2012 Quilt Market Flew By



It seemed like forever to get our booth ready for the Houston Quilt Market this year.  I don’t know why it took so long. Here we are at last—finished—–and just in time for the 2012 opening. Unbelievably, we were able to display over 21 quilts and products in our booth. We now have more than 75 patterns. We introduced two new patterns this fall: Tower One by Paula Nadelstern and On the Way to Somewhere by Teresa Fields.

We were busy the entire market.  I had a chance to leave the booth for about an hour on the last day. Then I was able to view part of the IQA show.  I didn’t have time to see it all, which was disappointing.  I have many photos of the IQA quilt exhibit, so I’ll be sharing those with you soon. Talk later.  Joen

Oh, oh, What’s Up?

I just tried to do a little work this morning on my computer, and SURPRISE!—-it looks like my Word files are corrupted. Boy, that’s not good.  Yikes! This is not something I want to have in my life.  Depending on what’s going on, it may be  a while before I get this figured out (actually, before someone else  gets this figured out).  Talk later.


Whew! My new online color class has launched.

Hi Everybody!

I am so happy to let you know that my online color class Color Play for Quilters is now available here. I am excited that it is ready for those of you who want to learn more about color. You can check out the class  by clicking on the Color Play for Quilters button (in the right margin).

I think with everyone’s busy schedule, it makes so much sense to take this class in the comforts of your own home—at your own pace. That sounds perfect to me. You can view the lessons as many times as you wish. You can bookmark (videomark) parts of lessons too and revisit them as often as you need. What an amazing concept.

The class covers tons of color information, including the color wheel, color scales, color temperature, value, visual coloring, color plans,  and three of my favorite color illusions, depth, luminosity, and luster. Also, there are many activities you may choose to do. If you have questions, I’ll be happy to answer them for you.


Well, I might be smiling here, but I’m probably churning inside. For me, talking in front of a camera is scary! It took me days before I realized the camera lens wouldn’t eat me up. O.K., I survived.  That’s because the camera crew was so patient. Actually, they were great! Many thanks goes to Rachel, Jared, and Adam.

Lorraine Torrence’s Great Fall Design Retreat

Each year Lorraine Torrence offers two design retreats for her long-term design students. It takes place at Camp Huston, nestled in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains near Stevens Pass in western Washington. This fall retreat, which just finished today,

My offering for this talented group was to play with depth, luminosity, and luster. Designers are at work here.

I was a guest instructor. This fantastic design group works on their own projects during thei retreat. Here and there, additional instructions and activities are provided.  For my mini-class, we worked on scenes and non-objective designs that incorporated depth. We also focused on luminosity,and luster. 

Little design vignettes featuring atmospheric perspective (depth).

  It would be fantastic to be a participant at this retreat:  4 days of pure bliss. I hope lots of you have your own retreats where you can work, play, focus, and expand your experiences without thinking about everyday tasks.

.  Lorraine Torrence looks totally rested even though she’s working her heart out to make this retreat a raving success—-and it always is!  At the end of this month Lorraine is moving to Madison, Wisconsin with her husband. Although she’s relocating, she’ll be continuing these workshops at Camp Huston (everyone loves them). Lorraine will be eager to meet the many quilters in the Madison area. She’s a great teacher, so guys are lucky to be getting her in your midst.


New Website!

September 5, 2012

Greetings!  You can’t imagine how excited I am to have a NEW WEBSITE—FINALLY!

It has taken only about 15 years for me to replace my dinosaur website with one that’s part of the 21st century. I hope you will visit often. Do take a quick tour. You’ll find the usual items plus some extras that may pique your interest. Let me know what you think.

My EXTRA items include:

  • my favorite recipes: I have included many recipes—still have more favorites to come.
  • photography galleries: Theme photo galleries are included— more to come.
  • reviews: A selection of reviews of my books and other products are included.
  • Why did I do this? Statements as to why I wrote a book or created a product are included.
  • design-critique applications: I am offering design critiques for those of you who are interested.

 Talk later. See you soon.