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Unplugged and plugging in

Huh?  First, getting unplugged If you’ve been reading this blog, you may remember a few weeks before Christmas I was feeling a little lost, lonely, and out of sorts. The transition from our permanent home in Virginia to the West Coast was wearing me down and I felt

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Diddle, diddle dumplings

With the rain and wind howling, the boys and I were craving some good old fashioned comfort food. My Dad’s favorite dish was my Mom’s homemade dumplings. My Mom had tried to teach me how to make them and I had watched her a hundred times over

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A cup of lonely

Christmas is a week away. Most everyone is caught up in the hustle and bustle of holiday preparations. On television or my social media feed, I am bombarded with images of people smiling, laughing, and everyone is happy and joyful as they are surrounded by friends and

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Time to savor

Last year my teaching and travel schedule had me running right up until the end of the year. This year, I planned some much needed “down time” following the marathon of teaching at the International Quilt Festival in Houston in late October/early November. With our partial transition

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The new adventure begins

Since my husband accepted a new position with a great company on the west coast in early September, we’ve been in high gear preparing for the next big adventure. With the exception of a couple of bookings to lecture and teach workshops for some local quilt guilds,

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Grandpa’s Girl

The Adventurer My maternal grandfather, Eugene Ernest Dale, was a true adventurer. He was the youngest child in a very large family, born in May 1906 and he died on his 81st birthday in 1987. When I was born to my folks late in their lives he

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Blessings abound

Today is my birthday. This year, I’m away from family; staying in a hotel, and working. But rather than spend a moment feeling lonely or blue, I’ve been counting my blessings. All. Day. Long. I woke up this morning and when I checked my messages, the very

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A day of anticipation

We’ve been anticipating this day for many, many years. And yet now that it’s finally here, I’m filled with a flood of emotions, both glad and sad.  My husband and I have officially become “empty nesters.”  As all parents know from the time they start a family,

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Tuffy meets Van Gogh

Cherrywood Fabrics has hosted two previous challenges and my ultra-talented friend, Sue Stewart and I did a  “challenge within a challenge” and made two quilts for last year’s contest. One of them was chosen to be included in the final exhibit of 120 quilts for the Lion

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Beautiful Closure Part 2

Last weekend, we took a trip to visit the area in Ohio where I spent my youth growing up. It was a special trip because my brother, sister-in-law, my husband and I took our folks’ ashes to be laid in their final resting place. We also spent

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Wherever I go, I am asked about the exquisite machine quilting on my quilts. I’m happy to share with you that most of my quilts have been expertly quilted by the internationally award winning quilt artist, Birgit Schüller! Read more