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!

Annual Vulture Update and Book Review

October 2nd, 2014

Each summer I usually give you a report on our vultures.  For those of you who don’t know we have vultures that live in the vacant barn behind our house.  Some people think they are ugly.  But they are harmless and really fun to watch.

I missed the summer update so here is the fall update.  We have a baby vulture.  Check her out.

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Here is momma in the bird bath.  As always, I expect she will show the youngster the bird bath as soon as it can fly.  I think we’re going to need a bigger bird bath!

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Check out the rabbit under the shrub.  I was sitting looking out the window here at my desk and I thought it was injured.

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Glad I was wrong.

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BOOK REVIEW

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On our drive last weekend we started listening to the new Lee Child book “Personal”.  It is the 19th in the Jack Reacher series.  I love Jack Reacher.  He is one of my favorite reoccurring characters.  I always look forward to what he will do next.  Jack Reacher is a retired U.S. Military police officer.  He puts his toothbrush in his pants pocket and boards a bus to…….you just never know where he’ll end up.  He is a drifter. He is Sherlock Homeless.  But, you can be assured sooner rather than later he will kick some butt and make the world a better place.  Reacher gets pulled back into a military assignment because he arrested the suspect years earlier and is familiar with some of his habits.  I not only like the character I love the whit of Lee Child.  There are a lot of great (funny) lines that you could miss if you don’t listen closely.  And the reader for this series, Dick Hill, is simply the best.

 

Chautauqua, New York and Students Work

September 28th, 2014

This weekend I was invited to teach for Judy Fenton at the “Quilting Around Chautauqua” seminar.  www.quiltingaroundchautauqua.com . The event is held at the Chautauqua Institution www.ciweb.org  and I believe it was the eleventh anniversary. It is an absolutely beautiful area along the massive lake.

Day one I taught my Garden Medley workshop.  I had a great bunch of students.  Here they are packing up at the end of the workshop.

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The lecture venue was wonderful.  Joe snapped this picture as the attendees were making their way into the lecture hall.

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In the mornings it was a bit foggy as we walked around the area.  I am not a big fan of spiders but the webs with the dew are truly incredible.  There literally were thousands of webs…..

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We took the girls with us and the Athenaeum Hotel had some pet friendly rooms. This grand hotel had a massive lobby area with fifteen foot ceilings and some of the vendors were set up inside this area.  This impressive old building had a super large wrap around porch with many, many rocking chairs on which to pause, relax and lookout on the grounds and lake.  The hotel rooms themselves could use some updating but the building and views are incredible.

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There were around 800 quilts displayed throughout many buildings within this historical community and shuttle buses were busy taxing quilters from place to place because there is very limited parking.  The vendors were scattered around in different buildings and the day was great just to stroll around finding new treasures.  In the building below was a great display of the quilts from Merna Hilbert.

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Below are some photos we took as we walked around the Chautauqua Institute.  Some of the houses are privately owned and some are summer rentals.  This will give you a taste of the area.

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I’m giving this house the award for the best outside stairway ever.

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If you get a chance you should book a trip to next year’s event as you will love it!

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I just received this photo from Judy Wolff who took the Majestic Mosaic workshop this summer at the Creativity Center.  Thanks for sharing Judy.  Your block looks so good.

FYI…the full pattern for the Majestic Mosaic quilt is at the printers.  It should be ready to ship in the next 4 to 6 weeks.  Yippeeee!!

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This coming week I am off to Michigan…….

National Quilt Museum, Book Review and More

September 22nd, 2014

This weekend I had the great, good fortune of teaching at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky.  If you have never visited the museum you should make plans to go and if you’ve been there you should make plans to go back.  http://www.quiltmuseum.org

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I had a great group of students.  Good looking group…don’t you think?

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The workshop space is fantastic.  Lots of light and plenty of table space.

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The museum offers different workshops throughout the year.  You really should check it out and treat yourself.  It’s great one-on-one time with your instructor for three days.

While visiting the National Quilt Museum, the staff was hanging a new exhibit “The Quilts of Pat Campbell.” This exhibit will run from September 19 through November 18. Pat had a great influence on many quilters.  I love her work and truly miss her.  The exhibit of her work is fun to see.

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The Charlottesville Area Quilters Guild asked for permission to use my “Midnight Floral Fantasy” pattern (now out of print) for their raffle quilt and of course I said yes.  The quilt is finished and they shared this photo.  They named it “Posies and Pineapples”.  I like the name change and the quilt looks amazing.  I hope you make lots of money ladies and gentlemen.  Thanks for sharing your photo.

