Monday, December 15, 2014

view from my couch


The view from my couch...
Yeah, Fun!

It takes a lot to nail me down to one spot... But Thursday afternoon took me down... I had a few doctor appointments pre-booked, as I had not been feeling well the last couple months, and now that I'm home, and done traveling, it felt like the right time to just get flat out sick. LOL....


Not a bad time to get sick, I got to veg-out for four days on my sofa... I had good company. Jenny Egg kept me warm...(an dogged the blankets) 
I got to cozy up with netflix and I pondered writing out my xmas cards, 
but my arms were to tired for that, so I slept, and slept, and slept, instead.  
And, I didn't even sew!!! (until today!)

Today I felt a bit better, so I only spent a small portion on my newly made nest... And today, I did sew. I am hand quilting my "personal app quilt", for an exhibit for Road to California.
More on that a bit later when I get it done... It's laying there, on the sofa... 
with the orange polka dots... ( I LOVE POLKA DOTS!)


It's no fun being sick... But hopefully I'm on the up swing, before Xmas.

The best news?
Getting this shot of this happy customer on his new race car quilt...



That makes me feel ALL BETTER!!!
;-)



Thursday, December 11, 2014

What's new!




January Schedule:


Visit my Shop page for holiday goodies! 



Also! I'm looking forward to QuiltCon where I will be teaching and lecturing!
I also entered one quilt and it was accepted! YAY!!! See you in Austin!!



Come CRUISE WITH ME!!




08/10/15 to 08/14/15  
Madeline Island School of the Arts!

Monday, December 8, 2014

What FUN!!!


 First this arrived.... 
Awwww! Flowers for me!?

 Then...
A box arrived...
What is it?







The FIRST REAL COPY OF  
DOUBLE WEDDING RING QUILTS:
Traditions Made Modern BOOK!!!

What a great Monday!!!

They will arrive in January sometime!! 
(I won't have an exact date until they physically
 have them off the boat)

Thank you C&T publishing!!


Pre-order your copy HERE (CLICK)

I'm off to put my feet up and look at it!
It smells so new!
Weeeeeeeee!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

My little Wins!

Here are my Quilt Alliance INSPIRED BY Wins! 
You may recall I listed that my quilt was selling last week on ebay for the Quilt Alliance's fundraising auction...
Well,
 I bought these three little works, as they all made me smile...
I Just love Margaret's Hexagons... her inspiration quilt for her quilt is shown here.



 The hand work On Michele's is just so lovely it makes me think of my grandmother's hand work. Her inspiration quilt was actually the same as the next quilt that I bought!

Jodi's Modern Mini, the colors just felt like summer to me... Had to have it... Her inspiration quilt is here.


I'm starting to think about my NEXT contest 
quilt for the Quilt Alliance!
It's a fun theme!!!

Will you join in? 
Maybe I can then buy yours!!

All the info you need is HERE.




...and just maybe it will have Miss Jenny Egg's FACE on it!



What will be on yours??

Thursday, December 4, 2014

JAPAN!



I'm excited to share that I will be teaching three workshops prior to the Tokyo International Great Quilt Festival, and three days of teaching a small 15 Minutes of PLAY hand bag at the Great Quilt Festival!  SQUEAL!!!
I'm so excited! I have been to Japan once before, but not for quilting...  So this will be so much fun!
I leave Jan 16th and return January 27th.

I'm excited to see the show! 




Wednesday, December 3, 2014

home, but...

 
We had a lovely time with out family in Seattle!
Sunday, Michael and Beatrice flew home, and I flew down to Orange County, CA...
I pulled the RAIN along with me from Seattle!

Above, clouds over Old Orange... The Cloudy amazing skies in CA were a joy to those who needed rain desperately! I was happy it was WARMISH...

I had a part of a day to PLAY, and went to visit my friend Jamie Fingal. Love her work, and was so excited to just visit her studio!  My head was spinning with ideas... I wanted to just sit right down and sew...  We ventured out a bit, to hit a few antique stores...


Thought I'd pick up a few clever Xmas gifts....
Would you want this under your tree?  (or on your bed??)

Or perhaps this one?

;-)


 I cleverly ended up bringing home a few gifts for myself! HA! love that when that happens... A beautiful bowl, and a plastic angel for my retro tree...


 I then spent a day shooting videos at Sizzix, That was so fun!  What a great place to play!


I got home Tuesday night, I'm home today to unpack, wash clothes, and repack, 

to catch a flight to Orlando tomorrow for a two day workshop with the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild!  FUN!!!
That will be the last trip of the year...
(for quilty things anyway!  London at the end of the month, for family and fun!) WOOT WOOT!


You thought that was a crazy schedule... wait til you hear January's schedule...
 things will calm down...then.
I hope.




Saturday, November 29, 2014

Quilt Alliance auction



HURRY!
The QUILT ALLIANCE INSPIRED BY auction quilts on ebay are wrapping up! Great Gifts for your Pals! Quick ,find a great deal!

My Quilt NEON BLIZZARD (above) is up now, and ends on Monday 6pm!

LINK TO ALL EBAY QUILTS



 There are so many great little quilts!  This one below is by Pamela Allen. Amazing Quilt Artist, I own two of her works already. Always been a fan.

 Sue Blewiess's quilt, She's own several times at Houston... Love her style!

 I'm totally drawn to these lovely quilts as well! Will you be bidding against me?



The 2015 contest has been announced as well! you can make one for next year!


All the info you need is here. CLICK HERE.  

A fun project to add to your list of projects! All for a good cause!

Our Mission: 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


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Day!


HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


ENJOY YOUR FEAST!
I've had a fun packed few days, before my family arrived here in Seattle! A workshop and a lecture yesterday, that was just so much fun! A great group to play with!  Thanks Stephanie, Opal, LeeAnn, etc. for hosting me, and a big thank you to all who came out for the events!




Wednesday I was able to hop over to Okan Arts to pick up some lovely Yukata cotton fabric. (vintage kimono fabrics!) from Patricia.  I'm all excited to go home and cut them up!  Ideas are swirling!    Above I'm wearing a vintage kimono, a gift from Patricia... Her low ceilings are deceiving, as I look like a giant! ;-) hehe
Thanks Patricia!!


Once Michael and Beatrice arrived we went out to dinner with my 
stepson and granddaughter at the W hotel... Seated across from us...
Well...

Yes, it is the THE MAN from the North Pole...
We know this because he came over and said hello...
I believe we will be seeing him bring up the end of the parade on Friday...hohoho!

;-)


Off to make our VEGAN Thanksgiving...
Yep. Tofu-rkey and some killer lentil stew!

1 cup rinsed brown lentils
1/2 tsp salt + to taste
1/2 tsp turmeric in powder form
1 medium bell pepper seeded and chopped
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped tomato
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp lime juice

For avocado salsa on top,

1/2 avocado in .5 inch cubes
1/2 cup finely diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp finely chopped cilantro
1/2 tsp lime juice
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper

To prepare,

Lentils, salt, turmeric and 2 cups water in pan. Cook uncovered over medium heat [presume a simmer] for 25-30 minutes. Add rest except lime and cook 10 minutes more. Add lime just before serving.

For salsa- combine ingredients all together to consistency desired and serve cold over stew.



HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!