Monday, June 29, 2015

VA, TN, NC....

So beautiful!! The drive has been amazing. I won't mention how bummed I was that quilt shops are not open on Sunday's, and Monday's... So I have not spent much! :-) We drove from Nyc to Salem, VA on Saturday, then Sunday to Asheville, to see the Biltmore Mansion and to check out the town! Adorable. We also had a great meal at Rhubarb. Yummy.

Warning: there will be many lovely adjectives attached to this post... 

Beatrice and I decided to buy this place. It's our new house. Do you like it? 
33 of my close personal friends can come visit at once.. 
Haha! I think they could have great sewing retreats at the Biltmore Mansion. 

Ok. Maybe not. 

We drove through the Smoky Mountains on the way from Asheville to Cattanooga. Amazing!! 

Gorgeous lake Ocoee... I wanted to jump in, but I bet it's not very warm... 
Day lilies outside Asheville... Love that color!! 

By late Sunday we arrived at my friend Mary's loft. This is near her! The Chattanooga ChooChoo! Yes, we broke out in song when we saw it... 

Mary is a awesome quilter... Here's a coupe hanging in her home. One of my great pals I've made from following each others blogs from way back... 

While here, we called up bad ass quilter herself, Maddie and Flaun. We popped over to their shop and I did a bit of damage... And left with some BQS bling...  What did I buy? Jennifer Paganelli prints and... 

...a Sam Hunter pattern and fabrics to make this bag, requested by my one and only...

We also had some quilter peeps over to visit and I can tell you this is one fun bunch!! So nice to meet you all! Pictured: Margo,  Joan, Mary, me, Audrey, Vista, Melody, Kathy and Ann.
These ladies knew how to have fun! 

Thanks Mary for letting us stay with you! So nice to catch up!! It was so nice!! 

Next up, we drive to New Orleans Tuesday morning! 

Friday, June 26, 2015

Ready to Roll!

This past week I've been packing, organizing, enough product and quilts and supplies to travel to teach in Texas for one month!
I was pretty sure, that everything I needed to bring to Texas, was NOT going to fit in my car.

But never underestimate the seasoned traveler, spatial expert, 
who likes to put puzzles together!

Having grown up int eh days of Tetris, I can pack a car to fill every once of space...

 Sometimes you just need to put you head in the game...  
( I was actually laughing very hard, here) 

Not only did I get it all in EASILY, but,  I have a wee bit of space to fill it up at Quilt shops and Antique shops etc, on our journey!


Ready to hit the road very early Saturday Morning!

TEXAS, Here we come!!

Beatrice and I are all set to go. I am  hoping the rain will calm down a bit as we drive... I'd like to be abel to see the beautiful landscape!  
We are starting out trip to enjoy Chattanooga and New Orleans, then on the after the Houston Guild, my husband is joining us and we are driving to Marfa Texas, an Artsy town revived by artists... We've wanted to go for years, so we are taking that family time to see, AND it will be our Wedding Anniversary then as well, so it will be nice to all be together in Texas!  After that, Beatrice and I drive back to NY... But not sure yet on our route back... We may want to switch it up a bit.. We shall see!

This will be a lot of miles on my new car!  I'm so looking forward to it.. Time to get out of the studio and see the peeps...


In Other FUN news!
I was asked to extend my DWR Exhibit at the

 The exhibit which was going to end June 28th, is now ending AUGUST 3rd!!! 
So if you get a chance, please pop down to see IQSCM! The new wing is also open! More quilts! More inspiration! And my DWR babies will be happy to greet you!


If you are still pondering a quilt getaway weekend for this July–look no more!
NFA2015logo_800wideThe Quilt Alliance’s biennial educational and inspiration conference, Not Fade Away: Sharing  Stories in the Digital Age will be held on Friday, July 17 and Saturday, July 18, 2015 at the Floris United Methodist Church in Herndon, Virginia.
Come to this fun and inspirational conference to:
• Hear 2015 Keynote Speaker: Marin Hanson–“One Hundred Good Wishes Quilts: Commemorating and Documenting Adoptions from China”
• Learn how to self-publish a book about your own quilts
• Listen to curators and historians discuss how family trees can provide clues to quilt history
• Make creative quilt labels with quilt artists Leslie Tucker Jenison & Michele Muska
• Meet the people doing cutting-edge oral history projects on today’s quilters
• Hear about the history and future of the Quilt Barn Trails project
• Learn how to use the unique and deep resources of the Quilt Alliance to inspire your own work• See the 2015 Sacred Threads Exhibition – one-day admission is included in conference registration
• Join Quilt Alliance board members, conference presenters and other attendees for an optional Fundraising Dinner on Saturday night to honor outgoing Alliance president Meg Cox.
 Full details on Not Fade Away can be found on the Quilt Alliance website here.Tickets are available for the full conference, Friday only, Saturday only (full day or morning only) and even a Home Ticket option that gives you access to most conference sessions via videos distributed after the event. Quilt Alliance members receive a discount on tickets.
Not Fade Away attendees can also take advantage of this great Sacred Threads sponsored bus trips: Museum Bus Tour on Friday, July 17 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm).
Tickets: $75/person
Click here to register for these tours separately on the Sacred Threads ticket site.

