Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada and Student’s Work

October 2nd, 2015

The Mayflower Quilters from Halifax, Canada, http://mayflowerquiltersguild.ca/ hold a retreat at the Pictou Lodge http://www.pictoulodge.com/ every other year.  I understand they have been doing this for 30 years.  Bravo ladies.  Lots of hard work and lots of fun.  The location is absolutely beautiful.

Here are some photos I took on my morning and afternoon walks.















Here is Wanda hard at work on day one of the three day retreat.

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Ruth is stitching away…..

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Val making some progress.

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Patricia has lots to show for the first two days of sewing.

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Here I am with all of my fabulous students.



In the US, this is a Power Bar.

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In Canada….this is a power bar.    Imagine the look on their faces when I said I ate a Power Bar for breakfast!!

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The group has a show and tell on one of the evenings.  I am telling you that more than half of the quilts were large bed quilts.  It was an impressive show and tell.  Here is my guild contact, Barb Robson, sharing one of her large bed quilts.  Barb was just a pleasure to be around and to work with.

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Meg Latimer sent me this photo of her, on the left, and her quilter, Michelle Wyman.  They recently won an honorable mention at the AQS Quiltweek in Chattanooga, TN.  Meg used my Majestic Mosaic pattern.  How exciting!!!  And, the quilt looks fabulous.




Until next week…….

Utah and Student’s Work

September 24th, 2015

Joe and I visited Utah this past week as the guests of the Utah State Quilt Guild. It was for their 2015 Show and “Quilt Camp”. What a fun, energetic and talented group. For more information on the state guild visit http://www.utahquiltguild.org.

It was our first trip to Utah, but we are definitely returning. What a great area, great weather, great quilters, great people, great food and great sites!

We arrived a few days early to site see. Here are a few photos of what we saw:

On our drive through Big Cottonwood Canyon, a stand of aspens

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From atop the mountain, aspens in glow,

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The falls at the entrance to Ogden Canyon

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then through Ogden Canyon on a road to Paradise …

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On Sunday morning, Joe and I took a walk through downtown Salt Lake City. We walked past the Church of Latter Day Saints’ headquarters, conference center, Temple and gardens. Beautiful! We then walked up the hill to Utah’s Capitol Building. Upon returning to Temple Square, we took this photo.

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A gentleman driving by stopped us and suggested we hurry to the Tabernacle (the round building as he called it) to hear the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. We were dressed in our gym clothes and said we did not think our attire was appropriate. Most couples we had seen were wearing standard “Sunday best” outfits (suits and dresses). The driver said,”God doesn’t care.” So, we went to the Tabernacle where the brothers and sisters of the LDS invited us in to hear the most moving performance we have ever witnessed.

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The choir’s performance brought me to tears. If you ever visit Salt Lake City make certain on Sunday morning you arrive at the Tabernacle before 9:15 AM so you can get a seat to hear the angels sing.

While in the area, we spent time with my favorite and best quilter of all time: Renae Haddadin. We visited her shop: Quilts on the Corner in Sandy, UT.  To read more about Renae visit  http://www.quiltsonthecorner.com

Then, she and her wonderful husband, Muhannud, were vendors at the show! We saw each other all week. I love Renae and her husband and our short visit will be longer next time.

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Here are a few of the wonderful quilters we met at “Quilt Camp.” Kimberly, the lovely lady in green in the front row attended high school in Fairless Hills, PA with my husband, Joe. Small world. The beautiful lady in blue behind Kimberly and to the left, Nina Cooke, was a member of the Tabernacle Choir for twenty years!! Such wonderful and friendly students.

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The Quilt Show was spectacular!

“Gentlemen’s Fancy”, a quilt adapted from an original pattern of David Taylor’s http://www.davidtaylorquilts.com., was designed, appliqued and exquisitely  quilted by Shirley L. Olsen of Orem Utah. The quilt won first place in the applique category and I also awarded it my teacher’s choice. As it turned out, Shirley had volunteered to be my “angel” during my stay in Utah. Not only was she a great hostess, she is a great quilter.

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“Ronda’s Dragonflies” was designed, appliqued and quilted by Carol K. Armstrong of Logan, Utah. I love Carol’s designs and this piece won second place in hand applique. Carol named the quilt in memory of her dear friend who had recently passed.

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“Rainbow Garden” was a collaboration of piecer Cindy Haag of Orem, UT and quilter LaRessa Baldwin. It was a second place winner and the embroidery on the quilt was fantastic!

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“La Petite Chif O’e Voure”  designed and quilted by Helen Butler of Alpine, UT won first place in the miniature category. Fabulous!

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Ilene H. King of Centerville, Utah had emailed me prior to my trip to Utah. She asked if she could stop by during my lunch break on Saturday to show me the blocks she had completed from my  book “Magical Medallions”. Here is Ilene and the blocks she finished. Great job Ilene!!

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As it turned out, when she arrived at the show on Saturday,  Ilene discovered her quilt “Nature’s Spendor” had won Best of Show! The quilt blocks were taken from Margaret Dougherty’s book “Little Brown Bird” and Ilene designed her own lay-out and her own borders. Wow!!

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Diane Kirk emailed me this photo of her finished “Ocean Sunrise” quilt top.  I love the gray shades Diane used and I really like the layout she choose.  Thanks for sharing Diane.

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Until next week………  I’m off to Canada…….

New Additions and Book Review

September 4th, 2015

We have an old barn behind the property and every now and then we have a stray cat stop by. “Kitty Carlisle” (Joe named her) has been around most of the summer.

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We have been feeding her and plan to capture her for a trip to the vet next week. We tried to get her into a carrying case last week and it did not go well……..at all.  Kitty was not happy.   She disappeared for a few days. But she is back.  Of course she is back….she’s getting fed.  Joe bought her a kitty bed but Kitty Carlisle prefers to lounge in the dirt piles.

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Our vultures brought their new baby into the yard this week. He, she, it is so cute, so fuzzy and so big!!

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Whenever we have a baby vulture, which is at least one each year for the past many years, the parents teach the baby to get into the bird bath.  It’s always entertaining.

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Today, mom and dad left baby at the bird bath by itself for three hours.  He just sat in the shade and took everything in. He even let us walk up to him. Fearless and adorable!!

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Mom did come by later to show him the way home (inside the barn). I just figured it was mom, because it was too early and who else picks up the kids?

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I just finished “Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker” by Jennifer Chiaverini.  I started reading this book several weeks ago and got side-tracked on other things and finally got back to it.  The book is written through the eyes of Mrs. Lincoln’s dressmaker.  Elizabeth Keckley was born a slave but was able to earn her freedom with her sewing skills.  The book is more about the history of the time and Mrs. Lincoln than about dressmaking.  So, if you like historical novels you’ll like this book.  I found it slow in some places but still enjoyed the book.

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 http://www.quiltfest.com/activities.asp?id=8    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 https://www.etsy.com/shop/LenoreCrawford?page=1


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.  https://server7.pacecomputing.com/quiltodysseycom/www/

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  https://www.facebook.com/emilygarcesart 

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.