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no rules - no rulers

August 28, 2017

I'm in London now, staying with my dear friends for a few days. Caught up on my sleep last night and am now ready to talk about my wonderful experience teaching at Clos de Lande Vallee in Pont-l'abbe. Since pictures are worth a thousand words, here are a few. 

The area is lovely.

The food was divine, from start to finish. And our hosts, Apostolos and Anne (to his left) were totally charming.

Then, there was the class.  Some of the participants had never before cut fabric without a ruler, but discover...

August 21, 2017

I  am pretty much adjusting to the time difference of 6 heures  Il est 11:30 pm ici et je commence à avoir sommeil.  Il est 5:30 L'après-midi à NJ. 


Ce soir je suis allée à la mer avec teois stagières de ma classe.  Nous voilà: Maryse, Josiane, et Gisèle.

Et voici la mer ce soir. Il y avait un centaine (il semblait) de surfers. Je croyais d'abord qu'ils étaient de grands oiseaux! A 9:30 le soir...

à demain.  

August 18, 2017

Accomplishment #1: I started to clean out the linen closet.

 That may not be a thrilling job, but it yielded an extraordinary discovery.  A drop-dead gorgeous, mint-condition, hand-pieced 19th c quilt top.  Where did it come from?  I have no memory of having bought it (but I am sure I did).  The browns, reds, and greens, are as bright as they day they were born because they were stored away from light.

Just look at these beautiful fabrics! The gray mourning print -- the red one....

August 17, 2017

Packed and packing. Filling the suitcase with clothes, fabrics, and a few small quilts to take with me to Clos de Lande Vallée in Brittany, where I will be teaching for five days next week.

The problem with packing ahead of time is that I can't remember whether I have already packed my rotary cutter, seam ripper,etc. etc. and now I have to rifle through my stuff to make sure.   Sometimes I think it is not worth trying to be planful. It's really not my style.

Emballé et emballant. Mettant des vê...

August 9, 2017

My feet and the sewing machine's feet, as well.

My bobbin is out of thread -- the signal that it is time to get away from the sewing machine for a day or two.  I've been working on this quilt - stitching away (as you know, my least favorite part of the process) and am happy to have a break. But I really want to have it done before I teach my next class. We'll see.

The day started with the shower door going off the track.  I can't fix it and I contacted three people who do that kind of work and none...

August 1, 2017

is always good for jump-starting creativity.  At least, I have found it so.  I've been in Paducah for less than a week and have been lucky enough to work in Helene's spacious studio, cutting, sewing, and putting pieces on the design wall

A couple of days ago I posted a piece I made with triangles. It started as a couple of sample blocks for a class and ended as a complete top.  

Yesterday I decided to use up all the cuttings and triangle scraps to see what I could do with them.  Up on the wall tonig...

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7th grade sewing becuse she couldn't sew a straight seam. Now it's an asset. 
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2020 teaching schedule


December 2017-April 2018

West Palm Beach, FL. while I'm airfare &

book me to teach in FL

Feb 22-26, 2018

QuiltCon 2018

Pasadena, CA

( C&T booth book-signing)

March 24, 2018

Palm Beach County QG

West Palm Beach, FL

June 2, 3, 4, 2018

Austin Area Quilt Guild, Austin, TX

July 13-15, 2018

Wyoming State Quilt Guild:

Quilt Wyoming, Casper WY

August 19-25, 2018

Clos de Lande Vallée

Pont l'Abbé, Brittany, FR

(class filled)

August 26-Sept 1

information and sign-ups

(limited to 10)

October 5 & 6, 2018

North Jersey Modern QG

Cedar Grove, NJ

October 15 & 16

Garden State Quilt Guild

Chatham, NJ