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  • Fabric and Quilts...
    Being a quilter for over 30 years, I've learned one thing that's for sure (as my good friend Ops - short for Oprah - would say) and that's this: You can't go wrong if you buy too much! You will never be forced to have a "close enough" fabric in a quilt again! I've always said that I make 30-foot quilts - or put another way, quilts that look good from 30 feet away! One day I hope to make "inchers." In the meantime, as I struggle to make points match, I'm happily trying to cover every bed, sofa, and chair in my house with a quilt - that's normal, right?
    We may live without poetry, music and art; We may live without conscience and live without heart; We may live without friends; we may live without books; But civilized man cannot live without cooks. He may live without books, what is knowledge but grieving? He may live without hope, What is hope but deceiving? He may live without love, What is passion but pining? But where is the man that can live without dining? Owen Meredith...or as I like to call him.... The Earl of Sandwich

Time To Read

  • Diana Gabaldon: Outlander
  • Chris Bohjalian: The Light in the Ruins
  • J. Belinda Yandell: Small Change, The Secret Life of Penny Burford
  • Ann Mah: Mastering the Art of French Eating
  • B.A. Shapiro: The Art Forger
  • Christina Henriquez: The Book of Unknown Americans
  • Stephen E. Ambrose: Undaunted Courage
  • Daniel James Brown: The Boys in the Boat
  • Marilyn Jeffers Walton: Rhapsody in Junk
  • Donna Tartt: The Goldfinch
  • Gladys Taber: The Best of Stillmeadow
  • Luke Barr: Provence 1970
  • Laura Schroff: An Invisible Thread
  • Katherine Boo: Behind The Beautiful Forevers
  • Elaine Cannon: Love's Banner
  • Kati Marton: Paris A Love Story
  • Stephen King: 11/22/63
  • Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451
  • Mary Doria Russell: Doc
  • Ken Follett: Pillars of the Earth
  • Bill O'Reilly: Killing Lincoln
  • Paula McLain: The Paris Wife
  • Irene Nemirovsky: Dimanche
  • Peter Hessler: River Town
  • Jamie Ford: Hotel On The Corner of Bitter And Sweet
  • Peter Mayle: A Year In Provence
  • Sara Gruen: Water for Elephants
  • Laura Schenone: The Lost Ravioli Recipes of Hoboken
  • Thrity Umrigar: The Space Between Us
  • Andrew Beahrs: Twain's Feast
  • William Alexander: 52 Loaves
  • Laura Hillenbrand: Unbroken
  • Karl Marlantes: Matterhorn



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Family, Food, Friends and just doesn't get any better than that!


I'm a mom of two, grandma of one, wife of BS, those are his initials - what do you think they stand for?! I love to create - in the kitchen or in my workroom or in the garden - coming up with new things is what keeps me going. I’m also a maker of mostly unremarkable quilts and sometimes an author of children's books and quilt books.....I've been working on a cook book for years -but don't hold your breath. Living in the Northwest provides me with inspiration (and just a tad bit too much precipitation) but I’m not complaining, it’s the most beautiful place on the planet. I would be completely happy if I could eat, quilt AND write at the same time - but, talented as I am (that's a joke) I've yet to master that!


knitting, gardening, watching movies, reading, painting, sewing, antiques, baking, eating, shopping! hanging out with family and friends, and did i mention eating?