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Borders – The Finishing Touch

December 7, 2016

My recent trip to Nepal this year and India last year was an eye-opening experience. I lived in that part of the world for nearly five years. At the time, I didn’t recognize the impact this region was having on me because I was not yet a quilter. Going back recently was like going home…. More »

The Treasure Box

November 30, 2016

I visited my grandchildren a couple of months ago and Polly carefully showed me her Treasure Box containing all kinds of items that were going to go into the trash that she rescued for projects. There were empty tissue and paper towel rolls, an interesting button, empty spools, odd pieces of yarn, etc. She and… More »

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 24, 2016

In these times of uncertainty, families want to hunker down and be together. What better time than the Thanksgiving holiday where our thoughts go to family, cooking and the Thanksgiving day feast. This year I want to share with you my recipe for turkey stuffing.  It started out as a basic stuffing recipe, but each… More »

Whirlwind Month

November 4, 2016

October was a whirlwind trip for me. With trips to Oregon, Nepal and then Houston, I was home the equivalent of a week and ended the month with my son Sean and me handing out Halloween candy to more that 1,000 children who annually come for a big Halloween party in the Village Green where… More »

A Gift of Temari in Nepal

October 26, 2016

I am just back from an awesome trip to Nepal with Sew Many Places and, as this blog is published, I am heading off to Houston for Quilt Market (and still jet-lagged). Yes, it can at times be quite tiring but the best part of my job is the wonderful people I meet along the… More »

Hello from Nepal!

October 19, 2016

I’m having a great time in Nepal on the tour with Sew Many Places. Several of the people on the tour have traveled with me previously and I’ve also made many new friends.       I arrived early to Nepal with two quilting friends to get in a little additional sightseeing, the highlight of… More »

Nepal, the Himalayas and…Jicama?

October 13, 2016

I am traveling this week and wrote part of this blog before I left.  I e-mailed my staff this morning to tell them that Nepal is just as wonderful today as it was 48 years ago when I first came. I arrived early for the tour with two friends, Sandi and Carole, and we took… More »

Hard to Believe….

October 6, 2016

The summer seems to have flown by.  It is hard to believe that the regular baseball season is over, school has been in session for a month, that there is not much left in the vegetable garden, that our shop hop starts in less than a month, that Fall Quilt Market is in three weeks… More »

Where Does She Come Up With These Great Ideas?

September 22, 2016

Jinny is off this week so the staff here at the Studio decided to take over her blog. The takeover was prompted by a discussion of this week’s web special. In the web special, we are offering a bundle of autumn colored fabrics inspired by a photograph of the spectacular colors of the maple tree… More »

Quilters’ Quest 2016

September 8, 2016

Each year 10 shops from Virginia and Maryland join together during a ten day period in early November for our annual Quilters’ Quest shop hop. We plan a color scheme and each shop makes a quilt with those colors. As participants in the Quest go to each shop they can pick up a free pattern… More »

Labor Day Holiday

September 4, 2016

We will be closed on Monday, September 5th, in honor of Labor Day which celebrates working people. We will reopen at 10 a.m., Tuesday, the 6th.  

A Little Off the Wall

August 31, 2016

  I was sewing the border on the quilt for this year’s Quilters’ Quest the other night while watching the Washington Nationals vs. Baltimore Orioles baseball game on television and I found myself paying more attention to the brick wall behind the batter than the player himself.     It took me back to the… More »

Lucy Boston Patchwork of the Crosses Block

August 24, 2016

From the time I first began quilting I experimented with ways to “fussy cut” fabrics to give interest to the blocks I was making. Unbeknownst to me during that same time, an Englishwoman named Lucy Boston (1892-1990) was doing her own experimenting with fabrics and she created many spectacular quilts, probably the most famous being… More »

The Magic of Shading

August 17, 2016

I just couldn’t resist the Zipster pouches that are in our web special this week. In case you didn’t notice, they shade from top to bottom. And as you may have heard, I have this thing for shading.  As soon as I saw them I just had to make some shaded bundles to go with… More »

The Not-So-Lazy Days of Summer

August 11, 2016

It is hard to believe it is almost the middle of August. I stay close to home this time of year to tend the garden, harvest the produce and catch up on projects. Always during this time I am designing and making our quilt for the annual shop hop in our area, “Quilter’s Quest”. Each… More »