Desert views…

Linda and Paul live outside of Buckeye, AZ, and the landscape is beautiful in a flat, dry, desert-y sort of way. The colors are intense and the sky is so big! I like the look of power lines running off into the far distance in the photo below.


Sun City Festival, the community where Linda and Paul live, is planted with mostly native plants that don’t require a lot of water and can tolerate the heat. I’ve been walking this path in the morning.


I had forgotten how green the bark is on a Palo Verde tree. They make me happy, especially against a blue sky.


There are palm trees, but only where they get water.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been in such an open place. It feels good, more relaxed, but maybe that’s because I’m on vacation with my best friend🙂.

Are you in the market for an 1130?

UPDATE: If you were, you are too late for this one. It found a happy home🙂.

Steve Schlesinger, who I’ve written about before, has his mom’s BERNINA 1130 online and priced at $799. I have Linda’s 1130 and I can say that the 1120 is a sweet sewing machine. Click here for the details on Steve’s mom’s machine.


Hello from Arizona!

I’m in Buckeye, AZ, visiting Linda. She says hello🙂. We’re happily visiting, playing with fabric, and just generally enjoying each others’ company. Today, we took a road trip to Sun City West to visit my Aunt Helen (my dad’s sister), and my cousins Mary and Rick. I promised to post a family photo… I think we look pretty good!


It’s been years since we have seen each other and it was so nice to catch up. I am lucky to be related to such nice people and I’m going to have to come back before years pass by again.

Show and tell…


Jeneen Conway sent me the photo of her quilt with this message:

It’s been a few years since I took your applique “big stitch” class in Bloomington, IN.  I didn’t tell you that I had been working on this pinwheel quilt for some time. Took your wall hanging, redesigned it, re-drew the borders, and chose to make a 360 degree rainbow around the 16 pinwheels. It has been a labor of love and now it is a king size quilt on my bed!  Thank you for the tips you share. I truly learned to needle turn applique through the books that you and Linda created. I thought you would like to see a finished picture.

Thank you, Jeneen, for sending me the story of your quilt! It’s lovely and I am so happy that you are enjoying it on your bed!

But wait! There’s (even) more!

I’ve gotten updates from Steve… here are the mostly current prices for the rest of his mom’s fabric:

  • The single fabrics are now $2.50 a yard (down from $3.50 a yard).
  • The bundles are $2 a FQ. Thus a kit of 12 is $24.

The Flowering Vines kit is listed at $150 with free shipping.  The Bernina 1130 is $950 and has free shipping. It was recently serviced and has extra feet

He also sent a link to photos of the fabric. Click here, or use this link:

He said he photographed it all in one night… I’m impressed! That is a lot of work to take the photos and get them online.

It would be nice to help him get his mom’s fabric to quilters who would love it. If you know someone who might be interested, feel free to share the link.


A shopping opportunity!

Steve Schlesinger wrote to me to say that his mom unfortunately died a few years ago and left them with ‘mind-boggling’ amounts of quilting supplies. Let me quote him:

How much?  We’ve been able to pay for cars for both of my daughters for college mainly on quilting fabric. We are now moving onto prepackaged fabrics.  I came across this Flowering Vines complete kit. Do you know anybody who is looking for this set? I have one that is complete.
Thanks, Steve

It looks to me like this is the kit with the original fabric, most of it we designed. I don’t have any idea what it is worth and Steve is taking offers. If you are interested, email Steve at

He added:

I’ve met some really nice people along the way who have bought the fabrics.  The first quilt guild that took on helping us sell the fabric was overwhelmed by how much nice fabric we had.  They bought about half of what we brought up, which was only 1/3 of the total collection.  We decided to hold off on selling the kits and bundles until most of the fabric was gone.  Out of 14 sewing machines she left us with, we’re keeping two for my daughters.  Now I am left with only one Bernina 1130.

My mom was a retired math teacher and would spend her days going from sewing to needlepoint to knitting to rug hooking. She never met a craft-store she didn’t like.

Let me just say that I have a BERNINA 1130 and it is a jewel. He didn’t say, but if I didn’t have one already, I’d make on offer on that as well. What could it hurt?

Also, even though this is working out well, it is a cautionary tale. Look around your work space and consider if maybe it might be time to thin your stash🙂.

Again, if you are interested, email Steve at

I made a RARE Bear and she could be yours!


RARE Science works directly with patient families and foundations to find more immediate therapeutic solutions for children with rare diseases. The Quilt Show is hosting a RARE Bear auction to raise money and awareness for this very worthy cause.

A new bear will go online everyday for twenty two days!!! My bear, Flower, is Bear #2 and she went online today. TQS will be holding a ‘select your favorite bear’ after the first batch of 12, then another after the remaining bears have been revealed. I hope you mark your calendar and in 10 days vote for Flower because how could she not be your favorite!

The auction has already begun. Click the button below to go to the auction page.