Cape Cod, Massachusetts and the Bayberry Quilt Guild

April 3rd, 2017

We just returned from our swing through New England and it was a great trip. Our first stop was on Cape Cod to teach for the Bayberry Quilt Guild. To learn more about this guild and their upcoming quilt show visit


Here are some of the ladies during one of our workshops –


We had never been on Cape Cod. Because we had a few days off, we visited every town. He are some of the things we saw.

The sunrise on a cove in Orleans.  This took my breath away. It was such an incredible sunrise.



A cranberry bog in Dennis.



A 1700s windmill.



A 1700s watermill.



Scores of fishing boats…..



and a few lighthouses.






We saw about 10 lighthouses on Cape Cod and Martha’s Vineyard. What a great and relaxing area, especially in March, April and May. We heard it gets crazy busy in July and August.


We did have time to visit a quaint quilt shop in West Dennis and spent time chatting with owner Pat Murphy.




Pat had a fantastic collection of “beach” and nautical themed fabrics, a cozy class room and a nice display of local quilts. Visit the shop or her site





Jeannette Kling sent me her finished project from a recent class. Great job and Perfect Circles!!





On our drive to New England, we listened to Daniel Silva’s “The Heist.” This is Daniel Silva at his best.

Gabriel Allon, artist, art historian and future head of Moussad, is asked by the Italian authorities to help with  locating a long, lost masterpiece. The book takes twists and turns throughout Europe and the Middle East as Gabrielle calls in favors from Rome to Corsica to Amsterdam to Israel. Always a great listen or read.

Can’t wait for the next thriller from Daniel Silva.


Until next week

Mt. Dora, Florida and the Lake County Quilt Guild

March 20th, 2017

I was welcomed by the Lake County Quilt Guild of Mt. Dora, Florida this past week. What a wonderful group of quilters! My contact was Peggy Conklin and she was fabulous! If you live in and around the Mt. Dora area, joining the guild is a must. To learn more about this tremendous group that meets every Tuesday, visit their website at

Here is a photo of some of the members…


Several of the ladies who had taken classes with me in the past brought their finished projects:

From my Folk Art Fantasy: Sarah Schlagetter



Joan Zeller



and Audrey Prahl.



Each different, yet each so, so beautiful. Good job!


From the Garden Medley Class: Award winner, Olive Gobin



and Suzanne Sabiel.



I love, love, love when students share their work. Again, great job ladies.


When we arrived at the groups’ meeting facility each day, we were met by an interesting fellow.



We named him”Sandy” the Sandhill crane. He would just walk right up to the car.



Mt. Dora is such a quaint community with a great downtown, nice shops and restaurants.




There are some magnificent homes on the lake. I think I will ask Joe to repaint our house this color….



and, a roving party bus. I think it stops at all the quilt shops!



On the day we left Florida, we had sunny skies.  Check out the beautiful orange trees.



When we returned to Carlisle, PA we had…….



I am booking the next flight back to Florida. Until next week  ….

Newburgh/Evansville and Wabash, Indiana and Book Review

March 13th, 2017

Just arrived back from a very enjoyable trip to Indiana.  It started with the Raintree Quilters Guild in Evansville, Indiana.  To find out more about the guild go to  What prompted this trip? My guild contact, Irene, had taken my “Borders By Design” workshop in Houston and really wanted me to come to her guild to teach that workshop, lecture and some additional workshops.  Thanks to Irene for being so very well organized.

Here are some of the ladies hard at work in this great space.

This library had a wonderful children’s section. It is no wonder I saw hundreds of children visiting. What a great place to read and learn.



A close-up of the stained glass.



The ladies suggested I stop by one of the local quilt shops.



And, I am so glad I did. Not only did they have a great selection of fabric



but they also had buttons






and more buttons!



Over 20,000 buttons. Wow! They also had “Washington” as the shop mascot.



Newburgh is the oldest town in Indiana and sits on the Ohio River. We spent one evening there and watched the barges as the sun was setting.




On a walk, we met “Baxter”, a miniature Australian Shepherd puppy




Morning walks showed that spring was in the air and the local male geese and ducks were trying to show their prospective mates who was best in their field.


Who had the greatest wingspan…


Who was the fastest….



Who had the best hair cut….



