I’ve always been one to become obsessed over things. I’ve grown house plants, played D&D for hours on end (a long time ago), bred and showed cocker spaniels, painted, and… well, the list goes on! When I started quiltling back in 1991, I guessed it would just be another phase, something fun to do for a while. Little did I know that it would become a career. It still amazes me.

The creative journey is amazing. When the creative muse hits, you can become consumed - driven beyond reality. I love those moments. Those journeys are unstoppable. It is like being on a river raft racing through the rapids and nothing you can do will change your course. When the river is quiltmaking, the quilt is finished, and the river is running smooth again - you can look at the work and go, “Wow, where did THAT come from”. Then you crash. But it’s a good crash. Anyone ever experienced that ride?
A quilt block made real - Moon over the Mountain, yesterday morning from the kitchen window.


Speaking of John, a little history about us. We met at Chico State (that is where I started college) We met at a dorm 50’s party and he looked pretty scary. He kept following me around all night, frankly it was disturbing. He was dressed like a tough guy and being in sound mind I kept trying to ditch him. The next day, my roommate Debbie pointed him out as the guy who was stalking me and I thought, “he’s hot!” So then it was my job to have him remember me (get the picture?) and further more get a date. The rest is history. We have been married over 30 years and have managed to stay flexible with the ebb and flow of life together. Sometimes we start bickering like long time married people, and I wonder what’s up with that?! Then I remember we are old married people! No kidding, though, he has been an incredible cheer leader for me. With out his support my dreams could never have been realized in the way they have.
Speaking of the good old days!


Everyone always asks about Mom and Dad. If you ever met them you would understand why. They are both in their 80’s and running strong. In fact, they just got back from a road trip celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. They weren’t sure how long they would be gone, but they took off up the Northern Ca. coast and came back when they ran out of money. I guess some things never change. Mom didn’t want a party, so next week we are going to take them on a mystery date. Can’t tell them and won’t tell you until it is over. It was John’s idea and it is pretty cool.

Mom was never sewer, but she is very creative in her life style. The house they live in is just darling (a Victorian cottage) and it is always fixed up perfectly. Her art is her lifestyle.

You have seen Dad on SQ and he is a very handy and creative person also. In fact he rebuilt the house they live in while they resided in it. That project took seven years and their marriage stood the test!

Mom and Dad live about a mile from us and it is great having them so close at hand. They pop in every now and again, and sometimes come over just to hang. When I am on the road, John has a nice place to eat supper if he gets tired of being alone. I guess you never end baby sitting your kids, right? Tomorrow, my better half.
My three biggest cheerleaders enjoying a moment in Dubrovnik


Ya’ll need to go to Alex’s website (the link is under her photo in the site header). Her newest podcast is a phone conversation we recorded where she interviewed me about how this whole site developed. I talk about the seeds that were planted over a year ago, the vision and evolution of the project, and what we are attempting to offer. I listed to it today and I must say, “I do got an ack-sint, and I hope ya’ll kin understand me! Go give it a listen!” Hey I’m a Texas boy transplanted to Colorado.
This was how the gallery looked yesterday when we arrived home! Gallerygal, Gretchen, shoveled for three hours just to get a clearing!


How can two kids come out of the same oven and be so different? Both good, but REALLY different! Raise your right hand if you can relate. Growing up I was sure my daughter, Adair, was destine to rule the earth. My first thought was President of the United States. No, she didn’t like that because people tend to talk bad about you. I then thought a lawyer would be a good way for her to go, because she could argue anything in her favor. No, a lawyer wasn’t quite right, judge seemed more to her liking. I suppose if I think about it, she has kept this vision in mind as an 8th grade teacher. Let me comment that she is tough, fair and loves her kids to pieces. Over the holidays, I got to attend the play Edward Scissorshand with her class in SF as a chaperone. Delightful could only describe the experience. What a wonderful group of kids she has. The hardest part of the day? Calling my baby Miss Anderson.
Photo: Miss A looking ahead and wondering what her future holds.


Well, Justin and I left Tinker Bell and the rest of the family (see previous post) and made the nine hour drive back to La Veta today. There was no getting into the snow-ladened driveway until we went to the hardware store to get the new snow blower that arrived the day we left. Thank goodnes for the snowblower!

