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I’ve had a very busy June and am finally back home.

tucsonI had a wonderful time with the Tucson Quilter’s Guild, they are a wonderful guild!  The lectures were so much fun and the classes were a blast! Thanks to Lois and Nancy for making my visit so pleasant.


qqWi08cover-lgDirectly after my Tucson visit, I headed to the NQA Show in Columbus, Ohio. It was a super show and my classes were great!  Hello to everyone in my classes. . . you were so much fun!

I’m home for a bit and am really looking forward to a break from traveling. It is time to catch up on projects due for magazines, catch up on paperwork and take time to relax and recharge. . .



The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI) is an Internet-driven, grassroots, totally volunteer effort to raise awareness and fund research through art. Founded by Ami Simms in January 2006 because her mother has Alzheimer’s disease. All profit is donated to Alzheimer’s research. Since the AAQI began they have raised more than $285,000 for Alzheimer’s research. 

The first research grant of $10.000 has been awarded. It went to the University of Pittsburgh for a study on brain cholesterol and how it may affect
Alzheimer’s. It was given in honor of Ami’s mother. Here’s the news release: _

The monthly on-line silent auction is in full swing with more than $1,800 in bids. See the quilts: _

“This morning, I was sitting on my front porch, sipping my morning cup of coffee and thought about simple pleasures. . . those little things that we sometimes overlook, but can make a day more pleasurable. These simple pleasures are all around, but they have to be noticed.  I thought it would be fun to compile a list of some of my favorite simple pleasures. . .

Smell of fresh-cut grass

Morning cup of coffee

Walking on the beach

Watching a sunrise

Hugging your child or spouse

Dark Chocolate

Having a good laugh with good friends

Crawling into a freshly made bed

Walking into a clean house

Smell of dinner cooking when you come in the door

Helping someone in need

Fresh baked cookies

Chocolate ice cream

Watching your children on Christmas morning

Walking in a beautiful garden

A cool shower after working in the hot sun

Making someone smile

Listening to the waves hit the beach

Petting my dog

Falling asleep as rain gently falls

Fresh snow

Watching birds raise their young

The smell of lavender

Watching the sun set

Buying fresh vegtables at the Farmer’s Market

Fresh cut flowers on the kitchen table

Looking at old photos

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