Though it is bright and sunny in northern California today, man oh man it is cold! Tonight down into the teens, brrr. Even Sparrow had the common sense to stay bundled up and warm under the covers!


I had to laugh at your responses to Irwin’s office. Yes, we all work differently, don’t we? What you might have missed was the sign hanging in the back ground. “ A clean desk is a sure sign of a sick mind”. When I commented on the condition of his work situation, he did admit that there was a stack of bills that needed to be paid and smiled. And that is why the industry loves him SO much!





I am not talking about any sort of fiber disaster, but a delightful day at P&B Textiles. Yesterday I ran over to Burlingame CA to see my buddies at P&B. We are currently working on a few new lines of fabrics and needed to meet first hand. I always love going to home base because the folks at P&B are much more than "work buddies". They have grown to be dear personal friends. Not always, but fortunatly Irwin Bear was in the office along with his beloved dog, a fabulous big black lab. After working with the team of designers, I got to spend some time with Irwin catching up on old and new stuff. He is VERY excited about this new site and sees the endless possibilities. If you are planning to attend Road to California in Ontario, CA this year, I will be holding a lecture on the ins and outs of fabric. In preparing this lecture, I spent a lot of time asking questions and have furthered my love affair with cotton. If you are in the area, check it out. I belive there is still room in the class.




A student recently told me that she got in trouble by her husband because her fabric stash had grown out of control and it just had to stop. She told him, "Now Honey, I've got a new guild position. I'm the keeper of the guild's fabric." Yeah, right! - But fast thinking. Anyone else with a story like that?

I felt we needed our own 'club' fabric so I designed a large novelty print with our Blue TV and logo. The other is a bit disty and fun with our QS and star. There will be a light and dark version of each. Thanks to Red Rooster Fabrics these will be available in the spring. Yeah!!




This first week and few days has been very exciting and fun as Ricky, myself and a jackrabbit team have been working round the clock setting the gears in motion. I do think it is always important to thank those who have made this dream OUR (meaning the entire quilting community world wide) reality. Number one on the list would be Martin Favre, President of Bernina USA. I can't imagine being in his shoes (I have decided he never sleeps), with all the responsibilities he holds. But he manages to keep it all going, and first class I might add. When ever we get together, I try to take a picture. This was a Spring Festival last spring. My only regret? The flowers on the sweater.......and what was I thinking?!


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Yesterday was fun and off the usual track. In 2009 I have been asked to be the featured quilter at the Mantica quilt show. Ordinarily I have to pass on these excellent opportunities, but in this case it worked out perfectly, they are 20 miles from my home and besides that we have been friends for over two decades. The guild likes to have the raffle quilt (excuse me, opportunity quilt) to be linked with the featured artist. Not having time to even complete current deadlines, I asked if I could just come up with the idea. Flash forward, this year at my retreat, Kris Spray offered her incredible talents to the project. Well, YES! How lucky can a person be to have Kris offer? In addition the guild has someone lined up to hand quilt it. I told Kris, the rule was that she had to be open with her thoughts and comments.

After pouring over books, we came up with an incredible antique quilt with a to die for applique border (Kris's hand applique is superb). We decided on the colors and went to the quilt shop. After MUCH deliberation with Pam who works there, we finally came up with the fabrics. Wouldn't you know it, the red we need was no longer there. SO, this is where you come in. Can anyone tell me the manufacturer of this fabric? Or has anyone seen it recently and if so where? I never thought a fabric would hold me hostage, but apparently it has!



I agree with Alex on the hand quilting issue. One of my first burning quesions for experienced quilters was about keeping even stitches when going over seams. Stab stitching though them is the most accurate way. i think everone has to set their own stanadard. It's not about what other people think, even for a show quilt. It is about doing the best you can.

I dont hand quilt much anymore, but it was something I wanted to learn to do well. I think that came from a desire to gain respect from the quilters for whom I had so much respect. My first accepted quilt into a national show won an honorable mention ribbon - but I was more thrilled that all three judges gave me high marks on hand quilting.

Now I find my greatest pleasure in machine quilting. Again - you shouldn't have to do anything my way - or Alex's way - or anybody else's way - just do whatever you need to in order to keep enjoying the process.

Shekinah I and Shekinah II. One the left - hand quilted. On the right machine quilted. It's the only time I've ever duplicated a quilt. Both were used as wedding canopies.


I realize that a whole bunch of you don’t know me as a teacher or personally. So, let me take this opportunity to give you some insight to how I think and how I teach. I like to have fun with quilting and with students. When it stops being fun, I’ll move on. So — - rememeber that. Now, keeping that in mind, I should also tell you that everything I do as a quilt teacher is about about pushing quilters to be creative on their own. You’ll here me say over and over, “Hey people, you HAVE a brain!”

My mode of teaching is to give everyone a kick start and see where it leads. I tell all my students, “I will hold your hand to get you through, but I will not tell you what to do.” My book, Convergence Quilts is the same - a guide to creating your own unique quilt without being spoon fed every step of the way. My comment about ‘quilt as desired’ on the Blog Log Cabin pattern was meant to be humorous. It seems ‘quilt as desired’ has been such a joke among quilters lately. If you think my quilting instuructions are vague, wait until I give you my famous recipe for making Ricky’s Chili. mmmmmm

One suggestion for quilting the Blog Log Cabin Quilt would be to quilt it in the ditch. But overall quilting with swirls would work too. So would stitching 1/4 inch inside all the logs by hand. Also, it could be tied. Finally cross hatching or clam shells would work just the way quilts from long ago were done. Wow - there’s just so many options! I still have to let you pick. Mercy me! Is that enough suggestions! Whew!

Regarding lack of quilting instrucions in purchased patterns, there are many factors that contribute to this. The first and foremost being space limitiations. There are thousands of ways to quilt any given quilt, so I’d encourage you to decide for yourself. When the quilt is finished, the best part of all is being able to proudly say, ‘I did it my way!”

Yesterday morning, I like thousands and thousand quilters were tuned into The Today Show to see the $100,000.00 quilt winner. Congratulations Linda McCuean, your white on white quilt is stunning. I do wish they had shown it indoors, wasn’t fond of the set up. But honestly, if I were Linda, I don’t think I could sleep for the next two weeks! AND I hear the quilt will be at the Road to Ca show. How cool it will be to check it out in person.

See the winning quilt here.

For those of you watching, did you catch the part about Apple’s new technology? Both my Mom and daughter called at the same time asking about it, and because I was both answering phones, I missed most of it! I believe it is a new product that allows us to watch the internet on our TVs! How great is that??!! If any of you heard the details, please respond in the comment section. I want to know more.

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