Thursday, April 21, 2016

Home again, Home again!


Flying home over NYC is always a treat... We landed Tuesday evening right at sunset over NYC! That's the George Washington Bridge down there, crossing the Hudson River.

I'm sure I have taken thousands of Sunset shots in my life... It's hard to get enough of them. Nature is so darn beautiful! Out beyond the planes is the NYC skyline. That never gets old either!

I hand pieced a bunch of "Little Boy Britches Blocks" From my fiend Linda Collins New Book, Treasures from the Barn. They are quilts from her collection, and the skittle block I just though would be so fun to make. I was ITCHING to sew after being gone from my sewing machines for so long, that I asked i fly Double wedding ring Students would share two contrasting fabrics with me, and I'd use them in a quilt, taking a little bit of each of them with me. Teaching in AU was so much fun.  I had lovely students, We sewed, danced, laughed, and they all made my trip very memorable.

Visit Linda's Blog for more details on her book, through Quiltmania.

Speaking of Quiltmania, Their Show is up now in Nantes, France...  Iw as seen a few pics of some VFW quilts that are hanging!

Star Power, (L) and Flowery Florid Blooms, (R) are hanging.  Both are mine and quilted by Shelly Pagliai


I'm so happy to be home, Tuesday night I slept all night like a log. 
It was wonderful to be home in my own bed.
But tonight, well, I've been up since 2:30am.  What better time to write blog posts, and catch up on the Outlander new series... haha!

Do you do traditional hand piecing? 
It's my favorite...

Leave me a comment, and say hi, I love hearing from you.


  1. Yes, I do love hand piecing- the first quilt I made was all hand pieced, 30+ years ago!

  2. Yes, still working on the background of a hand pieced and appliquéd top I began in 2002. It is a labor of love.

  3. Hi, so glad you are safely home, hope you get a chance to relax for a bit before you head out somewhere again.
    I used to do a lot of hand piecing and hand quilting, loved it!
    Take care, Annie

  4. Hi and welcome home! I do lots of hand piecing. I mostly hand piece, and use my machine to piece almost only when I'm at a retreat, or for sewing on bindings or borders or other long seams. Certain projects I will machine piece, but really only because they don't lend themselves to hand piecing: T-shirt quilts are too bulky, batiks are too tightly woven generally, and projects which require that I later cut across a sewn seam which will come apart if it's hand sewn. I'm going to hand piece the stretchy hex and tumbler project I started at QuiltCon in your class as soon as I get some additional pieces cut. It will be SO much easier for me to nail those Y seams by hand than it was on the machine!

  5. Happy you arrived back in NYC safe and sound and thanks for showing us those two wonderful shots, nothing more beautiful than sunsets in my book! Your two little blocks have just blown me away, I love them and I'm heading off over to Linda's blog right now - this book looks like one I need on my bookshelf!!!

  6. Glad you're home safely and that you enjoyed your trip to Australia. Thank you for taking the time to chat to me at the AQC last Friday. It was so nice to meet you and to see your quilts up close. Hope you can come back here one day! And yes, I love hand piecing!

  7. it sounds like a wonderful trip so many beautiful fabrics there different from ours...but good to be back on US soil safely! welcome home from Texas and yes I do a lot of hand quilting as well as machine work

  8. HI! I do love hand piecing, but don't do it as much as I would like. I have been doing more embroidery on my quilts as well as some beading. I have recently been working on an English paper Piecing project using half hexies. Now that I have seen La Passacaglia, it looks deadly boring. :(

    Take care!

  9. Glad to see you are home safe and sound and have started sewing some of our fabrics...thanks for an awesome dwr class, hope you make it to Brisbane one day, Janet

  10. I saw your quilts at Quiltmania Show! amazing! Come in France next time!

  11. I don't hand piece. Great photos over NY, thanks for sharing.

  12. The manager suggested doing a signature cocktail during cocktail hour, which turned to be a huge hit. There is a full bar close to the entrance area, so we were covered there too. Dessert at Chicago wedding venues was a presentation of cookies (all looked homemade) and my favorite was the white chocolate, macadamia nut.

  13. Hi Victoria - I love your star power quilt!! Does a pattern exist for this yet?


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