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Hawaiian Cruise – Sept 2013


Saturday, September 1st, 2012

Norwegian Cruise Line - Pride of America

Join me on a Hawaiian Cruise! I posted all the information on my website Рplease click this link to go directly to the newsletter.
Registrations for this wonderful event are available through Cruise Holidays: Click this link
I’ll add more details in the future. I hope YOU can join me!

Quick Diamond Extravaganza Workshop!


Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
Quilt display at Creations

Jan's Quilts with Striped fabric

My blog has been quiet for a while…. because I am working behind the scenes! I am preparing for a workshop in Kerrville Texas at the fabulous CREATIONS Quilt Shop, to be held July 8-10, 2012.¬† Their blog and online shop tour is just a tantilizing glimpse into a shopping adventure!

Creations Quilt Shop

The 2-1/2 day retreat in July (come join us!!) will be held in the Main House next door to the quilt shop, a fabulous retreat center designed and built by the owners of Creations.

The Main House, Creations

Our workshop will cover different concepts and cutting techniques specifically using striped fabric, and strip-sets that can mimic printed or woven stripes. Students will design their own project after experiencing the techniques utilizing their favorite method.

The first time I stepped foot into their fabulous classroom, I was head-over-heels in love with this facility! Beautiful work spaces for 24 students!

Creations Main House classroom

Upstairs are different bedroom suites, each with its own theme and private bathroom facilities. Owners Julie and Kathy say: “There is room for everyone to be doing something at the same time!”

Click here to read all about the Main House, and add it to your personal BUCKET LIST!

cut striped fabric

Grab your striped fabrics and register for the workshop! See you in July at the Main House!

Another new quilt


Thursday, September 1st, 2011

I am teaching the Framed Diamonds / Dancing African Ladies quilt in Grand Junction, Colorado, Oct. 15, 2011. The location is Quilters’ Corner in Grand Junction. Due to my travel schedule, I¬†am unable to loan out the original Dancing African Ladies quilt. Therefore, I selected two related fabrics from my stash (these are older fabrics, no longer available):

a floral print and a stripe

(Cutting directions available in the Quick Diamond Quilts book).¬† I cut the¬†tropical floral print at a 22.5-degree¬†angle¬†(to control¬†the grainline) and sub-cut into 45-degree angles. The grain runs through the center of the¬†diamonds, and the quilt will be stable once it is pieced.¬† I also cut the striped fabric on an angle, and sub-cut into quarter diamonds. These are the ruler sets I used, in addition to the long 6″ x 24″ ruler.

click the image above to order the Fussy Cutter diamond rulers, or the Quarter and Half ruler set

I sewed combinations of framed diamonds, and¬†arranged them¬†on my design wall. I alternated a pieced diamond with a floral diamond, all arranged in rows. The edges looked a little too “blendy” between the striped diamonds and the print, so I added a narrow dark brownish batik fabric trim at the edges of the striped diamonds.


I pieced the rows of diamonds diagonally, creating larger sections, and finally assembled the entire top. I sewed 3 fabrics together, creating borders. The borders were added, and the corners mitered finish the design.

2010 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta!


Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Early October РDon and I visited my sister Dana, and we attended the Balloon Fiesta! Here are some of the hundreds of photos I took on the first morning. We walked out on the field, down among the balloons in all stages of inflation. It was really exciting! Enjoy! 

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Stone Mosaic workshop, Bristol England


Friday, April 9th, 2010

Christine Porter hosted a workshop from my new book, Quick Diamond Quilts. I flew from California to London, rode in a bus from London to Bristol. Following a few brief hours of sleep, we gathered with terrific quilters who sewed Stone Mosaic quilts.

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Bloomington, Indiana


Friday, March 5th, 2010

Welcome to Bloomington, Indiana! If you are within driving distance, you must add this annual show to your calendar! The town of Bloomington is charming – built around a court house square, the shops and restaurants lure you into their cozy establishments. Bloomington is home to Indiana University, and is culturally diverse.

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Highlights on this trip are dining each evening with fellow teacher friends. The first night four of us went to a great restaurant/pub called the Irish Lion.  PHOTOS  It is an old building, beautifully preserved, as if you walked into a honest-to-goodness Irish tavern. We dined on corned beef and cabbage, beef pie and other specialties.

