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no rules - no rulers

May 27, 2019

The random number generator did its work and here are the lucky random people who will have the creative challenge of transforming two blocks into something different and special! Improv and certainly more modern than these lovely traditional blocks.

Don't forget to take before and after pictures so everybody can see what magic you have performed!

If your name is on the list, email me with your full name, email and home address and when I get back from teaching in Grand Junction, CO sometime next we...

May 26, 2019

I started my first blog on Blogger in January 2005.  On May 30, 2017, when I redesigned my website and switched providers, I connected my new blog to my website. This is what you are reading now. There's a lot of content at my old blog and I wasn't able to migrate it, but my original blog is still available to read at

If you have insomnia one night or are sitting around one day with nothing to do, or you need a mindless break, you might want...

May 23, 2019

I mostly don't bother looking on the "I don't want it, you can have it" table at the guild meeting because I don't need one more block, book, or spool.  But last weekend I spotted a pile of unused traditional blocks on the giveaway table.  Hmmm...this is a Modern Guild so I can understand it.

Did I want them? No. But I couldn't leave them there because I knew that somebody would want them.  But since I do not know a single somebody who needs 17 traditional blocks, I had an idea. Spread the wea...

May 9, 2019

My mother used to say that if money were no object she would hire a cook.  A COOK?  I could never understand that. I loved to cook - and I still do.  But I understand it now. She was a pretty good cook but worked part time, and later in life, full time.  I'm tired when I come home from work and since I live alone (most of the time), if I want to eat, I have to cook. 

I have many wonderful ethnic cookbooks (Indian, Israeli, Greek, Lebanese) but most frequently, the NY Times Cooki...

May 6, 2019

Busy weekend teaching at the South Florida MQG -- two very different days.  Saturday was Rectangle Day -- working with darks, mediums, and lights, we made rectangles that looked like this and worked with them to make a small piece that worked as a composition.  The class was full and everybody's color choices were different. nobody's work looked the same as anyone else's.  

This is really a two-day class, but since we only had one day, I don't have finished pieces to show you.  Never...

May 3, 2019

I'm teaching this weekend at the South Florida MQG (hooray, I don't have to get on a plane!) and went to the studio to get my stuff together for the classes.  BUT  I got sidetracked (big surprise). Since it was only Thursday I knew I could get ready on Friday --

so I sat down with my new paints and fooled around, without caring what it looked like when I finished because I was experimenting.  

I have about a million small gallery-wrapped canvases (canvi??) I bought to wrap small quilts aro...

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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