Joe’s Wildlife Weekend and Student’s Work

August 28th, 2015

Joe and his buddy, Harry, have been fishing together for over thirty years. Harry recently bought an 1850’s log home. It sits on top of a mountain in North central Pennsylvania.

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The cabin does have electric, running water and a gas stove but I don’t think I’ll be visiting as the bathroom is thirty feet from the house!


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In the mornings, low clouds cover the area. Joe said it was truly magical.


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Here are a few of the animals he spotted on his morning walk.


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Harry has three pairs of hummingbirds circling the cabin…


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And herds of deer.


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Later in the morning, the guys drove down the mountain to one of Pennsylvania’s best trout streams. They refereed a race between the local inhabitants, a group of mergansers.


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They saw several flocks of turkey.


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Joe had just stepped out of his car and asked Harry if there were bears in the area. Harry said several just as this little one year old female walked up. She was shy and didn’t want her picture taken.


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A couple of weeks ago I posted a photo of Cathy Stemple’s finished block from my two day workshop at Quilt Odyssey.  Below is Cathy’s finished project from my one day class, Circular Garden.  Way to go Cathy.  And, she added a fun border to the design.

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New Project, Fiesta Mexico and Sneakers

August 21st, 2015

OK, that is a interesting title.  Keep reading.

I just finished a new project for my one day machine applique workshop options.  (It still needs quilted)  I’ll be teaching it at the Mancuso Mid-Atlantic Quilt show in Hampton, Virginia in February.   You can find out more about the show at    I don’t think the class offerings will be listed on the site until the fall.

I named this little piece “Circles Squared”.  In this workshop I’ll teach my machine applique techniques to include making Perfect Circles, sharp points, really nice even stems and some reverse applique.  I had fun making this little quilt.  It makes me happy.

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I got this wonderful email from Carolyn H. Stine.  She finished “Fiesta Mexico” and send me photos to share.  I am impressed.

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This is her label on the back of the quilt.  Carolyn plans to enter the quilt in some shows.  I hope she wins lots of ribbons.  Good luck Carolyn.

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Shortly after the email from Carolyn I got an email from Fairy Earnest who recently finished her rendition of “Fiesta Mexico”.  It makes me so happy to know that some people who purchased the pattern are finishing (smile)



Thanks ladies for sharing.  You made my day.


Now for the “sneakers” part of the title.



I loved these sneakers so I purchased a pair.  My friend Lenore Crawford is selling these through her Etsy site.  To find out about Lenore’s art for sale including the sneakers visit her Etsy page


Until next week……

More From Quilt Odyssey

August 14th, 2015

Nancy Simmons from Pennsylvania made “Iced Ginger Snap Latte” and won first place in the Large Pieced Quilt category.

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Karla Dahms from Minnesota made “Bubble-licious” and won Best Innovative Quilt

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Oh, what a fun quilt.  And, it was VERY innovative.

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Octopus leg wrapped around border…what fun.

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Four County Quilter Guild from Maryland made “Kaleidoscope”. They won 1st place in the Group Quilt category.

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Grit Kovosa and Brigit Schueller from Germany won 1st place in the Two Person Category.  The name of the quilt is “La Passion”.

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It was made of a gazillion little hexagons.  Impressive.

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My photo of the makers name was not clear and I could not read it.  If you know the makers of this quilt, please share it with me.  Great quilt.  It won 2nd place in the Two Person Category.

Bobbie Korengold emailed me with information on this quilt.  Polly Mello from Maryland made her version of the American Folk Art Museum’s Bird of Paradise quilt top.  It was quilted by one of Bellweather’s quilters.  Thanks for the info Bobbie.

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“My Brunette Whit” was made by Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchinson.   It won “Best Artistry” using a longarm.

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Until next week…..





New Products and Student’s Work

August 7th, 2015

Lots of exciting things this week.

After developing the Perfect Adjustable Square™ and getting lots of great feedback Joe and I  started talking about the idea of adjustable rulers.  It took a year and now we have two new products: a 6″ wide and a 3″ wide Perfect Adjustable Ruler™.

This ingenious ruler is four rulers in one package.  The five piece ruler easily snaps together to form a 6 inch, 12 inch, 18 inch or 24 inch length depending on your needs.  It has clear and accurate grid markings along with 30, 45 and 60 degree markings.  This ruler will become your perfect travel companion as it stores easily in a handy felt bag.  It is great when you are at home or on the go.

6″ Perfect Adjustable Ruler shown below.

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3″ Perfect Adjustable Ruler shown below.

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You can watch a short video on the rulers by clicking on the arrow below.

See the “Ruler” section in the “Store” drop down for more information.


I’ve been busy.  I also have 4 new patterns.  Photo below shows all four patterns combined but they are each sold separately.  See the “Pattern, DVD, Book” section in the “Store” drop down for more information.

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Student’s Work

Cathy Stemple took my Majestic Mosaic machine applique workshop just two weeks ago.  She actually sent me the picture within one week of finishing the class.  And I love that her dog got into the act.  Great job Cathy.  And thanks for sharing.

