Show and tell…

I received a new show and tell email that I get to share with you.

Janet Elia says:

About a year ago I requested and you granted permission for me to submit my version of Aunt Millie’s Garden in AQS Quilt week shows …. well my “Funky Garden on Red” has done well for herself! I’ve attached a picture of my quilt with her Paducah Ribbon!

JanetElia-AuntMillieAt The Gathering in NH she received a Second place on Overall Craftsmanship, 2014 AQS Chattanooga an Honorable Mention, and in the 2015 AQS Paducah show a Third Place in Large Bed Home Machine Quilting!!

I am tickled pink… or rather Red!! and want to Thank you for creating a wonderful pattern that so many have enjoyed making! Love the all-blue quilt you posted last week – that’s a stunner!

Thank you and keep creating beautiful patterns!

Linda and I both love seeing how you all use our patterns to make your quilts and this one is no exception. Janet, your quilt is lovely. Congratulations on the ribbons!

Show and tell…

Jan McPike from Brisbane, Australia, sent me this photo of her beautiful quilt. She says:

I have always loved the Piece O’ Cake designs, so when my quilt guild announced a blue & white challenge for this year’s quilt show I thought I would take part.  I have made a blue & white version of Aunt Millie’s Garden. It is done in the quilt-as-you-go method and machine quilted by me.

Aunt Millie's Garden made by Jan McPike

Aunt Millie’s Garden made by Jan McPike

It takes discipline to work in only one color but aren’t the results specatcular! Very nicely done, Jan. Thank you for sharing your quilt with us!

It’s been colorized!

My favorite cartoon of all time showed up in today’s funnies in color. This from the strip, Non Sequiter, by Wiley Miller. It is the perfect quilters’ comic. I happen to love Muriel’s block.


When I googled ‘Wiley Miller’ I realized that there are two that come up at the top of a google search. The other Wiley Miller appears to be a very adventurous downhill skier. I wonder how often the two men get each other’s messages?

I know that there are other ‘Becky Goldsmiths’ out there because I often have trouble finding a new name for myself when some new social media platform opens up. There are other Piece O’ Cakes as well. This must be true for all of us—it’s rare to have a completely unique name. But isn’t it great that we are each our own, unique person.

Answer the question, please…

When I filmed my episode for The Quilt Show, I was also asked several questions and was filmed as I answered. Several of you saw this quick video before I did. Click here to see me on the TQS site or you can watch below. I’m so happy that I came up with reasonable answers on short notice :-).

Members of The Quilt Show will be able to watch the new episode this August, in Episode 1704.

UPDATE: Several have asked about Edrica Huws. Doesn’t she look like someone you’d enjoy knowing?


I could write but honestly, you need to see photos of her most excellent work. Google ‘Edrica Huws’ and/or click here. I think the images will open for you. I’ve posted one of my favs below.



Oh happy day!

Well, after hours of talking to tech support, and after waiting for the new site to show up on my own computer (after it showed up on other computers all over the place), the new site works! If, as you click around, you find a problem, please do let me know. I’ll do my best to fix it.

Now I will share some pretty pictures with you that I took last Saturday morning at Gardenland, a most amazing local nursery. I was there on my 52 Week Photo Challenge assignment and I’ll be going back. What a great place to take photos—and to shop! That welcome sign is now hanging in my backyard :-).


Gardenland Nursery in Sherman, TX

I want this wagon wheel but am not sure where I’d put it. Steve loves the welcome sign but is less sure about the wheel.


Gardenland Nursery in Sherman, TX

Isn’t this a good edging idea? Although I have no idea where to find a lot of license tags.


Gardenland Nursery in Sherman, TX

There are lovely flowers at Gardenland and they just beg to be photographed.


Gardenland Nursery in Sherman, TX

I leave early Thursday morning to teach for the Pride of the Prairie Quilt Guild in the Chicago area. I hope the web site is running seamelssly by then, and that I can get my email sorted out. It’s a long story but changing the site changed my email. Sigh. Computers are great when they work and terrible when they don’t.