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no rules - no rulers

June 28, 2018

Wednesday, June 27

It's all a blur.  Know that feeling?  My life is so boring that the big excitement was discovering a new food market this morning on the way home from doing errands.  After I had bought some random items, I stopped at the Indian grocery store for cumin seed and fresh curry leaves. What I really want is my own curry leaf tree!  Tonight, I started to make samosas, which I have never done before.  Will finish tomorrow because I am going to bed shortly.  Up too early this morning!...

June 21, 2018

I am unaccountably happy when I am in this (messy) space.  Even before I get here (it’s a 4 minute drive from my apartment and a 20 min walk but I am always schlepping STUFF), I feel  a sense of joy. 

Last night I was too tired to clean up, so first order of business today is sorting and making room for what I need to work on today.

I spent all day yesterday working with Malaysian batiks, trying to make something that worked for me. At the end of the day I gave up because nothing worked --...

June 14, 2018

Keeping track of a few days in (and out of) my quilt studio)

June 8, 2018

 Before I left the hotel in Austin I had to take a photo of the carpet. Yes, it's crooked (the photo, not the carpet) but both the palette and the graphic design spoke to me. 

In fact, I am somewhat of a hotel carpet junkie. These days, they are a long way from the ugly, flowered hotel carpets of yore. (remember??)  I have a collection of photos and even used one of them as inspiration for trial blocks that didn't get used.  But I had to experiment.  Here are a few I have phtographed thro...

June 6, 2018

It's midnight on the east coast and I just got home from Austin - via Houston. Tried to blog on my iPad but this app doesn't work on ios very well, so I'm starting again.

Day One -  Modern Quilts from Old Blocks.

While the results weren't all "modern," they were certainly updated.  Ugly/unwanted/leftover blocks were transformed by people who had never cut up their blocks before. While not all of them were put into modern context first time out, they became mini-quilts that are waaaaay better than th...

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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