Archive for November, 2007

England and Houston

Wednesday, November 21st, 2007

October was an amazing month. It found me in England then at the Houston Quilt Festival in Texas. I finally downloaded pictures and have a few to share.
This year I was invited to do a workshop with a wonderful group of women in Torquay, England. Torquay is on the southwestern coast of England. Beautiful area. My hosts were so terrific. Karl and Sylvia knew of my love of English history and made sure I saw most of the important sites in their area. Karl drove me to Dartmouth so I could see where one of my uncles left for D-Day.
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We took a wonderful ferry across the bay. Can you imagine 483 ships in this harbor? That’s how many were here before the invasion.
Like a dummy I didn’t get any pictures of Sylvia’s wonderful workshop where we had the class. Next time I’ll remember I have my camera with me.
After the Knitting & Stitching Show in London I spent a week in Great Missenden at Rainbow Silks. One of my favorite shops. Last year I taught a silk doll that I designed for Rainbow Silks. Jillian brought her Missenderil of Rainbow Valley to show me. She’s a beautiful doll.

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Again, I kept forgetting to take pictures of my classes, but I did remember during my last class. Unfortunately, after two people had left.

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After England came Houston. elinor peace bailey and I were the two doll teachers this year. We both had packed classes for our doll making workshops. I also did an Altered Bag class and had 7 terrific ladies in the class. Small, but we had fun playing with paints, dyes, silk fusion, Babylock’s Embellisher and free motion machine work.

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The grandchildren and Las Vegas

Monday, November 12th, 2007

It has been awhile since I posted pictures of the grandchildren. Our daughter, JB, sent pictures of the girls at a pumpkin patch.
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Kieran, almost 4 years old, and Kayleigh, now 15 months, enjoyed their time picking out the best pumpkins for their mom and dad to carve.
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This past week and weekend found me in Las Vegas with a wild, and wonderful group of women. I arrived Thursday evening at Yvonne Nathanson’s and we drove to Maureen Adrezin’s home for a reception. Maureen is a fabulous weaver and felt artist. I’ll have to have her send me some photo’s. I didn’t take my camera. The next day 15 women arrived at the most amazing facility. A club house that houses large rooms for wood working, fine arts and we were in the quilt room. It was lovely having room to spread out. The photo shows several of the gals having fun dyeing their lace for their versions of Viviana from my newest book.
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That evening Las Vegas’ sky didn’t disappoint with a beautiful sunset.

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The first day included finishing the face, sculpting various body parts, dyeing the lace. The next two days were spent mostly beading. Dolores was showing how fun it is to thread a size 12 beading needle.

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Winnie is consulting with Marianne as to which beads to use with her shoe. Actually, I was blown away at Winnie’s enthusiasm. I won’t tell you how old she is, but we all hope to be as adept at beading as she is when we are close to her age.

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I can’t thank these women enough for inviting me to come teach a 3-day workshop. It was a delight being with them.

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Watch for my next post on my trip to England. It was another incredible 3 weeks where I met more amazing people.