Thanksgiving in NYC, 2016

Steve and I are visiting Celia and Jeff for Thanksgiving again this year. It could easily become a tradition. We take a laid back approach to viewing the Macy’s parade. We only watch parts of it, from a distance because we all like the balloons the best.

Macy's Parade 2016

Macy's Parade 2016

Macy's Parade 2016 - Street Vendor

Macy’s Parade 2016 – Street Vendor

Watching the Macy's Parade 2016

Watching the Macy’s Parade 2016

I couldn’t resist the shot when I noticed myself perfectly positioned in someone else’s camera as they were preparing to take a selfie

Celia put her camera on the tripod for our Thanksgiving family photo.

Celia, Jeff, Becky and Steve

Celia, Jeff, Becky and Steve

Steve and Becky - tree hugging at Lincoln Center

Steve and Becky – tree hugging at Lincoln Center

I must not be paying attention when I look in the mirror because I keep expecting to see my younger self in pictures. Everybody else looks great so I’m just going to assume that I do too. And so do you so smile for those pictures.

 

A new look Thru Grandmother’s Window…

Linda has been busy updating our what was our very 1st block of the month, Thru Grandmother’s Window. Isn’t it beautiful!

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Linda also made the original 12-block quilt in 1995, below.

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Linda updated all 12 blocks for the pattern covers, even though she only used 9 of the blocks in her quilt.

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Each pattern includes new yardage, cutting, and border instructions. Color photos of both quilts are included in each pattern, along with a color photo of the new block.

The patterns are available individually or in a set of 12.  Click here to find Thru Grandmother’s Window Downloadable Patterns. I don’t have fabric kits but these colors are readily available in quilt shops and online. I encourage you to go on a fabric hunt.

You saw it here first! I’ll send a newsletter announcing the updated Thru Grandmother’s Window Downloadable Patterns tomorrow. Happy stitching!

Learning new things…

I’m home from visiting 4 lovely guilds in the greater Kansas City area. I lectured and taught all day and into the evening for 3 days. I enjoyed all of the people I met and I hope they enjoyed me.

Because I was working so much, I missed much of the news coverage of the election. No talking heads, no in-depth analysis, I got the results. I was surprised, as you may have been, because the polls were so wrong. (Note to self: Ignore polls in the future.)

I’m not going to veer into a discussion of politics. Donald Trump was legally elected. He’s our president. I truly, sincerely, want him to be a good one. Our fates are tied to his — how can we wish the worst for him?

Lastly, I had an opportunity to visit with a woman who voted differently than I did. It was wonderful to have a conversation without rancor. Neither of us butted in with ‘well, but….” We had a series of conversations over the course of the day and I am better for it. I believe that most of the people in our country are good at heart and will, when exposed to hate, speak up in favor of love and tolerance.

I have been guilty of thinking that if those on the ‘other side’ knew what I did, they would surely think differently. That’s wrong because we each view the world from a different perspective. Understanding our differences is the first step toward figuring out how to live together in peace. I am going to seek out people who think differently than me and who are willing to have a friendly conversation about the issues.

Tomorrow Steve and I will clean house (because it’s Saturday), and work in the yard (because we can’t ignore it any more). I need to work on the computer and then, if I am very lucky, there will be time to work on the quilt I am in the middle of quilting. In short, it will be a normal weekend day… I can’t wait!

Fall, Kansas City, 2016

Fall, Kansas City, 2016

 

Let’s be nice…

I was out with my camera yesterday and spotted this sign. It made me think.

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I have this to say about the election: I know who I voted for, I don’t know who you voted for, and I don’t want to know because I want us all to stay friends.

Many of the people I know and love are voting for the other person, but I will not let politics come between me and my friends and family. People are more important than politics.

Some of you may want to tell me I’m wrong (in all caps) but let me ask you this: When talking about politics, have you changed anyone’s mind? I have not and I’m going to stop trying. No matter who wins, I expect that life as we know it will go on.

