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This weekend, I had the pleasure and privilege of teaching for the Pindropper’s Quilt Club of Lovell, Wyoming.  I had a wonderful time with everyone and loved seeing the area around Lovell.

Several miles from Lovell is the Big Horn National Recreation Area. It is an amazing area with a beautiful, stark beauty.

I drove to Devil’s Canyon Overlook. I was told it was an amazing sight and it was. The river has carved out a deep canyon. It is deceiving in the photo. It is really quite deep.

Looking closely, I spotted a white speck in the water.


It was a large boat, floating about 700 feet below.


The wind and water had carved some interesting caves in the cliffs.

From another view, I spotted another fishing boat, again, floating many feet below.

The area is also known for wild mustangs. I looked for them, as I was driving, but did not see any. . .maybe next time.

We had a wonderful time in class!

The class was held in the Lovell Community Center. It was one of the nicest rooms I’ve ever taught in.  We had 25 in class, everyone had their own table, we had lots of room for demos, sewing, cutting and pressing.

I taught my 2-Day Patchwork Illusions class. Everyone did beautiful work.

I love this cube, love the colors and the textures of the fabric.

Everyone needed a design wall. I was impressed with this creative solution. It is a heavy cardboard box, folded and draped with batting

It was perfect for class, lightweight and easy to transport.

Everyone was so friendly and fun! We had a blast!

Early this morning, at the Billings airport, I noticed the floor in the snack bar.

It would make an interesging quilt design. The colors were beautiful:  shimmering copper,  light gray, deep black and a rich brown.



I’m looking forward to my visit to the Pindropper’s Quilt Guild in Lovell, Wyoming.  I’ll be teaching my 2-day Patchwork Illusions class.

We will be creating some amazing quilts!

I can’t wait to visit!

We have just returned from the Trail of Tears motorcycle ride. It was an amazing experience!

On Friday afternoon, Rick and I met our friends, Bobbie and Susan to ride the 200 miles to Chattanooga.

Rick’s making a phone call, just before we took off. The weather was perfect riding weather, bright sunshine, low humidity.

Bobby and Susan .  .  . off we go!

The ride to Chattanooga is beautiful. We stayed on secondary roads, avoiding the freeways. By doing this, we saw sights that we would have missed otherwise.

Once in Chattanooga, we met with the rest of our group.  8 bikes, 14 riders in all.

After a full afternoon and evening of riding, we were ready for a good night’s sleep. 5am came early, but we were up and ready to ride!

We traveled over to the meeting site and found hundreds of bikes, already in line.

After getting in line, we had about an hour to wait before the ride started. We walked along the line of motorcycles to see some beautiful bikes.

Here we are, waiting to get started.

Rick’s attached an American flag to the back of our bike.

Flag in place, it’s getting lighter and almost time to go!

Yes, it is early.  Look closely at the green motorcycle, and you will see a rider, sleeping on top of her bike.

Rick, Bobby and Barry.  .  .displaying the proper biker attitude!

Karen and Susan

Off we go!

Look closely and you will see a line of motorcycles that stretches into the distance

Lookout Mountain

Crossing back over Nickajack lake

Along our 200 mile route, people were parked along the roadside, waving and cheering. The sight of thousands of motorcycles was amazing for all of us, spectators and riders alike.

When we stopped for gas, we saw this three-wheel bike, tricked out to look like a 57 Chevy. Even more amazing, the rider was a 70 year-old woman! Enourangement for all of us.

Thousands of bikes, parked at our stop at Fayetteville, TN. We filled the Lincoln County Fairgrounds.

We had planned to travel to Fayetteville, but about 50 miles away from the end of the route, it started to storm. We were an hour from home, so we peeled off and headed for home. It is no fun to ride in the rain.   However, we enjoyed our ride and can’t wait for the next one.



Just a few days ago, it was almost 90 degrees and very, very humid.  Fall has come to middle Tennessee and we are enjoying some beautiful weather.