Who had the best buns…..



and who had the longest tongue?!?



The next stop was Wabash, Indiana with the Sew Pieceful Quilt Guild.  Another fabulous group of ladies.  Modena was my guild contact and she was also very, very well organized.  The guild met on the lower level of the Honeywell Center in the 1940s roller skating rink room.  It was my first time to teach on a skating rink and it really was a great room for the workshops.






Here is Modena with her Majestic Mosaic block. Good job!


Wabash is a very historical town: home to the first electrified courthouse; home to Mark Honeywell, inventor of the thermostat and the founder of the Honeywell Corporation; and hometown favorite Brenda Gail Webb, better know as Crystal Gale. And, rest assured, the town and all the great people we met did not “turn my brown eyes blue.”



At both groups, the ladies in my classes were enthusiastic about learning.  I love being around positive, enthusiastic quilters.  It makes my heart sing. Thank you so much ladies.



On the long road trip to Indiana, we listened to “Buried Prey” by John Sandford.  It has been quite some time since I read a John Sandford book.  The story takes place in Minnesota.  A section of the city is being torn down for some new development.  Two bodies are found.  Lucas Davenport knows just how long those bodies have been there….he remembers it well.  Lucas needs to find the truth this time.  Good plot twists and enjoyed the reader, Richard Ferrone.

Virginia Beach, The Mancuso Show , Williamsburg and Book Review

March 6th, 2017

There is so much to do in the Hampton/Virginia Beach/Williamsburg area. Yes, there was a wonderful Quilt Show. But, there is the beach.


AH!!!  And, the boardwalk which stretches for miles and miles along the beach.



Then, there is Colonial Williamsburg.



Where history truly comes alive.


The people, the architecture, the costumes, the animals, … it is all so wonderful.


Taking a guided tour in a coach is the way to see the town.


Around each corner is another great site…


and such a nice, winter day. Best winter ever!!


I will be on the road for the next few weeks: Evansville and Wabash, Indiana,  Orlando, Florida and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.



Since I love quilting, it’s fun to read books that have a connection to quilting.

Mary Dell and her son, Howard, host a TV quilting show.  Howard has Down Syndrome.  Mary Dell has raised him by herself as her husband walked out on them shortly after Howard was born.  The story weaves lots of friends and family members into Mary Dell’s life.  A light-hearted and enjoyable read.

Mountain Top Quilt Guild, Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton, VA and Book Review

February 28th, 2017

The Mountain Top Quilters in Prescott, Arizona made my pattern, “Fiesta Mexico”, for their opportunity quilt.  I am very impressed ladies.  I hope you sell lots and lots of tickets.


Here are just a few of my favorite quilts from the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival.

Barbara Korengold from Maryland made “Threads of Friendship”.  She won Best Hand Workmanship in the Traditional category.






Nikki Hill from Florida won the Best Machine Sewing award in the Innovative category for her quilt, “Moonswept”.





Gail Smith from Illinois won 3rd place in the traditional category for “Sarah’s Revival in Blue”.



“Hana” was made by Michiko Yonemaru from Virginia.





Linda Thielfoldt from Michigan made “Midnight in Baltimore”.





“Wisteria Wonder” was made by Roxane Lessa from North Carolina.  She won Best Pictorial Wall Quilt.



Vicki Ruebel from Nevada made “The Big Pickle”.  She won 2nd place in the Modern category.




Here are some of the lovely ladies in my classes hard at work:




Book Review

While driving to the Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival, Joe and I listened to David Baldacci’s book “The Guilty”.  Will Robi works for the government as an assassin.  He is highly trained to eliminate threats to the US before they reach our shores.  He has an unsuccessful mission and is second guessing himself.  His father, who he has not seen since he departed the small town where he was raised twenty years earlier, is charged with murder.  Robi goes back to his home town and has lots of issues to resolve.  While trying to find the truth about the murder for which his father is charged, he stumbles unto several challenging issues.  Good read.


Until next week…..

Best Winter Ever and Book Review

February 21st, 2017

This past week, we awoke to five inches of snow and it was beautiful.

Our bluebirds were not real happy.


Their puffed out blue and orange feathers looked great against the white snow.


Tillie was so happy to get to play in the snow.  She loves the snow.



Within two days, the snow disappeared.