Now I’m going to quilt, be happy, and stop worrying about things I cannot control. I hope you can do the same :-).

Quilt Market 2016, update #3…

There were so many quilts at hanging in the show and the exhibits! The photos I have shared only scratch the surface of all there was to see. If you’ve been to the IQA show at Quilt Festival in Houston, you know what I mean. If you have never been, you really need to go.

I only took photos where permitted. The quilts below are followed by the information from the artists. Each one of the following quilts made me smile.

Classmates by Noriko Kido

Classmates by Noriko Kido

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Flowered & Feathered Frenzy by Susan Cleveland

Flowered & Feathered Frenzy by Susan Cleveland

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Lines Of Communication #5 by Anne Hammond

Lines Of Communication #5 by Anne Hammond

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Modern Waves by Kristi Schroeder

Modern Waves by Kristi Schroeder

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Not Now, Maybe Never by Joan Dorsay

Not Now, Maybe Never by Joan Dorsay

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Steventon by France Aubert

Steventon by France Aubert

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USS Constitution by Jocelyne Picot

USS Constitution by Jocelyne Picot

Quilt Market 2016, update #2…

Here are a few more quilts from the show. I only took photos where permitted. The quilts below are followed by the information from the artists.

The landscape quilts below were hanging in the judged show.

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After the Storm by Ruth Powers

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Summer Storm by Peg Collins

Summer Storm by Peg Collins

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The following quilt was on the cover of the Quilt Market guide. It was stunning.

Rosita by Cecilia Koppmann

Rosita by Cecilia Koppmann

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Detail of Rosita by Cecilia Koppmann

Detail of Rosita by Cecilia Koppmann

Detail of Rosita by Cecilia Koppmann

Detail of Rosita by Cecilia Koppmann

The next quilt was hanging in an exhibit of Dear Jane quilts. It just made me happy!

Sea of Color, Field of Flowers by Wanda Cracknell

Sea of Color, Field of Flowers by Wanda Cracknell

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Detail of Sea of Color, Field of Flowers by Wanda Cracknell

Detail of Sea of Color, Field of Flowers by Wanda Cracknell

Quilt Market 2016, update #1…

I spent one full day at Quilt Market in Houston. I spent a little more than an hour looking at all of the quilts (which was not nearly long enough), I signed books in the C&T booth, and then I walked all of the 26 aisles looking for wonderful new things for the web site. It was full but exciting day!

The quilts in the show, and in the special exhibits, were phenomenal. Honestly it was hard to take it all in in the short time I had. I did stop to take photos of a few of the quilts that spoke to me. I was drawn to quilts featuring portraits and people in particular.

I only took photos where permitted. The quilts below are followed by the information from the artists.

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Portrait Noir by Trish Morris-Plise (quilted by Sandra Bruce) and Chuck Close Two by Sandra Bruce

Portrait Noir by Trish Morris-Plise, quilt by Sandra Bruce

Portrait Noir by Trish Morris-Plise, quilt by Sandra Bruce

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Portrait Noir by Trish Morris-Plise, quilt by Sandra Bruce

Detail of Portrait Noir by Trish Morris-Plise, quilt by Sandra Bruce

Chuck Close Two by Sandra Bruce

Chuck Close Two by Sandra Bruce

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Chuck Close Two by Sandra Bruce

Detail of Chuck Close Two by Sandra Bruce

Claire, below, was hanging in the judged show.

Claire by Sandra Bruce

Claire by Sandra Bruce

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The Blood Remembers by Sandy Curran

The Blood Remembers by Sandy Curran

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I’ve seen the next quilt before and I still love it!

Detail of Rollin' Hell For Leather by Peggy Hanson

Detail of Rollin’ Hell For Leather by Peggy Hanson

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Winter Memories by Chieko Shiraishi

Winter Memories by Chieko Shiraishi

Detail of Winter Memories by Chieko Shiraishi

Detail of Winter Memories by Chieko Shiraishi

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I’ll post more images from the show tomorrow.