2 days walking NYC…

Central Park…

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Views from the High Line…

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The globe at Columbus Circle, seen from below coming up the stairs from the subway…

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A mosaic wall near Chelsea Market…

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Our view from the Hilton Garden Inn…

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When I got back to the hotel and started putting my stuff on the bed, I realized that I am very monochromatic this trip. Good thing I have a bright green jacket :-).

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Red River, NM…

Sometimes you have to get away from your actual business to plan the future of that business. That is why I took my office manager (Lorna), web and social media consultant (Chris), shipping clerk (Elanor), and the man who does everything else that comes up (Steve) on a working vacation to Red River, NM. The boys (jack and Bear) had to come too because they couldn’t stay home alone and, besides, we love them :-).

Red River is a long day’s drive from Sherman. Lorna and I did a lot of talking on the way out and back. I made notes and took photos. The white van in front of me in most of these photos belongs to Chris and Lorna. It was a 2-car expedition.

The land is mostly flat from Sherman to the mountains. There are lumpy stretches (not really hills), and towns. There were trees in most of the towns but out on the prairie, not so much. The elevation rose as we drove west.

I didn’t get good photos of the mountains from the car on the way to Red River because the light was wrong. And I missed some lovely photos when I was driving. It’s better to be safe than wrecked, right?

We took a more scenic route on the way home, through Tucumcari and Las Vegas, NM. The mountains in Red River quickly gave way to plateaus. The trees gave way to scrubbier plants.

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And then it got flat again, all the way home, which is one reason why we who live on the prairie go to the mountains :-).

I do love being able to see off into the distance, and I love how big the sky is over flat land, but it’s not for everyone. I’ll share more photos of the trip, with mountains and people, later this week.

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Join me at Empty Spools…

I am teaching a 5-day Independent Study class, March 19-24, during Session III of the Empty Spools Seminar. Empty Spools Seminars are held at Asilomar, a wonderful facility on the Monterey Peninsula. There are a variety of classes taught during each session.

In my independent study class you are free to work on anything, not just appliqué. Your project can be art or traditional, hand or machine sewn, pieced or appliquéd. Draft a new quilt from scratch or work from a pattern. I am there to help you with any questions or problems you might have. Click here and here to see what students did in my 2016 and 2015 Independent Study classes.

This is one of my favorite classes. The room is always happy and full of energy. Asilomar is one of the prettiest places on the planet. There are still some openings in this year’s class and I encourage you to join me :-). Click here to go to Empty Spools.

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Independent Study Class – 2016

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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From Munich…

We arrived after an overnight flight to Munich in the morning. We are staying in an apartment and got checked in by midday. Before long we were out walking around to see the sites. It was rainy, but nice. These shots were taken from the bell tower of St. Peter’s church.

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There are many, many churches in Munich and many of them are Catholic. I feel right at home :-).

Today we went on a tour to Neuschwanstein, the castle build by King Ludwig in Bavaria. I have wanted to see this castle since I was a girl so it was great fun and I do so appreciate Celia for finding the tour. Below is Mario, our guide.

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We stopped at two lovely churches, one Baroque and one Rococo, on the way to the castle.

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Neuschwanstein is the castle that Cinderella’s castle at Disneyworld is based on.

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If you are interested in the castle, you can find better photos than I took online. The best shots are from from the bridge behind the castle that is closed for repairs. Deep sighs on our part. No matter—it was a beautiful day, no rain, cool weather, and great company!

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We stopped for cheese, sausage, and beer at a cheese farm on the way back to Munich. I’ve never seen cows this color before… they were more taupe than brown. They all wore bells and it was fun to sit by them as we ate a late lunch.

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Tomorrow we head to Salzburg!

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade…

We walked a few blocks from Jeff and Celia’s apartment to 64th Street and Central Park West. We got there an hour before the parade started and there were already lots of people there. None of us are committed enough to parades to have gotten there in time to be in the front row.

Anything below head level was hidden from us, but luckily most of the good stuff is tall or floating. The Macy’s stars were first…

Followed by a turkey float…

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My favorite was Adventure Time…

Jeff is in the kitchen cooking. Celia and I have been decorating their Christmas tree, and Steve is having a nap. What a great Thanksgiving!

Images from my quick visit to Quilt Market…

I stopped long enough to take a photo of the construction in the daylight. Downtown Houston has been looking better every year. It’s more crowded, bustling, cleaner, and there is a lot more that is interesting to look at. I suspect that next year the Convention Center is going to look better than it ever has.

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I took the next two shots before market opened so the folks you see here are vendors. It will be a lot more crowded once the doors are open and shop owners start walking the floor. It will be even more crowded when Quilt Festival opens. The booth occupants will change, the floor plan generally remains the same.

The opening in the far, white wall goes to the quilts. Aisle 1 starts there…

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Turn and look in the other direction and wayyyyyy down there is aisle 29. This is an event that requires good, sturdy footwear.market-03

C&T had our new book, Wool Applique the Piece O’ Cake Way, prominently displayed!

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I didn’t stop to photograph many booths because I was moving fast. I did stop at Art Gallery Fabrics because of this wall:

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The fabric designer showcased here is Maureen Cracknell. I was lucky enough to get to visit with her for a little bit. She is a lovely young woman who has designed some wonderful fabric. She also has a great eye for display!

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It’s not just that the butterflies are pretty, it’s the way the colorless butterflies flow into the colorful ones. They enhanced the fabric that was displayed with them.

In a similar way, RJR used origami cranes…

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I didn’t know until just now that there is an RJR Quilt With Love blog! Click here.

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If you go on social media and look for #quiltmarket you’ll find lots more photos. Tomorrow I’ll post a few quilt images.