Ticket Giveaway Details:
Three winners will be chosen at random to receive a pair of tickets* to attend Not Fade Away. Tickets do not include the Saturday night Fundraising Dinner.
Deadline to enter: Sunday, July 5 at 12:00 Midnight EDT. Names will be drawn on Monday, July 6, and the winners will be announced on the Quilt Alliance Facebook page by 5:00 pm EDT on that day.

Click here to enter the Not Fade Away Ticket Giveaway!

Thursday, June 25, 2015


Is Wednesday over yet? Wow what a yucky day! I updated my big iMac to Yosemite last night, woke in the morning and it wouldn't start up... !! Tried every thing, called Mac, reinstalled, no luck... Schlepped it to the Apple Store, (it was hot out and the computer is very heavy, which was shoved into my rolling Juki bag for my machine... Had to walk over lugging it there, no taxis, as it was at 5:30... Only for them to tell me they can't fix it and I have to take it elsewhere... Hot sweaty and exhausted. Blah. 


I had a very long list of things to do today, and I can tell you, none of them got done.  


I did get one thing done! 

Here's the pattern link: 

Picking out a cute, funky binding ala-Victoria-style, I sat on my bum and finished my bag.  

I had so much fun playing in my fabrics to design the bag parts! You can see I used a different selection of fabrics and patterns for each side of the bag. 

Once I finished it, I grabbed my purse and goodies I needed and put it to work for its first outing:
Grand Cebtral Station Apple Store today, and Tekserve in Chelsea tomorrow! 

Here's hoping it can get fixed.., hope no one else needs anything because... 
Well, clearly, 
No computing going on here. 

Here's hoping Thursday is a much better day. 

At least I have a beautiful bag for my trip! 


Ahhh, the silver QUILTED lining! 

QuiltCon registration!!!  Good luck!! 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Tick Tock!

I'm itching to get this bag done!!  I'm on the second panel and stitches are flying! 

With my trusty helper...

Yeah, right....

I'm also trying out posting from my iPhone! How fabulous that will be for the road trip! 

Monday, June 22, 2015

got a new bag!

At Spring Market, I was walking the aisles and I came across this bag by!! SO CUTE!!!  I had to make that bag!  I love that it's quilted, and the jute webbing! 
This pattern of theirs, is going to be coming-out soon. Because I got it at market, you may not find it available yet.

I had a stack of fabrics I wanted to play with  ready to go...Next I added in some fun solids and muslin... 
I love stripes!!

After I made some sections of fabric, I thought, gosh, those are adorable...
what if I made them into a entire quilt!  ( squirrel! )
But no, I stuck to my plan... I want that bag! ;-)

I laid the webbing over my sections and I really like the affect for the handles.

So I cut my bag shapes...
And my bag linings...

Then I took it outside to hand quilt... Yes, I could have put them on my JUKI... But it's way more fun to take your sewing outdoors! Besides, the big stitches in BLUE from my Aurifil 12wt thread set, Traditions Made Modern looks SOOOO good on it!  THIS SET IS ON SALE!! GO SEE!

Now to start quilting on the second half!



or you can purchase a set from my website, here.

AND ALSO, YOU CAN WIN A SET OF MY NEW THREADS AT Lily's Quilts! Pop over to comment at her blog, But don't forget to say hi here.

Thanks for your comments! I appreciate hearing them! It does help when blogging to have the conversations. I love hearing your thoughts.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Home Studio & QuiltCon codes!

My New Stretched Hex and tumbler set has been so much fun to play with. I wanted to make another version to take on my TEXAS road trip, ( leaving Saturday!!!)  Tops are easy to travel with!!!

This is my sample so far... I ran out of solid fabric here at my house... 
no quilt shop near by...bummer!  I am savoring my Paula Prass fabric Summer Soiree...(Black fabric with gorgeous florals)  I've had it for years waiting for the right moment to cut into it!

You can take my class on these shapes at QuiltCon! 
I will be teaching this... fun fun fun!!
Learn the tricks for success!!
All the codes you need to make your QuiltCon PLAN of ATTACK! :-)

CODE 711
Stretch Hex and Tumbler Class

CODE 713
Pies & Points Class

Creativity & Play

I'll remind you again...  OK?  
MQG Member Pre-Registration opens June 25th, General Pre-Registration opens July 1st. 

