Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Curved Binding Tip

We all love a pretty curved border and I'll be putting on another curved binding when my latest quilt gets back from my favorite LAQ. I sure wish I knew this tip years ago when I did my first curved binding!


I just watched this quick tutorial from iquilt and HAD to share with you. It looks amazing and I'll let you know how it goes when I try this for myself. Enjoy and have a Quilty day.


Monday, June 13, 2016

June 13th is National Sewing Machine Day

I don't know about you, but my sewing machine is a very important part of my creative life. It's almost like having another child. Just as I can tell by simply looking at my child's face or listening to the timbre of his voice that something is not right, so can I tell by the slightest sound or vibration that my beloved machine is in need of some TLC.

So, no matter what brand or how old your machine is...give it a hug today for all that precious machine means to you and all that it does for you. And by all means, have a happy National Sewing Machine Day everyone!




Monday, June 6, 2016

ATTN: Minnesota Quilters and Readers

I will be heading your way for a book signing Saturday, June 11, at the Minnesota Quilters Show (St. Cloud River's Edge Convention Center) from 9-4 ... at Craftsman's Touch Books, booth #731.
Stop by and say 'Hi!' -- I hope to see you!
The Craftsman's Touch-Books
Come to the Minnesota Quilt Show in St. Cloud, MN and meet well known authors, Monica Ferris, Arlene Sachitano, and Karen DeWitt. They will be signing 9am-5pm in our booth #731, June 9-11. Needlework mystery writer, Monica will be there Thursday and Friday. Quilt mystery author Arlene will be there all 3 days. Novelist Karen will sign with Arlene on Saturday.

Friday, May 20, 2016

My, Oh My...What Has Taken Me So Long?

My promise to Blog right after Paducah didn't happen exactly the way I thought it would. Excuses aside, I was gobsmacked by my first trip to Quilt Week. Moving forward I can see this as an annual pilgrimage and wonder what in the heck took me so long to get down there. After all I live in the south suburbs of Chicago--Paducah is only a quick five hour drive from my house!
So, here we go...
a capsulized version of a life-changing experience for a quilt lover:

 Three first-timers heading to Paducah with excitement-overload running through their Quilty minds!
Glenna, Karen, and Sandy ready to roll.
We left Sunday noon for the 374 mile drive, and would spend 6 nights and 7 glorious days at Quilt Week in Paducah, Kentucky. And here we are!
About day four or five we ran into this fun photo op.

Some random photos:
Hancock's of Paducah. Are we in heaven?
Opening Night at the National Quilt Museum. Fabulous quilts and wonderful food--the perfect combination!
Lisa Bonnegan owner of Primitive Gatherings, Sandy, Karen, and Teresa
Sandy and Karen with Ricky Tims!!!
I met Kat from Studiokat Designs! She designs such fabulous bags! I've been following her on Facebook and it was great to meet her...what a nice person.
With author Marie Bostwick...her hair is gorgeous by the way!
OH, YES I DID-- I bought it!
Block a Day for a year--What was I thinking! I really do like it and have started the first few blocks...so I am officially only five (soon to be six) months behind. YIKES!





I fell in love with this.  Standing in the vendor's booth, I was transfixed by this modern table runner. I have plans to modify it into a large quilt, and have been working on it a bit since I got home. So far I'm pleased with the results. I'll post more when there is something to show.


A friend of mine, Rosemary Keblusek, had her quilt shown at Paducah! 
Congratulations Rosemary.



And then there was The Ricky Tims Show!
Wow--what a fun surprise! We had no idea what to expect but it ended up being entertaining, inspirational, and fantastic! I'm now a HUGE fan of Ricky's--Wow, is he ever creative!





And Finally, as I often say, it's all about the hair.
I have been growing my hair out for over a year. Images of long-flowing, bright-white hair crowded my creative mind. A child of the sixties...I would let my 'old lady' freak-flag fly! I would be able to style my hair into a fabulous up-do, pull it into a ponytail, or simply wear it straight. Well, after a year-plus of struggling through ugly-staged hair, I was nowhere near any of those stylish scenarios of which I dreamed.
Enter Paducah.
I saw so many wonderful hair styles on white haired quilters that I decided then and there to go short again! Before we left Paducah on Saturday I called my stylist and made an appointment for Tuesday.
Flipping through photos on my phone Louise and I decided to do a 'medium' cut. At first I liked it but after almost a month I'm ready to go shorter still.

Here is my hair diary for those that might be interested for some strange reason:
Here I am with Kat. UGH, look at my hair...I need HELP!
A cute cut, but the addition of color is soooo me.

Now we're talkin'. This is an updated version of how I used to wear my hair for years.

This is just plain cute, but not sure it would translate onto this old body!

And here's an unflattering selfie after my haircut back from Paducah.
 What will tomorrow bring at the salon?

Okay, enough with the self-serving hair phobia stories...Here are just a few of the Quilty beauties from Paducah. Note: Photos were not allowed in the Quilt Museum.






Excuse the length of this post. I had a lot to say/show about my first Paducah experience and I can see where it will easily take months before the glow wears off.
I hope you've enjoyed my random musings from my first visit to Quilt Week!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

I'm Heading to Paducah for the First Time!

I'm over the moon with excitement! I'm joining two good friends and driving due south from Chicago until we get to the quilters paradise of Paducah, Kentucky.

Just like the Blues Brothers we're on a mission! It’s 374 miles from Chicago to Paducah, we’ve got a full tank of gas, half a ton of chocolate, we're leaving at noon, and we'll definitely be wearing sunglasses!
HIT IT!  …And We’re Off to Quilt Week!



If all goes as planned, and I'm not dead tired when we get back to the hotel at night, I'm hoping to do a little blogging. ...Stay tuned.




Monday, March 28, 2016

QUILTING WARRIORS is Now Available!

I am proud to announce that my latest book, Quilting Warriors: Nedra & Lettie (Book 4 in The Bunco Club Series), is now available in paperback or Kindle version on Amazon. You can also check the 'Events' tab of this blog to see where I will be selling and signing my books. Don't have a Kindle device...not a problem. You can download the Kindle app for free on any tablet, smart phone, or even your computer.

I hope you enjoy my latest book. As always a 5 or 4 star review on Amazon is so very important to authors and is appreciated beyond words.





What makes someone a quilting warrior?
          The quilting women of the Bunco Club know how to celebrate. This time they really rise to the occasion as they design the perfect wedding for one of their own, but the day before the ceremony, an approaching snowstorm threatens to play havoc with carefully laid plans.
          As Nedra struggles to fulfill her lifelong dream of writing a novel, she is suddenly faced with the death of a fellow employee and forced to come to terms with a promise she made long ago.
          A ruthless attack causes heartbreak for Lettie. Can an attractive stranger change her long-standing  mindset about relationships, or is he just another guy putting his needs before hers?
          The members of the Bunco Club face a shock when Big Brother threatens the very existence of the Mayflower Quilters Retreat. The women put up a fight to protect their beloved MQR, but will their warrior spirit be powerful enough?

Thanks for your continued support in helping my late in life dream come true!


Monday, March 7, 2016

Sneak Peek at Book 4

It won't be long now! Here's a look at the title, cover, and back-of-the-book blurb. It's at the editor and I'm thinking it will be available in 2-3 weeks.

QUILTING WARRIORS: Nedra & Lettie



Thanks for your patience--we're almost there!
Stay tuned ........