Cruising the Mexican Riviera and More

December 19th, 2014

Yes, I had the opportunity to teach on a second quilting cruise this year.  Tahiti in the spring. Now, the Mexican Riviera and the Sea of Cortez in winter.  How lucky can one girl get?  This is our ship docked in San Diego where we departed.  I worked with Quilt Seminars at Sea which has some great cruises coming up in 2015.  Check it out at http://www.quiltcruises.com

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I took the next two photos from the dock in San Diego.

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Our first stop was Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.  The next several photos were taken as we approached Cabo.

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We had a nice day just walking around Cabo.

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I paid a guy $5.00 to hold his birds!

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I had so much fun holding his bird that I gave him an extra $5.00!!!!!

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This was the view from one side of the ship. As we departed, the sun was setting.

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And this was the view from the other side as the moon was rising.

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More on the cruise in upcoming blogs.

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I read several books during our flights and while relaxing on the ship.  One book was Lindwood Barclay’s book “No Safe House”.

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This was a squeal.  I do not think you have to read the first book in order for this book to make sense.  I think the first book in the series was called “No Time for Goodbye”.  Cynthia Archer is an overly protective mother based on her experiences.  As a result her and her daughter get into a tiff.  Cynthia decides to move out and try to figure out how to manage her life, leaving her daughter and husband to fend for themselves.  I thought the story was a little far-fetched but I kept reading.  I would give it 3 1/2 stars (out of 5).

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Love this new light.

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I found this wonderful little Portable LED lamp.  It folds down to about 5″ x 2″ x 3″ making it easy to take with you.

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It has 24 LED bulbs.  It includes a 3 1/2 foot USB power cord or you can use 4 “AA” batteries (not included).  It throws off a great amount of light.  By simply tapping the front/base you can adjust to 3 brightnesses.  They are available on the website www.karenkaybuckley.com 

Check it out.

 

Enjoy the holidays……

More From Houston

December 12th, 2014

Oooops! This quilt, “The Dogs”,  was done by Shannon Conley of Moore, OK. To see more of her work go to http://www.shannonconleyartquilts.com/

Thanks for catching that, Robin!

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“Shared Destiny” was made by Patricia Kennedy-Zafred from Pennsylvania.  Patricia won 1st place in the Digital Imagery category.  For more information about Patricia visit http://www.artquiltnetwork.com/patricia-kennedy-zafred

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“Prince Charming’s Shoe Sale” was made by Pam Rubert from Missouri.  Pam won 3rd place in the Art-Whimsical category.  To see more of Pam’s work visit http://pamrubert.com/

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“The Quest with the Dragon Tattoo” was made by Nancy Arseneault from Arizona.  Nancy won an honorable mention in the Art-Whimsical category.

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Suzan Engler from Texas made “Identity Crisis”. Suzan won an honorable mention in the Digital Imagery category.  To see more of Suzan’s quilt http://suzanengler.com/

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“Moody Beach” was made by Margot McDonnel from Arizona. Margot won second place in the Art-Pictorial category.

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“British Garden” was made by Anna Maria Schipper Vermeinren from The Netherlands.

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Until next week……

 

More From Houston and Happy Birthday Margaret

December 5th, 2014

“Dazzling Dahlia” was made by Andrea Brokenshire from Texas.  To find out more about Andrea, go to http://www.ambfiberartanddesign.com/

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“The Four Founders” was made by Gail Thomas from Canada.  To see more of Gail’s work visit http://www.gailthomasart.com/

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“Serenity” by Nancy Sterett Martin from Kentucky.  To see more from Nancy,  visit http://www.quilt-patches.com/about.php

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Also, by Nancy Sterett Martin is “The Pod of Life”.

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One of the top prize winning quilts was “Breezy Garden” by Koyoko Hibino from Japan.  She won the Robert S. Cohen Master Award for Traditional Artistry.

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And the last quilt for this blog is “Beneath My Wing” by David Taylor from Colorado.   He won the Fairfield Master Award for Contemporary Artistry.  To see more of David’s amazing work visit his website http://www.davidtaylorquilts.com/

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This past week our good friend, Margaret, turned 91.  She does not look her age.  For those of you who have taken classes with me, you have probably heard me talk about Margaret since she and her husband, Frank, pack all of my class packets.  I love them both and appreciate all that they do for me.  Here’s to many more birthday celebrations.

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Until next week…..

 

More From Houston, Book Review and Sharing

November 28th, 2014

“Contemporary Sampler #1″ was made by Mary Bauer from Kentucky.  Mary won third place in the Traditional Pieced category.

