Saturday, October 25, 2014

When in Houston…

While you’re visiting, feel at home and venture out to sample some of the best the nation’s fourth largest city has to offer. Go ahead. Be adventurous!
Getting around the Bayou City
Getting around in Downtown Houston is a cinch, and you don’t always have to hoof it! Hop on board the city’s free Green Link  buses, which run a 2.5-mile loop with 18 convenient stops, including two along Avenida de las Americas in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center.
Discover something new
They don’t call it Discovery Green for nothing! Right across the street from the George R. Brown Convention Center is a 12-acre emerald oasis with an amazing variety of activities. Discovery Green features a small lake, outdoor art installations, a jogging path, playgrounds, a dog run, performance spaces, restaurants, expansive lawns, and picnic areas.

Houstonians often head underground to escape the hustle, bustle, and heat of downtown. A series of interconnected tunnels six miles long can be accessed from the street at Wells Fargo Plaza or McKinney Garage on Main, or from special entrances within office buildings. What’s down there? With 95 connected city blocks, there are plenty of dining and retail options, but since they primarily serve the downtown workforce, closing time is usually 6 p.m.

Friday, October 24, 2014


A bustle is a type of framework used to expand the fullness or support the drapery of the back of a woman's dress, occurring predominantly in the mid-to-late 19th century. Bustles were worn under the skirt in the back, just below the waist, to keep the skirt from dragging. Heavy fabric tended to pull the back of a skirt down and flatten it. Thus, a woman's petticoated or crinolined skirt would lose its shape during everyday wear (from merely sitting down or moving about). The word "bustle" has become synonymous with the fashion to which the bustle was integral.

And the matching beaded bag!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The International Quilt Assocoations Scilent Auction

My piece Shanghai Style will be offered as part of the Association's silent auction at the Houston Quilt Festival.
Shanghai Style

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Capital Quilters Guild

Today we had a great time playing with Foil and Paint Sticks in this Simple Surfaces workshop today.  Everyone was very successful! Many thanks to all!


Friday, October 17, 2014

Capital Quilters Guild

Cathy Kirk wore them, Art Shoes from

Visited the guild here in Raleigh last night. What a group! Lots of activities to keep everyone interested and busy, some great quiltmakers too. Lots of show and tell. One interesting point...more tee shirt quilts than I have ever seen before.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Today it's Raleigh NC

Raleigh is an early example in the United States of a planned city, chosen as the site of the state capital in 1788 and incorporated in 1792 as such. The city was originally laid out in a grid pattern with the North Carolina State Capitol in Union Square at the center. In the United States Civil War the city was spared from any significant battle, only falling in the closing days of the war, though it did not escape the economic hardships that plagued the rest of the American South during the Reconstruction Era. The twentieth century saw the opening of the Research Triangle Park in 1959, and with the jobs it created the region and city saw a large influx of population, making it one of the fastest growing communities in the United States by the early 21st century.
Raleigh is known as the "City of Oaks" for its many oak trees, which line the streets in the heart of the city. The city of Raleigh is named after Sir Walter Raleigh, who established the lost Roanoke Colony in present-day Dare County.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Last night at my guild, Evergreen Piecemakers

Tonight's lecture at Evergreen Piecemakers was presented by RaNae Merrill. She is an award-winning quilter, author and teacher. Fun stuff, looks hard but broken into easy understandable pieces.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild

Visiting guilds is such a delightful experience. The Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild is a very active guild with activities that include:
A raffle Quilt
A bus trip to the Houston International Quilt show
Winter Retreats
Great programs
A library full of books and DVD's
A speaker bureau to offer programs on quilt history, offer quilt trunk show,
quilting tool demonstrations.
Bright Hopes, making charity quilts
A program putting books and quilts in schools

Check them out if you are in San Antonio!

What a Welcome Banner by Carol Bryant

Show and Tell

This guild calls it; Bring and Brag
 We played with Eye Candy Quilts

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild

The Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild meets the second Saturday of the month at 10:00AM.
They meet at Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church at 8231 Callaghan Road, San Antonio.

I'll be there with my lecture Quilt Toppings;

Wanted quilters seeking new ways to express their creativity. This lecture taps into the strong emerging trend toward embellishment of quilt surfaces. Paint, foil, paint sticks, thread, crayons, buttons, ribbons and beads are all fun, easy ways to add that final design element to traditional and non-traditional quilts. 

The Friday before the meeting we will be playing with Decorative Thread;

Thread is no longer a ‘Plain Jane’ necessity - it’s now available in many luscious colors and types. Steering your way through the sea of threads out there can be a bit daunting. Experiment while you learn how to match thread to the appropriate needle, make the tension setting your best friend and troubleshoot your way to fun and fancy sewing.

Saturday after the meeting we will make Eye Candy Quilts; 
Quick, colorful and addictive, these stunning, joyfully embellished mini-quilts are so much fun to make they should be illegal! If instant gratification appeals, this is the class for you. Finished quilt will be about 2 ½” x 3”.

The Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild was organized on May 3, 1980. The current membership is 250 enthusiastic and talented quilters.I can't wait to meet them all!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

San Antonio Texas

I leave for San Antonio on Thursday, packing madly!

San Antonio was named for Saint Anthony of Padua, whose feast day is on June 13, by a 1691 Spanish expedition in the area. It is notable for Spanish colonial missions, the Alamo, the River Walk, the Tower of the Americas, the Alamo Bowl, and Marriage Island. 

The River Walk

San Antonio, officially the City of San Antonio, is the seventh most populous city in the United States and the second most populous city in the state of Texas, with a population of 1,409,019. The Greater San Antonio, has a population of over 2.27 million.