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BOOK REVIEW

18693716On my flight to Kentucky I finished reading “One Plus One” by Jojo Moyes.  This is the third book of hers that I have read this year.  Kind of get the idea that I like her?  I won’t rate this as my favorite of her books but I did like it.  It held my interest.  Even though I sometimes think I know where a book is going I cannot stop reading in case I am wrong.  I was right on this one.  Jess and her two kids are on their own.  Her husband left them because he was having trouble adjusting.  Jess cleans houses and works part-time at a local pub trying desperately to make ends meet as her husband sends no support.  Her daughter is a math wiz and her stepson is always getting bullied.  I would recommend this if you like a nice romantic novel.

Lockport, New York

September 14th, 2014

This weekend I had the privilege of working with the Kenan Quilters Guild in Lockport, New York http://www.kenanquiltersguild.org/  I have worked with this guild before and it remains one of my favorite guilds.  Donna took exceptionally good care of me while I was visiting the guild.  I was treated like a princess.

Since I had previously taught for this guild several members brought their finished projects to share.

Pam Labushesky brought her finished Garden Medley.

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Judy also brought her Garden Medley.

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And Judy brought her Folk Art Fantasy.

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Barb hid behind her finished Folk Art Fantasy.

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We had two great days of hand applique classes.

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After going out for great food each evening we finished out last evening at Lake Effect Artisan Ice Cream.  It is a fabulous local ice cream shop.  If you are ever in the area make plans to stop.  It was an excellent finish to a great trip.

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I would welcome another invitation to go back to Lockport.

This coming week I will be at the National Quilt Museum.

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More From Quilt Odyssey 2014

September 5th, 2014

‘”When Flowers Bloom” was made by Linda T. Cooper from Virginia.  She won Judge’s Choice.  It’s hard to appreciate this quilt in a photograph.  The flowers are suspended inside the circles.  As the air moves, the flowers rotate.  Very interesting concept and very unique.  To find out more about Linda visit her website http://www.lindacooperquilts.com/

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“Breaking Wind” was made by Peggy Kragnes.  She won Best Innovative Quilt.

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“Tulip Serenade” was made by Barbara Clem from Illinois.  She won 3rd place in the Large Mixed Techniques category.

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“Exuberance” was made by Marilyn Badger.  She won 2nd place in the Mixed Techniques category.

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“Space Wonder” was made by Beth Nufer and Clem Buzik.  They won 2nd place in the Two Person Group category.  To find out more about Beth visit her website at http://www.bethnufer.com/

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“Dragon Dynasty 1″ was made by Nancy LeBow and group.  It won first place in the Group Quilt category.

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“Stars on Mars” was made by Gail Stepanek and Jan Hutchinson.  They won Best Artistry in Longarm.

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Until next week…..

Quilt Odyssey and Book Review

August 29th, 2014

Quilt Odyssey in Hershey, PA took place a couple of weeks ago. https://server7.pacecomputing.com/quiltodysseycom/www/ I’m finally getting around to blogging about some of the beautiful quilts that were hanging in the show.

The first photo is of my friend Nancy Simmons’ quilt called “My Retirement Compass”.  Nancy won the Best Traditional Quilt category.  I am so proud of her.

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The second photo is also a friend of mine, Kathy McNeil.  Kathy made “Jingle Bells” which won Judge’s Choice and Viewer’s Choice.  Way to go Kathy.

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Joanne Webb made “Heralds of Spring”.  She won first place in the large applique category.

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“Murdererskill Crossing” was made by Janet Atkins.  She won an honorable mention in the Large Applique category.

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Barbara Korengold made “Zeruah’s Legacy”.  She won third place in the large applique category.  I found this interesting site if you would like to find out more about Barbara’s work http://rjohnhowe.wordpress.com/2013/10/28/barbara-korengold-on-applique-quilts/

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The Best Machine Quilting award was given to Cindy Seitz-Krug for “A Splendid Display”.  To find out more about Cindy visit http://quintessentialquilting.com/about-cindy/about-cindy.html

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BOOK REVIEW

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While sewing this week, I listened to “Buried Prey” by John Sandford.  This is one of the Lucas Davenport series.  When the bodies of two young girls are found buried……Lucas knows exactly how long they have been buried.  It relates to a very early case he worked in Minneapolis as a young cop.  He was part of a massive effort to find two kidnapped girls…bodies were never found and the case was closed.  With the finding of the bodies, Lucas can now uncover the truth.

 

 

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Final Colorado Post…I think…. and Book Review

August 22nd, 2014

There were just so many good photos from the Colorado trip I needed to share some more.

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BOOK REVIEW

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I am a David Baldacci fan.  The two main characters, Will Robie and Jessica Reel, are skilled assassins working for the government.  Their paths have not crossed often.  Then Reel goes rogue turning her gun sights on their agency.  Robie is assigned the task of bringing Reel in…dead or alive.    It held my interest as I was preparing applique edges at the iron for hours.  It makes the applique preparation time seem to go faster and is a great distraction.