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Cathy sent me this photo of her finished Fiesta Mexico Block Three project.  She took the class with me when I taught in Florida in the Spring.  This is her first ever hand applique project.  I think she deserves a round of applause.  Seriously, I’ve said this before, I wish my hand applique had started out so good.










Until next week…….

Quilt Odyssey, Student’s Works and Book Review

July 31st, 2015

This past week I taught at Quilt Odyssey in Hershey. PA.

Several students brought projects to share and you will see those below.

Here are just a couple of quilts from the show.

“Modern Love” was made by Megan Farkas.  She won 1st place in the miniature category.

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“A Labor of Art” won 2nd place in the miniature category.  It was made by Sharon Schlotzhauer from Colorado.

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Barbara Korengold from Maryland made “Ben’s Midnight Garden”.  She won 2nd place in the applique category.

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Claudia Pfeil from Germany won Best of Show with her quilt “Paradox”

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Terry Kramer from Pennsylvania won 2nd place in Mixed Techniques for her quilt called “Sweetwater Gap Bloodroot”.

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This is Shirley Griesinger.  She brought her finished Fiesta Mexico Block Nine to show me.  Great job Shirley.

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Anne Flynn brought her finished Majestic Mosaic quilt which she started in my class two years ago at Quilt Odyssey.  Very nice.

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And I hate it when this happens but I took this photo of Fiesta Mexico Block Three which a student shared with me and I forgot to get the student’s name.  If you know who this block belongs to please email me so I can add her name.

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I just finished listening to “Radiant Angel” by Nelson DeMille.  I love his books based on his character John Corey.  The character has a very dry, witty sense of humor which makes me laugh out loud sometimes. Joe laughs so hard sometimes that Joe’s laughing makes me laugh.  It is one of those things where you really need to be paying attention or you could miss the wit of it.  Most of the story is serious. John is trying to find out about a group of Russians in New York…why they are in New York, what they are planning….He is a rule breaker which makes him a far more interesting character.  He is the all American hero.  The kind of guy who risks his life to protect his country and the people in it.  Love this character and Nelson DeMille.




July 27th, 2015


Margaret Coleen Senft       November 25, 1923 – July 21, 2015

Today we said goodbye to one of my favorite people ever, our dear friend, Margaret.  Margaret was 91 and she lived a very good life.  Margaret was diagnosed with cancer about 3 months ago.  She died in her favorite chair where she was comfortable sleeping these past few weeks.  She did not linger long and was not in any pain. For this, I am thankful.

For those of you who took classes with me, I often talked about Margaret and her husband, Frank, who is now 96 years old.  Margaret and Frank have been packing all of my class packets for the past twenty some years.  It was a job Margaret loved doing as she told me it gave her a sense of purpose.  It was a very, very big help to me.

Margaret was able to celebrate their 69th wedding anniversary in June.  They were known to have a single drink at 3pm every afternoon.  I have a great Uncle and his wife, who passed away this past year at age 100….and they too, had a drink in the afternoon.  I keep telling Joe maybe we should start having a drink in the afternoon…..they all made it to 90 plus years.  Maybe there is something to this afternoon drink thing!!

We’ve celebrated Christmas with Frank and Margaret for the past…I don’t know 20 some years.  They have no children, except of course, for us!!  Margaret loved cats and so she modeled this cat bath robe we got for her, along with her drink of the day, while celebrating with us one Christmas.



Did I mention Margaret loved cats?  She loved cats.  After she lost her last cat of old age, about 9 years ago, she said she did not want to have another cat because she would out live the cat.  About 4 days later this little kitten stumbled onto our property.  Of course Margaret took him into her home but only if we would sign a legal document stating that we would take care of the cat after she and Frank passed.  Of course we signed the paper because we really wanted Margaret to have another kitty.  Below is Margaret the first day she held Lucky, as she named him.  She introduced Lucky to my girls, Sasha and Tillie.


It was rare to see Margaret without a smile on her face.  RIP Margaret.  I’m gonna miss you and your smile.

Cow, Delaware and Student’s Work

July 18th, 2015

As many of you know I had open heart surgery in April and now I have a cow valve.  Some of you will think I am weird and others of you already know I am weird!  But, I seem to have this odd connection that I want to pay homage to the cow.  I just purchased this amazing painting by Emily Garces.  I love it.  It is now hanging right inside the door so everyone who enters the back door will see it.  I loved the design and the colors.  It makes me happy.  It has to be the most adorable cow painting of all time.  It was great working with Emily.  She was very prompt with her emails and shipping.  I had the cow hanging within in about five days of when I first emailed her!  To see more of Emily’s work visit her Facebook page 

Thank you Emily for sharing your artistic talent and thank you to the cow who gave me your valve.



I traveled to Delaware this week.  I was in Georgetown, a small, historic town located not too far from the beach.

We stayed at the Brick Hotel right on the square.  The rooms were very large and nice. The evening desserts were even better!

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This is the square, or should I say circle, in downtown Georgetown.

