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no rules - no rulers

September 23, 2017

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...

September 21, 2017

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 gr...

September 20, 2017

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.

September 15, 2017

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 Face...

September 14, 2017

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 inspi...

September 12, 2017

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 imm...

September 8, 2017

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 20...

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Rayna Gillman flunked
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