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I had a wonderful time with the Quilters of South Carolina at their Spring Meeting. We had a blast!

I’m still on the road and am traveling to North Augusta, SC/GA, to visit the Pieceful Quilters Guild.

I’m looking forward to our workshop, Patchwork Illusions!




Packed and ready to travel to South Carolina for the Quilter’s of South Carolina’s Spring Meeting.  I can’t wait!


I’ve never visited Charleston, South Carolina, so this will be a treat!

While at the Spring Meeting, I’ll be teaching my Patchwork Illusions class



and my Celtic Illusions class.


This class is from my book, Celtic Pieced Illusions.


I will also be presenting my Quilts of Illusion lecture.

See everyone soon!


Happy National Quilting Day!!

Take some time for yourself and quilt away! I know I plan to spend the day happily working in my quilt studio.

Cascading Stars pattern by Karen Combs

Some other ways to celebrate:

**Get together with your favorite quilting buddies for some stitching, perhaps work on quilts for a local charity.

**Visit your local quilt shop. See what is new, take a look at the new fabrics, books and patterns. Treat yourself to a special purchase!

**Sign up for a quilting class. Whether you are a beginner or an expert, take a class and learn a new technique.

Enjoy the day!




Today is our 31st anniversary.  Yes, we were married on March 18, 1978.  This current photo was taken of Rick and I,  taken at our daughter’s wedding.


31 years, seems like yesterday. . .

bqe-newlogosmI’m packed and ready to go to the Broward County Quilt Expo in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

On Thursday evening, I will be participating in a book signing and will have copies of my book, Celtic Pieced Illusions available.



Friday is my Celtic Illusions class.



Saturday is my Patchwork Illusions class.

 Celebration pattern

I’ve already heard from many quilters who have signed up for the classes.  I know they are excited.  I can’t wait to get into class with them!

If you are going to the show, be sure to say hello.  See you there!


Recently I was at the Golden Triangle Quilt guild. Several of the students were using an very interesting tool: The Strip Stick.


This pressing tool, called The Strip Stick, is perfect for strip piecing and makes ironing seams a snap without distorting previously pressed seams. 

How does it work?  The fabric is placed over the Strip Stick, as shown here. This helps prevents the distortion of previously pressed seams.


Other uses include pressing blocks with intersecting seams and keeping seams straight. I’ve tried the Strip Stick and it is wonderful tool. I now keep one next to my iron!

To see an interview with Anne Babb, the creator of The Strip Stick, visit the Chisled in Cloth Blog.

While I enjoyed all our port visits, Costa Rica was one of my favorites. It is a beautiful country.



While there, we visited the Sloth Sanctuary. It is an amazing place.

Sloths are extremely slow-moving mammals found in the rain forest canopies of Central and South America. There are two species of sloths:two-toed and three-toed. Most sloths are about the size of a small dog and they have short, flat flat heads. Their hair is grayish brown but, at times they look grey-green in color because they move so slowly that tiny camouflaging algae grow all over their coats.

Some sloths stay in the same tree for years. Their huge hooked claws and long arms allow them to spend most of their time hanging upside-down from trees. Since they have a slow metabolism, they need very little food. They feed on fruit, leaves, buds, and young twigs. Sloths also sleep upside-down for up to 18 hours at a time. Mothers also give birth to babies upside-down. Babies cling to their mothers until they are able to take care of themselves.

While on the grounds, I spotted several sloths, 40 or 50 feet above me, resting in the tree tops.


We met Buttercup. the first sloth rescued at the Sloth Sanctuary.


She is very sweet and quite content to let all of us pose with her.


Buttercup, eating a snack.


Baby sloth.  .  . posed for us.



While there we walked around the grounds and saw some amazing sites. At one point, we saw hundreds of holes in the ground. We asked that made it, the answer, crabs! Did not know of such a thing. . . land crabs!

A close-up view of a crab.


The color was gorgeous, an indigo body with bright orange legs and mouth.


Everywhere we looked, we saw beautiful floral and fauna.




And some pretty strange vegetation!


This is the end of our Panama Quilting cruise. . . a great time had by all!!


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