Friday, July 31, 2015


I take classes and I teach classes ... I LOVE classes!

At Quilt Odyssey, I took a class with Andrea Schner - the pattern is called Aurora and it is sew pretty.  There's a LOT of paper piecing ... a lot a lot.

I also took a class in needle tatting. Little and fiddling and oh so cute.  This is going to be an embellishment on my crazy quilt.

Today I attended a Handiquilter class using a couching foot.  I'm really looking forward to trying out this sort of magic on my machine.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Quilt Odyssey

My quilting buddy, Donna, and I made our annual trek to Hershey, PA for Quilt Odyssey.  This year we did not do our usual quilt shop hop.  Instead we did the highly unusual outlet shop hop ... I bought a pair of sneakers and 2 pairs pants.

And saw some very pretty flowers!

And pretty quilts.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Cool Thoughts

More - What To Do When It's Too Hot To Play Outside ...

Finished knitting the sleeves to my "sock yarn" sweater.  Now to knit the button band and put it all together.  It's such a pretty color.  Pictures - soon.


A Christmas quilt!

17 tree blocks = DONE!

On to the alternating pieced blocks.

Monday, July 20, 2015


Heat Wave! 

How do I cope when the weather outside "feels like 101"?  Quilting of course!

Nancy's Snowman quilt helped keep cool thoughts.

And dreaming about (remembering) what it feels like to stand here.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Magical Mystery Tour #2

One class and 5 different looks.  

Heather and I taught Spinning Stars at Spring Water Designs on Saturday.  A busy and fun class!  We taught (and learned) a fast and easy and ACCURATE way to make "Tri-square triangles".

Heather and Diane chose reproduction fabrics.

Vonda used some of her patriotic stash.

Lisa LOVES purple.

She does NOT love yellow.  After the audition, the yellow was kicked off the island.

Ruth always goes for bright and happy fabrics. 

She's not sure which layout will become the quilt.  This is the beauty of playing with your block pieces. Sew many choices! Sew many quilts!

Totally scrappy, controlled scrappy, not scrappy ... it all works!  There will be one more stop on our Magical Mystery Tour - August 15.

Thursday, July 16, 2015


I just want to pretend that I'm still right here ...

or here ...

But really I'm right back here ...

And life is good.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


Newport, RI ... the history, the crowds, the architecture, the nostalgia, the tee shirt shops ... something for everyone!

This is the house where I spent my first 7 years of life.  The town is mostly houses, on streets, in neighborhoods where you can walk to almost everything/anything.

Lots of shopping...

The church my family attended ...

More shopping.  The Upstairs of these historic buildings are mostly apartments and some offices.

And LOTS of restaurants ...

So much history ...

President Kennedy got married in this church ...

My pediatrician had his office in this building ...

My elementary school - kindergarten and 1st grade.  Then we moved to the North End, of what is actually a pretty small town.

These were all taken "downtown".  It was the best eating vacation ever!