We heard a local newscast mention a massive flock of snow geese near us and it just happened to be within two miles from my favorite fabric store, so off we went. Here is what we saw….




With a whoosh, they rose and took off, all 75,000 of them.


See you next year!!



Then, this weekend, temperatures hit 70 degrees in Carlisle. See what bloomed this morning!?! Best winter ever!!  We are having some record breaking warm temperatures.  What is not to like?



The Kathy Dunigan Applique Academy

I was so happy to teach at Kathy Dunigan’s Applique Academy in Texas for the third year in a row. My students were great.

They had too much fun.


If you get a chance, sign up for next year’s classes at the academy. Visit the website to find out more.




I am still working on preparing edges for a new applique project and listened to this Michael Connelly book, “The Wrong Side of Goodbye”.  I like the reoccurring character Harry Bosch.  Harry worked with the LAPD for 30 years but is now doing some private investigating work.  A billionaire needs Harry’s help finding a possible heir.  Harry also volunteers as an investigator for a small, under staffed, police department and gets involved in serial rape case.  This audio book kept my interest throughout and I would add it to your reading list for sure.

Thailand and Book Review

February 15th, 2017

Joe returned this past week from his annual trip to visit his brother and nephew in Thailand. He spent a week on Koh Chang (Elephant Island) and, as always, took some great photos. I thought you might enjoy seeing some of them.

View from his deck.

View from the dive boat.


This tree is over 1000 years old and over 200 feet tall!


Each town has a Wat or temple,  similar to our churches. Their exteriors are marvelous.



Here is one dedicated to elephants.  Remember, he was on Elephant Island (named because it is shaped like an elephant’s head).

Incredible sculptures and colors.






Upon seeing guys ride baby elephants down the street, Joe had to follow.



They were going to get a shower.



What a great face.



Also, some other locals: monkeys. Thanks for the grub, Joe.




One day, Joe visited some waterfalls and saw this little guy along his journey.  He might look good in one of my quilt designs…….


Beautiful waterfalls.

Check out this school of fish.

Hope you enjoyed seeing some of Joe’s photos.



Again, as I am working on a new hand applique project, I am listening to audio books.  I love doing this.  There are so many books I want to read. Honestly, there are not enough hours in the day because when I have some open time on my schedule, I really like to sew/quilt.  Sewing and listening to audio books…..perfect combination.

In 2008, Samantha Kofer is working at a very large Wall Street law firm putting in 80+ hour work weeks.  (Does not sound like fun to me.)  When the recession hits, many employees of the firm, including Samantha, are furloughed.  It is suggested that they work for a non-profit without pay for a year and then they could possibly get their jobs back.  Samantha ends up with a non-profit in Brady, Virginia. Samantha goes from New York City to a town of around 2,000 residents to work at a legal aid clinic.  Many of the cases have to do with coal mining and Samantha has a lot to learn.  Definitely kept my interest as I was sewing.  There were some slow parts but I still enjoyed this book.

Until next week…..

Steve’s Sewing and Vacuums and Book Review

January 30th, 2017

Recently, I had the great, good fortune to teach at Steve’s Sewing and Vacuums in King of Prussia, PA.  If you have never been to the store, it is worth your time to make the trip.


One of the employees I spent time with was Lou.  She is the marketing director.  As I have mentioned in previous blog posts, I really like working with organized people and Lou is one of those.  She helped to make my trip easy and relaxed.


I also did a lot of correspondence with Liz.  Another bright smiling face in the store.  And, check out all the sewing machine accessories behind Liz.  One very well stocked store.


In addition to selling sewing machines, and so much more, Steve’s carries some appliances.  This actually benefits the students, teachers and employees as Steve had lunch brought in for everyone.  Very nice.


Then you see Karen’s bright smiling face as she stands in my favorite part of the store….the fabric.  The shop has a very nice selection of fabric and notions for quilters. Good news for me….fabric was on sale while I was there.  Guess what?  I did make some purchases…..


And then, of course, there is Steve.  Apparently crowned king/queen/princess of the day, he demonstrates at the machine while wearing his tiara. Love people who have a sense of humor.

It would appear that they are all having a fun time in the store.



