What a year it’s been!

There have been highs and lows, endings and new beginnings, lot’s of laughter and a few tears, metaphorical journeys and actual ones. It was a challenging year for me and I won’t deny I’m happy to see it drawing to an end, but despite the difficult times there were also many wonderful ones.

Here are a few highlights of 2012.

I taped my 10th segment of Quilting Arts TV about creating subtle color variations with dyes and keeping records of dye recipes for future reference.


I had a great time teaching and seeing friends at International Quilt Festival in Cincinnati, then a week later I taught at the Shake Rag Alley School in beautiful Mineral Point, Wisconsin.

In May, I celebrated the Chicago School of Fusing’s birthdays with my incredibly talented and dear friends; Jane, Emily, Ann, Anne, Laura, Barb and Frieda (who took the picture).

lisa n Me

I had the opportunity to reconnect with my friend Lisa after 20 years, and amazingly neither one of us looks that much different, if anything I think we’ve improved with age!

In July, I took a trip to Northern California to visit my parents and had the opportunity to meet my friend Joanie’s crazy chickens.

Then I flew south to Long Beach to teach at International Quilt Festival

and helped hang the Rituals exhibit with another group of wonderfully talented and dear friends.


We had fun playing with some boy toys…


On my way back from teaching in Springfield, MO, I was treated to a gorgeous view of Chicago, a place I will always have such fond memories of living.


In October, my work was featured on the cover of Quilting Arts magazine.

The last week of October, I taught a full week of classes in Houston, at International Quilt Festival,

flew back to Chicago and 24 hours later moved out of our loft

loftand drove away on election night to begin my journey across country

to start a new chapter in northern California. I’m looking forward to a new year, in my new home of Sacramento, with many new and wonderful adventures on the horizon.

Peace, love and creative beginnings to all of you in the new year.

8 Responses to “What a year it’s been!”

  1. Marybeth says:

    What a full year you have had! You will love living in the Sacto area. You are surrounded by some of the best talent in the entire country – all within no more than a couple of hours drive. Oh, and the beauty!! I am from that area (having moved from CA 15 years ago) and that is where my interest in quilting and mixed media started. Hope your new life is fun and prosperous, healthy and happy and above all creative!!

  2. Lisa Chin says:

    You have indeed had a fabulous year. I hope 2013 is even better!

  3. margherita says:

    wow sounds a great year when you just look at the high notes :). And marybeths comments will cheer you up. Hope you get to meet some of the other talent of US

    • Margherita, I was lucky to meet several art quilters from this area when I was in Houston last fall and so far I have always found wonderful creative friends where ever I have lived, so I have no worries on that count. It’s a great area and I’m so happy to be here.

  4. We will miss you and our trips into the city. Love and joy on your new adventure.

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