Posts Tagged ‘Life’

A day out with my sister


Over the weekend my sister Deb came to visit me from Maine for Thanksgiving. With finances being so tight we haven’t seen each other in 2 years, but a month ago we were able to find a flight on JetBlue for $80 roundtrip from Boston to Chicago to split, so this holiday has even more […]

Northern California will always be home to me


I just got back to Chicago yesterday and am just getting to writing some blog posts, so please be patient for the Quilt Festival pics that will be coming in the next few days. Last friday I flew up to Sacramento to spend the weekend with my folks in Davis. Some of my favorite california […]

Beautiful Idyllwild, CA


After my last day of teaching, we found out there was a free concert in the park in town, so after dinner MaryRose and I grabbed a bottle of wine and few few folding chairs from the garage of our cabin and headed to the park. We ran into Laura from class and sat down with […]

What fun I’ve been having!


I arrived in LA friday afternoon, met a friend for a drink in Santa Monica by the beach, then headed to The Los Angeles County Museum of Art to meet up with my college roommate Amy, who I stayed with over the weekend. Lucky me! Amy is the head designer at the museum and she gave me […]

A Sunny Day at the Antique Market


After getting rained out last month, it was so nice to spend a sunny day walking around the antique market down the street. I love living in the city! This was the day for seeing lots of awesome type, this thrills the graphic designer in me to no end. When I was 18 and a […]

Unusual clouds over Chicago


Last week we had some amazing clouds pass over Chicago, they were very ominous and threatening and had that slight greenish tinge that no one feels comfortable seeing, unless maybe you’re a storm chaser. It was really wild to see the undulations and circular rotations in the clouds. I couldn’t help wondering what might come […]

A little fun in St Paul


The last class I taught in St. Paul was Tea and Ephemera, I have to apologize for not having photos, but it was a long week with four full day classes and the day ended before I realized I hadn’t taken any photos. (I’ll have lots more photos next month when I teach in California) […]

Hitting the road to St. Paul


I have been busy for the last week, packing supplies for teaching 4 classes at the Minnesota Quilters Show and Conference this week. I have never been to Minnesota before so I am looking forward to seeing a little more of the midwest. Now add to this pile 2 more suitcases for clothes for me and Nina […]

The last week of April


Last week was an interesting one, so I thought I would share a few images from it. On wednesday President Obama was next door at Harpo studios. Several news vans were outside with cameras set up to document the arrival. I watched the motorcade drive up and into the studio garage, there were at least […]

I’m a proud Momma


 My son Ty has been published again. Last year he was hired by Time Out Chicago to design an origami cocktail ring from a ten dollar bill for the cover of their issue on cheap deals in the city. Last month they contacted him to do a feature in their kids issue. Over the last […]

Laura models my tree skirt


Today was the PAQA (Professional Art Quilters Association) meeting where art quilters from all over the midwest meet to share info on exhibition opportunities, classes, accomplishments and their latest work. During our show and tell portion of the meeting Laura Wasilowski, ever the comedienne, modeled the Christmas tree skirt I designed for this years Quilting […]

Happy thanksgiving!


As I sit here with a cup of hot tea, I give thanks to making it through another rough year in this economy and still having a roof over our heads, for all the fantastic opportunities I have had traveling to new places and old while teaching and making new friends in the process. I […]

Street art in the neighborhood


One of the things I like about living in my neighborhood is finding bits of interesting street art when I am out walking my dog. This is one of the newer pieces of street art by Banksy a well known, street artist from the UK.

Davis, CA


I spent a week in Davis, California at my mom’s last week and loved the warm dry days, the cool mornings and fruit growing in the yard. I am in love with the produce section of the grocery stores there. People in CA, I hope you appreciate it! I get so frustrated by the lack […]

I’m featured in an artist spotlight

Lyric Kinard, author of Art + Quilt, Design Principles and Creativity Exercises has featured me on her blog. She is also doing a dvd giveaway, so stop by for a visit and leave a note for a chance to win.

An Urban Naturescape


I have lived just west of downtown Chicago almost 5 years now and I am always amazed by the things I see. While walking my dog this butterfly flew right into my hands then fluttered out and landed on me, staying there for several minutes. My neighborhood is an industrial area of old brick factory […]

The UnValentine Party


Last night a group of friends came over for an artist play date that of course also had a menu of yummy food and drink, because we need to feed our tummies as well as our souls. The majority of us belong to the broken hearts club right now, but our newbie Sara who I […]

Wishing you a fabulous holiday!


My daughter Nina illustrated this image of our dog Abby on Photoshop a couple years ago, I think it is so cute I just had to show it again. I hope your holiday is filled with warmth, good cheer and loved ones.  Thank you so much for visiting throughout the year, your words of encouragement, […]



No I haven’t dropped off the planet since finishing the quilt, I have just been working on trying to stay warm and catch on the things I put off while working on it. Our heater died wednesday, I woke up to frost on the windows (on the inside) thursday morning when it was 2° out. […]

Good friends and inspiration


It’s a great combination. Frieda, Trish, Laura, Gretl and I started our day seeing Jane Sassaman’s glorious quilts at the Metcap bank in downtown Chicago. Jane’s quilts are so gorgeous and they are amazing to see in person because in photos you don’t get to see all the beautiful machine stitching and quilting she does […]

Signs of fall in Michigan


This weekend my son and I went on a teen retreat with several other families in Michigan. The weather was cold and rainy, but there were wonderful breaks in the rain for peaceful walks with camera in hand. I really enjoy living in downtown Chicago, but I do miss the sound of crickets, rustling leaves […]

Lunch with the CSOF and IL/WI SAQA reps

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Yesterday my friend Trish Williams and I drove out to the burbs to have lunch with Laura Wasilowski, Frieda Anderson, Anne Lullie and Emily Parson. Laura, Frieda and Trish are the new Illinois/Wisconsin SAQA reps., so it was part meeting and part social time. Most of us haven’t seen each other since spring, you would […]

Chicago School of Fusing May birthday lunch


Many of the members of the Chicago School of Fusing have birthdays in May; Laura Wasilowski, Frieda Anderson, Emily Parson and Anne Lullie. Life’s busy schedules prevented Emily and Anne from making it this year and unfortunately Melody is now too far away to come for lunch. On Saturday Frieda and Laura picked up Nina […]

Asheville, North Carolina


We drove up to Asheville again on the weekend. I had to get in a few of the requisite stops suggested to me, I wish I had time to see them all and sample more of the fabulous restaurants. In downtown Asheville there is a beautiful historic building with restaurants and artisan shops called The […]