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no rules - no rulers

February 3, 2020

Saturday I treated myself to an indigo workshop at the art center!  I never take workshops, but I was due for a break. I had never done indigo dyeing and of course it involved shibori, so I couldn't resist. (unintended pun). I wore gloves, so don't ask me how one nail on each hand turned blue.  

But it was worth it!  I came away with six pieces, all different and all interesting.  I had grabbed a bunch of scarves to experiment with.  Silk, cotton, rayon, and linen in various siz...

January 13, 2020

Yes, I am in the studio: accidental photo.  I must have just come in, dropped my purse on top of the pile of Curated Quilts and Quilt Folk magazines, and am contemplating what is on the design wall across from me. (The cardboard box contains a cabinet for the kitchen, all of which are scattered around waiting for the rippers-out/installers to call me).

But alas, I cannot seem to concentrate on any one thing.  Ever have the same experience??  Six different ideas and I am too scattered to start...

January 10, 2020

 I started to post more than a week ago but the app kept freezing - so here it is, unfinished.  Am back in (chilly) Florida, so am finally checking in and editing - a bit behind schedule.

I was in New Jersey visiting family and I’ve made three trips into New York City to see my Gillman kids and grands.  Fortunately, the weather was mild and sunny — although “mild” means in the 40’s and low 50’s instead of the 20’s, which it was when I arrived.

Normally I take tons...

December 17, 2019

I have spent most of the last six weeks in the dentist's office, which didn't leave much time for blogging or working in the studio.  Last week 3 times and this week, twice.  

Last week my brother and sister-in-law were here for a few days from Pittsburgh. What a joy to spend time with my brother; this was a rare visit and we always make each other laugh.  When we were children at the dinner table all we had to do was look at each other and we both collapsed in hysterics over nothing.  Wh...

October 28, 2019

 Although un-stitching is not my favorite activity, it is kind of zen after you get into it -- especially if you've quilted straight lines that are not only not straight (mine never are exactly) but they are wandering so much that the stitches at the bottom of the quilt top end at a different spot than the stitches at the top, where you started.   Before you know it, you started at 12" from the top edge and ended at 8" from the bottom edge.  This will simply not do. This can be corrected with...

October 10, 2019

It has been a rather busy couple of months.  After I got back from London I was off to Oregon to teach in Medford for the regular guild and in Ashland for the modern guild.  

When I got there, I smelled what I thought was skunk.  But no-oooo. Hemp and pot fields, ripening for harvest.  

Anyway, I had a great time and my visit was a treat on several counts.  First, the local hotel had two floors and had given me a room on the second floor. Ordinarily, fine.  Except that this other...

August 29, 2019

I had a fun time at lunch today with Nancy Fratz (hi, Nancy!). She reads this blog and reached out to me, as so many of you have done. I always love to hear from you!  Turns out that Nancy lives in West Palm Beach - so we had to meet. (And here I thought it was a quilting wasteland).  She's a kindred spirit, and it's nice to have a new quilt buddy. We'll be getting together to play, which is a treat because I am always in the studio alone.  It's nice to have company every so often. Sorry we forgot...

August 28, 2019

When I had my old blog, which I started in 2005, I used to post every night before I went to bed. (btw, you can read the archives if you click on the blogger app at the top right of the header. Some of you already have read them, but if you have insomnia some night they might help. LOL.

Anyway, it is late and I am trying to get back into the old routine - for tonight, at least.

(that was a yawn).

Change of pace - I complained that the Chihuly exhibit was underwhelming in Kew Gardens, London. Maybe Ma...

August 27, 2019

Strings. Strips. Stripes.  Whatever you want to call them, they are where I started when my mother's friend taught me to make a string block on a paper square...sometime in the 1960s. A decade later that I found a quilting class and (ha - with a pattern) made what amounted to a string quilt. 

I made a lot of detours since 1974, but whenever I was stymied I came back to my friend Helene's advice "when all else fails, sew strips." Last week in the studio I started doing just that.  I cut wi...

August 19, 2019

Uh - not this, but it was lovely with coffee (a flat white) when we stopped on the way to Kew Gardens to see the Chihuly exhibit.  I must say the exhibit was underwhelming, but the gardens were lovely.  I was in London for the week to visit my dear friend Marlene and her husband David, whom I have not seen in several years.   These are  friends that might as well be family.  They don't need to entertain me; we can just be.  It was heaven.  

We did our share of eat...

August 18, 2019

August 18, 2019  UPDATE

This was sitting in my outbox - for some reason, it didn't send.  Came home to find out my email server was offline. GRRRRRRRR.....and nothing had come in or gone out while I was gone.  Furthermore,  the WIX software would not let me add anything after the last photo was added.  

These pieces are all wonderful and imaginative, and I am thrilled to see the talent in this super group of participants.  Can't wait to see the comments after I post this. You sho...

August 4, 2019

My 12 year old laptop in the studio is so slow that I can just about do email. Amazing that I am blogging at this moment - but it's a struggle to upload photos or do anything interesting.  So...bear with me.

I have 14 rolling bins of fabric in my studio, plus innumerable plastic boxes both under my tables and in the closet.  ARGH.  They put people like me on the Hoarder show!

Two of these bins have been sitting for a year and a half and I finally decided to deal with them.  I shipped them from...

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7th grade sewing becuse she couldn't sew a straight seam. Now it's an asset. 
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