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no rules - no rulers

April 30, 2019

After a few years of putting up with rotting vegetables, strawberries that go bad in one day, and the self that falls off the door every five minutes --I am ditching the piece of crap refrigerator I bought 4 years ago.  Until now, the freezer has been ok -- but that ended tonight when I had to drink my ice cream.  Sadly, there is a lot to throw out: Publix has a periodic buy one-get one free Haagen Dazs once a month (roughly) so I buy two and get four.  ARGH.  The freezer must know that I ordered...

April 29, 2019

On her last vacation day here the 9 year old whirling dervish wanted to go to my studio. When she was six she asked for a sewing machine for her birthday, so I sent her a nifty little Brother that had all the features of a big machine plus an easy speed control and hand control in case she couldn't reach the pedal.  I liked it so much that I bought one to leave in Florida - just as an extra.

Since she lived in Brooklyn and I was in Florida, I never had the chance to sit down with her at the machine...

April 28, 2019

After more than a month of nonstop houseguests, I am catching up with my life.  The day after the memorial gathering for my cousin Mimi seven of my best college friends arrived for a reunion we had planned two years ago.  It was a wonderful five days of laughter, political discussions, eating, drinking, and trips to the beach and the wonderful Norton Museum, which recently opened after a two-year expansion designed by Norman Foster Partners.  Gotta love the charming Oldenberg typewriter eraser scu...

April 1, 2019

As always, my students inspire me -- and the photo that arrived from Doris Goins this past week is no exception.  This little gem, now finished, was from the class at the Indiana Heritage Quilt Show where I handed out the ugly fabric challenge.  Such an unusual and striking color combination -- which proves that almost anything works together and you don't have to obsess over color choices!

This one was also improvised with one line of stitching through the paper. No-pattern paper piecing, whi...

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a blog about improv quilts and an improv life
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