Archive for April, 2015

Signs of Spring

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Two firsts for 2015–yesterday the first Oriole visited the hummingbird feeder and we found the first Morel mushroom. Only one, but it was a big one. I fried it up and we shared it, along with the first Asparagus and some ham! Yum!! Spring is officially here.

Sold A Quilt!

Friday, April 24th, 2015

ravenbringslightIt’s always wonderful when someone loves and appreciates a piece enough to buy it. “Raven Brings Light To The World” has a new home with just such a person! This is one of my favorites, too.

All Good Things Must Come To An End

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

The week here at Hudson Valley Art Workshops has just whizzed by. It was great fun and my students outdid themselves with their progress. One finished her top and one nearly did. The class was small but mighty, and I think we all had a good time and learned a lot!


Corinne finished with a day to spare.¬† She considered starting on the quilting, but opted to draft another¬† pattern instead in case she needed help, but she didn’t really.


Jean’s piece about the Red Rocks near Sedona was quite large and I think she is the first to get this far along on such a big one.¬† She ran short on sky fabrics, knew she had more at home so opted to quit on the last night; otherwise I’ll bet she would have persevered, she was that focused..¬† She had been working nights til about 11! Dedication!! Once it is all sewed together, that little bit of brown in the sky will be part of the mountains.¬† Gonna be beautiful.

The food here is to die for!  I meant to get photos as it is so special. But even on those evenings when I did remember to bring the camera, it looked so good I had already dug in before remembering that I had wanted a picture.  This time I asked everyone to help me remember.  The Rack of Lamb with Carrots and Napa Cabbage was SO good. And always with some wonderful bread.


Preceded by a lovely salad with Spring Rolls and followed by this amazing Chocolate Cake.



Chef Mark has blogs that you can find by going to Innsane.  If you scroll around you can find good stuff like the recipe for the Rack of Lamb!



Day Four At Hudson River Valley Workshops

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Day Four at the Hudson River Valley Workshop, much progress is being made!

LeavesCorinne hard at work:Corinne-LeavesJean’s original photo:OrigRedRocksIn Progress:RedRocksJean hard at work:

Jean-RedRocksThey are doing a super job!

I loose track of time but one afternoon after the designing and enlarging of the patterns, and preparing the freezer paper patterns, we took a road trip to Selkirk, NY to the Log Cabin Quilt Shop where the students were able to find some great fabrics to fill the gaps in what they had brought with them. I was not really planning to buy more fabric as I already have more than I will ever use, but I cannot pass up a good grass fabric, and some more of the brown marbley one that I may be running low on, plus a few fat quarters I couldn’t pass up.



Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Greenville1Here I am in NY state at the lovely Greenville Arms 1889 Inn teaching a Picture Piecing workshop.

They have two dogs here but they keep them away from the guests so I have not met them yet. One is a Dalmation named Hudson so I just had to piece his portrait as a hostess gift!