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Cathy Wiggins from North Carolina made “Oscar”.  To find out more about Cathy visit http://www.cathywiggins.com/

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Cathy won second place in the Art-Painted Surface category.

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“One Fine Day” was made by Laurie Britt from California.  She won first place in the Art-Painted Surface category.

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Hollis Chatelain from North Carolina made “Healing Waters”.  She won a judge’s choice ribbon.  To read more about Hollis go to her website   http://www.hollisart.com

 

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Masako Sakagami from Japan made “Fuji and Sakura”. She won first place in the Art-Naturescapes category.

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Cathy Wiggins won an honorable mention in the Art-Painted Surfaces category for “Fairy Garden”.  Cathy’s website is listed above if you want to see more of her amazing quilts.

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Book Review

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Several students recommended this book this past year and I was finally able to find time to read it.  I have not seen the movie but knowing Ben Affleck played the lead, Nick Dunne, I saw his face the entire time I read the book…..not bad…I like his face.  Nick and Amy had some difficult times….both lost their jobs in New York.  They moved back to Nick’s home town in Missouri.  Nick and his sister open a bar using Amy’s money.  The book takes some good twists.  I liked the book but would have liked a different ending.

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Kathy shared this photo of her finished Fiesta Block Six.  It looks great using the purples, blues and pinks with the greens.

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I hope you had a HAPPY THANKSGIVING.

More From Houston and Book Review

November 21st, 2014

Zena Thorpe from California made “Renaissance”.

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The details on this quilt were impressive.

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One of the top prize winners was “Gift of Appreciation” by Kyoko Yamauchi from Japan.  She won $7,500 for the “World of Beauty” award.

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Karen Stone won 1st place in the Traditional Pieced category for “Reptile Wisdom”.

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“Madame Butterfly” was entered in the Group Quilt category.  The makers names are Robin Gauseback, Pam Collins, Karen Grover, Cindy Larsen, Stephanie Nardlin and Conny Picard.blog 23

 

 

Another Group Quilt is “Amazing Aztec-nicolor Dream Quilt” by Carol Moellers, Dana Lynch, Mary Holman, Mary Kay Runyan, Cindy Neville, Wanda Myers, Bridget Lilja and Karen Fitzpatrick from Iowa.

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They won first place in the Group category.

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“Glory” was made by Cindy Robinson from Alabama.

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I always enjoy a good Log Cabin quilt.

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BOOK REVIEW

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While driving to Delaware and Maryland, I listened to an audio book my girlfriend gave me last year, Merry Christmas Alex Cross, by James Patterson.  I like the reoccurring character of Alex Cross.  Detective Cross is pulled away from his family on Christmas Eve to assist with a hostage situation.  A well known attorney, who has fallen on bad times, takes his family hostage.  Then another major case pulls him in on Christmas Day.  I liked the pace of the book and it kept my attention while enjoying the traffic around Annapolis and Baltimore.

 

Thanks for visiting.  Until next week……

 

 

More from the International Quilt Association

November 14th, 2014

“Persian Panoply” was made by Jan Frazer from Australia.

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“Magnolia” was made by Sylvia Gegaregien from California.  She won first place in Innovative Applique.

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Pat Holly won second place in the Innovative Applique category for “Saffron Splendor”.

 

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I am in awe of anyone who can sew such little pieces with such accuracy.

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“Oriental Puzzle” was made by Hitomi Kanazawa from Japan.

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She won an honorable mention in the Innovative Applique category.

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Until next week…..

International Quilt Festival in Houston

November 7th, 2014

This is the first of many blogs where I will share some of my favorite quilts that were displayed at the International Quilt Show in Houston.  To find out more about the show visit http://www.quilts.org

 

Before I start to share quilts that were exhibited at the show I wanted to share one of my students pieces.  Nancy Ault from California took my Magical Medallions-Block One workshop and brought her finished piece to show me.  Nancy added an outline embroidery stitch around each piece of her applique.  Great idea.  And she created a complimentary border for her block.

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In the miniature category “Tempest” won third place.  This quilt was made by Kumiko Frydl.  She is from Texas.  I included the ribbon so you could see just how small her quilt is.  Amazing.

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George Siciliano from Pennsylvania won second place in the miniature category.  George’s quilt is named “6522” because there are 6522 pieces of Dupioni silk in his small quilt.  There were five winners from Pennsylvania this year.  Way to go Pennsylvanians.  To find out more about George visit his website at http://www.georgesiciliano

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“Bohemian Rain” won honorable mention in the innovative pieced category.  It was made by Sandra Peterson from Indiana.