Workshops the first day ‚Äď Thursday ‚Äď went well. Mine was a Quick & Easy Broken Star without Y seams. It was a 1-day class, and the students progressed well. Our classroom wall space was not good for mounting design walls, so I regret I didn’t take photos during class! Classmate John finished his quilt top (roughly 70″ square) and plans to piece the small broken stars (12 of them) to create a border and¬†increase it to bed-size.

Last night we dined at Farm Bloomington¬†restaurant¬†facing Courthouse Square. Chef Daniel Orr’s culinary skills are world-reknown. The restaurant is very eclectic inside, with artistic divisions between dining areas such as quilts, farm implements, and salvaged everyday antiques. The General Manager gave us a tour of the two-story restaurant, including the cellar. It is a wild collection of ephemera from bygone days, wall murals, small private rooms with Christmas lights strung merrily.

Six of us sat in a private high-walled circular booth right near the kitchen, just near the wall adorned with an antique bedpan collection! ¬†We ordered a variety of dishes, and our enthusiasm encouraged the chef, who plied us with additional tasty treats. “Here, try this – complements of the chef!”¬† I ordered the¬†Bitter Orange Glazed Hoosier Duckling with Saut√©ed Pumpkin and Honey Glazed Chestnuts. WOW was it tasty!¬† Other highlights: we tried a Minty Green Pea¬†Guacamole (unusual, creamy, chilled, slightly sweet) and the intriguing Three Floyds Gumballhead (which turned out to be a beer!).

The highlight of the evening, aside from our converstaion and “tales from the road”, was seeing musician/songwriter John Mellancamp¬†and his lady companion, who passed through the restaurant and ate in a quiet area within sight of our table.

I hope to see the quilts at the show¬†today, and will¬†post a message ¬†if I can take a few photos! My workshop begins in less than an hour, so I must run! Today I am teaching the strip-pieced Variable Hunter Star ‚Äď although this design looks very traditional, the fabric choices determine the finished project.

Road to California Quilt Show


Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Tomorrow will be a big day! I am heading up the road to Ontario, California! What is in ONTARIO,¬†you ask? The big Road to California Quilt Show, of course! No, I am not teaching! WHOOPEEEE! I get to be “one of the girls” and attend a workshop with Melinda Bula.¬† Her work is lovely, and I am only taking a 1 day workshop to learn her technique.

The Ontario Convention Center is a big beautiful place with a view of the nearby San Gabriel Mountain range (on a clear day). We are predicted to have rain so it might be stormy. See you there!

January 15th¬†¬† FOLLOW¬† UP!¬†¬† The workshop with Melinda was relaxing and creative play time! I enjoyed the day away, and the quilts at the show were PHENOMENAL. The dense quilting was particularly amazing – I feel like an amateur compared with these master¬†quilters! Click on both slideshows for a peek at Road to California, and Melinda’s work on YouTube.

 

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Glorious January


Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

Don and I started a new year’s tradition ‚Äď to see and explore more of our local surroundings. We went over to the coast near Torrey Pines and La Jolla (pronounced la hoya) to see the Children’s Pool Beach.¬† This small sheltered cove has created years of controversy…… philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps funded the sea wall construction in 1931.

The grant stated…”That said lands shall be devoted exclusively to public park, bathing pool for children, parkway, highway, playground and recreational purposes…..”¬† The sheltered cove created within the sea wall proved to be a perfect place for California seals to sunbathe and rest with their pups, and also a place for the public to watch seals in their natural state.

Legal debates have ensued over the years, with various parties filing injunctions to erect baracades to protect the seals and humans particularly during pupping season, and whether to eradicate the seals, conduct an environmental cleanup and return the pool to its original intended purpose ‚Äď human recreation. With all the news coverage, year after year, we wanted to see the Children’s Pool Beach!

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Just Married!


Thursday, August 13th, 2009

Our son Ryan and his new bride, Tanya were married August 13 at Tom Ham’s Lighthouse in San Diego. It was a lovely ceremony, and terrific to see them so happy together. The small personal gathering of family and friends was fun for all.

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Ryan & Tanya

wedding cake with shells

wedding cake with shells

Jan, Tanya, Ryan & Don

Jan, Tanya, Ryan & Don

Tanya and Eva

Tanya & Eva

June 2009 – Harlingen Texas


Wednesday, June 10th, 2009

We had a great workshop in Harlingen! Take a look!

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