eyes...

When did small print get to be so SMALL!
Finally got a pair of readers...   Had to go funky.... like? ;-)


Prepping for the class samples means, I get a bunch more ideas....and
yet another DWR! 
These pics are fuzzy because they are off my iPhone... 
Seems to me my camera is not taking the greatest pictures anymore....   And here i thought it was just my eyes... ha!


Got my airplane hand work ready, having my coffee, and I am outta here!  Pics when I return!
Have a great day!!!

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Another done.

Another healing quilt is done and will ship Monday.  I was told of a woman who desperately needed a quilt... She was not feeling well, went in, and came out with some very bad news...  I hope this quilt,  filled with all our love and support, will help her in her journey....

Thank you again for all your support in contributing these blocks. Together we are bringing a touch of Joy to those who need some extra love and prayers.


Thank you!



Friday, September 5, 2014

QTM HOT TICKET giveaway!!

Quilters Take Manhattan Ticket Giveaway by Aurifil!!!!!


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Quilters Take Manhattan, the once a year extravaganza hosted by the Quilt Alliance, has grown every year adding classes, tours and special contests to the delight of the quilting community.  Although all of this is fun, the Alliance has a very important purpose in the preservation and education of the quilting arts.
The Quilt Alliance 
Quilt Alliance is a nonprofit 501c3 organization established in 1993 whose mission is to document, preserve, and share our American quilt heritage by collecting the rich stories that historic and contemporary quilts, and their makers, tell about our nation’s diverse peoples and their communities.
In support of this mission, the Alliance brings together quilt makers and designers, the quilt industry, quilt scholars and teachers, and quilt collectors to further the following goals:
to promote the understanding of the quilt as an important American grassroots art form
to make information about quilts available to a broad public
to educate Americans about the importance of documenting quilts and quiltmakers so that their stories will not be lost.
This year’s event speakers include  the very talented designer Amy Butler and the president and owner of Moda Fabrics, snazzy dresser, and Quilt Alliance board member Mark Dunn, a beautiful quilt exhibit and a goody bag that will make you drool!  Everyone that attends  this event is inspired to go home and create!
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The Quilters Take Manhattan 2014  has completely sold out ( you can still buy tickets for the at home option) but Aurifil has a wonderful surprise!  Two people will win one ticket for the SOLD OUT day event at FIT in NYC and one ticket for the After Hours party at the loft of Victoria Findlay Wolfe.

To enter this giveaway is made easy with many options on Rafflecopter!  This giveaway will close on September 8, 2014 and  the winner will be announced on or about September 6 on Aurifil blog

To enter for this giveaway please visit


(Do not enter for drawing here.. Please go to the Aurifil link.)