We will be starting our Chat and Forums very soon. Regarding the forum (message board) I thought it would be good to get your input. What topics would you like to see in the Forum? We will create several categories and sub categories. This truly is your community so your two-cents worth of advise and suggestions are important! Post to the add-comment at the end of this message.

Finally, I’d like to say that it is great to see so many quilts and member’s photos. Please don’t be hesitant to post a photo of yourself. We love to see you and every photo makes our site more and more personal - more and more connected.
Yep - Me! My hair style has come full circle!

In case you can’t tell, Alex and I are sharing some personal information to let you get to know us a bit better. If you are wondering if that is all you’ll ever see in this blog, the answer is no. The blog will be driven by news from the quilt world. But for now - we’re just all getting acquinted and letting you get familiar with the site. For best results take two doses of The Daily Blog with your morning cup of coffee! mmmmmmmm - Ricky


Okay, I’m beat! As you might expect for our big site launch, I was up all night - well, until 5 am, and got about 2.5 hours of sleep before waking up to your very enthusiastic outpouring of support. I was still awake when the first members started to join. You might be wondering who was our very first member (besides our staff, who joined a day early to test the system), it was Barb Lewandowski! Welcome Barb! - and all 625 of you as of this posting. WOW! Can we grow our World Quilt Commuminty to 2000 before next week? Tell your friends. The Chat is coming VERY soon. I’ll tell you the specific date when the web master gives me the go-ahead.

I’d like to congratulate the following people who were the ten selected for free First Season memberships. These people all correctly guessed Alex as my co-host prior to the launch and their names were randomly selected from nearly 2000 others. Congrats to: 1. JoAnn Hoffman 2. Linda Steller 3.Jane Wineteer 4.Marguerite Morris 5. Carol Pepper 6. Lynn Feldman 7. Jacqueline Halberg 8.Marilyn Withrow 9. Laura Cobb 10 Patricia Hanscom

The snowstorm in Colorado is over and we will head home and try to dig into the house. Forty-eight inches of snow should be interesting. I hope the new snow blower that came in the day we left has not been sold out from under us. I’ll post a photo of what I find when we get home, so check back tomorrow.

Here’s a photo of my great niece Macy in her new Tinker Bell outfit that she got for Christmas. What a doll!



How fun yesterday was! Watching everyone log in and join our World Quilt Community. Many of you I know, and it was like walking into a surprise party with old and new friends. Please do take time to fill out your online profiles, strut your stuff, and that would be your QUILTS.

On a family note, this past year has been delightful. What I didn’t mention in yesterdays blog was that, while I was being voted off the HGTV island, everyone in our family’s boat was in a similar situation. I remember John saying, “2006 is going to be interesting”. Well, it certainly was!

First with my son, Joey. He is finally settled with a great job, learning the ins and outs of retail. The company he works for takes new employees thru a sort of boot camp. After an intense 5-6 months intense training, the new employees have a boat load of incredible experience. He is now working with several stores, helping them to increase sales. Better than just an intense year of learning for him, he loves his job! In addition, but more importantly, he got engaged to a young lady who we love and adore. Unfortunately the wedding isn’t until 08, but I hear patience is a virtue. When we met her family this fall, I fell in love with them also, but with such a wonderful daughter, why be surprised? After all, they raised her.

As for my daughter, I would have never ever guessed her landing spot for 06. People are worried about the youth of today. Oh really? Stay Tuned!
Caption: For now, I am a proud Dogma to Joey and Shelly’s baby, Penelope

WOW! We’re thrilled with the overwhelming number of new members arlready! Thanks! We’d love to hear from you so just go to the Contact Us page and give us some feedback. Also, Gold Star Members can see the top 100 newest members on the search page. It’s time to have some fun!!! Upload your photos! Go to Update My Profile and Upload Photo - it’s easy, and we can see what you look like!

We are THRILLED that you have jumped on board! We need you to help us make this community grow. Tell your friends. Chatting and Forum will begin soon and we need lots of members to make that successful.

We’re also tending to little bugs in the system, nothing big, but as this is the first day we are live, we ask for your patience and understanding.

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