Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Day!


I've had a fun packed few days, before my family arrived here in Seattle! A workshop and a lecture yesterday, that was just so much fun! A great group to play with!  Thanks Stephanie, Opal, LeeAnn, etc. for hosting me, and a big thank you to all who came out for the events!

Wednesday I was able to hop over to Okan Arts to pick up some lovely Yukata cotton fabric. (vintage kimono fabrics!) from Patricia.  I'm all excited to go home and cut them up!  Ideas are swirling!    Above I'm wearing a vintage kimono, a gift from Patricia... Her low ceilings are deceiving, as I look like a giant! ;-) hehe
Thanks Patricia!!

Once Michael and Beatrice arrived we went out to dinner with my 
stepson and granddaughter at the W hotel... Seated across from us...

Yes, it is the THE MAN from the North Pole...
We know this because he came over and said hello...
I believe we will be seeing him bring up the end of the parade on Friday...hohoho!


Off to make our VEGAN Thanksgiving...
Yep. Tofu-rkey and some killer lentil stew!

1 cup rinsed brown lentils
1/2 tsp salt + to taste
1/2 tsp turmeric in powder form
1 medium bell pepper seeded and chopped
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped tomato
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp lime juice

For avocado salsa on top,

1/2 avocado in .5 inch cubes
1/2 cup finely diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp finely chopped cilantro
1/2 tsp lime juice
1/4 tsp fresh ground black pepper

To prepare,

Lentils, salt, turmeric and 2 cups water in pan. Cook uncovered over medium heat [presume a simmer] for 25-30 minutes. Add rest except lime and cook 10 minutes more. Add lime just before serving.

For salsa- combine ingredients all together to consistency desired and serve cold over stew.


Sunday, November 23, 2014

time to give...warm a heart

Sharing on behalf of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum

The International Quilt Study Center and Museum is partnering with Phi Delta Theta to collect quilts for the less fortunate.

The organizations will collect new and gently used quilts of all sizes Nov. 25 to Dec. 19 at the museum, 33rd and Holdrege streets. Infant, child and adult quilts will be donated to the People’s City Mission in time for the holidays.
“Quilts offer compassion and care that goes beyond physical needs,” said Leslie Levy, executive director of the museum. “With winter and the holidays upon us, we invite our community to join us in sharing that warmth.”
Donations for the quilt drive can be made to the museum’s front desk from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. To make arrangements to deliver outside of regular museum hours, call 402-472-6549.
Beginning Dec. 2, the museum will also offer free admission through Feb. 5. To view a list of current and upcoming exhibitions, go to
You may also mail your gift to:   Quilt House: 1523 North 33rd Street, Lincoln NE 68583.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Gudrun's new ruler

My friend Gudrun Erla (GE DESIGNS) and I had dinner last week in MN ( while we waited for my rental car to get towed and replaced from over heating in 20 degree weather! haha)
... She has a new ruler that is pretty clever out with Creative Grids.

The non slip, large size makes this a great handy quilt for cutting a lot of fabric,  in one go...

She has a this great video below , that really gives you all of the ways to suss this ruler! 
Check it out!


Gudrun has this book, Big Blocks Big Style, and the quilt with the snowflakes, is one of my favorites...

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

My book reviewed on PW!

I woke up to this lovely review of my new book!!

I'm so excited to share these quilts with you! The work was healing, emotional, and an exciting journey for me... Love those Full Circle Moments!!! (Who knew a double wedding ring would have that impact on me!)

Thanks Publishers Weekly for giving my book a "Star * Buy this book * rating!!!

Please Pre-order a SIGNED copy of  my book at website.

Want to take a two day Double Wedding Ring class with me?

Don't be afraid of the curves, let me show you how fun they are!

January 10th & 11th 2015
Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts
A two day workshop to focus on play and design of the double wedding ring. You can make one as traditional or as out of the box as you want, using several techniques I share during the class... Come ready to play and push the limits of design!

Click here for more information!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

trip wrap up.

I'm home from my "other Home"  Minnesota, where I was born and raised!
I taught for 9 days straight around the State of MN and one stop in WI, and had quite the adventure!

First off.
Wednesday evening, before I left, my poor sweet Kia, passed away.  It was the best time, as I would have been very sad had I missed seeing her... She was in congestive heart failure since August, so her passing in her sleep, quietly, and rest, was a blessing.  I'm grateful for that. She was still her very happy self, and I knew she was getting really tired out...  I did not want to see her in pain. She was a real sweetie.  Jenny Egg has had an adjustment to make... They were inseparable...