As soon as the weather cooled off, I threw open our windows and let the cool breezes blow into the house. I love the fresh air coming into the house! The evenings are cooled off, perfect sleeping weather.

This evening, I saw an amazing sight, a blood-red harvest moon.

It was very large and very red.  I did a Google search to find out just way this happens. I found this explanation:

The Harvest moon during the fall appears very large and orange. There are two reasons for this, the moon’s path across the sky, and the climate of earth. During certain times of the year, the moon will rise and set at different angles. Sometimes the moon stays really low in the sky and never reaches an overhead position. The earth’s atmosphere also goes through certain changes at certain times of the year.

In some months, the atmosphere has more dust particles than usual; in other months, the atmosphere contains a lot more cloud particles than usual. Extra particles in the atmosphere mean more scattering of light. In the fall, many farmers are harvesting their crops. Lots of dust from the soil of the crops gets disturbed. The dust floats into the atmosphere. At the same time, the moon is lower in the sky during the fall season. So if there’s more dust in the sky and the moon is closer to the horizon, then what color will the moon be? Orange! That’s where “Harvest Moon” gets its name.

Even though it is 85 degrees outside, it is Fall and I’m going to decorate! I’m home for a few days and decide today is the perfect day to dig in the attic (which is over 100 degrees) and pull out all my fall foliage. Maybe if I stay in the attic for few hours, I can lose 10 pounds. . .another subject for another day.

I found this pumpkin at a local store. They had a candle in it, which was very cute. However I decided to fill it with fall leaves and ivy.

It is a perfect accent for the porch.

I bought two mums and filled a planter with silk mums that I’ve used for years.  I arranged this on our stoop.


I found the “Fall” plaque at another local store. I decided to hang it over my fall wreath. I liked the effect.

As I look at the plaque, I see some wonderful colors for a quilt:  burnt orange, cranberry, golden yellow, yellow green with a pop of blue.

Today, I stop and remember September 11, 2001, a day that forever changed the United States. We will never forget.

There Are No Words

there are no words   there is no song             
is there a balm that can heal these wounds that will last a lifetime long             
and when the stars have burned to dust
hand in hand we still will stand because we must 
in one single hour   in one single day
we were changed forever  something taken away            
and there is no fire that can melt this heavy stone            
that can bring back the voices and the spirits of our own

all the brothers, sisters and lovers   all the friends that are gone
all the chairs that will be empty in the lives that will go on
can we ever forgive  though we never will forget
 we believe in the milk of human goodness yet

we were forged in freedom  we were born in liberty
we came here to stop the twisted arrows cast by tyranny
and we won’t bow down  we are strong of heart
we are a chain together  that won’t be pulled apart

there are no words   there is no song             
is there a balm that can heal these wounds that will last a lifetime long             
and when the stars have burned to dust
hand in hand we still will stand because we must 

written 9-11-2001 by Kitty Donohoe, Roheen Music BMI

In Honor of all those who lost their lives and those who serve our country….


This week, I’ve been packing supplies and getting ready for my visit to the Brownstone Quilters Guild in Paramus, New Jersey.  I’m looking forward to my visit next week!

While I am there, I’ll be presenting my lecture, Quilts of Illusions 

and teaching my class, Christmas Cube.


Today, Rick and I are going to the Home Decorating and Remodeling Show in Nashville. While we don’t have any plans to remodel our house, we are interested in doing something in our back-yard. I don’t know if this is the Show for us, but we are going. . .

While we are out, we will also stop by the motorcycle shop, where Rick purchased his motorcycle. We need to pick up some rain gear and Rick needs some new gloves.

We are preparing for our first overnight motorcycle trip. On September 19 & 20, we will be going on the Trail of Tears ride with several friends. It should be an experience. 90,000 motorcycles will be gathered and riding the original Trail of Tears. We will be honoring those from the past, who traveled this Trail of Tears.

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