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Check out the old court house. It was constructed in 1791 and housed all the court and county workers.

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And then of course the newer, but still historic court house located within a short distance of the old court house.

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The gardens surrounding the Brick were wonderful.

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Here are some of my happy students.

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This is where I wished I was…on the beach in nearby Lewes.

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Student’s Work

I received another great email from a student this week.  Von Yetzer took my Fiesta Mexico-Block Nine workshop when I taught in Longmont, CO.  This is her first hand applique project.  Can you believe this is her first project?  My first applique project did not look any where near this good.  You did a great job Von.  Thanks for sharing.




This week I am off to Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, PA….a nice short drive from home.  Hope to see you at the show.


More From Shipshewana and Surrounding Area

July 11th, 2015

The country side around the Shipshewana area is so peaceful and pristine.

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More great cow faces……

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A little outside of Shipshewana…….. Topeka, Indiana, was also holding a quilt show, its 43rd annual show.

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The difference……these quilts were for sale.  That’s a lot of quilts.

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This young girl was riding her pony to the show.

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The next two photos show my students smiling and enjoying class.

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Thanks for reading my blog.  I love being able to share some of my experiences.

Seize the day.  Until next week…….

More From Shipshewana

July 3rd, 2015

Yoder’s in Shipshewana (La Grange County) Indiana is a very, very large department store: hardware, clothing, shoes, restaurant……..and most important in the back left corner, a large, nice quilt shop area.

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Side view at Yoder’s Department Store.

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As a result of my open heart surgery in April, I have a cow valve.  So, now I feel a closeness to the cows.  Look at that face.  Adorable.

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One day we spotted this philly and her mom.


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Think mom may have had some Italian blood.


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Next to Yoder’s shopping area is another shopping area and the Visitor Center.


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Psssst: Babe, I think you have a fly on your nose!


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More photos from Shipshewana and the surrounding area in next week’s blog.  See you then……..


Shipshewana, Student’s Work, Book Review

June 28th, 2015

I just got back from teaching at the Shipshewana Quilt Festival.  What a beautiful area and great people.  There is a large Amish and Mennonite presence.  Pristine farm land for miles and miles.  To find out more about the show visit their website

I worked with Kim throughout the planning stages and while at the show.  Talk about one very organized and hard working person.  I loved working with Kim.  I don’t know how much she gets paid but I’m voting for her to get a raise!  If you have never been to the show, you need to check it out.  They have lots of fun events and shopping!  There are workshops, shop hops, flea markets, lectures, quilt show with lots of vendors and a fun event called “Schoolhouse” which is actually held in the school.  At the Schoolhouse, each participant signs up for the day, 9-4, and then every 30 minutes moves to another room to listen to a 30 minute demonstration or discussion related to quilting.  The comments I heard from the participants were excellent.  It was a great idea.

In this blog, I am going to focus more on the show. In upcoming blogs, I’ll share photos from the area.  Here are some of my favorite quilts/cars from the show.

When you walked into the show, there was an exhibit of old Hudson cars.  The cars were pristine….spotless…..shiny…    At first I thought….quilts on cars, I’m not so sure about this. But, the cars were so clean and it did draw me into the room  As many people said, it gave the husbands and significant others something to do.  The quilt on the car below is named “Let Your Light Shine”.  The top was made in 1915 and recently quilted by Deb Levy from Louisiana.

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“Miss Sally” is from the 1930’s and was recently quilted by M&M Quilting in Virginia.

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And here is the car I most wanted to bring home.  Love this car.  I think I am in my pink/salmon phase.

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The quilt below, “Ewe Are My Sunshine” was made by Janet Stone from Kansas.  I am a Janet Stone fan.  Love her quilts.

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The attention to detail is impressive.

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I did not get the name of this quilt but it was made by Claudia Clark Myers and quilted by Marilyn Badger.  I am also big fans of their work.

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“The Challenge” was made by Cathy Benke from Michigan.

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And I loved this quilt called “The Pink Lady”.  It was pieced by Russ Schmidt and quilted by Jan Hutchinson.

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Jan’s quilting was impressive and very complimentary to the quilt.

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This quilt was made from tiny little squares.  Seriously crazy.  The quilt was adapted from a cross stitch pattern with permission from the designer.

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I received a great email from Roxann this past week.  She took my class in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida this March.  The workshop was Block Three from Fiesta Mexico.  She admitted to not being an applique person.  She took the workshop with her daughter.  I think she may be a convert…..    Roxann added Block Five and she used the gecko from Block Four in her center block design.  I like the added touch, using the butterflies.   It is just the top but Roxann plans to quilt it soon.  It is so fun and cheery looking.

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On the drive home from Shipshewana, Joe and I listened to “The Girl On The Train” by Paula Hawkins.  The book starts off by introducing you to all these characters and you have no idea where the story line is going.  But, in the end it all comes together.  Rachel takes the same train back and forth to work every day.  One day, she sees something that causes her to share it with the police.  It is a “who done it” kind of thriller.  Good read.

Until next week…….