Then Friday morning, in flurry to get organized to get to the airport, TO the AIRPORT... only to realize that I did not have my ID or credit cards with me!
Luckily, I was able to find someone to quick go to my apartment and come to the airport with my proper ID!


I started at MN Quilters with a lecture, then a workshop at 1st Sewing in Bloomington, then up to Brainerd for a lecture and a workshop....
and a....
 Yep, Minnesota did not let me down... it dropped 11"of snow on us "Up North" and made us all a twitter over weather people would be able to make it...  But Minnesotans are tough, winter driving, stock, and we had a nice turn out even in the nasty weather!  hehe!

Thanks Karla at Cherrywood fabrics!!!, and Linda from Pinetree Quilters, for hosting me!

I stopped and had a visit with my mother, and my aunt, as well. 
Gotta do those things while in the state!

Love those Cherrywood fabrics!!!

Next I was back to Minneapolis for a workshop, and before heading south to Henderson, I was off to have dinner with friends, when my RENTAL CAR OVERHEATED in 20 Degree weather!
Hey, you learn something new everyday!  Didn't see that one coming!
So we sat, ate, chatted while we waited for my "new rental" car to arrive...

I'm quite grateful that even though it was a tough week, My classes and lectures were attended by warm, fabulous, quilter peeps! They all did amazing work, which I hope will also inspire you! I was sure inspired!

 Hudson Heritage quilters work, above.

At my lecture in Henderson, a few students from another workshop came in on a very brisk night of 5 degrees, and brought along some blocks they were finishing up!  Look! 15 Minutes of play Minis in the center of her lovely star!!

A highlight!

This sweet young lady, all of 7 years of age, was taking NOTES during my lecture, and commented... I think she really likes Double Wedding Rings!   ( I guess I'm an easy read! ) hahaha!
She then asked if I'd sign her notebook.  Awwwwwww. SO SWEET!!! You Betcha!

I did really enjoy this sign in Henderson as well...  "Quilt Speaker"    Love it, just as much as I love (turkey) Bingo!  ;-)  The people here were fantastic, my host, Sandi, and the friends of the library were just the best. Thank you all for having me come. Peeps from all over southern Minnesota came out, and I am truly touched!

After an hour delay,more snow, and a de-iced plane, I safely returned home to NYC,
 to a wonderful 46 degree evening.... Ahhhhhhh!

Now to get caught up, and head out Monday for Seattle!

Hello Seattle Area Quilters!

I'll be lecturing while I am in Seattle for my annual family 
Thanksgiving trip!

Tuesday Nov 25th, 6pm
Edmonds Church of God, 220th St
Southwest, Edmonds, WA

$10 tickets

Tickets WILL be sold at the door, now...

See you in WA!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Quilt Alliance Auction Quilts

The Quilt Alliance Auction Quilts 

The first auction week of the Inspired By contest quilts will go live on at 9pm Eastern on Monday night—Tonight!!!
 Very exciting!  Be sure to bid FOR your FAVORITES! Many beautiful quilts have been made, and are great gifts. Tis the season! I have my eye on a couple!  

Our annual quilt auction is a major fundraiser for the Alliance. Proceeds support the operation of projects like Quilters' S.O.S. - Save Our Stories and Go Tell It at the Quilt Show!, and our ability to partner on projects like The Quilt Index. 

***Auction dates and links:***
Once the auctions have begun, you can go directly to the current week's eBay auction by using this link (before the auction begins  at 9pm ET, however, you won’t see any quilts yet):

Below are the auction dates. Each auction begins and ends on Monday at 9pm Eastern.
Week One: Mon, Nov. 10- Mon, Nov. 17
Week Two: Mon, Nov. 17- Mon, Nov. 24
Week Three: Mon, Nov. 24 – Mon, Dec. 1

Important note: the quilts for each auction week are only viewable on during the auction period for that quilt. Before and after the auction period the quilts are not viewable (eBay only posts items included in live auctions--no archives or scheduled auctions are viewable). 

Sunday, November 9, 2014



Friends at Festival posted a quilt pattern of mine...  Hop on over for a freebie! Goes together quick, stash buster, and a sweet design for more gift quilts! Donations and otherwise! Here I used Pat Sloan's One for You, One for Me Fabrics

Share a quilt with someone who needs.  CLICK HERE

Happy Sewing!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Seattle Nov 25th!

Hello Seattle Area Quilters!

I'll be lecturing while I am in Seattle for my annual family 
Thanksgiving trip!

Tuesday Nov 25th, 6pm
Edmonds Church of God, 220th St
Southwest, Edmonds, WA

$10  tickets: email : 

Tickets are through the mail only, and will not be sold at the door.

Please email Stephanie for tickets.

Get your tickets soon!

See you in WA!