Inspiring Architecture in Milan, Italy

In July, I spent time in Italy in the Piedmont area with friends who recently moved there from the US and we went to Tuscany together. My last night in Italy was spent at a B & B close to the airport, then I had a morning to explore Milan before flying to the UK. I caught an early bus into the city center of Milan and spent three and a half hours at the Duomo (Gothic cathedral), the Galleria and the Teatro alla Scala. What I saw was fantastic and very inspiring. The sheer scale of the Duomo was so impressing and it was majestic with its towering turrets, magnificent stone carvings and windows. The combination of angular shapes and smooth curves was fascinating, and I felt awed by the grandeur of it all. I’m sure that experiencing something like this influences me when I am designing quilts, even if it’s in a very subtle way.

I climbed up to the roof top for amazing views of the skinny turrets, flying buttresses and the surrounding city.

The Galleria was spectacular too with the arches, domed ceiling, decorated floors and fancy stores such as Gucci and Prada.




Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!


I am so thankful for my amazing quilting adventure: the friends I have made; the places I have been; the joy of sharing my quilting passion when I teach; the opportunity to keep on learning from my students; the inspiration from the work others and the patterns that surround us every day; and the excitement of exploring the endless possibilities of new designs and techniques.

I saw this wonderful sewing machine quilt at the AQS QuiltWeek show in Des Moines. Quilting with Silk, 34″ x 29″, was made by Charlotte Noll, of Lauderhill, FL



Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year! May 2015 be a stellar year for you!

Many people make New Year resolutions, but it is often hard to maintain the discipline to follow through. I find it helpful to break down my goals into small chunks, month by month, week by week and even day by day. Large goals can be overwhelming, but doable when divided into smaller pieces. I’m a great list writer and every day have lists of things I want to accomplish. In 2014, my lists seem to have consisted of damage control and keeping up with the most urgent items. I haven’t had time to consider the long term goals for my quilting activities. However, despite the on-going difficulties, I continued to teach and thoroughly enjoy traveling and sharing my quilting passion with others. I feel ready to embrace the New Year with whatever it brings and I hope that you do too.

The image above was created using Kaleidoscope Kreator software on a photo of my quilt, Celestial Garden. Here is a picture of the quilt, 84″ x 84″, which I made in 2002. It was a finalist and placed 5th in the National Quilt Museum’s contest: New Quilts from an old Favorite: Feathered Stars.

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