Benartex, Northcott, Quilt Market, quilting

Good Morning!

It's Monday, the start of a great week. I'm heading home from beautiful Kansas City this afternoon. Sometimes really cool conversations happen at Market. I loved each one of those conversations. When signing in to get my Media Badge I gave my title as Chief Creative Weirdo. Rhianna changed my name tag to reflect my… Continue reading Good Morning!

Benartex, Northcott, quilt, Quilt Market, quilt shows, quilting

May Travelogue

This weeks travelogue traverses northern NY state. Let's start with The Old Creamery in Ellisburg NY. This shop has a retreat center on the upper floor and the back of the quilt shop. The center includes a fully functioning kitchen, living room, tables for quilters to stitch, rooms with beds and can hold up to… Continue reading May Travelogue

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Quilting, Creativity, Vulnerability, Good Friends

A beautiful side effect of traveling as a sales rep is that I've had the opportunity to spend some time with friends I don't get to see often enough, friends who know me well. To have this time now is priceless. Ocean Park, Scott Hansen, Banyan Batiks Every now and again there is an opportunity… Continue reading Quilting, Creativity, Vulnerability, Good Friends

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Imagination

I asked a friend to pick a number between 1 & 68 (one comment on another post) to choose the winner of Christa's book. Commenter #56 - Sarah J, congratulations! you are the winner of a copy of Machine Quilting with Style. I'll email you shortly and we'll work out the details. The other night… Continue reading Imagination

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Feather tutorial paper style

They say a picture is worth 1000 words. Seeing is believing. Take a look at the feathers to the left here.  I'm going to tell you a secret. Ready? Don't tell anyone but... these feathers are not perfect. That's right. Not. Perfect. And that's okay. Taking time to learn well is an important component of… Continue reading Feather tutorial paper style

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Wherein I copy Debby’s homework

Debby told on herself yesterday and I'm being a bit of a copycat (this is a bit of an inside joke between the two of us, for our own amusement) today and just coming right out with it.  I'm taking Introduction to Art: Concepts & Techniques on Coursera.  Debby first introduced me to Coursera by… Continue reading Wherein I copy Debby’s homework

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Sonora Clever

Didja ever have a moment where you wonder, "why didn't I think of that?"  Well I had one of those moments at 4:00 this morning when Ellen Highsmith Silver author of the book Floorquilts and friend from the quilt cottage.  Ellen is one of the most creative and clever people I know.  I don't think… Continue reading Sonora Clever