Beatrice and I are heading out next Saturday to drive to Texas! We will drive to Chattanooga first, down I81... Anyone know anything I should see on the way between NYC and Chattanooga?  Perhaps a place to stop half way to stay over... Like Abingdon or, swing though Johnson City?   then come through Asheville, and then over to Chattanooga? I figure as long as we are driving we want to see all the good stuff!
Quiltshops, lovely places to eat... etc..

Thanks for all your comments! The conversation helps me write these posts!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Quilt House DWR class.

Last Sunday, at IQSCM, after the board meeting and ribbon cutting fun, I taught a Double Wedding Ring class. This was my second time teaching at the Museum, and I have to say, they SPOIL ME ROTTEN! ( A Bag full of Nebraska goodies, AND A POLYESTER quilt top! ) Yes, I am probably the only one who gets excited over that!  haha!

The Omaha Modern Quilt guild co-sponsored the event, along with many Lincoln Modern peeps and other folks.  They were so excited to learn the tricks of my favorite Double wedding Ring, My "BIG MAMA of a pattern", used on Retro Poly Mod, Bright Lights`Big City, and Strings of Florid Blooms...

Different variations were going on at once, some were paper piecing, some where going scrappy, some were going with the Florid blooms look, and Fun and laughter was simultaneous!

Real attention to what your fabrics are doing was being given, here she fussy cut her points, and her stripy background fabric so the directions were all the same, I love details like that! Get more movement by looking at your fabrics and letting the fabrics do the work for you!

Having a Inspiration fabric to set the mood!  Here her concave squares  fabric (Alex. Henry fabric)  set the mood for her funky pink red black and white palette. So cool!

TEXT!  The Florid Bloom pattern is set apart from the color fields with text fabric color words dancing all-around!

Start with a plan... I was informed she had to have a plan when she starts a quilt, I cam back and she took liberties with her points!  (Hehe, My kind of plan! Who says a plan can't be changed!)  A quilter after my own heart!
The dot fabric in the points, give amazing movement... Great choice!

 COLORCOLORCOLOR!!!!  Yes, that is ONE word... 
haha! LOVE IT!

Jonathan who works at the Museum was my classroom helper, and also was taking the class... He ran out and bought a bunch of new fabrics for his project, and included a chambray, which he had not used before....The sheen it gave the quilt was a great bonus!  Although I'm not sure he was thrilled with the chambray with the wiggling... (Chambray is wiggly to work with... ) Patience grasshopper!  ;-) It's fabulous! Stick with it!

My IH tractor quilt was done in chambray, wiggly yes, but the FEEL and texture is amazing... Well worth the effort...

We had one gal who was new to paper piecing...  I walked her through the first one, giving her permission to hate it. LOL... It's brain twist when you start... She finished her first one, and said, maybe I will just go cut full pieces and forget about paper piecing... I came back around and she had three  arcs done... Now she is addicted!  She even went home and did a bunch more.
haha! That makes it all worth it.. yes, it's PUTZY, but clearly her results with her batiks are STUNNING!! She had a palette of reds, browns, golds and AQUA! Please send us an updated pic Tasha!!  ;-)

Makes me itch to start another myself!

PLAY!  Of course there was playing going on... What else can you do to change up the pattern to make it your own?  This yummy palette maybe getting some adapted corner squares...  Lovely.

And lastly, My own Double Wedding Ring Exhibit is up until June 28th... It's been the biggest honor to have them hanging in the Pumphrey Family Gallery at the International Quilt Study Center...AKA, QUILT HOUSE.  

If you get a chance, might you consider becoming a member of the museum? Your small contribution goes a long way.  It's a great place to visit,, and see some amazing quilts from all over the world... You can also check the ONLINE collections... INSPIRATION GALORE!

I thank the Museum for allowing me the space and time to share my work. My special babies... These quilts were an exploration of JOY, and Joyful I am....  I'm ready to start my next project... I just need more time!!!

Have you made a double wedding Ring? I'd love to hear your comments...
I know with social media these days,we breeze in and out of blogs, But I still love hearing your thoughts.

I see how many people visit my blog each day, but I rarely get to hear your comments any more... Thank you to those who regularly post comments! It's much appreciated.
It makes it hard to share, when I don't get your feedback...

Do you miss my videos?
 just got a new iPhone! I couldn't take do videos on my old phone, as I had used up all my memory! LOL... So expect more of those soon...
What else would you like to see?

Please tell me your thoughts...