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Beach Time

View of the ocean from my campground in Ormond Beach, Florida.

Sand and surf, sun and ocean breeze greeted me as I rolled into my campground north of Daytona Beach midday today (Tuesday, February 22). I'll teach my first class at the AQS show here tomorrow afternoon then present a quick — 10-minute quick — how-to as part of an eight-teacher All Star Review tomorrow night. It's pretty exciting presenting at my first American Quilter's Society show. It was a bit surreal attending the teacher's meeting tonight with some of the big names of the quilt world: Karen K. Stone, Gina Perkes Tidwell, Maria Shell, David Taylor and more.

Missing My Mountains: The Rockies Plus

Bernina Presser Foot Mountain from Smarty Girl Designs.

When I took Bernina Feet 101 and 102 classes recently, I was intrigued by the "Presser Foot Mountain" the instructor used to hold the feet she was demoing. She mentioned several times how handy it is. She wasn't wrong. I searched out where to get one, and I'm loving it, or at least I was before I headed down the mountain and then cross country to QuiltCon and AQS Daytona. But it will be waiting for me when I get home. It even spins. Pretty nifty.

Demystifyers, This One's for You

"Pride and Joy" by Veruschka Zarate won the top award for piecing at QuiltCon.

Check out the detail of "Pride and Joy."

For all who love foundation paper piecing, "Pride and Joy" (about 70" x 70") by Veruschka Zarate is a delight. She says it's made of 2,359 shapes. She used 20 colors of Moda Bella solids. It took her four months to complete this portrait of herself with her sons. Those who have taken my "Demystifying Design for Foundation Piecing" class, check out the highlights in her son's eyes. They are pieced.

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