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A Valentines treat to bake for your sweetheart

Chocolate Peppermint Cream Heart Cakes x Zucchini Chocolate Cake 2 cups flour 2 cups sugar 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 3 cups shredded zucchini 1 cup semisweet chocolate baking chips 1 cup salad oil 4 large eggs In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, […]


My day off in Sydney

Now that the hustle and bustle of hosting Thanksgiving at my home in Sacramento with my kids, parents, boyfriend and ex! is over and a success to boot (Thanksgiving video composed by Indigo), I want to get back to sharing my Australia trip. While I was teaching in Sydney, I had one day free to […]


Happy St. Nicolas Day!

The mingling scents of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and allspice fill the air as warm Speculatius (Saint Nicolas Cookies) bake in the oven. The tradition is that children put out their shoes the night before and Saint Nicolas puts cookies in them for morning. We could never go quite that far because our little four legged friends […]


Field trip to International Quilt Festival Long Beach

When I heard it was going to be the last year for festival in Long Beach I knew I needed to make the 400 mile drive south to experience it for the last time in this California location. My daughter Indigo and I hit the road at 8:30 am and made it to the outskirts of Los […]


International Quilt Festival, Houston enrollment starts Monday!

Check out the class catalog, it’s that time already! I have a really full schedule again this year with 6 classes and a lecture. and Enrollment starts July 15th. Monday, October 28 Color Theory #123 Do you find yourself choosing the same ‘tried and true’ color combinations over and over? Do you want to learn how to mix exactly the color […]


Sorry about that temporary weirdness!

I’m so sorry if you stopped by my blog today and found some creepy parasitic activity or subscribe and got a few strange foreign language blog posts sent to you this morning. My website was hacked over night 🙁 , but it has all been put to right and my web host is investigating how […]


And the winner is…

Lucky number 34 is Congratulations Linda for winning a spot in Lesley Riley’s Tap class!   There’s still a chance to win a spot in Lesley’s class on these blogs June 27 – Karen Watson — The Graphics Fairy June 29 – Theresa Wells Stifel – Stifel & Capra June 30 – Lynn Krawczyk – Fiber Artysta July […]


A Wine Tasting Tour in the Yarra Valley

What a finale to my amazing trip. I had never gone wine tasting before and it was so fun to go with Cecile who was very knowledgable about wine and was able to fill me in on extra info about the history of wine making in this Pinot region of Australia. Our day started at […]


Tsukineko Inks at Road

This is Gina, who was our one woman entertainment committee in the Tsukineko inks class, she has a fantastic sense of humor and kept us laughing all day, and she’s not only funny, she’s very talented too with a winning quilt in the show.     In this class we always start the day by […]


Merry Christmas!

May your holiday be filled with laughter and love! Judy


Felted Wool Ornaments

With the holidays here and in honor of 12/12/12, I thought it would be a good time to repost my tutorial on making felted wool ornaments. To make the ornaments shown in the 2008 issue of Quilting Arts Gifts, you need to make felted wool balls. Warning: once you start making these, it may be […]


Happy St. Nicolas Day!

The mingling scents of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and allspice fill the air as warm Speculatius (Saint Nicolas Cookies) bake in the oven. The tradition is that children put out their shoes the night before and Saint Nicolas puts cookies in them for morning. We could never go quite that far because our little four legged friends […]


Add Some Sparkle to your Holiday! – blog hop

Dec 4 – Lyric Kinard, Snowflake Pinwheel Ornament Dec 5 Tracie Lyn Huskamp, For The Smell Of It! Ornaments. Dec 6 Judy Perez, Speculatius-St. Nicolas cookies Dec 7 Jill Berry, Mini Book Ornament Dec 8 Traci Bunkers, Star Garland Dec 9 – Lisa Engelbrecht, Easy Gilded Letters for Cards


It’s done!

I returned from Houston on Sunday afternoon, packed up the rest of my belongings and the movers showed up tuesday morning. I gave our lawyer power of attorney to attend the closing and by 4:30 in the afternoon I handed the keys over to the new owners of our loft. I’m on the road now […]


Welcome to my new and improved blog!

I’m so excited to share my new blog with you. Please spend some time exploring, there’s lots of places to go. Right above this post you’ll see a series of tutorials on a slider bar, so scroll all the way across to see them all. You’ll find the 3 most recent blog posts listed on the […]


The Universe says ‘you need to take a break!’

I feel like I have been going full tilt for the last couple months and when I got word my place wasn’t closing, it was like being slammed into a brick wall. Nothing like being thrown into limbo with all your belongings packed. Friday morning I woke up with a throbbing head and sore throat […]


The gypsy caravan has been detained

Our buyers hit a snag and we are pursuing all possibilities for getting the sale completed before the contract expires. I would hate to start this process all over again and live in boxes indefinitely. In the mean time, I’m getting racks put on my car this morning, trying to keep up with phone calls, […]


Things are getting crazy

I havent completely dropped off the face of the earth, I am in the midst of a packing frenzy. We got approval on our short sale last week and have an ambiguous closing date of any time between the first and middle of October. So now my ex and I are going through more than 20 years […]


And the winner is…

Peggie is lucky number 87, the winner of Patchwork Sassaman Style! Congratulations Peggie!


Patchwork Sassaman Style Blog Hop Giveaway!

I am so thrilled to be able to help my friend Jane Sassaman promote her new book Patchwork Sassaman Style. This is such a great book! it even gets me itching to make a few traditionally constructed quilts to snuggle under. I love the way Jane has used her beautifully designed fabrics to illustrate how a […]


Coming soon! Extraordinary blog tour- Patchwork Sassaman Style

My good friend and designer extraordinaire Jane Sassaman has a beautiful new book! and a bunch of us are helping her celebrate. During the month of July visit these blogs and leave a comment on the post about Janes book for a chance to win a copy of your own. (US only please) July 2 […]


New Class! Alternatively Bound and Stitched

I’m really excited to tell you about my new class, Alternatively Bound and Stitched, that I will be teaching in Long Beach at International Quilt Festival, Thursday, July 26th. The focus of this class is not only learning 3 alternative binding techniques that work great with art quilts but also developing strategies for free-motion quilting designs, making a […]


Chicago School of Fusing May Birthday Bash

Jane Sassaman and Laura Wasilowski So if you were unaware, the majority of the Chicago School of Fusing were all born in May. So this means once a year we have to get together for a party to celebrate and it includes many of the top stars of the art quilting world who live in […]


Happy Cinco De Mayo! May Tutorial Blog Hop Continues

April 30 – Tracie Lynn Huskamp A Stenciled &Stitched Special Occasion Greeting Card May 1 – Traci Bunkers Gelatin Plate Printing on Fabric May 2 – Lisa Engelbrecht Script Lettering/Tattoo style using Sakura Calligrapher Pens May 3 – Judy Coates Perez How Can You Resist Such a Simple Technique? May 4 – Melanie Testa A Thimble Purse Pattern […]