Bloggers' Quilt Festival

I can't remember whether I ever entered a quilt in this event, the brainchild of Amy Ellis, who blogs over at Amy's Creative Side. This link should get you to the page for the information, if you want to join. This quilt is on the cover of my upcoming book, but it's only one version of this improv, no-pattern quilt. I'm going to post it on the Blogger's Quilt Festival. Over the past few days I asked myself "what if?" and experimented with the same way of working, same process -- but I made a change. I put the experiments on my wall this morning, in audition mode. Look how different it is from the quilt above. There's no end to the variations! I have a bunch of other ideas I want to try thi

my "flat robin" quilt

As I continue emptying bookcases, I'm filling bags to take to my NJ Modern Quilt Guild meeting tonight for the giveaway table. Books I've outgrown or wonder why I ever bought in the first place, along with some design books I haven't looked at in forever and probably never will again. But I hesitated when I got to this book, published in 2000 by C&T. Why? Because this book contained my first published quilt. This was the one I had brought for Show & Tell to my guild in 1997, where it was greeted with dead silence instead of the usual applause that greeted the Grandmother's Flower Gardens and pink and blue floral traditional quilts. I had incorporated a bunch of antique blocks into the qui

a quick piece of news

Just a quick post before I leave for my daughter's to usher in Rosh Hashanah, which starts tonight. As I was getting organized a short while ago, this popped into my mailbox as a good surprise from Wanted to share it with you and thank you for reading, for being part of my blog family, and for making this happen. Now, I'm out the door (bringing brisket and dessert, of course) and to all of you who celebrate, I wish you L'Shana Tova.

an inside look at Facebook NY

What a fun day! Had lunch with today's birthday girl - was going to take her out, but Facebook provides their employees with such fabulous FREE gourmet meals that we ate in. The cafeteria was mobbed so we went up to the 15th floor, which has lovely Indian food and is a lot quieter, so we could talk. Jessica actually works at Instagram, but it is part of the Facebook family, so they are in the same building. IG's space is visually a lot more laid back and quiet, so I mostly got a tour of Facebook's funky space. While I waited in the lobby for Jessica, I could see this graffiti board through the glass doors. It was only the beginning. There is art everywhere. More, later. Facebook & Instag

My box of goodies arrived today!

Not edible goodies -- and nothing glamorous -- but ones I am happy to have home. A carton of sample blocks and bits for my book was on my doorstep when I got home today. Still in every plastic bag, sorted and numbered so they went in the right places, they don't look like much. But they are the backbone of my book and you'll see them in November when Create Your Own Improv Quilts is slated to appear. Now I am happy that I can take them out of their little packages and use them to inspire some new work. No time this week - but maybe on the weekend. This has been a hectic week and continues to be nonstop. Last Saturday night, my daughter Hilary had her 50th b.d. party -- a week before her

the server ate my email address

SO - I have tweaked my address by inserting a dot after the r. Please change my primary email address to I can also be reached at They both work, so use them and delete the old one that claims I don't exist. I am trying to notify everybody I can think of who might want to get in touch with me. ARGH. For those of us who were in the NY metro area 16 years ago, today's date is indelibly etched in our hearts. On one of the quilt lists there was an immediate response to make a quilt and many people in other parts of the country did so. I could not; I was too close to it and remained shell-shocked for a long time. It was probably a year later, l

surface design and sewing machines

No, these two don't necessarily go together unless you are sewing together pieces of cloth you have printed. I haven't done that in a very long time, but it's on my to-do list again because I have an idea I'd like to explore. Surface design Clearing out piles of stuff in the basement, I came across some wadded-up fabrics from my printing days. When I washed and ironed them, a few were worth saving. All of them were screen printed with my beloved construction fence -- something I started using in 2000 after I was captivated by the design possibilities. This is my favorite of the rescued bunch. Everything I printed was (and always will be improv -- just as my quilts are improvised. Looking a

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