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“Magical Moments of Time” won second place in the innovative pieced category.  It was made by Lois Podolny from Arizona.

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In the Innovative Pieced category “Georgetown” won first place.  It was made by Ann Peterson from Colorado.

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Michael Michalski from New York made “Put a Ring on It”.

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In Innovative Pieced Karen Eckmeier from Connecticut won third place.  For more information on Karen visit http://www.kareneckmeier.com/

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And the final quilt for this blog was made by Becky Goldsmith from Texas.  Becky received an honorable mention in the Innovative Applique category.   To find out lots of fun things about Becky visit http://www.pieceocake.com/

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There will be many more quilts to share in the upcoming weeks.  Stay tuned…..

More From New York and Book Review

October 24th, 2014

Here are a few more photos we took on our travels through New York.  This is the Barcelona Light House built in 1829.

 

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Below are some of the views we enjoyed.

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This old section of boat houses in Canandaigua were fascinating.

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Karon took my Garden Medley workshop during my recent visit to Chatauqua.  She brought her finished top to the retreat at “Needle In A Haystack”.  Nice job Karon.  I really like the background fabric choice.

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BOOK REVIEW

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My girlfriend loaned me this audio book,”The Fault In Our Stars”. I knew absolutely nothing about this author or this book.  Words of caution….you are going to need some tissues.  I liked the book.  I don’t mind when an author writes that well and makes me like his characters so much that it makes me cry.  To me this is the sign of a good writer.

 

 

Until next week.

First Leg of Our Trip to New York and Book Revieew

October 17th, 2014

On our journey to New York our first stop was “Needle In a Haystack” in Findley Lake, New York.  Judy Findley is the owner.  She and her husband have converted an old barn into a retreat center. They also live there.  The classroom holds 20 students and there is lodging for everyone.  The place also boasts a full kitchen.  If you are looking for a great place to hold a retreat you really should consider it.  http://www.millcreeksew.com/needle-in-a-haystack-retreat.htm

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I had a full workshop of 20 students and the work space was fantastic.

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Judy also has a nice quilt shop on premises…..just in case you did not bring enough fabric.

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I stopped on Sunday morning to check on the ladies before we headed to our next stop.  Several ladies had to leave Saturday night or early Sunday morning before I got there to take this photo.   But, you see how much they got done in the Majestic Mosaic machine applique workshop.

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We had a very nice drive through the beauty of fall in southwestern New York.

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Here are some fun photos .

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BOOK REVIEW

blog 12On the drive up we finished an audio book we stared just prior to our trip.  We read the most recent Janet Evanovich book called “Top Secret Twenty-One”.  We were laughing as Stephanie and Lulu got into some more interesting situations.  The book we started listening to on the way home is making me cry……I’ll fill you in later when I finish it.  So, laughing on the drive up and crying on the drive home……

 

Until next week……enjoy your fall, winter is coming.

Western Michigan

October 10th, 2014

I see this view a lot from the airplane. However, on this day it was so beautifully cloud covered.  I thought I’d share this photo.  I was on my way to teach in Muskegon, Michigan for the Patches of the Lakeshore Quilt Guild http://www.patchoflakeshore.com/

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The guild holds its workshops at Quilted Memories in Montague, Michigan.  The shop is owned by a lovely woman by the name of Jill. Find out more about Jill’s great shop by going to her website at http://www.quiltedmemoriesmi.com.  The classroom space was fantastic.  Each person had her own table with plenty of room to work.  If you are any where close to this area, you really should stop and check it out.

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Montague boosts the world’s largest weather vane.  And I think they may be right.  It’s really big and actually works.

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Here are some things we saw around the Montague and Muskegon area.

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We don’t have what I call Oreo cows around where we live so I am fascinated with their coloring.

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And Lake Michigan is so, so beautiful

 

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We were so happy to find an unpicked pumpkin patch!

 

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An unpicked vineyard….

 

 

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And, some phenomenal lighthouses.  I’m betting the state of Michigan has the most lighthouses of any of the 50 states.

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I had a great visit to Michigan.  I’ve been in Michigan before and I will go back again whenever I am asked.  The people, including Kathy who was my guild contact, are always so pleasant and wonderful to work with.

 

This week I am off to the Empire State and the leaves in western New York should look like a bowl of Trix!