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no rules - no rulers

October 31, 2017

Fast forward to Sat morning, after I had dined so well at Pappadeaux.  When I wanted to make a purchase at Market—no credit card.  oops! had I dropped at the restaurant?  back I went.  They searched and searched - no card.  So I called the bank and told them my last purchase had been the night before at Pappadeaux.

"You mean you didn't buy $60 worth of donuts at Shipley's at 1:30 this morning?"  I am still laughing.  I mean, if you had stolen a credit card wouldn't you buy...

October 29, 2017

So sorr

 y I’ve been quiet — life has gotten in the way.  I’ve just put my house on the market and the craziness there has started, but I arrived at Quilt Market Friday afternoon.

Got to the Convention Center, where I was greeted by these very helpful signs. 

Then I made my way to the room where I participated in a “Schoolhouse”, which is an info session for shop owners, given by those of us who have new books.

Saturday, Market was set up and open for business.  I had a list of people I wanted to see,...

October 11, 2017

So I finally got to my house about 2:00 this morning, what with flight delays out of Denver yesterday.  I slept right through an appointment, which I have now rescheduled for next  Monday.  Presumably, I will be back in my own time zone by then.

I had plenty of time to read All the Light We Cannot See, while we were in the air -- and I finished it this m.  Truthfully, I was not overly fond of it -- it was painful to read and I found myself turning the pages to avoid the worst parts. I wil...

October 9, 2017

but just a dusting on the ground at the Denver airport.  Landed for a 3 hr layover, happily ensconsed in the United Club.

The week in lovely Jackson Hole flew and the two days  in class were gone in a blink.  Nineteen quilters came in with the tired, the sad, and the ugly — blocks they thought needed triage.  I even brought some of mine to donate to the cause.

Can you tell what a fun time they were having?

Although I asked them to take “before” shots, most of them forgot.  But here two of George’s in...

October 6, 2017

  • What a happy combination!  I spent this morning stitching on a quilt I am ready to be done with. I traveled with my Featherweight for the first time and am so happy I brought it with me.  But it needs new cords and the bulb is out😟.

Tomorrow monring I hope to trim the batting and add a couple more lines of stitching on each side and deal with a facing. But we shall see. 

This afternoon, a fabulous tour of the national park!  Can I please take these mountains home with me??

Here I am with my hostess...

October 5, 2017

Jet lag - it is two hours earlier here and I’m ready for bed.  Not teaching till the weekend, so I have two days of leisure with my lovely host, Susan.  Sightseeing and sewing —hooray!    

We are in the valley, surrounded by mountains and it is gorgeous here. But I don’t have any photos taken on the ground yet — only this one that I took from the plane today.  I leave you with this beautiful vision of the Grand Tetons.

Looks the way I always pictured Shangri-La.

More tomorrow. 


October 4, 2017

Probably not so wild these days - but I expect the landscape to be beautiful.  It should be even more beautiful once my class has done a bit of cosmetic surgery on their bleh blocks and tops.  Should be fun!

I have my own pile of bleh blocks, but I'm leaving those aside while I play around with some "what ifs."  In the last few days I've experimented nonstop, and here's what is on my wall tonight.  These are such fun!

 Same block, different sizes and fabrics.  I have some other ideas, but...

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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