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no rules - no rulers

June 21, 2019

Yep, I started as a traditional quilter.  What else was there in 1974 when I started making quilts?  I don't really have any photos of my work before 1993 because I didn't realize that I should have been documenting my work that long ago.  Anyway, I was making mostly baby quilts in those days.  They were the repositories of my experimental blocks.


June 21, 2019

I am in New Jersey for my two grandsons' h.s. graduations and have a full calendar.  Tuesday, I went into New York, planning to meet my friend Sujatha for lunch. I took the bus; she was going to take the train.  But our plans were stymied by a power outage on the whole Northeast train line.  By the time we discovered it, I was on the bus. So I called my daughter Jessica, who works for Peleton and just happened to have a break. She met me for a delicious lunch where we both ate waaaay too much....

June 16, 2019

About 22 years ago, give-or-take, I took a sweatshirt, cut off the cuffs and the neck ribbing, opened up the sleeve seams, and  zig-zagged  the edges of a bunch of fabrics onto the surface. This workhorse sweatshirt jacket is still my go-to when I need a light jacket. (ha - not too often in Florida).  

Here is Minnie, modeling it.  Not exactly fashion-forward, but it works for me.

You can probably see that it needs a little TLC.  Some of the fabrics have fallen off and others are comi...

June 11, 2019


Back in the studio on a 90+ degree Sunday, determined to get something done today.  I have finally finished the piece I was working on and today's chore is to put a facing on it.  I  posted this on Instagram in January while I was working on it and at that point I asked what people saw and what story it told them when they looked at it.   I might ask you the same question.

When I started this piece I was simply working with leftover rectangles from my book, cutting them up...

June 9, 2019

I slept till 10 this morning - a totally rare occurrence which screwed up my whole schedule. Had breakfast at 11, lunch at 2, and dinner at 5. Now it is tomorrow and I'm sort of wide awake, blogging. (but not for long).

While I was scrolling through my photos earlier, I came across this string quilt which I probably made 15 years ago or more.  I suspect I gave it to someone as a baby quilt because I don't have it anywhere.  I love it because it's wonky and scrappy and I made absolutely no effort to...

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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