As I’m preparing a lot of applique edges for a new block, I listened to the Lisa Scottoline book, “Most Wanted”.  It was great to keep my mind occupied while I was preparing edges, as this is a very mindless job.  But, preparing the edge…….worth every minute.  The book is about a young couple, Christine and Marcus who cannot get pregnant and decide to use a donor.  The donor’s name is unknown but they have seen his picture and know some background.  During Christine’s baby shower, the TV is on in the background and Christine sees someone who looks like their donor and he is accused of being a serial murderer.  I was intrigued as I listened to the story unfold.

Best Dog Ever, Students’ Work and Book Review

January 24th, 2017

Our dear Sasha passed away this week.  She was three weeks shy of her 18th birthday. Almost 18 years ago, when we went to pick a puppy at the breeder, our Vet advised us not to pick the feistiest puppy or the shiest puppy in the group.  But, when we visited and saw the five puppies , one little girl sat shaking in the corner of the sofa. I picked the shiest and we named her Sasha.  Best decision ever!  So glad I did not take the advice of the vet. Below is a photo of  Joe the day we brought her home.  Who could resist that face….Joe’s and Sasha’s.


She was the BEST:  Whether fishing with Joe…



or helping me pick fabric!



Congratulating me on finishing my first marathon….



and putting up with her little sister. What a great puppy.



Sasha had a wonderful life. RIP sweet girl.  You will be missed terribly.



On to good news.  Many of you hear me talk about my friend, Frank Senft.  He turned 98 this week.  Happy Birthday, Frank.





I just got back from teaching at Steve’s Sewing, Quilting and Vacuum in King of Prussia….more on Steve’s later….  Fay Ann Grider brought a project she made in class with me a long time ago.  Fay Ann and I are not talking about how long ago.  Here is a photo of Fay Ann with her finished, “Pineapple Log Cabin”.  Great job, Fay Ann.


And, in my email I received a note from Anne King.  She took my Fiesta Mexico-Block Three class with the York Quilters Guild in the spring.  She finished her border very differently than mine.  I really like your border Anne.  And the addition of the covered cording is very nice.  Thanks so much for sharing your photo.




Stephanie Plum and her side kick, Lulu, are at it again: bounty hunting and undercover work. People are being murdered at a local ice cream factory and the girls need to go undercover. And, free ice cream for all. Grandma Mazer is in love again. This time to an octogenarian biker who likes to take her for rides on and off his motorcycle. Could not stop laughing through the entire book. Bravo Janet Evanovich and thanks for the memories.

Sayre/Athens, PA, Students’ Work and Book Review

January 15th, 2017

The first week of 2017 was a wonderful driving trip from Carlisle PA to the Endless Mountain Quilt Guild in Sayre, PA. I was a little worried because driving north in Pennsylvania in January usually means cold, snow and ice, but we were lucky and the temperatures soared into the 50s.

The Endless Mountain Quilt Guild is very active and my contact person Linda was great. Here is a shot of the group.  To learn more visit their website at

Two ladies from the guild brought finished projects from classes they had taken prior to this visit.

Here is Charlotte Stevens with her finished Garden Medley, very nice!



And here is Mary Ann Cleary with here finished Kansas Rose project. Wonderful.



While I was teaching Joe drove out into the countryside and came upon this open field. He said there were four cars stopped and taking photos. See the white dot in the center upper left.


A close-up


It was an arctic owl which came to freezing cold Pennsylvania for the winter. Joe had seen an article in the local paper and drove an hour through the back-roads of Bradford County until he found it.

On our drive home we came upon Stonestown Covered Bridge. It was built in 1850 by Sadler S. Rodgers, and was magical.



Shrouded in mist.



A front view.



And of course we had to drive through it.





I am a Nicholas Sparks fan.  I think I have read every book that he has written.  I know I’ve said this before when writing reviews on his books…..I really like that he takes a limited number of characters and really develops those characters.

Russel Green is in his early thirties, lives in Charlotte, NC with his beautiful wife and 6 year old daughter.  He’s working as a very successful advertising executive.  He decides to start his own business and his life drastically changes.  Because his business is very slow to start his wife goes back to work and he takes on the “stay at home” dad role.  He’s lucky to have his parents and only sister also living in the Charlotte area.  As always with Nicholas Sparks, you might need a tissue or two……

Until next week