Monday, April 27, 2009


Welcome to Florence the home of the Renaissance and the best art in Europe! This is a view of the Ponte Vecchio bridge over the Arno River taken from the Uffizi Museum.
Michaelangelo's last Pieta was like all of his work unbelievable in it's beauty.
There is art everywhere!
And everyday life!

And of course lots of bling!


We decided it would be fun to rent a car for a few days, see some of the country side, do laundry and rest from all the wonderful museums. So we rented a 2 bedroom apartment in an Agriturismo in what turned out to be a very small village. Delightful place with a welcoming host.

Agriturismo Poggio Salvi

Il Campo, Siena (Town square)

Siena is a delightful hill town to vist. Walking the winding streets of old town you get a real feel of the rrelaxed life in Tuscany,

Driving the winding back roads we saw all the wonderful sights of Tuscany. My favorite was Volterra. No pictures to share be cause my camera battery died and or course the extra is safely tucked in my suitcase!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast

Land of colors and fragrances, this is a splendid corner of Italy. The Sorrento Peninsula and the Amalfi Coast host an enticing pageant of blue seas, jagged coastlines and lush hills. We road the bus to the delightful towns of Sorrento, Amalfi and Positano.

Famous for it's lemon products, we smelled the soap and tasted the local liquor Lemonchello. Even in the rain, it is a magical place!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009


The Colosseum - There are no words to describe the Colosseum. It is a 2,000 year old building that could hold 50,000, blood thirsty roaring fans. All and all an over whelming sight!

St. Peter's Basilica - Fortunately we went back to St. Peter's early in the morning to beat the crowds.

Michelangelo' s Pieta

I even climbed the 320 very narrow stairs to the top.

From the top of Peter's

Saturday, April 18, 2009

On Vacation

I'm in Rome with two friends, it is more beautiful than I possibly imagined. Arrived here in the morning and after a walk and a short nap I almost felt over the jet lag.

Started our first full day with a trip to the Vatican.
The floors are a quilters design inspiration.

Then there is the shopping... and the bead store.

I'll post more when I can.

Friday, April 10, 2009

Quilt Shops near Salt Lake City

Quilts, Etc
11 Main St
Sandy, UT 84070
(801) 255-2666‎
Amazing fabic store and help with quilting questions and confusion. They have great help with the knowledge they need to help you. They will take the time it takes to help you with anything. Everything you need is there!

Material Girls Quilting
1645 West Town Center Dr #4
South Jordon UT 84095
Bright, happy, cheerful place with 4000 bolts of fabric and many patterns!

The Cotton Shop has three locations,

I visited the one at;
6100 S. State Street
Murray, Utah 84107

Their fabrics are selected for today's sewing needs and with a broad selection of: F
lannel, Quilting Fabrics, Juvenile Prints, Basic Staple Fabrics, Outerwear Fleece, Craft & Novelty Items, Quilt Batting, Bulk Lace & Ribbon.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Quilts, Inc. Promotions

HOUSTON—April 7, 2009—Quilts, Inc. announced today that three staff members have been promoted and will receive new job titles and responsibilities both in the company’s Houston offices and at all editions of International Quilt Festival (Houston, Chicago, Long Beach) and International Quilt Market (spring and fall).

“We are incredibly lucky to have so many talented people on our staff, so that we can promote from within. These changes provide new challenges and open the way for the company to expand and grow,” said Karey Bresenhan, president of Quilts, Inc.

Wilma Hart, is now Vice President of Corporate Projects. A lifelong avid photographer, one of her first projects will be to develop and implement a plan to provide photographic services and documentation of quilts in the International Quilt Association's Judged Show and in International Quilt Festival’s many museum-quality quilt exhibits.

Judy Murrah, has been promoted to Vice President of Education and Administration. She will now additionally oversee and coordinate most of the day-to-day workings in the Quilts, Inc. office, including human resources.

Ruth Moya, will assume all responsibilities overseeing all activity on the show floor at the Festivals and Markets, from set-up to take-down. She will also be the main point of contact for exhibitors in all matters on site.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI)

The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) is an Internet-driven, grassroots, totally volunteer effort to raise awareness and fund research through art.

The AAQI currently administer two major programs. The first is a nationwide traveling quilt exhibit called "Alzheimer's: Forgetting Piece By Piece." It contains 52 quilts each interpreting Alzheimer's in some way.

The second is the "Priority: Alzheimer's Quilts" project, so named for the urgent need for research dollars and the requirement that these quilts must fit into a cardboard USPS priority mailer without folding. They are small works of art no larger than 9 inches by 12 inches, auctioned on the first day of each month or sold outright on the Internet or at selected venues across the United States.

This denim shirt brought to the Bernina teacher reunion and autographed by famous quilters, designers, teachers, Bernina educators, and quilting/sewing magazine editors is currently part of the auction.