This and that from Boise…

I walked in the mornings in the area around my hotel and I was surprised to find this mailbox:

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It stood in front of a Bigelow plant. I asked someone walking out and yes, they do package tea there. I’ll bet it smells really good inside that building.

There were several trees sporting these lovely seed pods. FYI: I used my iPhone with the Camera+ app to take all of these photos. I am impressed with the quality especially when I remember that little tiny lens on the iPhone.

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I don’t usually take photos of what’s for lunch, but this was special. Nancy, who works at The Quilt Crossing, is also the person who makes lunch for the classes. This is a bowl that starts with warm brown rice and then you can add: chopped cabbage (green and red), green onion, roasted peanuts, 2 kinds of grilled chicken, crushed ramen noodles (not gluten free so I passed on those), and 2 options for dressing. It was fantastic!

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I forget just how much I like a meal in a bowl. Steve, if you see this, it’s a good choice for dinner🙂.

The Idaho State Fair…

Before I left Boise, I got to spend an evening at the Idaho State Fair with Patty, Marsha, and JoAnn. They go to the fair every year and know what exhibits to visit and where to find the best fair food.

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Let me just say that the corn on the cobb was mighty fine but my favorite fair food was the Tortato made from Famous Idaho Potatoes.

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Imagine a deep fried spiral-cut russet potato. That’s a Tortato. Just looking at the picture makes me want another one. Why are these not available everywhere? On the other hand, maybe it’s good that they are not to be found in Sherman, TX.

We visited the flower show. Isn’t this an amazing flower!

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This sunflower seemed to glow. Both of these flowers had ribbons.

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We saw all kinds of needlework on display and I got so busy looking that I forgot to take pictures. We visited the Guinea pigs and rabbits and then we hunted down dessert: caramel apples for Patty and Marsha, a candy apple for me, and an apple dumpling for JoAnn. Too busy eating to take a picture.

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We did not ride any rides but they sure were pretty against the clear blue sky.

I can’t remember what this guy was selling, but his Minions were pretty cute.

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Meet Lucy…

This is Lucy, who celebrated her 88th birthday on August 18 in my class at The Quilt Crossing in Boise. How cool is that!

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The class worked on Pick-Up Sticks from The Quilter’s Practical Guide To Color, learning how to make this improv block the easy way. Everyone had a great time, especially Lucy!

Some of Lucy’s Piece O’ Cake applique quilts were hanging in the classroom and it was so much fun to have them there. This is her version of Spectacular Spring from Applique Delights (still available as a downloadable ebook).

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And this is Lucy’s version of Thru Grandmother’s Window, our first block of the month. The patterns are available as downloadable ePatterns.

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Lucy and I agreed that it’s good to have a goal and we both want to be quilting into our 100s. That’s an excellent goal, don’t you think?!

Tell me what you think…

You shop online. (Maybe not every one of you shops online, but most of you.) When you shop, do you read the reviews? I do which is why I feel a little stupid for taking so long to make it possible for you to leave reviews on the products at pieceocake.com.

I know why it took so long, but that is a long and involved story that you are not interested in. The point is that now you can leave reviews on all of our books, patterns ,and all of the stuff that you might have purchased at pieceocake.com.

I’d love it if, when you have time, you would click away and let me and others know what you think about the individual books and patterns you care about. I hope that it’s all good, but even if it isn’t, that’s OK. Reviews need to be honest to be helpful.

To write a review, start at pieceocake.com and click to find the items you’d like to review. Scroll to the bottom and look for the link to write a review.

Thank you very much!

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What is Yazzii?

If you get my newsletter, you know what a Yazzii is. If you don’t get my newsletter, a Yazzii is a kind of organizer that is perfect for quilters. Here’s a video showing the Petite Mini Organizer.

Click here if you don’t see the video.

If you are interested in a petite organizer, click here. If I’ve sold out of the color you want, email me. I don’t know when my supplier will have more in stock but I’ll start a list and let you know when they come in.

And (you heard it here first!) after I sent the newsletter, I got requests for the Large Mini Organizer that is about 4″ wider than the petite organizer. You’ll find the large mini organizers on the same page. If I run out, I’ll order more.

And, it gets even better! You can personalize your Yazzii with a wool applique block! Susan Buntz was kind enough to share this photo of her very own Yazzii organizer. Isn’t it cute!

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I leave town tomorrow to visit the Quilt Crossing quilt shop and the Boise Basin Quilters in Boise, ID. If you are in the area, I look forward to seeing you!

Where does the time go?

If you are old enough (I am) and/or are a Grateful Dead fan (Steve absolutely is) this is the song that comes to mind when you read “where does the time go”. Go ahead and tap your toes!

I got home from vacation, and home from teaching in Pennsylvania, and now am getting ready to go to Boise to teach at The Quilt Crossing and for the Boise Basin Quilters. It’s good to be busy, but it is hard to get everything done that I’d like to do — writing blog posts, for example🙂.

I have taken photos that with the intention of posting them. There’s this one of an iguana on St. Maarten. I really miss these guys!

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And there’s Barbie! She belonged to a little girl who played with her (all day long) at the pool. Barbie struck a number of poses and many would have made great photos but the little girl would just not have understood me stalking her doll. This was the best I could do, Barbie sunbathing.

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[The photo I missed was Barbie in plank position next to the pool while several of us ladies did water aerobics. Barbie looked very strong.]

Lastly, let me share this. I can’t remember what airport I was at when I took this photo but I know that I never want to fly on ‘rabies’ air🙂.

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Until I write again, happy summer stitching (unless you are on the other side of the planet, then it would be happy late winter stitching)!