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no rules - no rulers

April 22, 2018

I have been there every day for the past week - sometimes twice in one day! Am I done?

This morning's run was for the following items.

  • a new fixture for the studio to replace the ancient (ugly) colonial chandelier over the mid-century DWR  Zero kitchen table and orange chairs  from my NJ kitchen.

 The industrial look should work just fine -- especially for $29.

As long as I was there -- I bought replacement a for the hall fixture in my apartment so I can...

April 21, 2018

As I think I mentioned a while ago, I bought a one-bedroom apartment to use as a studio/overflow guest accomodation. The lighting was poor-to-non existent, the ceiling fan  was yucky, and despite that, I set up my tables and worked when I could.The electrician is mostly finished, except for the track lighting and a new ceiling fan that will not be imminently falling on my head.  The painters are in full swing, everything is in the bedroom, and the place looks good, empty.

My sewing and ironing...

April 17, 2018

These days I seem to be eating dinner much later than I ever did.  Today I had a lovely grain bowl made with quinoa, kale, and whatever random vegetables hadn't rotted in the veg drawer of the fridge. It was delicious and so filling I only ate half...but since quinoa is protein, it kept me going for most of the day (except for the two ginger cookies I had at 3:00).

So here I am, blogging st 9:30 with a cup of expresso and a bit of Jeni's ice cream. My supermarket started carrying Jeni's and is sell...

April 15, 2018

My grown children still laugh and roll their eyes when they hear me say it.  The first time I said it was when I fell in love with an antique quilt and couldn't afford to buy one.  I was 33 years old.  All by hand: no rotary cutters, no special quilt rulers, and no pattern books except one.  

The most recent "I can do that (maybe)" was this past week. I don't have a "before" picture of the hall closet, but if you remember Fibber McGee, you can imagine what it looked like. Even I...

April 11, 2018

Yesterday I went to the eye doctor.  Failed my eye test at the Driver's License Bureau because I have an irreparable condition in my right eye.  The lady told me to put my glasses on and I told her it wouldn't make any difference, so she handed me a form and told me to have the eye doctor fill it out.  In other words, an official document that indicates that you are ok to drive even if you are partially blind in one eye.  That explains a lot about Florida drivers.

This morning I...

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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